FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend

FoxTrot Classics

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  1. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, 9 months ago

    1.5 ghz? I think my Iphone is faster than that. But this is an old strip.

  2. Al S.

    Al S. said, 9 months ago

    Nerd Alert…
    To put the strip in context, the jelybean style iMacs that were out then (jan. ‘03) had:
    - Colors: Indigo, Graphite or Snow
    - Available processors: Intel PowerPC 750cxe, 745, or 755 G3
    - Processor speeds 500 or 600 MHz (700 MHz was already discontinued on these models a year earlier)
    - Storage: 20, 40 0r 60 GB
    - Maximum memory optional: 1 GB but came w/500 MB (no memory included in the base price)
    - Display:15 inch (13.8 viewable) 640 × 480 @117Hz up to 1024 × 768 @75Hz
    (for those who caught yesterday’s strip on resolutions)
    - Graphics memory: 16 MB
    - 56k modem
    - Option Alport card and adapter available
    - Hockey puck mouse
    - Among first Macs to be able to run OSX.
    - Even with these meager specs, they were touted for their ability to make movies, rip MP3s, burn CDs and get online faster.

  3. akwolffan

    akwolffan said, 9 months ago

    @Al S.

    They had IBM Power CPUs, not Intel-combatible. Apple Marketing insisted that a PPC CPU could do twice the work per megahertz that an Intel could. This wasn’t quite true, but was close enough that one Apple-hating virus maker created the AutoStart Worm, which was designed to use up half of a PPC system’s available CPU cycles. Unfortunately for him, it was easily defeated.

    In any case, a 600 MHz system was roughly equivalent to a 1 GHz to 1.1 GHz Intel system, depending on what you were doing.

    The Airport card was the wireless card.

    The base price did include 256, later 512, MB main RAM. It didn’t have an RAM built-in, on the motherboard, but it shipped with one or two 256 MB DIMM sticks. You could replace the 256s with 512s to max the RAM to 1 GB. (Yes, only two RAM slots.)

    OS X shipped a few years earlier. The earliest Macs which could run it where the beige G3 (Power 3 CPU) systems which shipped in 1999. Even those machines, which maxed out (officially) at 192 MB RAM (in reality, you could get 768 MB in there if you tried) could and did make movies, rip MP3s, and get on line pretty quickly. i still have one parked in a closet somewhere, and it is actually faster than a 2003-vintage WinXP system. Not that that’s difficult.

  4. chizzel

    chizzel said, 9 months ago

    My truck has 185 horsepower

  5. Cygnus X1

    Cygnus X1 said, 9 months ago


    Thanks for putting it all in proper perspective! Now I can relate. :)

  6. Al S.

    Al S. said, 9 months ago


    I remembered they were IBM PPC, but I guess I had a lapse in the brain to keyboard connection.
    I bought one of those 500MHz snow white models (I think it was in mid-fall of 2002) and remember the model came with no RAM included in the base price. I guess because with previous models, people were upset to pay for RAM chips that were only going to be tossed as part of a new purchase upgrade. So unless you wanted to upgrade the RAM at purchase, you would be given the minimum memory and be charged for it as an add-on. I got two 256ers, but upgraded with two 512mb chips (1gb) some months later anyway. OSX (Puma) that it shipped with, seemed to be taking up most of that initial half a gig of memory. The 1gb was able to run a Panther upgrade successfully. I’m not sure why Apple shipped any Mac running OSX with less than 1gb RAM in those days.
    Anyway, I wanted to give some background because this strip wouldn’t make much sense to someone without (or forgot) some of the background perspective.

  7. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    Idyl roomerz

  8. John Bollinger

    John Bollinger GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago


    chizzle was being facetious.

  9. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, 9 months ago

    They had one computer for all of them. No point in thinking about upgrades.

  10. Tom Flapwell

    Tom Flapwell GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    Ah, the perils of temporary relevancy in comics.

  11. Doctor11

    Doctor11 GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    I’m sure Jason’s looking for something that will enable them to get rid of the iFruit and he’ll convince his mom to get the kind of computer HE wants so that he can play all of his favorite games on it basically 24/7.

  12. dflak

    dflak said, 9 months ago

    @Tom Flapwell

    It’s not just technology. I saw a scene recently where a guy was at the gate at an airport waiting for his party to arrive while smoking a cigarette.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 9 months ago


    You will find that more smoke in the movies than in reality.

  14. Ben_Jammin

    Ben_Jammin said, 9 months ago

    GTAV owns iFruit now. You know that, don’t you, Bill Amend?

  15. Gee Man

    Gee Man GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    These strips are ten years old; as such, the fall 2003 iMacs would be the most relevant – the original style iMacs had already been replaced a year and a half earlier by fall 2003 with the flatscreen “lamp-style” iMacs – which came in 1.0 and 1.25GHz flavours by that point with 17" screens. The older iFruit in Foxtrot had been around for years, and stayed on long, long after the Apple iMacs that inspired it had been discontinued. Apple Support – Identifying flat-screen iMacs

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