I bought a Power Macintosh G4 733 Quicksilver in October 2001. After Apple killed off Power Computing in 1997, I had vowed not to buy a new Apple ever.
Times have changed, and I decided to buy this Mac in order to get the best of both worlds. This means owning a Mac that can dual boot into OSX as well as OS 9. This Power Mac definitely fit my requirements.
Apple has long ago replaced this Mac with generations of more powerful G4 models that were also succeeded by the Power Mac G5 and now the newer Intel based Macintoshes. While the race for bigger, faster and better continues, my Quicksilver is fast enough to adequately do all the work I throw at it on a daily basis.
The Power Macintosh G4 733 Quicksilver is a G4 based desktop mini tower computer. The first G4s were introduced in 1999. The Quicksilver models were the 3rd generation in a long line of G4 towers.
This G4 is compatible with most of the software that I ran on my Powercenter 150. Thankfully this is a Mac, and a lot of my older files can be opened and updated with my G4. Some old programs can run in OS 9.2, which came with the G4.
Mac OSX, Version 10.3.9 (Panther) is my current, primary OS that I work with on the G4. It is used about 95% of the time the G4 is running. The G4 wakes up to OSX and sleeps with OSX running.
OSX is great for all of the basic computing tasks, such as keeping track of my simple database files in AppleWorks, text editing with a myriad of tools that includes AppleWorks, BBEdit Lite (yes, I have one of the last versions of this that can run on OSX), TextEdit Plus, and more. All of my internet tasks are done using OS X. This includes everyting from website creation and maintenance to web browsing, email and running multimedia programs. OSX and its suite of iApps are great for creating Photo Slideshows (iPhoto, iMovie) and digital music jukeboxes (iTunes).
About the only area which I have not fully adapted to OSX is desktop publishing. I am a die hard Adobe Pagemaker 6.5 user and the only thing this program can run on is OS 9.2 or earlier. Because several of my clients still use older Macs and the same or older versions of Pagemaker, and the fact we often exchange files, the necessity of using OS 9x with Pagemaker makes this G4 an essential part to my computing needs.
The Power Mac G4 had to be upgraded a few times since it came to my home office in 2001. First I bought a 2nd IBM Deskbar 40 gig hard drive to run OSX with. The original hard drive that shipped with the G4 was erased shortly after and used for Mac OS 9.2 and related files. In March of 2002, that drive died and was replaced with a Western Digital 40GB drive. OS 9.2.2. was loaded with files and applications restored from CD back-ups that I maintain.
The current state (as of June 2006) of my Power Mac G4 733 is as follows:
MEL'S POWER MACINTOSH G4 733 "Quicksilver"
Apple Power Macintosh G4 733 computer
DIGITAL HUB ITEMS
Apple 40GB iPod Photo Music Player
Apple Macintosh System 9.2.2 (HD #1)
Mel's Macintosh Universe
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