The Down Side of the Mac Mini

by Jon Davis 22. May 2008 23:23

I've only been blogging in the context of late night fun lately, so bear with me, someday soon I'll get bored by all this and "get back to work" here on my blog.

So I got Vista installed on Boot Camp to get some experience with native Windows on my Mac Mini hardware. My hardware was the best that Apple offered in Mini form (2GHz + 2GB + 160GB). Here are the Vista performance assessment results, needless to say I'm unsurprised yet nonetheless still disappointed by the horrible graphics card on this thing. But it's still a decent little machine for its size.

Numbers are on a scale of 0-to-5.9, not 0-to-10.

Incidentally, a buddy of mine told me that he has a friend who bought an Apple TV and hacked it and it literally became a Mac Mini running Mac OS X. You can get a new Mac this way for ~$250-300!! I'd reconsider this Mac Mini if the AppleTV didn't have its limitations in display output ports.

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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