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Apple Macintosh G3 tossed over a 45-foot cliff

Just before impact

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142 comments
martinlatter
martinlatter

The G3 did seem to survive the first impact remarkably well. A 45-foot cliff is obviously too low - John Parlberg's suggestion of 90 feet would save the second hike up the cliff.

CONNECT
CONNECT

THIS IS WHAT APPLE WANTS US ALL TO DO WITH OUR MAC COMPUTERS THAT IS OVER 3 YEARS OLD. THEY REFUSE TO OFFER EXTENDED MAINTENANCE ANY APPLE COMPUTER > 3 YEARS OLD FROM PURCHASE DATE. OTHER PC MANUFACTURERS, IBM, HP, DELL, ETC OFFER EXTENDED MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS, THEY HAVE THE CUSTOMERS INTEREST AS A PRIORITY BEFORE THEIR MONEY INTERESTS. APPLE'S ATTITUDE IS TO CREATE A MARKET/OBSOLETE IT/CREATE ANOTHER MARKET, IT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY, WITHOUT REGARD TO THE CUSTOMERS INTEREST. APPLE DID THE SAME THING WITH IPOD, THEY CREATED A MARKET, MADE A BIG STIR, WERE SAVIORS OF THE MEDIA, THEN IN 1 STROKE THEY OBSOLETED THE MARKET WITH THE IPHONE. THE LAST STATEMENT ON IPHONE COMMERCIAL, IS WHY OWN AN IPOD WHEN YOU CAN HAVE A ($ 600.00) IPHONE. WITH APPLE, IT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY, FILL UP THE LANDFILLS WITH ELECTRONICS STUFF WITHOUT REGARD TO THE ENVIRONMENT, TYPICAL MICROWAVE GENERATION.

davidcurtis014
davidcurtis014

BE PREPARED. First let me say that this test is stupid. We all know that the MAC will not work after dropping it - therefore what difference does it make if the case can take it or not when the internal components definitely cannot. The REAL test should be to see how well a case can protect US in case the CPU or hard drive decide to spontaneously explode - therefore I would propose loading a case with TNT putting it out in a field next to a crash-test dummy sitting on a chair, and see how well the case can protect him from the explosives. Cell phones can explode - we all know that. So far no hard drives have exploded - YET - but we have to be prepared.

bojanovic
bojanovic

Not very enviromental friendly.

gouhar.nayab
gouhar.nayab

For you wealthy guys this may be look like fun but imagine what G3 worth for poor students in under developed countries.............Another Steve Jobs,Jef Raskin or Bill Gates can born..........ALAS

rahuman
rahuman

Could have used it as a seat or a paper weight.

12Fly
12Fly

DISTURBING !!! it took "several tossers" to think of the process. Any sensible techy knows a G3 is only fit for throwing.

Qiongsheng
Qiongsheng

Don't tell me some components inside marks made in China still wrok after that. (: (:

anonanew
anonanew

Granted it's great fun to break stuff, but you guys suck for not taking more care to ensure you didn't end up with broken PCB and plastic in your local waterways. YOU SHOULD BE FINED.

ath007
ath007

Hey...what do you ppl think you are doing??? At first i thought that after all this mayhem, you guys will get the machine to work. But after i saw that busted ribbon, i understood one thing... you clowns did nothing better than a lot of damage to the water with plastic and stuff... this is not my kind of entertainment.

ath007
ath007

Hey...what do ppl think you are doing??? At first i thought that after all this mayhem, you guys will get the machine to work. But after i saw that busted ribbon, i understood one thing... you clowns did nothing better than a lot of damage to the water with plastic and stuff... this is not my kind of entertainment.

d10ckMan
d10ckMan

Bloody tossers, indeed. Bits of plastic, metal, etc. released into the environment. A perfectly serviceable case destroyed. I see also that the power supply went down the cliff. What other parts were not removed first, and instead were simply destroyed for the sake of dumb entertainment? This shouldn't be on YouTube - it should be on MTV's Jackass. Now get your punk asses down that cliff and make sure you get all the sharp plastic shards.

big.intl
big.intl

The apparent survivability of the G-3 logic board after the 45 foot drop of of the cliff is a compliment to the designers of the board. Including the in tact placement of the processor, this is due to the close tolerance and slip fit and notching on the connectors. GOOD GOING APPLE.

aalvarezj
aalvarezj

Are creative. Construct do not destroy!

paul2_2007
paul2_2007

A VERY CAPPY E MACHINE 06' Pc!!!

usc1801
usc1801

The saddest thing of the whole article is that while a G3 is obsolete the vast majority of us, it would be perfectly good for an inner-city school, youth center, or senior center that could use a basic compter.

Realvdude
Realvdude

Many Universities have property disposition (which means they sell outdated equipment). Might be a great project for a student such as yourself, to see if you can connect a university with a school that could use some computers.

John Sawyer
John Sawyer

Old computers more recent than the Blue & White G3 are a dime a dozen. Don't worry about the loss, such as it may be.

niall
niall

45 feet isn't a Cliff. Come to Ireland - we've got real CLIFFS! (700ft +)

blow-my-box
blow-my-box

If you REALLY liked the destruction of this Mac, you'll LOVE ours. :) Check out Episode 6 http://www.blowmybox.com

Realvdude
Realvdude

It's new since this guy posted, and they pretty much level the playing field between the G3 and it PC counterpart.

thomas.lattimer
thomas.lattimer

And there I was thinking I needed a screwdriver to get into an Apple! A cliff works just as well.

antares256
antares256

9.8 m/s^2 Just couldn't resist. The old iMacs would be even better. More aerodynamically shaped. Unfortunately they would be less environmentally friendly and harder to clean up because of the monitor and broken glass, but why else would they be shaped like that :) Always remember to do something (marginally) useful before throwing these old systems away. Maybe make a beowulf cluster out of them as a learning tool.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

1. A bit lacking in the scientific method. 2. Where's the hypothesis? 3. Where's your controls/comparisons? 4. Safety controls????? 5. EPA violations.

ho19
ho19

The G3 must be very painful

ggeaton151
ggeaton151

Three guys with not enough to do! If they had planned it they would have dropped a Dell or other PC at the same time for comparison. Given enough force, or drop height anything will break, what a surprise! Hey, take it to Letterman for ?Will it Float? speaking of waste of time.

Chilly Willy the First
Chilly Willy the First

You know, in all of these posts, nobody has mentioned where Apple's Case Manufacturing Facility is. I'm sure Steven Jobs shops around for the Cheapest metal fabricating facility he can find, haggles with them on how much he will pay, and then says I'll buy three gazillion of them if you supply me with all of the Chinese food my workers can eat. :)

Realvdude
Realvdude

Cases that changed drastically, even within a model line and cases that were finished so cheap, that an metal edge inside the chassis could severe a finger. I had one poor tech, that sliced a finger whenever he was installing a CD or TBU.

m.hutchinson
m.hutchinson

when it hit the rock? Was there a moth or worm, or something else squished into glop?

tekless
tekless

but amazingly, it stopped in mid-air, returned to the top of the cliff, and said I had to re-push it.

nix_hed
nix_hed

...how many times did it take to finally have it crash against the rocks?

Realvdude
Realvdude

If it were an older version, you would have to step it through the process to see where it was hanging. You'd discover the branch which keeps springing it back to the top, that you inadvertently installed while downloading bootleg cliff hangers. If it were a PowerPC with a dead cmos battery, it would just plain refuse to tell you why you can't get it to leave the top of the cliff.

solomon.shantzkreutzkamp
solomon.shantzkreutzkamp

It should be G3 versus the impact caused by acceleration due to the potential energy in it's mass 45 feet above sea level.

linuxiac
linuxiac

And, to think that I am still running Beige G3's, and rebuilding them for the kiddies in the community! It was my wish to get a G3 someday, but, you tossed my wish over the side and dashed my hopes on the rocks, below! Ah, well, back to my 8 Old Beige Mac G3's, and my 84 http://pclinuxos.com curbside and dumpster 'donations'!

Constantdrone
Constantdrone

I couldn't help but notice that there seems to be a bit of a split in the message this blog sends. I see something that I'd love to do with any brand machine, only I would add some exlosives and gasoline just for giggles. Other folks see that they are attacking the Mac brand, and suggesting that this is the one true task that Apples were made for?

JCitizen
JCitizen

but that is the only thing I have ever seen MACs do in the engineering world.

nix_hed
nix_hed

The people that love Windows and feel everything else is inferior and needs to be berated and belittled finally have a GUI that's completely rendered by the GPU. Mac OS X has been doing that since the days of Jaguar, and I'm certain there's a couple of *nix interfaces that are also handled by openGL instead of rasterized graphics. (2D accelerated graphics in a GUI ARE NOT the same thing, since Windows has been doing this since 3.1 and possibly before). It's ok though. We UNIX, Linux, Mac, and other alternative operating system people that stick up for our operating systems of choice have come to learn and accept the Windows people that stick up for Microsoft for what they are - insecure about their operating bits. =P (BTW, it's not that I think Windows sucks. It's a good operating system when the right people are using it. And I love XBox 360 almost as much as I love Nintendo Wii. It's just the fact that people have no sense of humor.)

youngti
youngti

I am so tired of the MAC vs. PC. In my experience with both sides it seem like the MAC heads are always the ones who start it off. I can't have a decent conversation with a MAC head without a nasty comment. For example the first post on this board after the pictures was; "Try that with a PC and you wouldn't have found it." When the reality is no computer would function after that and that the case, not the brand, would be the deciding factor. MAC heads grow up and join adult hood. These are just things that give us a mechanical/electronic advantage for productivity.

j.m.mccrory
j.m.mccrory

NeXTworld magazine once set the magnesium of an old NeXT Cube on fire, now that was a glorious destruction, it really burns white hot. Anyone have the video?

Notnerb
Notnerb

Poor old Isaac Newton would've taken a while to recover from THAT apple hitting him on the head... ;-)

nix_hed
nix_hed

"And when you see something large coming down at you like that, make sure you get the ---- out of the way" - Newton's 2nd gravitational theory.

shynes
shynes

Actually, how about an NEXT? Steve Hynes

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

Would Vista survive?

Realvdude
Realvdude

Since Vista comes in a nifty cardboard box or blister pack, I'm sure you could drop it from an airplane and it would survive. On second thought, make that a hot air balloon; the airspeed the plane would be going, might rip the cardboard to shreds.

m.hutchinson
m.hutchinson

That's like saying "Toss OS/2 off a cliff, Toss MS-DOS 6.22 off a cliff, Toss MAC-OS..." What are you going to do, throw millions of 1's and 0's over the edge and see if they make some new variant distro of Linux? Maybe it'll make GNOME suddenly work like Enlightenment?

nvman_ca
nvman_ca

I hope they were responsible enough to clean up their mess.

gregh
gregh

Nice job. What about all of the little tiny bits of plastic and whatever else came flying off when the G3 exploded? And they had to choose a cliff over water. Good thinking. Hey, why not see what happens when a few idiots with too much time on their hands throw themselves off of a 45-foot cliff? I'd like to see that on U-Tube...

woknow
woknow

I am not planning on tossing my computers off anything :) However I like the focus on compu-carnage..... And thank you for putting your destructive inclinations into "healthy" outlets. You did check for human, animal and fauna innocents below.... right? have fun

tpopoff
tpopoff

First of all, I use PC's not macs. The people that use Macs are the same people that drive Volkswagons and shop at Ikea. My comment isn't about Macs or PC's it's about the fish and sealife that get to cherish our thoughtfulness of littering in their ocean. Everyone that thought this was *cool* or thought this was a war against Macs can get a life. Some of you spend way to much time on TechRepublic commenting uselessly on this stuff instead of doing your jobs. Get back to work.