Breaking in the G4

Well, the new G4 rolled in today, and I spent the evening after the kids went to bed getting it set up and going. The good: it’s blazingly fast, and will only get more so once I have it going with OS X which actually supports both processors. Both iMovie and Deus Ex, my test applications this evening, perform hugely better than on the G3. The bad: the DVD drive doesn’t appear to like my burned CDs, nor, for some reason, does it seem eager to play DVD movies. Also, the Radeon card’s drivers still apparently need some work, as Deus Ex has some extraordinarily ugly graphics artifacts. But overall it’s a beautifully engineered machine, with some lovely peripherals; the Apple Pro mouse is an absolute beauty, and just needs those little grips on the side to actually be buttons to make it perfect.