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Old Jan 22nd, 2010, 12:04 PM   #1
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What to do with an iMac G4 (Lampshade Model)

Hi All,

I have inherited an old iMac G4 and am trying to figure out if I have any use for it. I have a Macbook as my personal computer and an Apple tv for media streaming. I was thinking about using it as a server for some home automation, but still have to do some research on that stuff. I will set it up in my office, but would rather have a use for it than it just being an extra computer.

Any interesting ideas on what I might use it for?

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It's far too pretty - a work of art! - to stick in your office. Put it in your living room, use it as a cool digital photo slideshow device. Slap a card reader on it and script iPhoto to automatically import the photos, which then become part of the slideshow.

I have a friend who wants to offload one of those too... thinking of picking it up for my parents, whose blueberry iMac is just not cutting it anymore...

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There's no better way to recycle an old gadget than by turning it into something else that actually works, like the Apple iMac G4 lamp above.
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that's pretty neat
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I went back and followed the source link... this was made by a guy in St. Louis named Randall180, who has an Etsy store listing for "repurposed Macs". He also makes clocks and other interesting things out of old Mac computers. Smart dude!

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that's pretty neat
+ 1 that lamp is very cool.
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Now I have to try that...
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 03:34 PM   #8
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Would love to use a G4 iMac for the kids, or as a kitchen computer.
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yeah I snagged a g4 17" 800 for a good price last year and although I don't use it much (school) I do, when I can play old OS 9 games. It also runs tiger nicely. I hacked a lucent silver card so it has wireless internet and so I use it as a jukebox with those orb speakers and an iSub
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Did I mention how much I love that lamp... it is a work of art. Seriously.

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