The people who design the pages of the Times Free Press have been using PowerMac G5 computers for several months. Here's what some of them say about the G5 technology:
* Jay Greeson, Sports editor
"Speed kills. It's that simple. The biggest difference in the new model is probably the most expected - the G5 is considerably faster than its predecessor. The speed is impressive, even for those of us who are not computer savvy enough to put the pedal to the floor of its capabilities. Most the familiar functions return with some added features that allow for a wider array of possibilities."
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* Jim Tanner, news copy editor/page designer
"I have been a loyal Mac user since the mid 1980s, when I received a Mac SE (no hard drive, 2 disk drives), with the exception of a brief experiment with the PC world in the late 1990s - but I guess we all did a few things we now regret during the 90s. The G5 truly is an impressive machine that is the culmination of all my years as a Mac owner. The machine is visually impressive when compared to previous Macs and other PCs. It looks and feels pretty much indestructible. Its powerful engine and the Mac OSX Tiger operating system put most other desktop computers to shame and make using the G5 a very enjoyable experience. There are always glitches and growing pains when upgrading to a new machine and new software, and I've had my share of stumbles as I've made the move to the G5 and OSX Tiger, but my problems have been relatively few, and I would have to say the G5 is really a top-notch product. Take that Bill Gates!"
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* Sara Jackson, features page designer
"I don't remember much about learning to use a computer in elementary school. I do, however, vaguely recall green letters blinking on the dark screen, a striped Apple sticker on the monitor and the urgency with which I searched the world for Carmen Sandiego. By middle school, some guys from my hometown had started up some local intranet system, and I was dialing up and typing daily messages back and forth with friends and strangers. In high school, I finally was introduced to the joys of desktop publishing, and the fate of my hardware preference was sealed - I liked Macs.
Today, almost 10 years later, I still have a loyal devotion to the first computer I ever used. I was practically drooling when the announcement came three months ago that we were upgrading to G5s at work. I can't afford to shell out the required cash for an upgrade at home, but the power and beauty of these machines is mine to harness gleefully for eight hours each day.
Sadly, my tech savvy ends with the Internet and the software required for me to do my job. I don't own a digital camera, and I've never downloaded a song from the Web, let alone a movie. Wi-fi hotspots and even instant messaging scare me. I know less than my grandma when it comes to these things. And trust me, you don't have to tell me how pathetic that is. I really feel like it should be a crime for me, of all people, to have a G5 at my fingertips. While I love what I'm able to accomplish with it in my job, it's a shame that such an amazing tool is so underutilized because of my ignorance. So far, nothing terrible has come of my lack of know-how. I do feel a little out of the loop, though, and I know that someday I really ought to join the ranks of normal 20-somethings. And, someday I will. Ignorance can only be bliss for so long."
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