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What's the straight dope on the Mac G3?

I'm thinking about buying a G3 Mac and want an unbiased opinion about them. I hear that they are faster than the Pentium II but I have no experience with PCs having always used a Mac....a really old Mac.....IIci. It's been a great computer but it's too slow. I want to still use it and want to know if I can network these 2 together. How do I do this? Do we need 2 seperate phone lines to use the internet or can both access the same modem. Are there any independent internet sites that have done some comparisons etc, etc. What are it's drawbacks? What's the advantage with the minitower model?
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magigrafCommented:
coolmom...

The best I can offer you as INFO on the G3 is in the following URL:
http://www.zdnet.com/anchordesk/story/story_1444.html

I do Graphics for living and have always worked on PC, for the past 9 years, I was looked at... (God knows what) doing graphics on PC.  Anyway MAC is a powerful environment for Graphics in my opinion since all HIGH END equipments were designed at that time for MAC people.

MAC is all SCSI when it comes to drives, but PC you have a choice of IDE versus SCSI. (again in my opinion SCSI is more reliable) maybe the NEW ULTRA DMA33 will change that, but...

As far as Networking the 2 systems, if you can get 2 ethernet cards (network cards, and the proper cables, thin coax or RJ45) you could hook both machines together.

As for Internet connection, on the PC side we use a program called WINGATE which will allow several systems access the internet through the station that has the modem, (It will act as the Gateway).  I'm not sure if it's available for MAC, but defenitely something like it is out there.

As for the drawback, your only enemy will be the BANDWIDTH, which will normally occured if really the 2 stations are accessing the internet and flipping on site that has not been cached before.
This will make them a little bit slower for few seconds or minutes, but on the overall performance it's not that bad as it sounds.

I hope I did cover all your questions, if you have more please ask
Regards

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magigrafCommented:
coolmom...

Forgot the last part:
Mini tower;

Well the only advantage of the mini tower is the space that it will occupy on your desk.  I do prefer the FULL tower size, as it's easy to work with, when it comes to upgrades, and replacement of internal components.

Hope this has helped.
Regards
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coolmomAuthor Commented:
Thanks magigraf,

This gives me a starting point and answers most of my question.

Coolmom
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magigrafCommented:
You're most welcome, and if you need any more help, let me know!!
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