In appreciation of my G5

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](, iChat (for ”talking“ to the other computers in the house via Rendezvous), [QuickSilver](, [Art Director’s Toolkit](, Preview, [InDesign CS](, [Word 2004](, [iPulse](, [Macromedia Fireworks](, [Macromedia Dreamweaver](, [Timbuktu Pro](, [Font Agent Pro 3](, [Transmit 3](, [Web Confidential](, [ecto](, Safari, [Adobe Photoshop CS](, [Firefox](, [iView Media Pro]( and [Acrobat 6 Pro]( 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.


  1. Is the difference between your new G5 and your old G5 simply 0.5GB of RAM?

  2. Judi Sohn says:

    Oops, my mistake, Eddie. I had a G4 before (a “Sawtooth” G4/450 to be exact) not a G5. I’m on my first G5, so the difference between my old computer and this one is far more than just some extra RAM. Thanks for drawing my attention to my typo, which I’ve corrected. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. TekWiz says:

    It’s interesting that on Windows XP you can’t run more than maybe 2 or three large apps and a few other windows before it runs out of “resources”. No matter how much RAM you have. Win2000 was not limited in this way. But as they made XP compatible with Win98, that’s what happened. Amazing that so many people use it like that and don’t seem to even notice. I suppose WinXP users just don’t try to do too much on their computers… ๐Ÿ™‚

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