Ah, the old reliable Mac. You can’t just toss it away, right? After all, it’s still working perfectly fine, albeit a bit slow. I guess I can stretch the rules here, and say that this might also apply to a PC.

So, what do you use your old computer for when you upgrade your setup?

I just “replaced” my PowerBook with a Mac Pro. Replace is not the right word, as it will keep serving me for on-the-go needs, but at least it’s no longer also my desktop computer. I decided I had to use it for SOMETHING, so here’s what I did, and how.

Alarm clock
I was sick and tired, well mostly sick, and later tired, of the old bleep-bleep alarm clock. Why not wake up to your favorite tunes instead? So I placed the PowerBook in my bedroom and installed Awaken on it (thanks again, Kiro). Since my PowerBook didn’t come with an Apple Remote, I was lucky to have my Keyspan Remote around. I’m still in the process of setting it all up, but it seems to be working pretty good 🙂

Nothing is better than having a dedicated box for torrents. I use Apple Remote Desktop to control the PowerBook from my Mac Pro, adding and administering torrents. File transfers between Macs is done via regular file sharing.

Syncing of Work on the go
I bring my PowerBook to school. And when I come home, I want to keep working on the files, on my Mac Pro. So how can I keep my project folder in sync between the two computer easily? My current plan is to use Transmit, and it’s syncing option. Transmit also supports Bonjour, which makes connecting to the computers a breeze. I’ll have to experiment a bit more before I settle for a solution. If you have any better suggestions, leave them below!

That’s basically my list. Voice off in the comments if you have a retired computer that you use yourself.

PS: I have more Joost invites if anyone’s interested. Just leave a comment with a valid email address and I’ll send them out as soon as I can. If I get more comments then I have invites, I’ll send out the rest once I get more invites. So comment away!


3 Responses to “What do you use a retired Mac for?”  

  1. 1 Paul

    Please give me a joost invite! I love you!

    I’m letting my fiancee use my old PC for writing and what not, since she normally uses her laptop. I still use it to determine if whatever web site I happen to be working on is compatible with IE6. I know I could run both on my new PC, but why go through all of that trouble?

  2. 2 Andreas

    You got mail Paul!
    Still got 3 more in this round, and probably more in a few days, so keep begging 😀

  3. 3 Kris

    Hello, I got here from Glenn Wolsey’s blog.

    If you have one more invite, it would be much appreciated 🙂

    I use my old iBook G4 for BTing too.


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