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I share my rage with you

Four years and ten months ago, my laptop died. I don’t even remember what brand it was, but I went out to the Apple store and picked up their cheapest laptop.

I’m still using it almost five years later, but the internet has become nearly impossible. All sorts of web pages make Safari seize up. Facebook, G+, The Daily Beast… the list is endless. My browser picks up the spinning beach ball with only very few tabs open.

Twitter is trying to discourage third-party app makers, but I can’t type out a single tweet without stopping for the spinning beach ball. My own fucking website slows things down interminably, mainly because it tries to contact Twitter et al.

It’s frustrating and a waste of time. Most of my laptop browsing is book-related research, but this old software is just excruciating. The browser crashes too much, freezes too much, and wastes way too much of my time.

And I can’t afford new right now.

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seawasp
Sep. 24th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
Getting a new BROWSER is easy as downloading Firefox or Chrome; Safari was ALWAYS a pain in the ass; I used it for a few months after getting my one Mac, and then stopped. Whether that would fix your problem I don't know, but I know that Safari always gave me issues.

Make sure you have updated all the other software, if you don't do that regularly.

Make sure there's plenty of space on your hard drive, too; some things need open disk space to work efficiently and if you've got minimal space it spends a LOT of time thrashing the drive looking for space to work in.

While on that subject, and while the memory of our disaster is fresh in my mind, make sure everything you give a damn about is backed up on something else; if your drive IS doing a lot of work, and is that old, it could also be getting ready to give up the ghost, and when that happens you'll lose everything on the disk.

None of these should cost you any money. Unless your drive dies.
mastadge
Sep. 24th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
I agree -- try a new browser. For some reason LJ routinely started making Safari freeze, a problem I have not had at all with either Chrome or Firefox.
lwe
Sep. 25th, 2012 04:08 am (UTC)
I'm with the rest of the guys here -- switch to Firefox (Chrome actually uses the same core as Safari, albeit better), and clear out as much of the crap on your hard disk as possible.

Check for spyware, but do it carefully -- some sites that claim to offer anti-spyware services of one sort or another are actually spyware fronts, or spambot generators.
7leaguebootdisk
Sep. 25th, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
Backup and do a clean (not migrating user accounts) install of what ever the current version of Mac OS is for your machine. Run software update, try some other browsers (I like chrome).

Can you upgrade your ram? If you are not maxed out, do so.
moneo
Sep. 25th, 2012 08:33 am (UTC)
I would say your machine would perform adequately after a RAM upgrade and an OS reinstall. Maybe a thorough dusting of the internals as well. Perhaps a couple browser tweaks, like installing adblock and/or a flash blocking extension.

If I were you, I'd find a techie fan in your area to have him or her look at your system and fix it up. They'd probably do it for the cost of the RAM (depending on the exact model of the macbook and how much you want, that would be 50-80 bucks new, maybe half of that if you're OK with used) and an early autographed copy of your next book.

Another option is to ask around on tech forums to make sure you're buying the right components, buy the RAM and do the upgrade yourself. Modern PC components are about as hard to work with as LEGOs (well, at times they're more like cheap LEGO knockoffs, but still).
jry
Sep. 25th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
I share your frustration. I have a white ibook with similar issues. Maxed out the memory, clean install of the latest supported OS (since Lion and Mountain Lion don't support this hardware any more), and the most recent Safari for the OS is missing features and Firefox and Chrome don't support the old OS either in their newest versions.

So annoying to have a beautifully designed piece of hardware that still functions just fine but has been left behind by the relentless feature creep of software.

I broke down and got a new machine. I might try installing linux on the ibook since it seems that's a possibility for giving it some further life though it's more techie tinkering than I like to do in my free time.
moneo
Sep. 26th, 2012 06:52 am (UTC)
I know a place that has a perfectly operational 286 - 5 inch floppies, EGA monitor, a harddrive with a capacity measured in megabytes, all the good stuff. It's still being used as a recording interface for a piece of scientific measuring equipment.

Unfortunately, if you must have the internets, anything older than five-six years will be painfully slow, linux or no linux. I would say that the best use for a G3/G4 ibook is turning it into a low-fi linux server.
geniusofevil
Sep. 26th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Oh Man, that sucks. You're like my mom who still has a dial up connection.
kowh
Sep. 26th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
Flash is all over the place these days, and it's a dog, so Flashblock is a quick win to get a chunk of performance back. You only load the Flash you click on to play.

It's for Firefox, but there are equivalents for Chrome and Safari.
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