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A Rev. B Bondi Blue G3 iMac, circa 1998m running PowerPC G3 266 MHz 98 MB RAM. I use this as a slide show machine and repository for my photos.

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Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on November 3, 2009 at 1:01am
I was hunting for a Rev. A (233MHz), but I really can't store any more of these.
There is a Bondi Blue as this one, 160 MB RAM, running 9.2.2 as Brandon's -
OSX slows these down dramatically.
Great for games, that's true, nice LG monitor; the later slot models have the better sound system by Harman Kardon - iTunes is more fun with them. But the 6GB is too small then - the iTunes folder on my 5400/G3 is about 8GB...
Comment by BRCincy on November 3, 2009 at 8:09am
Funny about the iTunes Folder being 8 GB. My iTunes Library is 300 GB on an external HDD. There is no way any G3 iMac could hold all my files. They are great machines though.

I didn't mention int he video that its dual boot, and will boot into Mac OS 9.2.2 as well, which is considerably faster than Mac OS X. Its just that iPhoto is an OS X application, and that's what I use it for.
Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on November 3, 2009 at 8:54am
I threw away iPhoto after the first time I used it - go get yourself a copy of the GraphicConverter.
My iTunes folder contains all the digital music I have. There is no D/A interface yet.
And I still prefer black 30cm vinyl records to these plastic things called 'CD',
although I bought my first CD player in 1987.
Comment by Damian Ward on November 3, 2009 at 2:18pm
My Bondi is running a 233MHz processor, has this been upgraded?

@ BRCincy, That is is some iTunes library, mine is 78GB with over 13500 items. How much of yours is music? How many items does it contain?

@ Lars, I still have my collection of vinyl, although it never gets played I will never get rid of it.
Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on November 3, 2009 at 5:07pm
There were the 1st gen iMacs Rev. A (233MHz) and Rev. B. (266MHz). I recently wanted to downgrade my 266, but there would have been a conflict with the S/N. These are the tray-loading. The slot-loading are are little bit shorter (about 1 cm) and have the passive cooling without a fan, making them run very silent and let them die sooner or later. They differ in handle positioning and ventilation holes and in weight.
AFAIK the 2nd Gen. started as 333MHz models, then came the 350, 400, 450 and 500's. There may have been some more. The fastest iMac CRT should have been the 600MHz. If I'm not totally wrong there were G4 upgrades.

I have most of my iTunes files in MP3, some in MP4a, none in AIFF format or something. The number of tracks is about a tenth of what Damian has.
They are on the 40GB in my 5400 G3 as well as on the G4 and a G3 b/w. And a few Performas...
I play movies with the VLC, Real, or QT Player, have a few others installed.
Do you remember the 'PlayitCool' app for 9.1 and earlier ?
If it is not in the 'Garden', I know what to do.
Comment by BRCincy on November 7, 2009 at 9:54am
My iTunes Library is predominately movies and TV shows which take up tons of hard drive space.
Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on November 7, 2009 at 10:23am
They surely do, but can be stored on DVD's as well; they are becoming cheaper and cheaper.
Well, that's the same with hard drives. In these days before christmas an external 1 TB is sold for about € 80, about US$ 100.
Comment by BRCincy on November 7, 2009 at 7:09pm
Yes, I have a 1 TB External HDD and that's where I route my iTunes Library. Buying movies on iTunes is still cheaper than buying a new DVD.
Comment by BRCincy on February 5, 2011 at 10:38pm
As vintage Macs go, this one has become my favorite, and I now use it as a place to store photos and run slideshows of my photos...OSX, iPhoto and iTunes is all that is on it now.
Comment by BRCincy on February 5, 2011 at 10:40pm
HDD on this is 95%+ full now.


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