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    Old Mac Minis- What do YOU use them for?

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    Question Old Mac Minis- What do YOU use them for?
    What could they be sued for is what im trying to ask, I have about 5-6 Mac Minis(2005-2006 Year Range) that im trying to sell off for about 80-150$, Im not really able to think of lots of uses for them, besides pictures and videos (although it has a low streaming speed).

    Id like to know what you guys use them for or your thoughts on possible uses that a typical customer could use, or what you guys do use them for

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    Old Mac Minis- What do YOU use them for?
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    Depends upon the specs (Intel -vs- PPC). Some Linux distros will run on PPC, so that opens them up quite a bit. Web servers, DNS servers, <insert_function> servers, etc... They might make a nice media center or backup storage server. One could probably use one as a CUPS server/print spooler in a small business.
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    Old Mac Minis- What do YOU use them for?
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    media server

    file server

    web server

    ... the possibilities are pretty much endless - even G4 Mac minis have still got plenty of life in them
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    Old Mac Minis- What do YOU use them for?
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    There is a compilation of MorphOS (an Amiga OS variant) for the G4 Minis. I've been hunting one for a decent price for some time now. They still fetch decent prices on eBay, probably has something to do with that.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Old Mac Minis- What do YOU use them for?

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    Haven't had much luck on ebay :/

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    Old Mac Minis- What do YOU use them for?
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    I guess I would sell them all for enough to buy a new Mini.

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    Old Mac Minis- What do YOU use them for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMacAtack View Post
    Haven't had much luck on ebay :/
    Funny, I just got outbid on one. My max bid was $125. That was for a G4 1.25GHz Mini from 1995 with the box and discs.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    Old Mac Minis- What do YOU use them for?
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    I have one CWA but I had promised it to a friend. 1.25 with everything.

    I am using it right now for a WWW server and it works great. Am using a 1.5Ghz G4 mini for movies on my TV. Works well for now till I get a HD tv, then will go to an Intel Mini.

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    Old Mac Minis- What do YOU use them for?
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    I'm not desperate for one, just something I browse for a good deal on now and then. If I can get one for a good price, I'd be happy. But I'm not going to spend what they're fetching on eBay... and that's usually upwards of $150.

    My point is that the OP can certain get good money for them, assuming they're in decent working condition.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    Old Mac Minis- What do YOU use them for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    I'm not desperate for one, just something I browse for a good deal on now and then. If I can get one for a good price, I'd be happy. But I'm not going to spend what they're fetching on eBay... and that's usually upwards of $150.
    Check your local Craig's List. I saw one there...that with some negotiation you might be able to get for $150 or less (and no shipping $$$ like e-Bay)!

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    Old Mac Minis- What do YOU use them for?
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    A while ago I got a 1.5ghz G4 Mac-mini for $50. It has a working (but flakey HD). I might even have gotten a retail copy of Leopard with it! What a DEAL!!!

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