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Old Apr 2nd, 2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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We need a PowerPC Sub-Forum

At least half the long time Mac users I know or do tech work for still own and use PowerPC Macs on some level on a daily basis.

Since this is a dedicated Mac site and PowerPC was the Mac architecture for 12 years it may be prudent to dedicate a sub-forum to that. Anyone looking for help on a PowerPC Mac certainly won't find much if any help from newer Intel users.

I am an Apple certified tech and still use several PowerPC systems. I also setup and manage dozens of Mac based super computer clusters in the Vancouver area and a few are still 100% PowerPC hardware. I will gladly contribute a lot of help if this sub-forum is created.

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Old Apr 2nd, 2012, 04:11 PM   #2
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I don't see the need. "Anything Mac" covers just that, anything Mac; Intel and PowerPC have mangaged to co-exist successfully in the same place for, what, 6 or 7 years now. The Troubleshooting forum covers all manor of Apple, so...
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Old Apr 2nd, 2012, 04:20 PM   #3
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I don't see the need. "Anything Mac" covers just that, anything Mac; Intel and PowerPC have mangaged to co-exist successfully in the same place for, what, 6 or 7 years now. The Troubleshooting forum covers all manor of Apple, so...
I will again point to my statement about many newer to Mac people not really being able to help with PowerPC issues beyond the odd ignorant statement like "PowerPC is dead" "get a new mac" etc.

A dedicated sub-forum would also allow dedicated threads about getting the most out of your hardware by using the right apps and habits etc. More people should practice not always blindly updating hardware and software because it makes you a much more capable computer user all round. The ability to actually finesse the hardware and make it more powerful by skill and habits alone.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2012, 04:50 PM   #4
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What about all the first time iPod touch users who have never had a classic, should there be a separate iPod Classic sub-form? Too much dissemination, it's not necessary, IMO. Most people here can, and will, happily discuss both, one or the other.
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IMHO, this suggestion (and many others before it) points to a need that can be fulfilled not by a sub-forum, but by a little posting discipline on behalf of ehMac members. Clearly-labelled subject lines, even with something as simple as prefixing [PowerPC] before the issue, will help weed out the snarky folks...
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Like Cubamark said.. maybe there should be a prefix thing that can be applied like in the classifieds (for sale, wtt, wanted) But for PPC, Intel, iOS and maybe the off 68k thing too!
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Like Cubamark said.. maybe there should be a prefix thing that can be applied like in the classifieds (for sale, wtt, wanted) But for PPC, Intel, iOS and maybe the off 68k thing too!
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Had the same thought!
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I like the prefixing idea. Not exactly what I had in mind but it's certainly a start and it's something that few people tend to do when they start a thread to ask a question or for whatever other reason.
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If only there was a way to get that tag through tapatalk too...
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I will again point to my statement about many newer to Mac people not really being able to help with PowerPC issues beyond the odd ignorant statement like "PowerPC is dead" "get a new mac" etc.
Those same users typically don't tend to be much help to the people with newer macs and issues either

I think having to add additional tags to any kinds of posts beyond the classifieds is a mistake. Just another hoop to jump through and lots of people will ignore it anyway .. you'll have whatever the first default tag is on almost everything -- and as pointed out Tapatalk users can't see those tags at all either.

I understand the sentiment but I don't think it's going to really help. As for the "get a new mac" people I understand the frustration, there tends to be a lot of that on here. Sometimes (quite often actually) the noise ratio is quite high here when it comes to real "tech support" type stuff. A thread with 100 replies about a tech support question here will probably be 85-90 posts of people arguing semantics or different apps or hardware that would have done it better. If the user is really lucky somewhere buried in that mess might be a viable answer.
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