Web browsing performance of G3 iBook with a SSD

366MHz G3 iBook running OS X Panther.
533X Compact Flash card instead of a hard drive.

Best performance was found using Firefox 2 that is optimized for the PowerPC, with the NoScript extension. Version 2 of Firefox is that newest one that runs on Panther. The G3 processor is very slow with streaming video, so using NoScript to block Flash animations is key.

Showing the Yahoo homepage with ads enabled, so it’s a little slow. Slashdot is mostly text so it loads and scrolls quickly. Wisebread is a site that uses scripts & ads that give me slow load times on older computers unless NoScript is used. TV Guide site loads fast because scripts are blocked, you can see the TV Listings window is empty at the end. Allowing java would add about 20 seconds, then scrolling the listings is fine.

Apple iBook G3 booting from a CompactFlash SSD

No Hard Drive, No Fan. Silent Computing!

iBook SE PowerPC G3 – 366MHz, OS X Panther, 576 MB RAM

The boot drive is a Photofast G-Monster 533X SLC 8GB Flash Card, in a CF-IDE Hard Drive Adapter from Addonics Technologies.

If you ever wondered how fast a PowerPC Macintosh will boot from a solid state disk, this is for you.

Serval Laptop

Quick vid to show off my new laptop computer. It’s a Serval Professional from System76, and came preloaded with Ubuntu 9.04. I opted for the higher resolution matte display. Video shot with a cheap digital still camera, it looks really sharp in person.

I also posted some unboxing photos on Flickr.

Fernhill Beach 2008

Summer morning at the lake. Near Alton, New Hampshire.

My old camera only had enough memory for a few seconds of video. How times have changed!

Stubborn Bird Meets Window

This bird repeatedly flies into a window. It was doing this every morning, so one day I recorded it on a digital camera. Sorry about this annoying clicking noise, this camera does not do video very well. I don’t know if the bird is trying to get inside or is trying to get it’s feet on the window somehow. Weird.

This was my first ever video on YouTube! I remember that clicking noise – it was the autofocus kicking in. That camera really wasn’t made for video.

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