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Old Sep 30th, 2005, 01:09 AM   #1
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Woohoo! Got a mac mini

Just want to say I got my mac mini today... The mini is definetly slower than my Athlon 64 2800xp but it runs much smoother. Still trying to get use to the mac, its so different from a PC.

I think I got a good deal on my mac mini. I got it for $730 cdn, NIB, Sealed. Its the top of the line mini with the superdrive, and its the latest version of the mac mini. Did I get a good deal??

I think I did, but who knows..
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Old Sep 30th, 2005, 04:14 AM   #2
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Congrats on your new mini phuviano! I hope you'll find OS X to be a nice departure from Windows. Give it a little while, but as you become comfortable with your Mac and the operating system, you'll probably never look back.
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Old Sep 30th, 2005, 07:01 AM   #3
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Congratulations! I am also new to Macs, altugh I had anLCIII way back when. Got my MacMini in April. Had to pay extra to upgrade the memory. Didn't come with a Superdrive. Paid 795.80 taxes included. Looks like you got a real good deal! Double congrats!
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Old Sep 30th, 2005, 07:18 AM   #4
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Congrats Seems like you got a great deal to me.
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While I like the mini it is very slow for any intensive applications.

I bought one for my buddy, I was his best man earlier this year, and he uses it almost totally for web browsing and it runs great for him.

He loves that he never has to worry about the machine at all and he spends absolutely no time reconfiguring the machine or updating virus software.

I hope you enjoy your purchase.

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Old Sep 30th, 2005, 01:08 PM   #6
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Welcome to the Mac! A couple of things to note regarding ease-of-use:

1) Remember that the Dock is easily configurable. Apple's default array of Docked items is insufficient and you'll get around quicker adding certain items to it. Take note of the Dock's vertical divider line. You can add commonly used application icons on the left side, and folders or files on the right side. I suggest adding the Applications folder itself, as well as your Documents folder or Home folder on the right side. Then, you can click-hold on a Docked folder and it will pop up a la Windows Start Menu.

You may notice a pause before a clicked-on folder responds. Although there will always be a pause when clicking on a folder, the FIRST click-hold is slower as the system reads the contents. This read is cached for subsequent pop-ups and the Dock responds faster. But, there is STILL a pregnant pause on subsequent clicks, albeit a shorter one. The reason for this is because, as you can PULL ITEMS off the Dock (to remove them from appearing there, ongoing), Apple made that pause to give you a chance to yank a thing OFF the Dock. This is a drag, as people are more likely to USE the Dock than they are to CONFIGURE the Dock. The workaround is to either hold down the Control key while clicking, or to right-click on the mouse. The Dock will pop up as fast as your system can respond.

2) When you are adding or removing items to the Dock, you are essentially creating what OS X calls "Aliases", analogous to Windows' shortcuts. So, when you drag an item off the Sock and it goes "POOF!", fear not; you have only deleted that shortcut.

3) You can DROP ITEMS onto application icons, including those in the Dock, whether or not they are running at that time.

4) You can also drop items into [i]the root[/i[] of a Docked folder. this can be handy, and I created a folder that I call "Junk Drawer" and Docked it. I dump anything that I would normally leave on my Desktop temporarily. This way, your Desktop doesn't get so cluttered.

5) A problem with docking folders you create is that they all have a generic appearance. you can choose from a gajillion different icons to adorn your items with at the website, http://www.interfacelift.com (among many other sites for icons). you can copy+paste icons between items using OS X's "Get Info" command, analogous to Windows' 'properties" command. Invoke Get Info either by selecting the item and using the Finder's "File" menu, or control-clicking (or right-clicking) on the item, or use the Command+I key combination.

6) The Mac Mini -- along with the iBook -- has a 4200rpm drive. It can be sluggish to respond. With Tiger, however, I am finding that finding things on the is a lot faster than even the Dock by using Tiger's Spotlight feature. It pulls up stuff fairly quickly and, if you use the Command+Return keys together, the "Top Hit" in Spotlight's results (which might typically be what you're looking for) will be selected. So, Spotlight is another great way to boot apps!

Hope this all helps... not that you asked for it, of course
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Great tips Never knew bout the click hold thing
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I forgot to mention regarding Spotlight that, if you're hovering over your keyboard, you can do a complete Spotlight process FASt without having to use the mouse:

1) Command+Spacebar drops the Spotlight field down, with the cursor flashing in there ready to accept input.

2) Start typing. Spotlight's live updating will quickly get **** together. If you're wanting to boot Safari, for example, Safari should pop up as the top hit before you've finished typing "safari". Probably somewhere around "safa"

3) If the thing you want is the "Top Hit", then bang out Command+Return and that top hit will boot.

All told, it shouldn't take much more than second to do the whole process -- with no scrubbing around the Dock for your Safari icon.
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Spotlight on the Mini isn't as fun and fast as you make it out to be. Personally i'd prefer using quicksilver on a machine like that.

While on the topic, any way to disable search as you type?
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I find it to be faster than waiting for a Docked folder to pop up. No question.
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