Experiencing the Mac Mini

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I got my cool little Mac Mini in the mail last week, and I was so excited to get started.

I never thought that I can't really give a decent product review on this neat little product, for the sheer and simple fact that I have no software to run on it. All my stuff is really old Mac OS 9 software, and frankly, I want to upgrade software instead of using old crap. Unfortunately, this also means you all can't see the cool pictures I took showing the tiny size of the Mini because my card reader is from 1999 and I can't find drivers for OS X.

However, I will tell you what I do know. Follow the title link for the full post

My Mac Mini configuration was basically the upper Mac Mini base model:

  • 1.42GHz PowerPC G4
  • 256MB DDR333 SDRAM
  • ATI Radeon 9200 with 32MB DDR video memory
  • 80GB Ultra ATA hard drive
  • Combo drive
  • DVI or VGA video output

I didn't get any options with my Mini, but I do plan to up the memory to a full Gig stick when I finally buy it from Crucial. In the end, I will only have a gig of memory as there is only one slot available. (Gotta give up something for size.) However, we'll see if this is an issue when I get more aps on it.

The Mac Mini is barely bigger than a CD in length and width and the same height as a credit card. I can put the it in my purse. Literally. It came in neato packaging that was the size and look of a kids lunchbox -- complete with a handle. (I'll post pictures when I can...sorry.)

The setup was really easy, and the software even walked me through setting up Mac OS X. What I found really cool was you could import all your old settings from your old Mac, including network settings, user accounts, email, documents and apps -- provided your old Mac was running OS X. My old Blue and white G3 Tower runs Mac OS 9 -- and while I'm probably the only one on the planet still using it -- I was surprised I couldn't at least import mail and network settings. If you do have OS 9, you might want to keep this in mind when upgrading.

One thing that did blow me away was the fact that the Mac Mini doesn't make a sound. Even when the hard drive is being written to, it is silent: I have to look at the light to know it is on.

I will say the few downloads I have done are fairly speedy, however, I won't know how horsey this little box is until I have some heavy apps like Photoshop to run on it. I'll be anxious to see how this works and will report more information when I have it.

Unfortunately, this is about all I can tell you, but I will post more when I get it. :(

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Thanks for the review grnidone

I'll be interested to hear how you find Photoshop!

Free OSX software...

...search on Google for free OSX software. There are sites out there with huge directories of native OSX apps, freeware, shareware, etc..

Interesting. I didn't have t

Interesting. I didn't have that problem. My converter worked swell...so far.

CRT Issues

Aparrently the Mini is suffering some CRT issues

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THE MAC MINI is under fire for shipping with what some claim to be a defective DVI > VGA converter.

Numerous filings on Apple's web support board disclose the problems of irate Mini-buyers, who are finding that their Mac mini looks simply dreadful when connected up to a CRT. Brightness is too low, buyers say, and sometimes the display fails to show up at all.

Credit Card

>>and the same height as a credit card

Is that what they call a thin client?

heh..