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adam taylor
OT: sensible uses for old G4's?
on Oct 23, 2009 at 2:41:15 pm

I was wondering if any of you have any ideas for making good use of old G4's?

I have a few knocking about the office gathering dust, and it would be pointless trying to sell them, but seems a shame to chuck 'em.

And please - no silly suggestions, I already use one as a stool in the equipment room!

adam

Adam Taylor
Video Editor/Audio Mixer/ Compositor/Motion GFX/Barista
Character Options Ltd
Oldham, UK

http://www.sculptedbliss.co.uk


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Alan Okey
Re: OT: sensible uses for old G4's?
on Oct 23, 2009 at 2:59:11 pm

At my day gig they have an old dual 1GHz G4 set up with Logic Pro, which they use for recording voiceovers. A G4 is plenty snappy enough for dialogue recording/editing.


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Cole Prine
Re: OT: sensible uses for old G4's?
on Oct 23, 2009 at 3:07:33 pm

We have a G4 we use for printing labels and stuff. We also use it for archiving of old footage. We have file maker pro setup on it and we log everything that goes in our tape room so we can get to it quickly if we ever need to.

Cole


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Dave LaRonde
Re: OT: sensible uses for old G4's?
on Oct 23, 2009 at 3:08:46 pm

How about Microsoft Office for Mac? Those G4's are just fine for accounting, Powerpoint, email and such.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Joel Peregrine
Re: OT: sensible uses for old G4's?
on Oct 23, 2009 at 3:25:15 pm

Although it may not apply to your workflow I still use a G4 Powerbook to capture HDV when the two other intel machines are tied up. No problems.


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Tom Matthies
Re: OT: sensible uses for old G4's?
on Oct 23, 2009 at 4:39:07 pm

I also use an old G4 running Peak for capturing voice overs.
Tom

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.--Ferris Bueller


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Stuart Simpson
Re: OT: sensible uses for old G4's?
on Oct 23, 2009 at 4:42:03 pm

You sure I can't tempt you with a silly?



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Michael Heldman
Re: OT: sensible uses for old G4's?
on Oct 23, 2009 at 4:58:27 pm

If you can't find a good use for it, how about donating it to a local school, church, Boys & Girls club, etc.? Good karma, you know.



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Paul Dickin
Re: OT: sensible uses for old G4's?
on Oct 23, 2009 at 7:31:16 pm

Hi
Its a bit different in the UK....
Away from the print media/video/audio businesses in the cities no one had ever heard of Apple before the iTunes store, and you can't give a Mac away because no one has the slightest idea how to download 'free' software to get it to unzip rars and run .exe files... :)

I keep my MDD to use squared5's driver to run the Pinnacle DC30 card for outputting strange QT movs to tape...



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Matt Gerard
Re: OT: sensible uses for old G4's?
on Oct 23, 2009 at 8:13:01 pm

I used to use ours for our FTP server running Rumpus FTP server software. It was loaded with a small raid setup and a gigabit e-card and it worked great.

An yes, I' have used another one for a stool our dupe room.

Its more fun to ride a slow motorcycle fast than a fast motorcycle slow...


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adam taylor
Re: OT: sensible uses for old G4's?
on Oct 25, 2009 at 4:28:52 pm

some interesting ideas..thanks everyone!

Nice mailbox Stuart...but isn't that a G3 though?

Adam Taylor
Video Editor/Audio Mixer/ Compositor/Motion GFX/Barista
Character Options Ltd
Oldham, UK

http://www.sculptedbliss.co.uk


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