View Full Version : Mac G4 Powerbooks - Safe to throw out the window(s)

14-02-2005, 01:26 PM
Article taken from Sydney Morning Herald website news feed.


"It's no use kicking the cat or sniffling into your hankie. We've said it before. Do not expect a G5 PowerBook any time soon - and that is quoting the top Cupertino brass, who should know (and even if they do they won't be saying).

Apple marketing chief Tim Cook put it succinctly last month: "It's the mother of all thermal challenges." (IBM has a cooler G5 on test but no production schedule.)

But there are rays of sunshine. New G4 PowerBooks, the ninth generation of this royal line, arrived last week. They are a little cheaper, still svelte in aluminium cases, usefully faster and come with some interesting innovations.

Most attention will go to their new trackpads. The faster Bluetooth 2.0 is also cool. But having two left feet, even without my shoelaces tied together, I like the Sudden Motion Sensor. It tells the PowerBook when it is falling so that it can protect its hard drive and, more importantly, the data on it.

Apple calls it "a tri-axis accelerometer to help protect a spinning hard drive if the notebook is accidentally dropped".

The hard drives in these PowerBooks spin at 5400 rpm and with read-write heads riding so close to the spinning platters, a knock can easily cause serious scoring.

Hard drives can be replaced but what about the data? If it happened to be a master of a TV advertisement or your great Australian novel, loss could cause serious emotional trauma.

The sensor tracks the attitude of the PowerBook and any sharp movement. If the computer is not level and is accelerating, the sensor decides it is falling and instantly parks the drive heads.

This also means your PowerBook may suddenly shut down if you are running it while you cross the office to show a colleague your latest stroke of creative genius.

May we suggest you keep your PowerBook on the desk? Call the colleague over and let him or her trip over the briefcase. It's a much safer idea. Besides, this is an equal-opportunity society."

[Article continues, but that was the interesting bit]

14-02-2005, 09:48 PM
A "tri-axis accelerometer" ?? Sounds like IBM's Active Protection System, which has been in their thinkpads for some time. A nifty system though, works really well and you can adjust the sensitivity so it doesn't stop the drive everytime the cat sneezes.

14-02-2005, 10:04 PM
Do their Notebooks still only come with those laughable 12.1 screens?

the highlander
14-02-2005, 11:10 PM
Mac G4 Powerbooks - Safe to throw out the window

Best place for them really, the higher the building the better.

15-02-2005, 10:50 AM
I've seen an IBM T41 Thinkpad being thrown around before. Even held by the screen and swung above his head. I was most impressed. Of course most people wouldn't make a habit of this, but it's nice to see that it can be done.

As for the screen sizes on the Apple laptops. If you open your eyes up a bit more you'll notice that they have a range of different screen sizes.


15-02-2005, 10:53 AM
Can't imagine anyone would apreciate being directed to an Apple site.

15-02-2005, 11:24 AM
Can't imagine anyone would apreciate being directed to an Apple site.

Don't underestimate the interest other people have in keeping informed about new developments in computer technology. Most people like to keep an open mind and think laterally and not get blinded by obsessive personal prejudices.

15-02-2005, 11:27 AM
great Australian novel :lol: :lol: :lol:

15-02-2005, 11:30 AM
obsessive personal prejudices?


Sounds like a Mac user convetion.

15-02-2005, 04:10 PM
I personally would find a hammer more satisfying, but dropping it off a biuldng works too