Zealous zerotype wrote:
According to online prices it isn't /that/ bad (actually is a good deal, but I would never pay the high prices online sites want for used macs), but I'd personally try and get him down to 225 or 200 even if possible 225 would be pretty good if it had an airport card. I would look into an hackintosh, personally. The msi wind I built is barebones at about 100ish and it even runs snow leopard form what I have heard you just add a harddrive (or a flash card 8gig and up to run it from that) and all you need is a thumbdrive big enough to install the msiwindosx.iso (4gigs) and then you can run it headless pretty easy.
It does have an AirPort (though no Bluetooth), and it has 1GB RAM and an 80GB hard drive. Pretty much its sole job is going to be to act as an iTunes server/jukebox. I'd prefer a Mac, since all our other computers are Macs (plus we'd like it to sync to the Time Capsule for backups just like everything else, so if we swap it out later we can quick-restore everything to the new machine).
One of the reasons I like the Mac Mini for this, actually, is because its case is reminiscent of the original radio hardware--just a short, squat block of solid metal. I'm debating the possibility of rigging up some fake tubes and such on top, so that if you look in the back of the radio it looks semi-authentic.
Plus, the purpose of this project is to give new life to unwanted items. A Mac Mini G4 is old enough that people don't really want them to use as computers, but still perfectly adequate for iTunes duty. This finds a new use for something old, as opposed to just adding more junk to the world. I always sort of had a Mac Mini in mind for this project; I just wasn't sure how to price them.
The guy has his G4 posted on Craigslist for $250, with Leopard, a CRT monitor, and Office 2004. I'll see if I can talk him down by leaving Office and the monitor out, since I don't really need them.
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In other news, I got the paint-stripping supplies today. I'm going to do a test with one of the smaller pieces, and finish stripping it tomorrow if all goes well. My goal is to have the wood all stained and refinished by the end of the long weekend.