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Old 10-06-2007, 02:01 PM   #1
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Default Mac Mini: Getting serious

I will probably get this little thing. Trying to figure out my options.

My instinct is to buy the faster CPU and boost the Mac’s RAM but accept the 120 GB hard drive (the only option is 160 GB anyway), as I think it will just be the boot drive and 120 GB should be large enough. (I have only 29 GB on my G4 boot drive now, and haven’t done any serious housekeeping for a long time).

So it looks like this:
  • Mac mini 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 1 GB RAM (up to 2 GB); 120 GB hard drive; CD/DVD read/write [$800 plus more for more RAM]

Add ons:
  • Apple wireless keyboard [$80]
  • Apple wireless laser mouse [$70]
  • 24-inch Apple cinema display [$900]

And then a stackable external hard drive/USB & Firewire hub. But which one? I have dealt with all three of these companies in the past and still have faith in LaCie and NewerTech (not much in Iomega):
  • LaCie mini, 500 GB [$217 incl shipping from NewEgg]
  • NewerTech miniStack, 500 GB or 750 GB [$240 or $320 list]
  • Iomega mini 500 GB [$190 list]

It is at least theoretically possible to replace the slow (5400 RPM) hard drive in the Mini itself, but not sure it will matter (with the 7200 RPM drive in the stack) and it sounds like no task for the likes of me. Swapping out the RAM might be easier, but wonder if it matters enough.

So it is about $2,100, not too bad. The other flexible option is the Mac Pro, but set up similarly — though with more power and future possibilities — that would run over $4,000.

If the Mini would support it, I might consider the 30-inch cinema display, but it doesn’t. And it is probably too large to sit in front of anyway. Or I could just use the 24-inch I have now and attach the G4 to a CRT we have, but I need to do some things with the older Macs, and we are shy a monitor already. Besides, once used to this size and quality, it is tough to go back.

I also want to learn how to use the Wacom tablet. I have an Intuos 2 6X8-inch and just downloaded up-to-date drivers. Is the Intuos 3 better enough that I need to replace this one?

Any advice gratefully accepted!

   
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FWIW, I hate my apple cordless mouse. And it gave me neck and shoulder pain, so I went to a cordless Wacom instead. Just keep the mouse for when I travel with the MacBook Pro.

   
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FWIW, I hate my apple cordless mouse. And it gave me neck and shoulder pain, so I went to a cordless Wacom instead. Just keep the mouse for when I travel with the MacBook Pro.
I have one with the laptop, and do not love it. But I don’t know if it is a laser mouse; may not be.

   
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I have one with the laptop, and do not love it. But I don’t know if it is a laser mouse; may not be.
Mine is the Bluetooth one. Looks like a slug and has buttons on the side that I keep pressing by mistake.

   
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Mine is the Bluetooth one. Looks like a slug and has buttons on the side that I keep pressing by mistake.
Oh, dear.

Well, I plan on trying to resume my struggles with the Wacom, but must have a mouse too. We shall see how that goes.

   
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Oh, dear.

Well, I plan on trying to resume my struggles with the Wacom, but must have a mouse too. We shall see how that goes.
My bluetooth Wacom comes with a mouse. But it's an expensive way to buy a mouse if you don't like Wacoms.

   
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My bluetooth Wacom comes with a mouse. But it's an expensive way to buy a mouse if you don't like Wacoms.
Which Wacom do you have?

   
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Which Wacom do you have?
It's the Graphire CTE-630BT.

The felt-based mouse just glides across the surface of the tablet, although it does use the absolute settings of the pen if you don't change the parameters.

So you can use the pen or the mouse and the mouse is much nicer than the Apple mouse, which is much sexier to look at. Even if it does resemble a slug.

   
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It's the Graphire CTE-630BT.

The felt-based mouse just glides across the surface of the tablet, although it does use the absolute settings of the pen if you don't change the parameters.

So you can use the pen or the mouse and the mouse is much nicer than the Apple mouse, which is much sexier to look at. Even if it does resemble a slug.
Ah. My first Wacom had that sort of mouse. (Can’t remember what sort it was, but it was in their early days, and it may have been just a plain old Wacom.)

I have the wireless slug you describe with the laptop, but my main problem is the length of time it takes to notice the computer. The side buttons are problematical, but only when I am able to use the thing!

   
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I have the wireless slug you describe with the laptop, but my main problem is the length of time it takes to notice the computer. The side buttons are problematical, but only when I am able to use the thing!
As I only use the mouse when I'm away and it replaces the touch pad, its slowness etc. is a vast improvement on the alternative.

   
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