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Just how far can we go?

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This is more of a what do you think type question than one asking for a solution.

Last night, I again screwed up the OS on my Quicksilver. Going to need to Archive and reinstall again. This will be the second time for that and the third time I've installed an OS on this Mac. Since I'm really not looking forward to this I am going to take my time at trying to fix and rearrange some other issues with the Mac.

However, that's not what brings me here. It did get me to thinking about just how far we can all push this. And by this, I mean PowerPC.

PowerPC Macs are a lot like old cars. They are reliable, dependable (in most cases) and while they don't have the latest bells and whistles they still provide the basics. But, they are not like old classic muscle cars. Maybe the G5 Quads are, but I think even their time will come.

People buy/sell classic muscle cars because these cars have something special - and can still perform. I think PowerPC Macs have something special too, but performance is subjective.

Sure, if we use our old Macs in the context of the apps and capabilities around when they were introduced they are fine. Fire up the Mac to play mid 2000s games, a PDF is still a PDF, etc. But here's where I am now starting to have concerns.

Most of what I use my Macs for is web browsing. Oh sure, TenFourfox, Leopard Webkit and so on. All great, all useful. But for how much longer?

I have done my level best to maximize performance out of T4Fx and I think I've done pretty well. Recently, I made the jump to T4Fx 31. It works, but some stuff is broken. But it's SLOW! I am reminded of the slowness I dealt with in Flock back before it started to die as a browser. I had to roll back to T4Fx 24. But this is not going to be an option for too much longer.

Cameron Kaiser is tired. T4Fx occupies too much of his time already and he is now talking about forking and feature parity. And this time I think he's serious. Getting to 31 was a serious struggle. And the browser is performing less well than 24. We all expect Kaiser to perform miracles, but I think this may be the last one.

So where does that leave us? I know where it leaves me. It tells me that soon I'm not going to be able to browse the 'net as before. I'm already making compromises by using Fluid for Facebook because T4Fx is having problems with it lately. That's only going to get worse because FB is constantly updated.

I use my Macs for other things of course too, but this is my main purpose. Already, even kids sites break things for the browsers my children use. The Flash hack will only work for so long (what happens when Flash 12 is the requirement for Flash use on websites?)

Of course I can't speak to Leopard Webkit as I don't really use it. But I can only imagine that at some point the work for them will come to diminishing returns.

I'm a diehard PowerPC fan, but lately I am now starting to think that we are rapidly getting to the point where our machines will be used for specific purposes and not as daily drivers for everything we wish to do. At this point I am seriously starting to consider how I can get a hold of a low end Intel MBP. That would at least put me back to where I was capability wise in 2009.

What do you think?


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