Loathing the prospect of actually buying furniture to accessorize my new apartment, I just flung a moist wad of sock money at the last tenant, who is moving out in a couple of weeks. “Look, I’ll just take everything,” I more or less said.
Now the inventory of all the junk I indiscriminately purchased is coming in. There’s some nice furniture, and lots of useful but unspectacular stuff like extension cords, a vacuum cleaner and an old coffee grinder.
But gloriously couching itself in the middle of a mountain of junk? An old iMac G3. A really old iMac G3. It’s Indigo Blue, with a sad 384MB of RAM and a 500 MHz PowerPC processor. It’s upgraded to some version of OS X, but that’s it. It’s a pitiful, useless, button-cute machine… and I want to do something with it.
But what? I’ve considered using it as just a bedroom DVD player, but that’s boring. Joel has suggested turning it into a fish tank or a condom caddy. And thats all possible… but I’m sort of wondering if I couldn’t do something with it that wouldn’t inherently ruin it as a computer. I’m even — gasp — trying to think of something useful that could be accomplished with it.
Any ideas? It seems a shame to let mere obsolescence get in the way of adding another chirpy, colorful Mac to the household. But if someone can think of a cool enough reason to gut it, I’ll certainly consider it. What to do?