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Acquiring miniMax0r part 1 [Oct. 26th, 2007|04:47 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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Wednesday, the line conditioner/surge protector, enclosure, and 7 port USB hub came in. This was the third enclosure that I have worked with and was the easiest. It has a fan on the bottom, is only for IDE and does not sport any cabling i.e. it is designed to accept all of the male ends on the drive natively. So with everything arranged and the right hand side of my desk clean, I eagerly await the purchase of my Mac.

Howton, you will remember, was the one who pushed me into going ahead and getting the mini. He has had to do this twice. The first time, I was looking at the Mac Pro and he convinced me that if I go ahead and get a mini that I could at least learn OS X and that when the time came, that particular proficiency would be available to me instead of waiting until I had the money to buy a respectable Mac Pro. More recently, he persuaded me to get the mini instead of the iMac.

I was looking at the iMac because I wasn't happy with the mini's technical specifications and wanted a video card, not integrated video. I've used Windows XP @ 2 GB for 4 years now and have been quite impressed; that having been said, when Black Widow died and I got the laptop, the video was integrated and will only render 480p. You can play 720p trailers, but they skip to the point of not being watchable; 1080p trailers give you mutilated audio with "screenshots". Suffice it to say I am not happy about this.

My first computer was a Gateway E something-or-nother. It had integrated video. I remember dancing in the streets for joy when I put in a 32 MB PCI video card; Black Widow always had a stand alone card. As I am constantly watching video (and had gotten quite used to the real-time color correction, I might add) you can understand why this is such an issue. Also, I mentioned seeing how XP Pro runs on 2 GB of memory. Imagine what a system could do on 4! As OS X is a much more streamlined OS, those resources should really make the Mac fly.

So like I said, I'm sittin' here looking at the iMac and then the Ubuntu box3n dies. So I start looking at Macs again and decide "What the hell? I'll apply for the card. What's the worst that could happen? They decide not to let me have any credit." When I got the info back, I didn't have as much credit as I would have liked and definitely not enough to purchase the $3500 iMac I was looking at. So back to the drawing board.

I call Howton and he convinces me that I need to get the base mini. I do my homework and see has a point...to a point. It's true, the mini should do everything I want it to and more; that being said, outside of the afore mentioned memory and graphics card issues the only real issue is that the base mini does not have a DVD burner. Now I've been thinking if the going gets rough, I could sell my laptop or if things are really good next year, I might could look into getting a Mac Book Pro. Either way, if there's the slightest possibility that I could wind up with miniMax0r being my only machine, I am not going backwards on DVD burning capabilities. Ergo, it's the $799 mini or no mini at all. But then Howton pulls some shit on my blog saying that I really need the memory. We then had this exchange on princessleia2's blog.

I thought about setting up a Paypal donation button and letting people vote if Howton is right or not: $1 if you think he's wrong $2 if you think he's right. For some inexplicable reason, this vision died before it reached the visualization stage. How sad!
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-10-27 12:04 am (UTC)
I am not going backwards on DVD burning capabilities.
Glad to see you're going to stick around with a dying technology.

No worries, I''ve still got my Jazz drive, and by God they'll have to pull that from my cold, dead hands! I'll never go backwards!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-10-27 06:09 am (UTC)
You're stupidity really amazes me sometimes. You just don't get it do you?

Yes, it's true in five years DVDs may be a thing of the past. That having been said, I don't own a fucking tape drive and carrying a hard drive around is impractable and unreliable, hence the removable media.

I'm curious: what do you suggets instead of this dying technology called DVDs?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-10-27 02:07 pm (UTC)
[Your] stupidity really amazes me sometimes.
If you think I'm stupid, you've got a LONG road to travel, my friend. I'm no longer trapped by the present, I'm a walking trending machine with The Sight. I can fold time & space. You keep sitting there picking your nose and throwing around insults if it makes you feel any better. I'm stupid? I don't think so, Tim. I am your past, your present, and I am your future. Just give thought to what old Scrooge would've had to look forward to had he told the ghost of Christmas present to fuck off, thinking himself so much the wiser! Fool! Do you see the very living relationship we've come to take for granted?

But to answer your question, I've got a dual-layer burner in my laptop I've never once used. If I require the transfer of files too large for secure shell, I use a thumb-drive, which, with the exception of the dual-layer burners, now holds the capacity of a DVD. Sure if my iTunes volume weren't formatted in Mac HFS I might attach it to my windows box and make yet another back up of my library, but I don't know what that would gain me.

Online storage and solid-state is the future right now. And for your information Mr. "I just don't get it do I?" the Jazz with its 1GB capacity. Read-Write capability and super-fast SCSI interface should've been the future of removable storage over CD-R. Then again, the cattle on this floating rock chose VHS over BetaMax. Never take your fingers from the pulse!
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From: galinda822
2007-10-27 02:45 pm (UTC)
My dad chose BetaMax! It's good to know he's not 'cattle'.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-10-27 02:55 pm (UTC)
He is a god among men.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-10-27 07:58 pm (UTC)
Well argued...to a point.

I'm not going to spend $20 on a thumbdrive everytime I need to transfer files or pass them off to someone or even make an archive. Sorry to dissappoint.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-10-28 02:01 pm (UTC)
Well argued...to a point.
Not well argued, even accidentally...

What makes thumbdrives so incredibly cost-effective is that once you insert your thumbdrive into the computer of the recipient, they can then quickly and effortlessly retrieve the files from your thumbdrive, and it can then go back in your pocket to be used again and again!

See? You get to KEEP it.

"Sorry to disappoint?" Are you telling me you're sorry to disappoint me because you're retarded? YOU GET TO KEEP THE THUMBDRIVE. IT CAN BE USED OVER AND OVER! Amazing technology.

BTW - this comment proves to me that Firefox's inline spellchecker is far, far superior to Opera's NOT inline spellchecker.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-10-27 07:59 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I used "You're" instead of "your". Damn!
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[User Picture]From: fabrizzo
2007-10-28 03:53 am (UTC)
Haha! Knowledge is power!
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[User Picture]From: fabrizzo
2007-10-28 03:53 am (UTC)
Learning is fun!
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From: snapper521
2007-10-29 02:41 am (UTC)

you're vs. your

I can. *grin*
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From: snapper521
2007-10-29 02:38 am (UTC)
You once told me that I needed to put the title down into the post that that those who were reading it, could see what the title was and wouldn't get confused because if they didn't see the title they wouldn't know what the fuck you were talking about.

This is one of those cases when the shoe is on the other foot, and you need to take a dose of your own "medicine".

Need to put the title down into the post so it's more obvious Furbie. :-)

Later :-)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-10-29 02:41 am (UTC)
When did I ever tell you to put the title down in the post?
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From: snapper521
2007-10-29 03:09 am (UTC)
I don't recall the exact post Tomas. you merely told me that it would be a lot more understandable, and less confusing if I were to put the title down where people could see it more easily.

And what does it matter? You need to do it regardless of WHEN you told ME to do it to MY post...

:-P ornery kooter bug...
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-10-29 03:12 am (UTC)
whatever.
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