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mkuehn May 5, 2000 04:45 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 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!

garrettnelson May 5, 2000 05:32 PM
Use them as a DNS server (with MacDNS).
MacOS761 May 6, 2000 06:44 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!! 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 09:36 AM
I use MacDNS on an SE/30, and it's not too slow.
dabradda May 10, 2000 11:25 PM
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...

TheDoctor May 28, 2000 05:14 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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