Someone gave me a 1st Generation iMac... What can I do with it?

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  1. World Peace

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    I work in corporate IT, however, I've never been a big fan of macs. With this said, I'm fairly literate when it comes to computers (Windows & Linux).

    I have been doing some research on this iMac I was given. I am pretty sure its the first generation of iMacs made. It is blue, it has the G3 processor and its only 350Mhz.6gig hard drive

    It appears to me, that who ever had it, pretty much bought it, then let it sit in the corner for about 10 years. I am wondering, What can I use it for? Can I upgrade it? It does not have a slot for an airport, so I don't think I can get it on my apartment buildings wireless network.

    Ideas, Suggestions?
  2. Glorified word processor? Paperweight?

    Frankly, any computer that old (and especially with an abandoned processor architecture) is pretty much useless. You can't upgrade it to anything remotely modern either.
  3. World Peace

    World Peace Let's Go Boys

    It comes bundled with IE5 on OS9.2.2 which I'd be afraid to take online. However can macs get malware or viruses? even with IE5? I guess the next step up would be OS10 or something like that? I was thinking I could leave it in my mancave, and kinda have it as a terminal for guests to use the internet and maybe put some Mp3s on it. I guess I would have to go with iTunes? Like Star said, I could use it as a word processor, but would i need a proprietary printer for a mac, and if not, how likely is it that am i going to find a printer with drivers for a OS9.2.2 machine

    It looks pretty good in my mancave, because I have some two toned blue decor in there, and the imac, in combination with the titans wallpaper looks pretty sweet.

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    You can use it to stop traffic. Throw it out the window, and watch and see what happens. As a matter of fact I was driving to Arby's today for lunch and I saw a mail truck missing his entire driver side wheel. He f-ed up traffic pretty bad and caused an accident that stopped all movement for miles and miles. Fortunately it was southbound and I was going north and luckily knew another route back to work. But yea that old mac you have could be used for something similar.
  5. You wouldn't need to worry about malware, but a lot of sites won't even work with IE5.

    And OS X wouldn't run on that. It's over a decade old. That would be like trying to run Vista on a Windows 98 computer...
  6. Gunny

    Gunny Shoutbox Fuhrer

    Yeah but to be fair Vista probably wouldn't run on most modern PCs. :brow:
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  7. avvie

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    My understanding is that OS9 was a huge PITA. There's a reason it was a gift.

    Build a pet robot and use it for the head.
  8. Tuckfro42

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    Put it on ebay. Seriously. There are Mac collectors out there that will pay something for it.
  9. Puck

    Puck Pro Bowler

    i wouldn't use it as anything other than a word processor
    OS9 "Classic" feels a little like Win95, it works but it's clunky
    if it has a DVD-rom in it, it's highest purpose is probably a DVD player
  10. SEC 330 BIPOLAR

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    Why don't you donate it to Teen Challenge, The Junior League, or a church? There might be some kid that could really use it for typing up their book reports or something... that's what I would do.
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