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Something about using this feels very fragile, and not because of the machine itself, the operating system, or even the interface. It feels fragile because of the internet. But the web browser became a vital part of our digital existence more than two decades ago, and at the time this machine was released, it was pretty much what people did with computers, for good and bad.

Sometime last fall, the popular music service Spotify, as far as I can tell, apparently stopped working on the PowerPC versions of Mac OS X, despite working for well over a decade in that interface. I tried it myself; the servers seem to not want to talk to it anymore. This is despite the fact that, unlike most things that might get used on a PowerPC-based Mac, there is incentive to ensure that it works—because if it stops working, it may directly cost Spotify business.

Same deal, before that, with Dropbox. At some point, someone made the decision that it cost more money to simply let the servers communicate with old machines than to let those machines keep doing their jobs. Some of it already did long ago. For example, the Leopard interface promotes MobileMe, a predecessor to the widely used iCloud that did not see much in the way of uptake and was taken offline nearly seven years ago.

Even the web browser experience itself is being held up by volunteers who have enthusiasm for this software and this project. If, one day, they lose it, so too will the community. But honestly, I was just hoping to relive my own past a little bit—in the form of a computer that was once the machine I found necessary to get through my day. The Mac Mini G4 is not a sign of our past. It is a sign of our future—a future that will not allow the past to survive on its own terms. Find this one an interesting read? Share it with a pal! And definitely give Hacker Newsletter a look.

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Consider subscribing to our freaking newsletter. We publish stuff like this twice a week. Learn More, Hoser Other factors made the device a little bit cheaper. Good luck finding one of those around. Once I got the right boot command implemented, though, it was smooth sailing. I own a Magic Trackpad 2, and while the device actually worked on PowerPC, it was only treated as a standard one-button mouse. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.

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Click here to Register a free account now! Mac Mini G4 1. Started by jcbii , Mar 12 PM. Please log in to reply. I then realized that Safari crashes when trying to use the Google search engine, so I decided to buy the latest OSX operating system that this Mini Mac will supposedly handle Leopard I already have a Mini Mac Mid , so I'm basically just messing around with this older model.