[thelist] What is least expensive Mac to use as Web client QA box

Stephen Rider evolt_org at striderweb.com
Mon Jan 31 10:09:15 CST 2005

On Jan 31, 2005, at 9:18 AM, Mark Marlow wrote:
> What is the least expensive Mac and OS configuration I can use as a QA
> machine for client side testing of Web applications.  The general
> requirements are:
> Needs to run latest versions of IE/NS/Safari/FireFox.
> Needs to connect to internet via an ethernet network.

I'll "third" the suggestion of a Mac Mini.

Get a KVM switch and you can use the exact same keyboard/monitor/mouse 
you already have hooked up to your primary computer.  The Mac is truly 
tiny and you'll hardly notice it's even there until you want to use it. 

Starts at $500.  This is a fast G4 (not a G5) -- an excellent 
consumer-grade computer and perfectly capable of running as an Apache 
server for testing purposes, as well as the browsers you mentioned.

According to Apple's website, it is "now shipping".

Steve Rider
Disclaimer:  I own Apple stock.  Go buy lots of Macs!   ;-)

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