My web server, Fano, had been running on a Bondi-blue iMac in my office. Now it's on a 14" iBook G4. The change should be invisible to everyone else, but it makes my workspace much quieter. Any suggestions for something useful to do with an old iMac?

phenyx:
2005-12-17T08:36:23Z
There seems to be something wrong with the idea of putting a server on a laptop, small form factor and low noise notwithstanding. The notion of a portable system becoming not so just seems like it unbalances the universe.
11011110:
2005-12-17T19:14:22Z
Well, it makes more sense than trying to carry around a desktop machine as a portable... I think the real reason people don't do this sort of thing more often is the added expense — from the place I got this one, the cheapest laptop deal I can see is $800 while there's a comparable power desktop machine for only$480. Or alternatively, for the same money you could get a more powerful desktop machine. But in this case, the money came from a campus program of small grants for faculty desktop machines, so it was less a matter of minimizing the total cost and more deciding what features were worth spending the money on within budget. And in this case, small form factor and low noise beat out computing power for me. I also use an iPod as the primary signal source for my home stereo system these days. Of course, I also use the same iPod portably, but I imagine there are people who just leave one permanently attached...
None:
2005-12-25T21:21:53Z
One other nice thing about using a laptop as a server is that they are very power outage resistant. I hear that Mac minis are great for using as servers.
noricum:
2005-12-18T19:23:26Z
I think there's some charitable organizations that set up computers for kids.
chouyu_31:
2005-12-25T21:23:43Z
I like livejournal user noricum's suggestion, but this is an idea.
None: What to do with an old iMac?
2006-01-20T00:41:49Z