Wednesday, January 12, 2005

2005 Year of the Mac mini



As everyone has heard Apple did what people had been begging for and introduced a cheap Mac without a display.

I don't want to bore you with the specs.

It is:

Small and great looking, period.

Fast enough for most people, period.

Faster that any Windows PC not locked down like Fort Knox, period.

Cheaper than any equivalent Windows PC, period.

Back when the Mac was being developed Steve Jobs told the developers "Well you know how many millions of people are going to buy this machine - imagine that you can make it boot five seconds faster, well that's five seconds times a million every day that's fifty lifetimes, if you can shave five seconds off that you're saving fifty lives."

Millions of new Mac users are going to buy the mini. It will save them quite a bit more than five seconds a day. I want to help them save even more time and get right to the best of what the Mac and the Mac community can do.

19 Comments:

At 1/12/2005 09:18:00 AM, Blogger jon999 said...

shall I buy it then?

 
At 1/12/2005 10:08:00 AM, Blogger Jason Sares said...

If you want one place an order NOW. Seriously Apple has had a problem filling demand in the past. If you want one on Jan 22 order it ASAP.

 
At 1/12/2005 05:32:00 PM, Blogger jon999 said...

I want one, but I don't need one yet.
My PC is old but functional, I think I might need a new printer also as it doesn't have USB.
I'm in no rush for a mac, but thanks for your advice.
Is apple coming out with a new OS? maybe best to wait for that, or wait for next year hoping they put a g5 inside the mac mine. Again in no rush, so maybe wait for the reviews, or till my pc is obsolete.

 
At 1/12/2005 06:07:00 PM, Blogger Jason Sares said...

Apple is coming out with Tiger this first half of this year. How's that for a vague release date. I wouldn't wait for the G5 the G4 is a perfectly good chip. It's got AltiVec vector processing which is like SSE but better. The G3 that I have in my iBook still works well if you turn off a bit of the eye candy.

 
At 1/12/2005 06:19:00 PM, Blogger Thijs Houben said...

Hi Jason, very much like your initiative for this weblog! Maybe you make me and other portential readers happy by enabling the blogger rss-feed (Dashboard/settings/site feed)?
Regards, Thijs.

 
At 1/12/2005 06:56:00 PM, Blogger Jason Sares said...

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At 1/12/2005 11:48:00 PM, Blogger Jason Sares said...

Hi Thijs it should be on. Try:

http://macmini.blogspot.com/atom.xml

 
At 1/13/2005 01:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the person who needs a new printer, you get a printer for free from epson if you order a mac. the printer is $100 with a $99 rebate, so that solves that problem.

I have plenty of PC's lying around in various states, but I always seem to come back to my Mac's. I have a Powermac G4 1.42, a 17" Powerbook, and I am ordering a Mini. What will I use it for? To start, it will be a DVD player for my projector, another source for accessing my DVD's stored on my G4, Itunes in another room, printer server ,etc,. All in a nice small package. Only thing I don't like at this point is the pathetic RAM pricing model. But I expect there will be a hack out on the net as soon as the machine is released, despite what Apple says about techs required to upgrade it.

 
At 1/13/2005 07:55:00 AM, Blogger jon999 said...

thanks for the advice, but the laser printer i've got is fine, except its got a parallel port, instead of usb. Also I live in England so I don't have access to US deals. I've just looked at the tiger OS and it doesn't seem such a significant upgrade to wait for? 10.3 to 10.4 and the new features wouldn't really be used much I'd imagine. So maybe I will get it, shame about the printer though.
Concerning the one slot RAM, isn't the 512mb for the extra 50 enough?

 
At 1/13/2005 10:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you ever really have enough RAM?

 
At 1/13/2005 12:45:00 PM, Blogger Jason Sares said...

You can still use your parallel printer. You have a few options.

One is to connect the printer to a wireless printer server for around $50 USD. Also some wireless routers have one built in. It's really nice to have a printer on the wireless network.

Two is to connect with a parallel USB adapter for around $25 USD.

In either case you will need driver support. Gimp Print works great with OS X. See if your printer is supported.

 
At 1/14/2005 05:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check this out modders are planning to put them in cars

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/1/prweb197110.htm

 
At 1/14/2005 08:58:00 PM, Blogger Jason Sares said...

Thats awesome. If you have a touch screen and a good interface it will kick an iPod with cassette adapters ass.

 
At 1/16/2005 07:13:00 AM, Blogger jon999 said...

I've come to a decision! I'm definately going to buy a mac mini when it comes with the new tiger OS.

Thanks for the printer advice, I think i'll just get a new usb laser printer and sell my old one, it was quite cheap anyway.

I have a microsoft usb mouse so i'll keep that, but I'll need to buy a new keyboard that has usb too. probably go for the basic apple keyboard with usb, the bluetooth option seems a bit expensive for me. Will upgrade to 512mb too, but thats it!

looking forward to my mac days.

 
At 1/16/2005 12:45:00 PM, Blogger Jason Sares said...

That's great let me know if you have any problems. This is what I want to use this site for. Not just the evangelizing I've been doing. I'm just doing that till the mini actually comes out.

 
At 1/16/2005 01:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took the plunge. I'm a PC user now. The mini has the features that wanted. The most compelling of these is MacOS X, form factor and price. Plan to use it as set top box for multimedia and net access. I'll use my HDTV as monitor. Got the wireless kb/mouse so I can work from the comfort of my easy chair. I'll use my A64 3000+ laptop for work (SW devel) I went for the mini because I need at least one machine on which I can always depend. Good for Apple for making this move. I've wanted a Mac but wasn't willing to invest the money until now.

 
At 1/16/2005 10:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One Mac to rule them all

 
At 1/18/2005 11:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well... been using Macs since 1987 for desktop publishing...
I've been running a G3 266 (now 400) for 7 years... great machine... been thinking of upgrading for a while and this comes along...
It'll do fine. Until I can afford a Powerbook G5. I'll ditch the trusty beige tower with the 10k UWSCSI LVD (sigh)... but at least I'll be up with the latest and greatest soft.
Great home system. My PC female friend is drooling over Apple hardware now... I can do more, more reliably with my 7 yr G3 than she can with her 2 yr Pcs... we've been together 5 months, she's had to reformat drives on all 3 machines (including the brand new laptop)
She's had it. She wants simplicity. Performance. Silence. Music. Photos. No headaches.

Did I mention my G3 was 7 years old? And was the best machine in the house? NEVER running into problems? Running an unsupported OS? (Panther on Beige tower)...
Perfect machine for a switch.

Long live the Mini... too bad Tiger isn't here now

 
At 1/22/2005 10:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's funny that you mention your girlfriend. My last girlfriend tells people the only good thing I did for her was get help her to get a Mac.

I hope she's just joking about that being the only thing ;-).

 

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