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April 2, 2006

Home Computer Setup – Apple Mac Mini and 23″ Cinema Display

Tags: Everyday Life — 6:44 pm Comments (2)


The hard drive in our iMac (lampshade version) seems like it’s dying. We’re going into our fifth year with the old iMac so it’s about time for a new one. Plus, I’m in the “industry” so I should have a more up-to-date machine. A 2-3 year hardware cycle for a software company or someone in the business is about right.

Our next machine is going to be a Mac Mini with a 23″ Apple Display.

I wish I wrote down all the systems I’ve ever used, it would be pretty neat to be able to reference it all. From memory I’ve had an IBM PS/2 desktop thingie, a PowerBook 240, a Compaq notebook, an HP notebook, a SGI desktop, a Dell notebook, an IBM Thinkpad X31 and an X40, and an iMac.

Specs for the new computer:

  • 1GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM – 2×512
  • 100GB Serial ATA drive
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Set – U.S. English
  • Apple Cinema HD Display (23″ flat panel)
  • Mac OS X – U.S. English
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac mini (w/or w/o Display) – Auto-enroll
  • 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo
  • Intel GMA950 graphics


  1. This January marked my first year as a Mac user and I absolutely love my ibook. I can’t believe that all these years, I’ve been a PC user. I’ve been assigned a new Dell laptop at work and it’s horrible to use. It is slow, poorly-designed (CD/DVD that eject, compared to the smooth ease of loading a CD/DVD into the ibook), archaic, mechanical, cold, clumsy, clunky, chunky.

    Comment by GE — April 2, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

  2. I’m sure you’ll love your new Mac Mini. I’ve been a powerbook user since last october and I still can’t believe how much better it is to be using Mac OS X. I kept my old PC because I thought there would be a bunch of stuff I’d need Windows for, but how wrong I was.

    OS X handles everything perfectly, and with iLife thrown in free, there’s no reason to keep a windows PC knocking about either.

    I too am purchasing a 23″ display to hook up to my 12″ Powerbook. Keep us posted how you get on with your new setup.

    Comment by Mr Lizard — April 3, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

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