Thanks didn't know that. Though that would explain the reads my writes are are still somewhere around 10-15MB/s.The practical limit of USB 2.0 is about ~30 MB/s (~240 mbps), not 60 MB/s like you would expect from the 480 mbps theoretical speed, so that might be what you're seeing.
To answer your original question, Mac OS 8 won't even begin to work, it's designed for a completely different processor architecture. Just like old Macs couldn't run Windows.
No modern Linux distro should have trouble with your processor (at least I've never heard of that being an issue). No idea about the SSD though.
EDIT: Oh, and since you're doing this for the sake of messing around, how about a virtual machine? No messing with disk partitions and you've got plenty of horsepower.
Neither my laptop (current MBP) nor my g/f's (2 year old MB the aluminum one) have em. IIRC my roommates 2 year old MBP didn't have em either (she moved out so I can't check easily)^ There are, I've got them on this mac laptop (hand me down) and next to me on my mac mini computer on this mac keyboard (I'm at work right now, we use macs at work).
Neither my laptop (current MBP) nor my g/f's (2 year old MB the aluminum one) have em. IIRC my roommates 2 year old MBP didn't have em either (she moved out so I can't check easily)
Ahhh Thanks. I sorta agree, I mean on the 15 the speaker grills are kind of in the way but on the 17" for sureFn + arrows does the trick. I still maintain that 15" and 17" MBPs should get full-sized keyboards with a numpad and other stuff, there is more than enough space...
That's kinda weird because the Macbook pro loaner that I use in the lab has it displayed on the arrow keys and the mac keyboard for the mini has specific keys for it.
Whatever, I'm happy to be back home to the win7
You don't need a numpad on a laptop, but there would be more than enough space to keep the pg down/up, home and end on the apple keyboards...
Maybe I didn't explain it right...
When you are dealing with external peripherals you have two factors for speed:
1) The throughput of the interface (basically how much data you can push through the pipe)
2) The speed of the storage device itself.
So lets say you have an HDD that is capable of write speed of 400mbps and a port that is capable of 500mbps (made up numbers obviously). In this scenario if you up the port speed to 1000mbps it won't make a difference in your transfer speed because the drive will be the bottleneck. Now if you have a drive that can go up to 700mbps and a port that does 500mbps, then upgrading your port speed will make a difference.
There are some other things involved here. When you are transferring one big file your speed will be higher than transferring a bunch of small ones because you are not wasting time on seek and creating new file and all that overhead. Also when you are going USB to SATA for instance you have some translation overhead because the controller has to convert between one standard of data transfer and another. This is one of the reasons why I only see about 440mbps out of my NAS despite it sitting on a 1000mbps connection, I'm sure the drives are capable of more speed but translation overhead kills you.
There is also the actual speed of your computer to think about. For instance iPhone syncs on my old laptop took longer than they do on the new one, simply because new one is faster so it can process w/e needs to be processed quicker.