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MacBytes
May 21, 2005, 12:11 AM
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Category: Apple Hardware
Link: The Disposable Mac mini (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20050521011146)

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James Philp
May 21, 2005, 12:16 AM
Rubbish! this general discussion has been done over so many times,
A Mac mini will last you 15 years if:
i) You're happy with 10.4
ii) You're happy with the speed and all your apps etc etc. right now.

They're not disposable, they're just superseded by software *shock horror* - this has been the game played by computers since conception.

sord
May 21, 2005, 01:03 AM
I just have 1 problem with the article:

"Without anything but a RAM upgrade, a Mac mini should be able to remain fairly current for 3-4 years, so you're certainly getting value for your money, if not the fastest or most upgradeable machine in the world."

The fastest or most upgradeable machine?!?! Try an iMac, or a PowerMac, or an Xserve! Anyways...

x86isslow
May 21, 2005, 03:03 AM
I just have 1 problem with the article:

"Without anything but a RAM upgrade, a Mac mini should be able to remain fairly current for 3-4 years, so you're certainly getting value for your money, if not the fastest or most upgradeable machine in the world."

The fastest or most upgradeable machine?!?! Try an iMac, or a PowerMac, or an Xserve! Anyways...

I don't think that's what he wanted to say. Perhaps stick an 'even' after 'money,'.

Flying Llama
May 21, 2005, 08:54 AM
Wow that was a boring article... :o

mainstreetmark
May 21, 2005, 09:11 AM
I just have 1 problem with the article:

"Without anything but a RAM upgrade, a Mac mini should be able to remain fairly current for 3-4 years, so you're certainly getting value for your money, if not the fastest or most upgradeable machine in the world."

The fastest or most upgradeable machine?!?! Try an iMac, or a PowerMac, or an Xserve! Anyways...

Reread as:

"It's not the fastest or most upgradeable machine in the world, but you're certainly getting value for your money"

Applespider
May 21, 2005, 10:43 AM
A Mac mini will last you 15 years if:


you rarely use it and save your hard drive from wearing out. I thought the average HD these days only had a life expectancy of about 5 years.

WildCowboy
May 21, 2005, 02:07 PM
I found myself looking for a page two of the article, because he hadn't said anything by the time I got to the bottom of page one.

shamino
May 21, 2005, 04:58 PM
Not a terribly interesting article, but he makes one interesting point that I would tend to disagree with:
Ease of access comes at a price, no matter which manufacturer you're buying from. It's logical, too, because the more you invest in the system in the first place, the longer you'll want to keep it for. If a $2,000 computer lasts for six years, a $500 machine should last for just under two. In most cases.
His claim that a computer selling for 1/4 the price should last for 1/4 of the time assumes that the total cost for replacement is the price of the new device.

While this true for most consumer goods (like kitchen appliances, TV's, stereos, etc.) it is not true for computers.

When you replace a computer, you have to transfer/install your apps and documents. This can be very time consuming. Especially if you don't have a backup of the old system handy. (A direct computer-computer transfer may be impossible of the old system is dead or has a fried hard drive.)

The cost of transferring the data can easily be more than the cost of the computer if we're talking about inexpensive equipment.