Classic vs. MacOSX

My home Mac is an old, creaky 8600/300. It was one of the fastest machines around when it was new, but it's too antique to properly run MacOSX. I'd actually relegated the machine to being a "media hub" a few years ago - it was acting as our basement TV through the ATI Rage Pro card with cable tuner. Worked great as that, and I have my TiBook from work for any real work at home, so it's not a big deal.

However, Janice is getting interested in getting online, so I've set up Old Betsy in my home office so she can surf from home when the TiBook isn't there. It's been a real eye-opener for me, since I've been taking the software I use every day on MacOSX for granted.

Browsers on MacOS9 basically suck, mostly because there's no real multitasking - one page loading will essentially lock up the system until it's done. That wasn't a big deal, until I'd tasted the fluid action of MacOSX. Regardless, IE on MacOS9 is adequate, but there's no decent news aggregator!

I've resorted to installing Amphetadesk, and it's just plain clunky compared to NetNewsWire on MacOSX. Oh, well...

Maybe this is the kick in the butt I need to pick up a MacOSX-capable machine for home... Nah, probly not. I'm too cheap.


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Last updated: December 04, 2023