My favourite Mac undoubtedly has to be my Lombard. I've had it since new, and it will be 7 this year. Over the years it has had its sound card replaced (under warranty), Its top case (I overtightened the screws), and its display cable (cat damage) have also been replaced. Thats all its ever needed. I might swap out the battery charge board soon. Mine has never clicked properly. The click has always worked, but you've never been able to actually feel the click. It has started to stick recently, and since I have another one spare, I may as well swap it. Almost forgot I had to swap out the keyboard when the 3,E,D and C keys failed. It now sports a Japanese one. Though there are english letters on it too.
I was pleasantly surprised to read a recent reliability survey of all Apple laptops and the Lombard beat all comers as I recall. Even slightly ahead of the Pismo, which most people usually overlook it for.
I have also upgraded the HD a few times, it currently has a 40GB unit. I also swapped out the standard optical drive for a DVD-ROM, then a DVD-RW (flashed to region free). My Lombard has never been able to burn a DVD successfully though. In Toast it always drains its buffer. I guess the Lombard is too slow to keep up.
I have a Belkin Wifi card which shows up as Airport, a firewire/USB 2.0 card and the OS 9 DVD decoder card. I have maxed the RAM to 512MB.
Its currently getting another upgrade session: The 40GB drive was th first stage (though I'm now tempted to stick something bigger in there), and I recently installed Tiger via Xpostfacto. My next step is to add a Daystar G4 upgrade. I then intend to re-cell a battery or two for it. I'm looking at building my own expansion bay hard drive for it too. The final touch would be some LED mods which I won't go into yet....
This was my second Mac. My first was a Performa 6200 which mostly got used for playing Maelstrom and has yet to see the internet. The Lombard went through University with me. This included a year of using dial-up with a 30 foot modem cable trailing under my bedroom door and down the hallway. Then two years of living in a communal living room being used by all 5 residents + guests as it was the only laptop in the house. Again with a long modem cable. It has survived all this and more. Though many modem cables gave their lives in its defence.
All this and its only recently that a Wintel laptop can sit beside it without looking old fashioned. So many newer, faster machines which are three times the size, five times the weight, and completely obsolete and unusable with their latest OS after only two or three years of usage. My Lombard is still completely up to date. Just about.
While my PowerBook G4 is great, my heart belongs to my other portables - my Pismo and my Clamshell.
After using Macs for years in school, my Clamshell became the first Mac I ever owned, only a few short years ago. It will always be my first love, and I'll never give it up if I can help it. Since then, two G3 iMacs have passed through my posession, as well as a Sawtooth (and I could only give that up when I got my new Powerbook in December), but the only other one I've held onto has been my Pismo.
Oh the Pismo. I was amazed as soon as I opened up the keyboard. Its all right there! I don't have to disect the entire thing to get at the HD! And it goes up to a gig of RAM (although mine has only held 768 in its time with me)! It was my trusty sidekick every day for quite some time.
The Clamshell and the Pismo are both stellar and reliable machines. I spent so much time with them, and there's nothing better than the feeling I get when I spend time typing on them. They feel right. What more can you ask than that?
I would collect Apple portables if I could. I love both my 12 inch and really love my wife's 14 inch iBook. 2300 Duo, rocks. 2400 Comet, rocks. Wallstreet, Lombard, Pismo with those gorgeous black curves, Rock. Clamshell is sooo cool. Titanium lust drives me crazy ($800 for a 1ghz Ti on Wegenermedia.com, Arhg!!!!) There will always be a warm spot in my heart for my little powerbook 5300. That piece of @#$% was my first laptop. If you want to teach someone to swim, shove them off the end of the dock, If you want to teach someone to fix laptops give them a 5300. I took that thing apart soo many times.... It went with me everywhere. I bet I could field strip that thing with my eyes closed. I think my eye is tearing up a little...Snif Snif....
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