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    Heh. Although my first PowerPC experience was the Power Mac 7100, my first real work on one was indeed on the RS/6000 side, and I’ve personally owned and run AIX machines (first an Apple Network Server 500 and now a Power 520 Express) since 1998. I think there’s a lot of us Power bigots who came that way through AIX and IBM experience.

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      My very first laptop was an ibook G4. it was competing against the intel celeron and the intel pentium 4. The g4 was faster, cooler, and the battery could last for ages. But, the laptop only lasted about 4 years before it felt obsolete because computing and demands had increased so much in the intervening time. I couldn’t stream live television for instance (https://ici.radio-canada.ca/rdi/) as i liked to watch news. The bloated nature of software web development was also leaving it useless.

      So then i bought a macbook pro and it lasted about 10 years. it still actually works and is quite usable but is no longer supported by apple’s software updates.

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        On the PowerBooks/iBooks you could put them to sleep and swap the battery out if you were running out of power and had a spare fully charged battery.

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        What POWER would need to make a comeback with the hobbyist is an inexpensive system on a chip like ARM has with the Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Talos’ offering while cheaper are not cheap enough for many.

        It might not be possible due to the chip offering from IBM but if it did, I’m sure many would be interested in an open, powerful, “cheap” POWER-based computer to play on.

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          This is really the use case that Microwatt is designed to address. It’s progressing by leaps and bounds, intended to present the same ISA as OpenPOWER, and is fully synthesizeable.

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            Old gamecubes maybe?

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              Because they are old, they are not competitive in performance nor power efficiency.

              They also do not use the current ISA.

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                They’re also somewhat rare, expensive, and not in any way open or general-purpose, have no standard I/O and won’t run anything other than signed GameCube games.

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                  and won’t run anything other than signed GameCube games.

                  That part is fortunately not true anymore. But yes, it was not the intended purpose of these devices.

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            I find it interesting how the POWER ISA fanatism can be seen in the language.

            Rather than “I use POWER” (POWER is what I use), it’s “I am a POWER user.” (a POWER user is what I am).

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              Honestly, I think the author just wanted to make a good joke. Extrapolating on a single data point never gives good results.