I know I’ve been talking about PC stuff a lot lately, because hey it’s the new kid on the block and there’s more software and it’s more mainstream. But the truth is that my G5 is amazing. Yes, there are faster ones on the market, but this one has served me really well in the 1.5 years that I’ve had it and it’s showing no sign of slowing down.
I’m not starting another “what’s on your dock” meme, but check out my dock right now. Since I use QuickSilver, my dock only contains running applications. I’m in major work mode which means I open what I need when I need it and I rarely (if ever) quit an application until I have to restart. Sometimes I know it’s time to pare down the apps when the icons start shrinking on my 23“ wide monitor as they reach both sides of the screen.
Look at what’s open (click to make larger):
From left to right: Finder, [Adobe Illustrator CS](http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator/main.html), iChat (for ”talking“ to the other computers in the house via Rendezvous), [QuickSilver](http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/), [Art Director’s Toolkit](http://www.code-line.com/software/artdirectorstoolkit.html), Preview, [InDesign CS](http://www.adobe.com/products/indesign/), [Word 2004](http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/word2004/word2004.aspx?pid=word2004), [iPulse](http://iconfactory.com/ip_home.asp), [Macromedia Fireworks](http://www.macromedia.com/software/fireworks/), [Macromedia Dreamweaver](http://www.macromedia.com/software/dreamweaver/), [Timbuktu Pro](http://netopia.com/software/products/tb2/), [Font Agent Pro 3](http://www.insidersoftware.com/FA_pro_osx.php), [Transmit 3](http://panic.com/transmit/), [Web Confidential](http://web-confidential.com/), [ecto](http://ecto.kung-foo.tv/), Safari, [Adobe Photoshop CS](http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop), [Firefox](http://www.getfirefox.com), [iView Media Pro](http://iviewmultimedia.com/) and [Acrobat 6 Pro](http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat). Pretty big stuff there, all running smoothly. I remember being unable to run even 3 of them at the same time on my old
G5 G4 with 1.5 GB RAM.
Speak of RAM, check out this shot from iPulse:
Still 1/3rd of my 2 GB RAM available! Remember the OS 9 days when something like this wasn’t remotely possible?
P.S. Look at how much RAM Firefox is using. For a browser, it’s quite a resource hog. Does the same thing on my PC.