What do I do with an OLD MAC

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Preclaro_tipo, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. Preclaro_tipo macrumors regular

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    Hey, I have a Ruby Red iMac and an 600 mhz G3 iBook, both in excellent working order, but typical scratches, drops :eek: , etc of older machines.

    but my questions is, what the heck to i do with them, it would hurt to walk them to the dumpster, but the ruby is deathly slow and the ibook still has a lot of life IMO.

    HELP.
     
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  3. zakatov macrumors 6502a

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    Give them to me

    Give them to me post per "old mac" thread now satisfied.
     
  4. munckee macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure there are plenty of people who wouldn't mind taking them off your hands (like me). Or put them on craigslist/ebay for a few bucks and buy something fun for your new computer.
     
  5. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

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    They are still useful computers. Sure they are not top of the line anymore, but you have both portability and reliability. The 600mhz is decent and I have been using mine for over 4 years now. If you are just doing basic things, internet, word processing, etc, then that is completely fine, but if you want more demanding programs, consider buying new or a newer model. As for selling them, the ibook retains it's value very well depending on what it's specs are. Especially that ibook, dunno why. Probably because the newer ibooks have more bells and whistles, but are basically designed to do the same thing. And if you do sell them, consider ebay or craigslist unless you can find a friend to take them off you.
     
  6. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    You can donate them to charity. Cristina.org will set you up with a local charitable organization who can really use them.
     
  7. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Indeed. Both of those are new enough to run OSX, and therefore to be useful (especially the iBook--that's a perfectly good laptop with enough RAM in it). If you don't want to bother selling them (which by definition gets them to a "good home", since even if the price is low somebody's not going to buy if they don't want it), give them to a charity that will do some good with them.
     
  8. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    By the way, it's Mac. Not MAC.

    MAC:
    MAC Address (Media Access Control Address) - A unique 128-bit address of a network card or device. The first part of the address is unique to the company that produced the device, and beyond that it is a sequence of digits unique to a single device manufactured by a company.

    but anyway, I'd make the Ruby into a server... I put my 500 to do that a while back and worked great, like really good, extremely happy with it.
     
  9. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    hehj, just what i did with my B&W G3.:)
     
  10. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    I don't recommend putting Linux on, as, I just don't see the point - OS X does what Linux does and more.

    If you want to use it as a server, I would recommend OS X Server. Works great. :)
     
  11. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    yes, but linux is easier to telenet into, it's free, and it's less CPU intensive because it doesn't have a fancy GUI.
     
  12. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    True, I guess it would be a better solution to him as the machine isn't super fast, but linux can be a little difficult if you dont' know what your doing.

    And I think your exaggerating with it's sooo slow with the Ruby, my G3 500 runs Tiger pretty well, just for Mail, iChat, and Safari with only 256MB RAM. My sister loves it.
     
  13. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    there's a reason linuxheads call it n00buntu;)
     
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  15. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    OS X client yes, but OS X server? I don't know. Also, LAMPstack (which comes with ubuntu server) has more up to date versions of MySQL, Apache, and php.
     
  16. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    But, OS X has more support for both Ruby and Rails. But, I don't think either of his machines would be able to run as a webserver. ;)

    What do you think your going to do with them?
     
  17. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Indeed it does, but putting a $500 piece of software on a $50 computer seems a little odd, to say the least. Not everybody has a copy of OSX server just laying around to dump on old Macs.

    If you're using the Ruby as a very simple fileserver and are a bit geeky, Linux is probably the better choice. If, on the other hand, you actually want to use the computer as a desktop, OSX all the way.
     

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