PPC Challenge Day 2

We continue with Greg Thompson’s account of the challenge.

Day 2

Got up this morning and got on the G5 again. Checked email using OSX’s email client. Sent my day 1 report to Jay via the same email client. Email and word processing is a simple task for this machine. I was also playing music in the background using iTunes 10.6.3. It still functions nicely with ripped music and movies. In fact I use it daily as an iTunes server to my 3 apple TV’s and any other iOS or Intel based mac as well. After checking email got on Facebook using Safari (it works in the mobile mode so looks totally different than what I am used to). Replied to a few comments and liked some. Opened up my budget spreadsheet on numbers using iCloud on ten4fox and updated it.

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

And James Tillman chimes in as well

Not much going on. Started helping Rocky test his Minecraft server for version 1.5.1 which will allow PPC clients to connect. Found that oddly enough, the client runs better through a multiplayer server than it does in standalone. A Dual 500mhz Sawtooth with a OpenGL compliant GPU and and at least 768mb (as tested it had 1gb RAM) of ram can run the client on low settings quite well. Higher settings causes lag and instability on this configuration. Faster Macs should be able to use higher settings.

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

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