PPC Challenge Day 1

The PPC Challenge is officially underway and today we have Mac Yak’s Greg Thompson telling us a little about his experience so far.

Day 1

Right after doing the Mac Yak stream I got onto my Power Mac G5 to work on. First thing I did was fire up Facebook in Safari and it worked pretty good. It used the mobile version of the site so was a little bit different than what I was used to. I posted into LEM about the PPC Challenge with no problems. I could not access mac-yak.com however. I had to open that website up in ten4fox. I opened up iTunes to listen to some music while typing this up and using Facebook. I did have to remote into my Intel iMac 2017 to do the final video editing for the Mac Yak #8 but in the spirit of this challenge I was still using the PPC G5 video.

PowerMac G5, Dual 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 10.5.8 Leopard on an SSD

James Tillman also shares his experiences.

PPC Challenge Starts. Tested a few browsers to find the best ones for Facebook and Youtube. Found that either OneWindowBrowser or a FoxBox made from TenFourFox works best for Youtube, and a FoxBox for the mobile version of Facebook works best for Facebook. Also tested a fork of Seamonkey that continues support for PPCs called Seamonkey PPC. I found it to be capable, but slower than TenFourFox. Perhaps this is why TenFourFox has optimized versions for the different model G series cpus, as Seamonkey PPC has just one executable to chose. For browsing less heavy sites, I found Shirra to be the best of the browsers I tested.

PowerMac G4 (Sawtooth), Dual 500MHz, 1GB RAM, Radeon 9000 Pro 128MB, HDD’s with Tiger and Leopard

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