It goes without saying that I’m happy with my new workstation. I went from a 450MHz PPC750 (G3) to a dual 1.8GHz PPC970 (G5) with Quartz hardware-acceleration. I really haven’t done anything particularly compute intensive, but the difference in my ordinary, day to day tasks is just striking. Things I would actively avoid doing (using my ISPs Flash-encrusted homepage, for example) on the G3 happen instantaneously. Apple Mail is fast enough for me to use without reservation, reindexing of large folders is instantaneous, etc.
I’m still trying to build my working environment up, of course. I have to bring sure all my tools and scripts and everything else over, and I’ve got to figure out how to sync my Tungsten, etc., but it’s a joy when I don’t have to wait. At all.
Far back in the mists of ancient time, in the great and glorious days of the
former Galactic Empire, life was wild, rich and largely tax free.
Mighty starships plied their way between exotic suns, seeking adventure and
reward among the furthest reaches of Galactic space. In those days, spirits
were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women
and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures
from Alpha Centauri. And all dared to brave unknown terrors, to do mighty
deeds, to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before — and thus
was the Empire forged.
— Douglas Adams, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”