Well look who showed up.
After a UPS mis-delivery, a neighbor hunt-down, and a package found safe and sound, my iMac G4 has finally arrived at my doorstep. I can die a happy man now.
I purchased the iMac off eBay for a bargain $200, and look at how well the seller packaged it. It’s like opening a brand-new model.
It came with everything: pro mouse and keyboard, speakers, extra USB dongle, manuals, power cord – all in great shape.
Including iLife ’06, OS X Tiger and Panther, 10.1, and OS 9, plus the software restore CDs. Talk about a jackpot. Just the OS X discs are gold. And I can finally install a version of iWeb to play around with.
Talk about handle with care. This 15″ model wasn’t going to budge.
Ah, finally out of the box.
My love affair with G4 iMacs began in college, when they were first released, and I vowed to get one – but not pay a premium. Well mission accomplished here, friends, because this iMac is in beautiful condition. It’s, by far, the loveliest design of the entire Mac line since the G3s were released. Only the Mac mini, in my eyes, comes close to this kind of elegance.
I really wanted a 17″ or larger model screen, but any iMac G4 is better than none at all.
The one cosmetic flaw I found, besides a dirty keyboard, was this clear goo on the back of the LCD. Some of it flakes off, but I might need some Goo-Gone to clean it off. Magic eraser, anyone?
The manuals were fun. Check out the first-gen iPod on the right. I wasn’t such a Mac geek when all this stuff was first coming out, and I’m sorry I missed all the excitement.
There it is – the whole setup. It bonged just fine when I plugged it in and turned it on. It’s running Panther, and it’s damn snappy, too – even at only 800 Mhz. Soon it will be running Tiger, and I’ll see how far I can push it. With only USB 1.1, though, there will be no iPod or iPhone plug-ins.
The only G4s I’m missing are the PowerBook, Cube, and Mac mini, but I’d really rather snag a G5 someday, just to say I had all three generations of the G-series. Intel? That’s somewhere down the road, too.