Latest thrift store find - Ruby iMac (400MHz G3)

Brian Lanning brianlanning at
Sat Jun 13 17:31:01 CDT 2009

You made me stop by my goodwill store on the way home today.  I found
a practically new USB zip drive with a disk in it for $5.  Should work
great on the amiga.

That's it.  I'm addicted.  I'll have to stop at every one I see now.


On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 4:45 PM, Ethan Dicks<ethan.dicks at> wrote:
> So to turn a bit more on-topic, my big thrift store find of the week
> is a 400MHz Ruby iMac.  It looks loaded with OS 10.4.2 on a 10GB
> Quantum drive, a Matsushita CD-ROM, 576MB of RAM (the original 64MB
> plus an add-on 512MB PC-133 DIMM), and no Airport/WiFi interface.  I
> found the spot for it - a pair of mounting brackets and an antenna
> cable, but no interface. :-(
> I don't have a lot of PowerMac hardware, so this is an interesting
> find.  I do have the guts of a Blue&White tower stuffed into a beige
> box, but this little guy is much easier to move around and store on a
> shelf when I'm not using it.  Somewhere, I have Starcraft for the PPC
> Mac.  I should try to fire that up.
> Oh... I forgot to mention.  This working machine was priced at $20,
> about 2% of what it cost new (but it had a keyboard and mouse back
> then).
> After some poking around, it looks like the former owner upgraded it
> from OS9 and used AOL, but did at least clean most of the personal
> data out.  I should drop a larger hard drive in there and do a fresh
> install of 10.4 (since I never really used 8 or 9 much, and 10.4 is as
> high as it goes for PPC)
> -ethan

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