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mkuehn May 5, 2000 05:45 PM
What To Do With Older Macs?
Hey all...

I've got a couple older Macs, mostly LCs of some type, just sitting around, and I'm thinking there must be *something* cool I can do with them. How are you putting your older Mac to good use? Our main computers are a 7500/233 and an iMac DV. Can the LCIII provide any services to those computers? I've heard of people using one computer as a dial-up point for other computers to share (I can't think of the technical name for that, however) over Ethernet...is that feasible with these machines?

I think there are a lot of older Macs out there that aren't doing much...let's put them to work!

Later,
Matthew
 
garrettnelson May 5, 2000 06:32 PM
Use them as a DNS server (with MacDNS).
 
MacOS761 May 6, 2000 07:44 PM
The answer to this qusetion depends upon how much time you have to spend on it. There are lots of fun things for the techie-folks, but if you just want to find a reason not to sell it (which might work out OK - parts are HOT!), then your best option would be to make it into a typewriter. DNS is a neat idea, but I would think it to slow??? You could also make it into an X10 controller - this is an interface that sends signals through your electical wires and can allow you to turn lights on and off or dim whenever you want, on a schedule or on demand. The coolest is integrating this with voice control, but an LCIII can't handle that. If you want to learn/teach C++ or another semi low-level language, this would be an ideal machine since nobody would care if you crashed it. PLus it's slow enough that you could watch how your program works!! http://forums.macnn.com/cgi-bin/smile.gif Other simpler ideas would be a game "console" (think MAME) or a picture display (scan your fave photos and make a slide show to scrool through them). Have fun!
 
garrettnelson May 7, 2000 10:36 AM
I use MacDNS on an SE/30, and it's not too slow.
 
dabradda May 11, 2000 12:25 AM
i had a quadra 650 lying around with an ethernet card in it, and a color stylewriter pro (yep, it still works!) i didnt want to give up this printer, because the ink tanks are like $7 each. so, i made myself a crossover ethernet cable, and turned on printer sharing on the quadra. so, pretty much, i used it instead of geting a serial adapter for my DV/SE. also, i use it to burn cds, because i just got a scsi burner a month before my imac. im waiting on the firewire/scsi adapter...

dabradda
 
TheDoctor May 28, 2000 06:14 PM
You could also use an older Mac as a graphics server for a web site, thus freeing the Web server from the task of serving large graphics files and speeding it up.
 
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