The time has arrived, and it is now. I’ve been tempted for a while, but…it just never seemed right. (Sidenote: The last time I used a Mac was in college for an assembly programming course. My cousin forked out some cash and bought a used macbook thingy so we could do our homework away from the computer lab.) But now I did the forking out of the doughing and sprang for a few key components to get me started in the world of Apple products.
Mac Mini (2010 model) Product Features
- 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
- 2 GB of Memory
- NVIDIA GeForce 320M Graphics
- 320 GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
- 8x-Speed SuperDrive
Not a bad set of specs. It might be a little light on Memory right out of the box, but I can increase that to 8GB, should the need arise.
My Selected Mac Mini Accessories
The Apple Wireless Keyboard, the Apple Magic Trackpad, and an HDMI cable to connect to one of my existing monitors. It wasn’t a tough choice to take the trackpad over the Apple Magic Mouse. The mouse, while having multitouch, still felt like a cheap piece of plastic — it just didn’t add up next to the keyboard and trackpad. Plus I want the trackpad so I can take full advantage of gestures in the Lion OS, when it’s released. (We’ll see, I may end up adding a wireless mouse from Logitech next to the trackpad.)
To iPod Touch or iPad2?
I went with the Apple iPod Touch 8 GB (4th Generation). I’m still unsure what I’ll do with it since I’m not big on carting around music files, and I’m a huge fan of dropbox for moving files around, but I didn’t feel like I could get a full and true Apple experience without having one iOS device.
Next Steps and Then What
Initially, I anticipate some frustration, but that’s more to do with having to deal with change, so we’ll most likely be chalking it up to average human behaviour. I expect I’ll get through it quickly and be on and about my way.
Otherwise, I don’t really know what to expect. I should point out that I’m looking at this as a potential replacement to my Debian (Linux) box and not my Windows box. Not that I think it matters too much these days since most of what I do is moving to the cloud and I can access it from any platform, including ChromeOS when the time tickles me to do so. Which is to say, soon, I suspect, I’ll be running six different operating systems.
Ultimately, I suspect I’ll be recommending 2012 refreshed Mac Mini machines as ideal candidates as brains for folks’ home entertainment systems. Especially with the introduction of Thunderbolt and very large external storage devices. I have a variety of other reasons, but we can uncover those in the weeks to come.
Post schedule will be weekly for the first month, then bi-monthly, and monthly. (possibly less frequent, but will try to maintain once per month.) In any event, stay tuned, and watch as I fall totally off-the-wagon-stupid for Apple products, or violently smash tiny and defenseless electronic items out of frustration. Either way, it’s a party somewhere.