Jan 21

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the Mac Mini that was delivered to me had a problem of not being able to boot up correctly. After a couple of days of trying to make the machine work, I had called Apple Australia Customer Technical Support, and after the standard “try this, try that” routine the machine was declared DOA and I Have returned it to Apple via courier (naturally at no cost to me). So I am now waiting for a new machine to be delivered to me again, here’s hoping that I have better luck this time!

Well I have gone out and bought my first new Apple Mac desktop machine. This time I chose to buy a Mac mini, since space on my desk is a premium (suiting the Mac mini), I wanted to provide my own monitor (so iMac was out of the question) and I didn’t have squillions of money (so the Mac Pro was, unfortunately, out of the question).I ordered it from the online Australian Apple store on Wednesday 16th January 2008 and it arrived early this morning at my work place, which is why the pictures taken of the unpacking ceremony were not taken at home.The specs of my new Mac mini are as follows:
  • Mac Mini Intel Core 2 Duo (clocked at 2GHz)
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM (667MHz)
  • 120GB SATA hard drive
  • 8x SuperDrive
  • Airport (802.11g) and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
  • 4 USB ports, 1 Firewire 400 port
  • 110W power supply
  • Front Row with remote control
  • Mac OS X 10.5

I have yet to reformat the machine to get rid of the languages that I don’t need, along with the printer drivers that I don’t need either. However since I have been working on sites tonight I have had zero time to do anything, so the machine sits stock without any data or apps that I need for development work. Over the coming days I will be making inventory of the things that I will need to take across from my MacBook Pro to the Mac mini and take it from there.I will also be blessing the mini with a new name: Anaptysium. It is a Latinised-Greek word meaning “development”, no doubt what this machine will be doing for most of its life.Tip: If your Mac Mini doesn’t boot on first go, make sure you have a keyboard connected to it via USB. I have a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse (both Apple) and I assumed that the Mac mini will boot up and enumerate via bluetooth automatically. This was not the case – the machine sat there, powered up but no bong or anything displayed on the screen. After breaking a few cold sweats, I plugged in an old Apple Pro keyboard and the machine came to life.Anyway, here are the pics of the unpacking ceremony!

What is in this brown box? It comes with a handle… Ta da!
The back side of the carry box Apple’s reputation of well-designed and quality packaging techniques is still reflected with the Mac mini In all its glory…
Underneath the Mac mini are the power cables and power brick. Out of the box Without the flash
Front angle Rear angle  

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