No inspiration needed by me. As a Christmas present to deserving kids
in the Eureka area, I refurbished six G3 clamshell iBooks. All were
stock 300 MHz Blueberry machines with 3 GB hard drives. I upped the
RAM to at least 96 MB, bought $15 AC adapters for 5 of them, wiped and
tested the hard drives, cleaned them inside and out, and loaded OS
9.2.2 and my special kids' games/learning pack. I made sure all Apple
updates were done; interestingly, all required a firmware update.
Since the iBooks were repurposed as stand-alone kids' games/learning
machines, there was no need to do anything about the original and very
dead batteries other than leave them in place as ballast to keep the
iBooks from tipping over. I did include a USB hockey puck mouse for
those kids who can't quite manage to use a track pad.
As with many of the more than 600 Macs I've given away, I received
very excited and heartwarming feedback from the kids after Christmas.
Happy New Year, everyone!
The Old-Mac Guy in Cutten
P.S.: My personal stash of Macs -- all used regularly by me or family
members -- includes an LC III, two Pismos, an iBook G4 logic board
test bed, a G4/500 Cube, a 1.25 GHz 17" G4 iMac, a Tangerine iBook G3
running 10.3.9, a PowerBook 12" 1 GHz, a PB 15" 1 GHz, a PB 15" 1.5
GHz, a Snow G3/600 iMac, an aluminum13.3" 2.4 GHz MacBook with LED
backlit keyboard and LCD, a mid-2007 20" aluminum iMac, and a couple
of iPod Shuffles and a first-gen iPod Touch. Plus a pile of parts for
all kinds of Macs, and 8 G3 400 iMacs ready to go to new owners in the
days and weeks ahead. I should be getting back a 5200/180 with stuck
hard drive this week that I'll refurb and pass on again to a new owner.
On Dec 28, 2008, at 5:11 PM, jeffy wrote: