Mini observations

by Giles Turnbull

Like Scott McNulty, I've taken delivery of a shiny new Mac mini this week, and I'm also in the process of tweaking it to my liking, which means a lot of installing and messing about with bookmarks, web site login details, and preference panels.

Setting this machine up is more interesting, even more challenging, than I had expected. I deliberately did not use the Migration Assistant to import everything over from my old iBook, because I want to use this machine differently and organize the files on it in different ways.

Also, I want to try and keep it a 'clean' as possible; I've still got the iBook for messing around with. The Mac mini is going to be for long-term storage, music and photos, and other things best suited to a G4 processor. I intend to look after it.

What I've noticed over the last few hours of downloading and installing is how much I had become a creature of habit on my iBook. Having the new machine offers a chance to change my ways and break out from some routines.

Another noticeable thing: the Mac mini remains cool to touch after several hours of intensive disk-thrashing. A laptop would be burning up the table by now.

Finally, a story that demonstrates the power of the mini's cute size:

Around mid-afternoon, a neighbour called round to collect something I'd borrowed, and asked about the tiny cardboard box open on the kitchen worktop.

"Another one of your gadgets, Giles?" he asked.

"Yeah," I replied, "it's my new computer."

My neighbour's eyes boggled.

"You can get a whole computer in a box that small?" he asked.

"Come and see," I smirked, and showed him the new Mac mini in the next room. I pointed at the tiny box and said: "There. That's the computer."

I don't think my neighbour will mind me describing his expression at that moment as one of dumbfounded astonishment.

"But - but - my computer's only three months old and it's - it's much bigger than that. It comes up to here," he added, putting a flat hand against his knee.

I smirked again.

"Yes. Small, isn't it?"

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?


2005-06-22 09:34:33
The Keep Factor
I've got a Mac mini to and it made me realize that there's a "keep factor" to computers. Most are too bulky to keep around when they're no longer your main computer. But I can easily imagine myself keeping that tiny Mac mini around as long as it's useful for something. I have a lot of FrameMaker files, for instance, and FM only runs under Classic. That Mac mini will let me get at them even when my primary Mac is an Intel box.

Tiny is good.