Thank you all for your suggestions. One common suggestion is to be sure that the MAC is running OS 10. What would be the limitation of running a G3 with Mac OS 8.6 with regards to client side web site testing? Does the OS version effect which version of Safari, FireFox and IE which can be run? Thank you! -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Maximillian Schwanekamp Sent: Monday, January 31, 2005 1:04 PM To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: Re: [thelist] What is least expensive Mac to use as Web client QA box 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. While I'm mighty tempted by that MacMini as well, if you're just lookin to do some browser testing you can pick up a G3 with OS X for about $200 on eBay. I got a blue-and-white G3 with OS X 10.2.3, and got a KVM switch (USB!!) for $25 or so incl shipping (cf NewEgg.com), works great. I'm also using it to play with PHP 5 and Apache 2. Amusingly, the G3 came from another web dev, who was thinning his herd of Macs to justify picking up a Windows machine for the same purpose of web app testing. I must say, that even on this G3, OS X is superb. A good mix of consumer slickness (e.g. iLife) and Unix power. If you can afford the few extra clams for a new Mini, you will likely be pleased with the purchase. -- Maximillian Von Schwanekamp http://www.neptunewebworks.com/ -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !