A few months back I had this Mac Mini I wasn't doing anything with, and mom needed a new computer. So I spruced up the Mini and set her up. Ultimately she decided it wasn't for her - she's just TOO ingrained in the PC way to give it a shot. So I got the Mini back.
Whenever I get my TV back (still fighting that battle, readers), we're going to use the Mini for our Media PC. In the mean time, I've been making sure my little box of G4-love (Tiger w/ 500mb RAM) gets used to its full potential.
I had thought to buy an external USB/Print server (wireless) to hook all my external goodies into so I could print and file-manage from the kitchen table if I wanted to, but after checking the prices for that stuff, I started thinking, and remembered that the Mini was already in place, and well suited to the task! I've attached both external USB hard drives to it, and both printers. Time was we had to plug out laptops in to the "master" USB cable I'd set up in the library to gain access to printing/external drives. Well no more, Sally!
The printers are now fully accessible over the LAN, as are the USB drives - that took a little bit of SMB magic on the command line. There's something very zen about working from the command line. Makes you think a little more, because it's not all laid out in front of you like windowed operations. It also gives the poor little mouse a rest.
I almost, -almost- bought a wireless apple keyboard last night at Best Buy when I was pricing out the print servers. Almost. My wallet was already aching from shipping a certain someone's laptop adapter and camera to Hawaii, so I was able to step away from the aluminum goodness.
The Mini is well on its way to being a great little media PC - if I have the guts I might even scrounge up a 1-GB memory chip to stick in it, though getting that little guy open is not for the feint of heart. I might have to seek out an Apple "genius" to do that, mostly because I have no desire to destroy the tough little bugger.
I have to buy an IR receiver for the Apple remote that came with my macbook, to use with the mini, because my first-run mini doesn't have one on the face. Ah well. That will only be $30 or so.
11 July 2008
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