When it rains it pours - PowerPCs

Imixmuan

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A cautionary photo..

..if ever there was one. What was the combined cost of all those machines new?

30 emacs
6 sawtooths or DA's (assuming what is behind them is the same)
4 quicksilvers (same)
18 imacs
a couple 21 inch CRT Apple Studio Displays

Assuming conservatvie education pricing, I put it around $55,000. What could you buy with $55,000 today?

Thank god for people like Southern Dad who will still get some use out of these machines in 2014, I say....
 

Southern Dad

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I'm sure that they were purchased at Educational Pricing, they did come from a school at some point. When I picked them up there were also five G5 towers. They seem to be missing hard drives and RAM. I did power up a couple of the eMacs. They appear to be 1.25 Ghz with Tiger.

I'm thinking about taking a few of the eMacs, reinstall the OS, test them out pretty thoroughly, then my 11-year-old daughter can have a party with a four or five of her friends over. I'll let them "build" and "set up" an eMac each to take home. While eMacs aren't the perfect computer, they will work for kids surfing the web or watching DVD's. Great learning lessons for them.

The worst part was that I was only able to use a hand truck to get in and out. The storage area was on the third floor and there were a lot of tight corners but I needed the exercise. Those CRT monitors were very, very heavy.
 

Intell

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Before you pick the eMacs you want, check their specs sticker inside the optical drive door to make sure they have a DVD drive. Some eMacs don't have one and some don't even have an optical drive at all.
 

Southern Dad

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Before you pick the eMacs you want, check their specs sticker inside the optical drive door to make sure they have a DVD drive. Some eMacs don't have one and some don't even have an optical drive at all.
If they don't have a DVD drive, it's going to be pretty obvious when we go to instal the operating system... :D
 

eyoungren

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Why can't I have that kind of luck that Southern Dad gets with surplus Macs.
Well…there's the thing.

If we all had that kind of luck, we'd all probably need a way to haul it all off at once. I don't know about you, but I don't think I could fit all of that in my Honda Accord.

Southern Dad probably gets the nod because he has the ability to take it all in one go.

But yeah. It would be nice to just walk into a cache of Quicksilvers once or twice!
 

128keaton

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I'm sure that they were purchased at Educational Pricing, they did come from a school at some point. When I picked them up there were also five G5 towers. They seem to be missing hard drives and RAM. I did power up a couple of the eMacs. They appear to be 1.25 Ghz with Tiger.

I'm thinking about taking a few of the eMacs, reinstall the OS, test them out pretty thoroughly, then my 11-year-old daughter can have a party with a four or five of her friends over. I'll let them "build" and "set up" an eMac each to take home. While eMacs aren't the perfect computer, they will work for kids surfing the web or watching DVD's. Great learning lessons for them.

The worst part was that I was only able to use a hand truck to get in and out. The storage area was on the third floor and there were a lot of tight corners but I needed the exercise. Those CRT monitors were very, very heavy.
Hey! I live in Memphis if you are willing to let a few of them go. I've wanted an original (ish) iMac for ages.
 

Southern Dad

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Well…there's the thing.

If we all had that kind of luck, we'd all probably need a way to haul it all off at once. I don't know about you, but I don't think I could fit all of that in my Honda Accord.

Southern Dad probably gets the nod because he has the ability to take it all in one go.

But yeah. It would be nice to just walk into a cache of Quicksilvers once or twice!
You got it exactly right. Having a trailer helps a lot. Last time I got a load of PowerPC's I posted a photo on my Facebook. A friend saw it and told me that he knew someone who needed a bunch of them moved.

I'm going to give away another secret here. There's a website where that schools and government agencies often use to get rid of stuff. Sometimes, I've seen whole lots go for $25 or less because no one bids. I don't work for the company, government or website. I'm just sharing since, y'all don't seem to be in the Atlanta area. HINT: You cannot "snipe" bids at this site like on eBay. Last minute bidding extends deadline.
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keysersoze

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I'm going to give away another secret here. There's a website where that schools and government agencies often use to get rid of stuff...
According to the site, the closest Apple lot to me is at Ohio State... 700 miles away! :eek: :(

And those are just 43 iMac stands. haha

It's nice you are doing something worthwhile with the old(er) tech.
 
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