Sunday 17 February 2008 10.37am
I've bought a few, from Gumtree
, and from a second hand shop, as well as from friends. On the whole, it was painless, simply getting a geeky buddy to reload the latest operating system. The processor speed seems to be important, restricting the 'level' of OS (X10.3.9 or X10.4.1) but unless you're running photoshop, and other heavy apps, it seems OK. Like most Mac users, I simply use it, rather than use a PC as a reason to study how to problem solve IT headaches (what is the fuss about those virus thingies?)
It's possible to fire-wire the new one to the old one, and 'clone' the new mac, so the settings & files are already there. My 2003 G4 powerbook lost it's DVD burner when I came off my bike, but a remote CDburner from Micro Anvika works fine.