Mac mini – On my mind

The Mac mini crosses my mind way too often, usually at least once before I have my morning coffee. I’m a PC guy so it’s a little unsettling. True, I’ve always respected Apple’s design skills and Job’s marketing skills but I’ve never really considered buying a Mac. My 1st computer was an Apple IIe but my parents bought that. I used MACs occasionally while I studied at the University of Oregon – mostly for working in PASCAL. For the 1st time I find myself thinking about buying a MAC.

Mac mini

Why am I hesitating? This question justifies a list.

  • $500 can buy a lot of different things.
  • I don’t really want to start a software library for another
  • platform.

  • I’m worried about seamless compatibility with my two Windows XP machines at home.
  • I’m worried about the quality of the product. Did Apple test it well? Are there going to be heat related failure issues?
  • How fast does a G4 feel? Is my Sony Intel P4 going to make it feel like my Apple IIe?
  • What will my peers think?

Why do I want one?
It looks cool.

  • I want to be part of the exclusive Apple owners club. Hmm…
  • I want to be friends with Steve Jobs.
  • I want to make slick home movies. But I just invested in Adobeďż˝s
  • Premier Elements and Photoshop Elements.

  • I want to be able to talk positively or negatively about Apple
  • based on experience not conjecture.

  • I want to keep Microsoft on their toes. If I support both platforms, maybe Bill wil work harder to keep me as a customer.
  • Installing Linux on a Mac mini might be fun.

Hold on a second. My beautiful wife bought me an iPod for Christmas – does that get me into the club? Steve, will you be my friend now? Or, do I have to spend a little more to join?
So I find myself sitting on a white-picket fence, gazing at a beautiful Apple orchard; wondering if I dare jump off and take a bite of one of the big shinny red apples.

Related posts:

  1. Mac mini in a PC Case
  2. iTunes 7.0.2. Works w/ Vista
  3. Apple’s Market Value
  4. I want Search on my 30g 5g iPod
  5. my iPod 5g – Continued

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