The Tower Is Dead

I was cleaning things up around my desk and realized how big and hefty my PowerMac G5 is.

And the more I thought about it, the more I thought about how loud it was.

Plus, it heats up a room pretty fast.

So, I thought about the idea of replacing it. At work I use an iMac G5. It’s about a year and a half old now and generally pretty good for everything I do, with the exception of the rare DVD encoding.

I think my next computer will be an iMac.

Apple’s making it an easy decision too. Not even a year after the first Intel Mac, every Mac now comes with Intel inside. And while the Mac Pro is the modern day equivalent of the PowerMac G5, it’s complete overkill for about 80% of every task you’d use a computer to do. The reason I got a Powermac was because I wanted the option of installing another hard drive and more RAM. I’ve installed more RAM, but not another hard drive. Part of me is afraid of how much more noise it would generate. Not that it would matter much since iMacs now come with a drive as big as what I have.

But the Powermac and Mac Pro are not a home machines. The iMac is. Nowadays, both are powerful. The advantage with the iMac is that it’s not so fricken big.

Ever since the original iMac’s introduction Apple has tried to convince people that computers don’t have to be ugly. They can be stylish and to some degree not even noticeable. Now that parts are getting smaller and faster, and people stick their whole music collections on iPods and call people on their Razr cellphones, the trend is truly less is more.

The problem is do you stick with old technology until the day it dies, or do you get out while the getting’s good? With PowerPC’s days numbered, who actually wants a Powermac G5? Looks like a similar machine would go for under $800. As I write this the auction is at $610. The high resell value of a Mac has been brought to its knees by the Intel transition. That’s life.