My current PC is in it’s autumn. It’s long-term memory has started clicking and it sometimes dozes off when it should be awake. I built the damn thing myself. Or rather, bribed my cousin to do it for me. Limbs were ordered seperately and surgically put together in a fashion similar to that of Frankensteins monster. It’s been a good run. It’s been fast enough for what I do.
It’s just not that quiet. It’s not that small either. The Mac Mini is. I hear they run Windows now?
I’ve told my good american friend about these flirtations with the dark side, these forbidden thoughts about shiny white plastic and brushed chrome finish. Already part of this club, I’m sure he was thrilled to see me prepare my fall from grace.
The hardware was never the problem, it’s been the operating system and it’s lack of the very odd and obscure Windows applications I use, it’s lack of some very specific game titles, and it’s annoying application metaphor which I’ve discussed at length in the past. I’m told, however, that I can’t use these arguments anymore; as mentioned two paragraphs ago: they now run Windows.
Not being a convertee just yet, I keep telling myself there are roadblocks to this most dangerous shopping endeavour. Are there alternatives such as a vendor-built, small, good-looking, cheap, quiet PC box that does the same? Could the Mini double as a network accessible server for wireless music and files? Is it really, really quiet? Is it fast enough to open 60×45 cm 300 DPI PSD files? Is the RAM upgradable, cheaply? Will there be a new one in January? Does it require that you use iTunes? These are all things I need to answer before venturing into the lair of the unknown.