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yamawho November 7, 2009 12:53 PM

Purchased my 1st Mac
 
Finally did it ... bought my first Mac :thumb:

Mac mini
2.26GHz : 160GB
2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2GB memory - 1066MHz frontside bus
160GB hard drive1
8x double-layer SuperDrive
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
Mac OS X Snow Leopard + iLife

Mac mini - Apple Store (Canada)

Free shipping and it arrived in 3 days from Markham Ont.

This is the first system I purchased complete(besides netbooks) since 2001.

I've been keeping an eye out and almost got a used one a few times but since Apple launched the upgraded models and lowered the price from 739$ to 649$, I figured the time was right.

I became interested a while back when I discovered the OS has a Unix base ** very similar to Linux. I have been using various linux distros for years, at home I basically use linux except when gaming. However, I'm not much of a gamer, still playing FarCry2 for the 3rd time, and have decided I need to do something with all the family photos and movies we have accumulated.

Getting it going was quite painless until it came to finding a printer the OS would recognize.
I had an HP Deskjet 940c which seems to be recognized by every OS on earth but the ink has dried out and the replacement ink costs more than buying a new printer. Anyways, surrounded by 5 printers I discovered open source Linux / OSX drivers for my Konica Minolta 2400W laser color printer which has been sitting unused with almost full cartridges for over a year.

I also put a 500GB HDD in an inclosure, formated it HFS+ extended and started to use Time Machine.

I also had no issues connecting to my home network ... hassle free like in Linux.

I used an LG W2243T LCD at 1920 x 1080, a old Compaq usb keyboard and a MS usb mouse.

At this point I'm pondering selling my gaming PC since I don't plan on using it ...

Amd Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition X3 2.8Ghz running at 3.5Ghz
Asus mobo M3N78-VM
4 x 1 GB OCZ DDR2800 ram
eVGA GeForce GTX 260 Superclocked 896MB (not core 216)
Antec black P180B
OCZ 700 watt psu

**
In 1997, Apple Computer sought out a new foundation for its Macintosh operating system and chose NEXTSTEP, an operating system developed by NeXT. The core operating system, which was based on BSD and the Mach kernel, was renamed Darwin after Apple acquired it. The deployment of Darwin in Mac OS X makes it, according to a statement made by an Apple employee at a USENIX conference, the most widely used Unix-based system in the desktop computer market.

More from Wikipedia here ...
Unix - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Linus November 7, 2009 01:09 PM

boooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

edit: but seriously as long as you're happy with it :ph34r:

Zero82z November 7, 2009 02:11 PM

Blasphemy!

yamawho November 7, 2009 02:27 PM

:haha:

Let see ... as an enthusiast I started out with CPM back in the 80's, moved on to MS Dos, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista and lets not leave out Windows 7.

In the early 2000's Linux distros like SuSe 9, Mepis 5, Linux Mint 5, Ubuntu 6, 7, 8 & 9 as well as Mint XFCE 5, and also Mint 7 ... I hope I didn't leave any out :ph34r: :rofl:

Almost forgot ... my 1st home PC the Vic-20 :clap:

I like to mix things up ... so why not :biggrin:

Jack Rabbit November 7, 2009 05:51 PM

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Originally Posted by yamawho (Post 284082)
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I also had no issues connecting to my home network ... hassle free like in Linux.
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Heh. You were not using Macs back when OS HEX was new.

I am looking forward to what happens with the new iMacs that can be used as a monitor. Interesting idea.

Just do not put your little white sticker on your car. :biggrin:

yamawho November 7, 2009 06:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Jack Rabbit (Post 284215)
Just do not put your little white sticker on your car. :biggrin:

Too late ... got a tattoo on my a$$ :rofl:

kendallcschm November 7, 2009 06:27 PM

congrats.. apples are great computers.. lol i love my macbook.. you got snow leopard on it right?

yamawho November 7, 2009 06:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kendallcschm (Post 284231)
congrats.. apples are great computers.. lol i love my macbook.. you got snow leopard on it right?

Thats correct Mac OS X Snow Leopard + iLife 09 and added iWork 09 today.

Jack Rabbit November 7, 2009 06:59 PM

wink
 
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Originally Posted by yamawho (Post 284228)
Too late ... got a tattoo on my a$$ :rofl:

I so regret the drunken Intel tatoo... :doh:

Cheator November 7, 2009 07:16 PM

Nice to see another one straddle the fence. Boughtm y first mac a few months ago. Enjoy it


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