Ten Years of Power Macintosh

March 16, 2004 at 7:07 pm | Posted in Macintosh | 1 Comment

This week marks the 10th Anniversary of the Power Macintosh product line. The PowerMac has always been important to Apple’s professional / prosumer markets, and selling lots of them bodes well for the company, due to its high margins and ability to sell other peripherals like displays and printers. When the first 6100/7100/8100 PowerMacs were announced, Apple sold over 145,000 of them in two weeks, and over a million during their first year.

Ten years since then, Apple now has a “kick-ass” G5 PowerMac, but has been unable to sell them as fast as they did 10 years ago. Last quarter, Apple shipped about 206,000 G5s and this quarter, they are only expected to sell 195,000 units. If the current trends continue, Apple will sell no more than 800,000 by the end of summer. It may actually be worse than that, since Steve Jobs promises 3GHz G5’s by the end of this summer, which may put a lot of potential buyers on hold. Personally, if Apple doesn’t have the G5 I want at the right price by early June, I’m waiting until after WWDC.

Mac Overclocking

The first PowerMacs were also the first Macs that were easily overclocked.

Back then, the rumor mills said that due to good yields, IBM was shipping more 80MHz units than expected, and Apple purposely underclocked them in the 60MHz 6100. In fact, all one had to do was piggyback a faster (40MHz) oscillator on top of the 6100’s 30MHz oscillator (60MHz) to get performance almost equal to the more expensive 8100. Companies like Output Enablers were quite successful in the overclocking market. I overclocked my 6100 to 80Mhz and saved over $2,000. I sold the 6100 about three years ago for $40, and it was still running like a champ.

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  1. Hey Alex!

    How ya doin?

    Sorry it’s been a while..I’ve been busy with Bill

    proposals, letters and writing a book about the

    recent historical Southern California UFCW Labor

    Dispute…Speaking of which,…ONCE AGAIN,..

    LABOR GETS THE SHAFT!!

    What seems to be an equitable contract at first

    glance (as evidenced by the 86% approval for

    ratification, made 95% out of desparation and

    frustration after being “starved out” by that

    relentless, ruthless rat-bastard Steve Burd, CEO

    for Safeway, for over 4 1/2 long months) is, in

    actuality, a dear compromise to the labor forces

    of America: Compromised,..because it is full of

    innuendo and concessions, restrictions, limitat-

    ions and broken promises by the employers (either

    unilaterally or in alliance)…

    I am a God-fearing man and a true believer in a

    thing called “kharma” (what goes around comes

    around)…It just makes me want to puke when I

    reflect on what has occurred over the last couple

    of weeks:

    The new contract was ratified late Sunday night

    on February 29….Tuesday, Albertsons’ employees

    were allowed to start returning to work:..On

    Wednesday, the Ralphs’ regulars reported in:…

    VONS??….NO…NO!…The “Big-3”,..by agreement,

    had until Friday to get rid of replacement labor.

    It seems Mr. Burd was compelled to “milk it” for

    all it was worth,..keeping HIS “scabs” to the

    bitter end…And,…as if these (formerly) loyal

    and faithful employees (who shaped and built the

    corporation to be as successful as it is, while

    management and shareholders so richly reap (rape)

    the fruits of their labor) hadn’t been through

    enough in their 4 1/2 LONG months of disrespect,

    dishonor, frustration, humiliation and financial

    devastation,…apparently,..IT WASN’T ENOUGH!!

    STEVE BURD not only thrust the knife in their

    backs and twisted it,…but decided to, after

    breaking their spirit,..reach in and rip their

    hearts out! He chose to,…before the ink was

    dry on the contract,..lay off nearly 50% of the

    Vons’ employees,..dipping 16 YEARS into the

    seniority pool!! WHAT KIND OF BULL SHIT IS THAT?

    GREED!..GREED in it’s most immoral,..unprincipled

    and unethical form!

    In my 52 years,..I have NEVER seen such heart-

    less and spineless EVIL even capable of a life-

    form (aside from 911 and Hitler)…Hmmmm…Maybe

    we have begun “Armageddon”….Maybe Steve Burd IS

    the “ANTICHRIST”!..

    Rest assured,..out there somewhere is a “silver

    Bullet” with HIS hame on it…And whomever it is

    that “euthanizes” this animal, “Thank you for

    your HUGE contribution in helping to clean up our

    economical environment!


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