The Usefulness Equation
is an intern software developer and projectionist from New York. His production machines include a 400 MHz Lombard PowerBook G3, 1.83 GHz first generation MacBook, and an 800 MHz Titanium PowerBook G4. He's currently working on a major in Computer Science with IT credentials and a Journalism minor within the coming year.
- Max Miller, solo musician, Extraordinary Mac Users, 2009.08.21. An interview with Max Miller, solo musician and Mac user.
- Lombard PowerBook: Almost a Pismo for less, 2009.06.18. Although Pismo has the huge following, Lombard provides comparable performance of often sells for quite a bit less.
- 12" G4 iBooks and PowerBooks are Mac netbooks: Cheap and powerful enough, 2009.02.05. Recent tests comparing a 1.33 GHz G4 iBook and a 1.6 GHz Atom-based netbook show the old Mac holds its own. It also has some advantages.
- Heat management for 'Books and the last Mac to run OS 9.1, 2009.01.08. Tips on keeping a first-gen MacBook Air from throttling back with CoolBook, using G4FanControl with a G4 PowerBook, and the fastest Mac that can boot Mac OS 9.1.
- Software to keep your MacBook cool, 2008.11.25. Heat is the enemy of long hardware life. Two programs to keep your MacBook running cooler.
- Modding your old Mac to make it more useful, 2008.10.09. If your old Mac is too slow, too noisy, too plain looking, or has too little room for expansion, you might want to mod it.
- Know your Mac's upgrade options, 2008.09.10. Any Mac can be upgraded, but it's a question of what can be upgraded - RAM, hard drive, video, CPU - and how far it can be upgraded.
- Purposeful reincarnation for old Macs, 2008.08.26. The key is to avoid spending more on upgrades than the final use of the machine can justify.
- Calculating the usefulness equation, 2008.08.11. A big factor in the usefulness equation is how long your computer will be able to do the taskes required of it.
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