most consumers will buy a new computer when they need (or want) one and then dispose of their old one. those of us on this forum are not always like this. myself, i have a few models that i want to keep running and useful for the rest of my life. pretty ambitious project. i use programs that i used 10 years ago, they worked then, they work now and they'll work tomorrow and brand new computers won't run them. now comes maintenance on these old machines. does anyone here buy old fully working machines for the sole purpose of being able to raid it for parts when the need arises? let's face it, g4 ibooks and g4 imacs are really cheap right now and parts do wear out and may be hard to find when we need them. just wondering how many of us take this approach. please note that i am well aware that the internet is constantly changing but that doesn't mean that everything else that these old macs can do has to.