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Alright so, what's not to like about Mac collections? If you've got one, I'm sure you've gotten some grief from PC users, the 'non believers.' But from another Mac user? What's not to like?
Whenever I see pictures of huge, extensive Mac collections, I'm struck by two things. The first one, envy. Even though I don't like collections that much, I'd certainly like to go for a walk through someone's more extensive collection. The second thing that strikes me is a question, "What do they use them all for?" I tend to ask the collector, even though the answer is often 'nothing.'
The thing is, Macs are excellent computers. They're very capable, and can be useful for a very long time. In fact, right now I'm typing this on a 10± year old Power Mac G4 that I got on eBay a few weeks ago to use in my basement. It's not even running OS X yet, I have yet to give it enough upgrades to make that worth doing.
You probably see where I'm going with this. My issue with collections is that people get a ton of these functional, capable Macs, and then do nothing with them. I don't deny that looking good is one of a Mac's many functions, but it certainly isn't the only one, nor is it the most important. I consider it a waste of an insanely great computer to get these older systems just to 'collect.'
Of course, this applies mostly to "new old Macs" like the one I'm using now. These are Macs that are new enough to still be useful for modern applications, but still old enough to be old. It especially bugs me when people have Macs that have a wide range of available upgrades and they don't use those for anything, because aside from the fact that they're probably already useful, they can be upgraded with a couple hundred dollars and made into very capable, more modern systems. So it's a bit of a double-waste when you have something like a Power Mac, because you're wasting both a good system and a potentially better system at the same time.
Anyway, I guess I don't have much justification in this, I collect video games. I suppose if I wanted to defend myself, I could say that game systems are generally less useful than computers. But whatever. I'll probably be guilty of having Macs for no reason someday as well. You see, I've always wanted an iMac G3, and I could see myself picking one up on eBay one day just 'cause. Although I'd have to come up with some ridiculous use for it, since I wouldn't feel like I'd spent the money on anything if I bought it and then forgot it.
That's totally catchy, by the way. If you want to put that on a shirt, send me a free one.

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Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on March 15, 2010 at 8:18pm
Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on March 15, 2010 at 8:29pm
...and have the system OSX on another disk. Which G4 model do you own ?
You do not have to collect the older ones to be welcomed here.
Comment by Chris Lastnamerson on March 15, 2010 at 9:10pm
It's a 400 MHz Gigabit Ethernet. Once I get a faster processor and more RAM I'm going to put on Leopard, and maybe Panther as well for when I want more speed. I'm also going to keep OS 9.2.2, which it runs at the moment, in case I ever want to use it.
Comment by MJJ on March 16, 2010 at 8:36am
I collect both!
You will be seduced by opportunity to buy a cheap classic mac.... that I can be sure of.
Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on March 16, 2010 at 9:41am
Go get an LC, you can be sure of it.
Comment by Chris Lastnamerson on March 16, 2010 at 2:04pm
Well it was seduction that led me to getting the G4. It was $100 with shipping, in good condition, and works great. How can anyone turn that down?
I doubt I'd get an LC, though. I would never use one, and I can't be quite as interested in something I'd never use
Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on March 16, 2010 at 2:46pm
I can - I got my G4/733 for free, home delivered.
That cannot be beatend.
Comment by Chris Lastnamerson on March 16, 2010 at 3:52pm
How'd you do that?
Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on March 16, 2010 at 9:39pm
It was a present from my sister, she runs a graphics studio.
They can not work with ten years old computers.
Comment by Chris Lastnamerson on March 16, 2010 at 10:15pm
Ah, makes sense. That's a great way to get a G4, free.
I was actually looking at a Power Mac G3 B&W before I got my G4. But the same seller was selling the G4 for only a little more money, so I got that one. I'm glad I bothered to check his other listings, or I would've regret it

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