Maccast Members #123 - This Old Mac
V This Old Mac
V Opening
* Often when we buy a new Mac there is Mac left that, while may not meet you're current needs, still has life left in it.
* I thought we'd cover some obvious and maybe not so obvious things to do with that old Mac
V Sell, gift, or donate
V If you need some cash to fund your new Mac purchase then you may consider reselling your old Machine
* Macs tend to hold their value well. If your Mac is just 3-4 years old you may be surprised at what you might get for it
V Know your specs
* Mac Tracker
* Don't forget your custom hardware upgrades
* Include accessories to increase value, especially if old cases and add one are not compatible with your new system
* Check eBay, Craigslist, and local classifieds to get an idea of the Machines value
V Gift the system to a friend or relative
* Depending on your needs old systems can be surprisingly capable
* Web, email, and text editing
V Software is usually the key
* You don't need to always be running the latest and greatest versions
* OS X Tiger and OS 9 are very capable systems with the right Machine and software
V Consider open source apps
* OpenOffice
* NeoOffice (Native Mac UI for OpenOffice)
* LibreOffice
V Older software still works
* Photoshop CS2 or CS3
* iLife '07, '08
* Office 2004
V Donate the system to a local school, church, or other organization
* If you choose this option please make sure the system is new and in very good working condition
* Consider volunteering to help get it up and running and loaded with software to meet their needs.
V Prepare the Mac for resale, gifting, or donating
* If you can find them, include the original disks that came with the machine.
* Until Lion most came with 2 DVDs, 1 for the OS and 1 with Applications
V Secure erase the drive
* Boot from the original disk by inserting the disk and holding the "C" key at startup
* Instead of installing use the Utilities menu and choose 'Disk Utility'
* Select the drive and go to the 'Erase' tab
* Choose Mac OS X Extended (journaled)
* Click the 'Security Options…' button and select 'Zero Out Data' or '7-Pass Erase'
* Click 'OK' and then click 'Erase…' from the main screen to erase the drive
* Install the original OS. Licensing allows you to transfer the original OS that came with the Machine to the new owner.
* If you don't have the orignal disks you need to let a buyer know they will need to purchase an OS X installer. You should also sell the system for less.
* After installing the OS you probably want to use the second disk and restore the Application, like iLife that came with the Machine.
V Tips if you plan to re-use it
V Beef up the hard drive or go external
V Try to max out the RAM
V Clean install the OS
* Might not want to run the latest and greatest depending on the application
V Backup Sever or File Server
* If you have a wired or wireless home network you can set up a server
* Connect an external hard drive or Drobo and you have a viable place to do local and network backups
V In OS X it's as simple as going into System Preferences and turning on File Sharing
* System Preferences > Sharing > Check on File Sharing
V You can also set up user account and permissions
* System Preferences > Users & Groups
* In the File Sharing preferences you can add and control user & group permissions and assign and control access to specific folders or volumes
* If you need Windows PCs to have access turn on Windows File Sharing or go under System Preferences > File Sharing > 'Options…' and check on 'Share Files and Folders using SMB (Windows).
V The machine itself doesn't have to be speedy or powerful, but if you can use a wired 100-baseT or gigabit connection it will make network backups speedy
* To workaround a slow connection, 802.11g wifi for example, hardwire the external drive to ech machine via USB or Firewire for the initial backup.
V If you want to set up and automated backup install client software on each Mac
* ChronoSync and ChronoAgent or Retrospect software
V You can also manually archive stuff by directly copying to the mounted drive in the Finder
* Under 'Shared' in the list of sources in the Finder window
* Go > Connect to Server and Browse or enter the address.
V Media Server
V Simple iTunes Media Server
V Run the latest iTunes
* Requires a Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5 or G4 processor and 512MB of RAM
V Copy all you music, movies, tv shows, etc. into the iTunes library on the media server
* You can do this over the network using Home Sharing
* Or copy by hand. I just copy my iTunes Media folder onto an external hard drive and sneaker net it over
V Turn on Home Sharing
* This work best if all your media is purchased and suthorized under a single Apple ID
* In iTunes go to 'Advanced' > 'Home Sharing' and set it to on and enter your iTunes credientials
* Set up Home Sharing on each device and Mac
* Will work for Macs, iOS devices, and Apple TVs
V If you use iTunes and have an older OS, Snow Leopard or Leopard you can use Front Row.
* If your Mac has an IR port (Mini, Macbook, Macbook Pro) you can use the Apple remote or a universal remote
* also consider an old iPhone or iPod touch with the Remote app as a controller
* Bluetooth mouse and keyboard can also be useful
V Connect the Mac to your TV using an appropriate adapter
* DVI to HDMI cable, Mini Display Port to HDMI, Mini DVI to HDMI, even VGA if you have that on your TV
* For Audio you can use a TOS link or analog 1/8" cable
* Check Monoprice for the appropriate cables and adapters
V If you want more fexibility and format support there are options
V These will let you playback a myriad of formats, have built-in support for podcasts and media streaming services, and more
* Plex
* Boxee
V Other helpful software
* Elgato Turbo.264HD
* Handbrake
* Perian
V Dedicated email or Internet terminal
* Kitchen, living room, or spare bedroom
V House guest would appreciate a terminal to access web based emails, catch up on Facebook
* Use software like DeepFreeze to wipe personal data between visits
* Kitchen terminal for email and managing recipes.
* Old Macbook, Macbook Pro, or even iBook on the coffee table to surf the web while watching TV
V Monitor web cams for security
* EvoCam
* This would also work if you have your Mac set up as a Media Server
V Reborn as furniture, home accessory, or Art
* There are tons of clever DIY projects online to turn broken Macs into useful objects
* Old B&W Apple Cinima CRTs as coffee table stands
* MacQuariums
* Lights and Wall Clocks
* Works of art. Just sitting on a shelf they are an item of cool design history.
V Other thoughts
* Desicated Windows machine using BootCamp
* Linux system
V Dedicated Web Server
* OS X has Apache, MySQL, and PHP built in
* Yes, the client too. With a little terminal hacking you can get it running
V If you do get heavy into Terminal hacking take a look at:
* Homebrew
* MacPorts