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What to do with my old performa?
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Apr 16, 2001, 06:10 PM
This is mostly about the future, say Spring 2002. But if someone has some good ideas, I might act on them before then.

Right now my main machine is an iMac DV SE 400 (October 99). I have an old Performa 6115cd at 60Mhz, with 40MB memory and 1MB L2 cache, a 350 internal drive, a 9 gig external drive, a zip 100, connected to my new machine, a laser printer, and DSL via a 10Mbit hub. It's got OS 8.1 on it now. I never upgraded to OS 9 because it was such a memory hog--8.1 uses enough!

Anyway, I'm probably going to get a new computer soon. I want to wait til next year because SJ said that all models will have a SuperDrive by then. And a G4 iBook with a SuperDrive sounds like my dream come true (don't know if it will actually come true though). Anyway, when that happens, I want to be able to do some fun stuff with my 6115.

Put Darwin or LinuxPPC on it? (I know nothing about either, but I may want to learn over the next year...) Make it an MP3 jukebox? (But how? The thing will barely play MP3s now...skips like hell...)

What cool things could I do with it? Anything? (Without spending a lot of--or any--money.)

All suggestions--sane or otherwise--are appreciated.


PS And no! I'm not giving it to you!

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Apr 16, 2001, 08:54 PM
I have a 6100/60 that serves web pages and hosts a mail server. Hoping to add FTP serving. Your performa could do that. Like wise you couild have it a file server for the whole network as well.

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Apr 16, 2001, 09:35 PM
It's a little slow for playing mp3s. How much ram do you have in it? I used to try to play mp3s on a 6100, and it didn't work all that well...

Darwin won't work on it. Darwin will only run on hardware that OS X will run on.

LinuxPPC won't work on it either. It's for newer macs.

If you can track down a copy of MKLinux, that will work however. That was a linux project sponsored by apple which just kinda died. (I have a copy of mklinux that I can't use since I don't have my 6100 anymore I can sell ya )

You can run ipnetrouter on it and use it as a firewall if you add a second NIC to it. It can also make a decent web server. Get a copy of Quid Quo Pro for it. That's a fairly nice little mac web server.

There might be other flavors of un*x like OSes for a 6100 that I'm not aware of.

I always really liked 6100s, because they had such a nice flat case. I wish apple still made something like it. They should make a flat box with imac guts in it. People would buy those things like crazy. 6100s are kind of showing their age though. I never thought the time would come when a PPC mac is too slow to be useful.
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Apr 17, 2001, 11:25 AM
Home automation! http://www.shed.com/

Also, I use an older Mac (550) as a mail server, among other things (SIMS is free, and easy to set up). http://www.stalker.com/SIMS/

Quid Pro Quo is good for serving up a web site, I agree. (I do this, too - mostly to test web sites.)

Another thought: Use an old Mac as a digital cookbook. (I plan to make my own with FileMaker Pro.)

BTW, this site may be of interest to you: http://www.dsitri.de/projects/mac06/mac06.html

Hope to try this out soon!
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Apr 17, 2001, 02:32 PM
Make it a web server! It's fun & easy. You could put a database of your relatives' contact info or a coin (or Mac) collection or something...

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