I fell in love with G5

Macs in Croatia are way too expensive. Our Apple store raised prices way too much for us–the ordinary people. Just for example–Power Mac G5 Dual 1.8 GHz is in Croatia even more expensive than Dual 2.5 GHz in the U.S.A. Since i declare as being able to build web sites that work on every platform, the company managed to make me one available for testing purposes, since our current project has quite complicated layout.

Love at the First Sight

The morning ‘he’ arrived, we ran every possible test on it. This Dual 1.8 were 4 times faster than our fastest PC (P4 3GHz) in rendering Radial Blur over the Rendered Clouds in Photoshop. We fell in love. When this first euphoria passed, i looked up for browsers installed to start some testing. Safari and IE 5.2.3. were already there by default, but we also wanted to see web sites in Camino. The first thing i wondered was “How do we install anything on Mac?”. Browsed to Camino homepage, clicked at download link, took a few moments to download, and the next thing i’ve been asked was to place Camino icon where i want it!!? Awesome!

image of PowerMac G5

Bitter Reality

Camino and Safari rendered pages almost perfectly, i’ve just done some minor adjustments for a few details (digression: after we launch the web site i’ll explain some layout tricks). On the other hand–as i expected–in IE/Mac the web site is a mess… (i will have to spend some time now to debug it).

Anyway, i’m rethinking my hardware-upgrade-financial-plan in order to somehow afford me ‘the Monster’ G5.

Marko Dugonjić is a designer specialized in user experience design, web typography and web standards. He runs a nanoscale user interface studio Creative Nights and organizes FFWD.PRO, a micro-conference and workshops for web professionals.

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