Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Mac Mini thoughts

I like it. Not only as a concept, but possibly for myself. I'm glad to see that although it's pitched as a low-cost Mac, it looks as well crafted as everything else in their lineup. I think I'd get a real kick out of having a small sleek looking box like that on my desk instead of the ugly black PC thing I've got now.

Having said that, I suspect I may be being swept along by the famous reality distortion field; this could be a slow – sexy looking box that I'll regret owning a few months down the road. Being the cheapskate that I am, I don't want to be forking out for go faster parts after the initial buzz has worn off. I really like the fact that so much software comes with it, but how much photo editing can I do with iPhoto, and can the pathetic video card handle DVDs and full screen Quicktime movies without stuttering?

Here are some other things I have no clue about:

  • Can a Mac handle a zip file?
  • Can a Mac play a Real Networks stream?
  • Can I rig my Pocket PC, or at least its SD card to sync with the Mac?
  • Is it noisy?
  • Will my PC keyboard emulate the Apple and Command keys?
I've hatched a cunning plan for when they make their appearance here in NZ. I'm going to take along my USB card reader loaded with a card that contains some hi-res images, zips and other such files and see how the Mac Mini handles them. If it takes 20 seconds to show an image because of the lack of video power and RAM then I've blown my price point before I even start.

I told you I'm a cheapskate...

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can a Mac handle a zip file?

--> Yes, of course. It is built into the OS. You can "archive" any file, folder or multiple objects. It just creates a ZIP file of it. Just CMD-Click on the item and select "Archive ...". To unpack a ZIP file just double-click.


Can a Mac play a Real Networks stream?

--> Of course, there is Real Player (or however it is called today), and also MPlayer and VLC.


Can I rig my Pocket PC, or at least its SD card to sync with the Mac?

--> Use the missing link (or missing sync? -- don't know exactly). That should work.


Is it noisy?

--> Dunno, it shouldn't be.


Will my PC keyboard emulate the Apple and Command keys?

--> Certainly not.

-Mo.

6:30 AM  

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