Well, I have done what I was aiming to do and it has been successful, I think anyway. Leopard was installed the other night and using the tips in the Missing Sync for Leopard manual I managed to save around 6gb of space by not installing stuff like printer drivers and other languages although I did, for some reason of which I am not quite sure, install Spanish and French.
Although there is only a 867mhz processor, which puts this PowerBook well down the pecking order in G4 PowerBook bragging stakes, it is running surprisingly well. Those with 1.5ghz G4 PowerBooks must be able to enjoy a nice user experience. I also installed the new battery which arrived a few days or so alongside the Airport Extreme card and I have enjoyed a) the much improved battery life and b) being able to connect seamlessly and with the minimum of fuss to the home wifi network?
I have noticed one or two slightly odd behaviours though and I wonder if anyone can help me out by offering advice. Firstly, the cursor seems at times to have a mind of its own as it jumps around, not a huge distance but it does move. What could be causing that? Next, I am able to control click on the MacBook by placing two fingers on the trackpad and then clicking the bar below it…this has no effect on the PowerBook yet it works when hovering over an app in the dock? Odd. Lastly, when mousing over items in the dock often one of the apps will open seemingly of its own accord and I don’t think I have pressed the trackpad bar to trigger this action.
My initial thoughts when comparing it to the MacBook are that the PowerBook has a far better keyboard. The MacBook, by virtue of its 2.2ghz intel processor is obviously much quicker and the user enhancements made to the hardware make it nicer though to use…I’m thinking here about trackpad scrolling scrolling. I do however, oddly, prefer the PowerBook’s smaller form factor as it is quite a bit smaller being a non-widescreen device, unlike the MacBook. It gives the impression of being much more portable. I really need though to start learning all those time saving laptop keyboard shortcuts.