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
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!