I found a pizza-box mac the other day sitting in a hallway on my college campus. There's a protocol for this stuff; it's destined for the campus recycling program, but since I showed interest in the machine, there's a good chance that they can just deauthorize it, wipe the data off and give it to me. No mouse, keyboard or monitor.
Now, my family's got what looks like fifteen different Macs in our basement ranging from a Mac SE to a ton of late 90's PowerMacs, to a bunch of G3's and G4's, to the modern stuff. I've got every OS version on disk in some form since probably 1993. We're thinking of Ebaying most of this stuff, but it could serve other uses.
Here's what I'd like some help with– what can I do with an LC 475, and how feasible are my different options? I've currently got the following ideas, which can be mixed together:
- Keep the machine as it is, but pair it with a monitor, keyboard and mouse from downstairs. Run old Mac software on it.
- Find PDS cards to give the machine Apple // and PowerPC functionality, depending on what card's inside at the moment. Ethernet would be a nice plus, but since that would only work with a PDS card, I couldn't have Ethernet and a PowerPC architecture in the box simultaneously.
- Replace the chip with one with a full FPU.
- Gut the LC and stick it in another case. Take a newer Mac, one that can run Flash Player
(my forté: http://www.rezmason.net/engram ) and fit it in the LC case. If I'd do this, I'd want to somehow still benefit from the pizza-box form factor.
- Cut an ugly hole in the top and stick an LCD monitor inside. Not sure if I could even pull this off.
- Put a handle on the side (probably will happen).
I imagine that you guys have all sorts of neat ideas for something like this. I don't want to turn this machine into a "utility machine", one used chiefly to read floppies or decompress .sea files or whatever. I want this to be a proud computer. That router thing that ct2193 is working on sounds cool, but it's not exactly my style.
Let me know what you guys think of my ideas and your own, whether they'll work, what I'd need to get them done. Remember, I've got a ton of Macs from all over the place.
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