There are many good uses for old Macintosh computers. By “old computer” I mean any Macintosh computer that is over ten years old. Anything under ten years old is borderline usable as an everyday machine, especially with upgrades. Old computers are computers that can’t really do much except basic web browsing, word processing and play classic games. They can also be used as web servers. However, these old Macintosh computers aren’t too be thrown in the trash, after all they still do all the things that you bought it for originally.
Macintosh OS is a great operating system that is easy to use. If you have a really old computer like an SE or an Apple Macintosh all these can really do is be word processors for you. They can also play very basic games. A Preforma or a Quadra is pretty much the same thing, except in color. Although these could make good web servers. The G3 and later Power PCs like the Power Mac 9600 tower are still very useful computers, as well as the G3s with the right upgrades. The Blue and White G3 towers are very upgradeable machines that can still be used today with the right upgrades.
Word processing software like Claris Works or Microsoft Word for Macintosh are very effective for all your word processing needs. Quicken deluxe 98 is still good to balance your budget. AOL can run on most old machines as can a basic web browser. AIM 4.3 is good, and you can even share files over it. There are text-only web browsers for the really old machines. Most of these machines had ethernet support and if they didn’t an ethernet card can be installed on just about any Mac. Networking can be done either through ethernet or an SCSI port. Thursby’s Dave is a great application for networking Macs to PCs
Old portable machines can be of good use as well, especially if they have a wireless card. A lot of older laptops had wireless support, so check for a wireless card slot on your computer.These can be used for basic computing and web browsing, some of them may even have a DVD player installed and can be used as a portable DVD player.
In conclusion, old computers can still be used today for their word processing and basic web browsing as well as for web servers. They can also be used for learning, as in the case of a child or someone who has never used a computer. Or they can be used for the programs they run for that particular operating system that you have a preference for. So think twice before throwing away that old computer.