The FrankenMac

This past May, Stephen asked me if I might want an older Mac laptop his company was retiring. I asked him how old the laptop was and what kind of prices they were asking. The price couldn’t be beat! It was missing the bottom cover but it was going for $2. He took the cover from another old laptop and did some Dremel work and suddenly I had a brand new (to me) 1 GHz G4 Powerbook.

It turns out that its biggest problem (besides the lost bottom cover) was that it needed a new battery. I found one for $60 on an Ebay store. Then I upgraded the memory since it only had 512 mb. It now has 1 Gig of Ram and a second new battery since the first one was a dud.

While Kat was here last week I was admiring her laptop. She has a pirate sticker on the cover of hers, which is nice because it’s distinctive and easily recognizable as hers. Not to be outdone, I started applying stickers to my laptop cover. If I had bought a brand new laptop I would have never put stickers all over it. It’s close to sacrilege to defile the pristine beauty of a new Apple product with anything. But since someone Stephen works with had already hauled it from one side of the country to the other, I felt I could decorate with impunity.

Last night I completed the upgrade with an install of OS Leopard so that it could get onto our home network wirelessly. ‘Cause, you know, what’s the point of having a laptop if you can’t sit on your couch and search the internet?

So now I present to you the FrankenMac:

I don’t know how much work I’ll actually do on the laptop but I sure will look cool doing it!

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4 Comments

  1. on September 7, 2008 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    So, how does the FrankenMac run on Leopard?

  2. on September 7, 2008 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    It’s running pretty well, although I admit I haven’t tried to open Photoshop and do any work yet. For checking email and typing posts, it’s a winner!

  3. on September 7, 2008 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    You loaded Ps on it? BRAVE woman. 🙂

  4. kat
    on September 9, 2008 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    I admit, you’ve definitely outdone me on stickers on your laptop. 😉 I’m still skiddish about putting things on my laptop. The pirate sticker was too cool to pass up, though, and it definitely makes my laptop unique, which was handy last fall in a houseful of people and three of us had 12″ G4 laptops.