Matt Gemmell

My new book CHANGER is out now!

An action-adventure novel — book 1 in the KESTREL series.

★★★★★ — Amazon

PowerBook

Tech 1 min read

A few times over the past week, when using my Powerbook, the screen started flickering whenever the lid was opened to more than 90° from the keyboard. On Thursday afternoon, after it having worked fine all morning, I booted the machine to find that the backlight had finally died.

The machine is way out of warranty (my AppleCare for it ran out a year ago), and it’s getting exceedingly long in the tooth; it’s the original PowerBook G4 titanium, with 512Mb RAM and a 500Mhz G4. Xcode grinds a bit when compiling things, and it can barely run Garageband acceptably. Thus, I decided, this latest occurrence was A Sign.

PowerBook *myNewPB = [[PowerBook alloc] initWithProcessor:G4
                                               screenSize:15"
                                               clockSpeed:1.67Ghz
                                                   memory:1Gb
                                                 hardDisk:100Gb
                                             graphicsCard:128MbDualDVI
                                                 keyboard:backlit
                                               superDrive:YES
                                        scrollingTrackpad:YES
                                                  airPort:Extreme
                                                bluetooth:2.0+EDR
                                                appleCare:YES];
[myNewPB addToOrder:[[iSight alloc] init]];
[myNewPB addToOrder:[[WacomTablet alloc] initWithType:Graphire3
                                                 size:A6]];
[myNewPB setDiscount:NSHigherEducationalDiscount];
// Takes it down to just under £1,900 for the whole order, including VAT.
NSLog(@"%@", [myNewPB shipDate]);
// On or before Friday 25th Feb 2005

Now we play the waiting game.