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

Mark Marlow mark at testwiz.com
Mon Jan 31 16:07:28 CST 2005

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!

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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


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