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Spinning Beachball of Death

I just realised that I have, almost without trying, avoided the dreaded Spinning Beachball of Death on Mac OS X. My Mac backups cover all OS from 6.08 -> 9.2.2, but I switched over to Win98/XP just about the time of the OS X introduction. My interest in Apple waned over the years, as they trialled many different themes (and they're STILL CHANGING!). My interest only returned when OSX86 became mainstream around Leopard 10.5.2. I have a pre-release version of Mac OS X 10.0.1, which is buggier than hell, and software written for 10.1 will not run on it Laughing out loud

I remember trying to install 10.3 onto an old iMac (slot loading) with not enough RAM, and no eject on the CD drive. It was a trying experience...

I can in all honesty say that I have not experienced the worst that OS X has to offer. The SBOD is almost entirely a historical entity these days. Who knows, the animated cursor may have already been replaced in Snow Leopard!

You can keep this thread running by posting your worst SBOD moments, and what you think caused them...

Cheers.

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I must admit that I have OSX86 10.5.8 running positively sweetly on my Intel Core2Duo E7200 box. I am currently using it to rip all my DVDs over to the XBOX, using RipIt, Handbrake and Cyberduck. I do the same thing on WinXP, except with DVDShrink, Handbrake and Filezilla - but the Mac experience is as smooth as silk - no slower than XP - and a joy to accomplish. I am sure I will make a permanent switch once the game emulators are more mature (Dolphin, PCSX2 etc). Some are coming along nicely - Mupen64 Plus 1.5 is the only emulator I know that can play Super Mario 64 without a single glitch, from start to finish.

PS. Portal sucks balls - about 1/3 the framerate of WinXP, and bug-ridden.

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heh, interesting - I skipped the whole beginning of OS X as well. I used 9.2 on a PowerTower Pro, and then the next machine I had was a Windows machine donated by a friend (I was missing out on all the new games)!!! That was in, say, 2002 or so. I didn't get a new Mac until about 2005 when I purchased a very awesome 12" iBook G4 1.33ghz and finally realized just how thoroughly rad OS X was. Oh, in fact, I got the very last iBook G4 model before the MacBook came out. Somehow I knew from rumours that the model was being discontinued, and the price was dropped by about $50 in the store too - clearing away the last of the iBook stock. Fun times.

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I would really love a 25th Anniversary Mac, and a G4 Cube, but I fear I cannot come close to affording either. I nearly bought a "troublesome" first-gen PlayStation3 for $99, but the "troublesome" tag scared me off.

I might be able to pick up a cheap AMD 64 with flatscreen for $10 at the nearby Online Access Centre (who are obviously upgrading). I could use the second monitor on the eMac or iBook (same connectors). The eMac hack allows use as a full 2nd monitor too!

Cheers. I sent you an email too btw.