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MacBytes
Dec 23, 2005, 01:27 AM
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Bakey
Dec 23, 2005, 01:42 AM
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Category: Apple Hardware
Link: Apple launches a Mac Mini mod site (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20051223022743)

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As űber geeky as this is [c'mon let's be honest!] -- it really does have that kind of purist modder attraction to it... I'm sure this is something the Intel/AMD modders are likely to buy into, ie. even more switchers at a price point that's pretty easily affordable [in most instances].

All good stuff... even though the Millenium Falcon is just taking it a little toooo far!!! :eek: ;)

LimeiBook86
Dec 23, 2005, 01:47 AM
I love the Millennium Falcon mod. I submitted this...but I guess nobody noticed :p It's cool to see that Apple shows an interest in user mods...or they just wanted to add something new to their site. ;)

mad jew
Dec 23, 2005, 01:47 AM
I'd like it if Apple focused more on getting minis into cars. Advanced computers in cars' cabins will only get more common and it'd be nice if Apple was at the forefront.

mdavey
Dec 23, 2005, 04:08 AM
I'd like it if Apple focused more on getting minis into cars.

The mini isn't designed for such operation. Vibrations in cars are a real problem for hard disks and the Mac mini doesn't have a mechanism to absorb those vibrations before they reach the hard drive. Compare with the design of the Empeg drive bay (http://www.riocar.org/modules/Drive_Upgrade/drive_10.jpg).

mad jew
Dec 23, 2005, 04:13 AM
I was thinking more long term. Obviously hard drives have a difficult time keeping up when the going gets rough, but that doesn't mean it's not feasible or even likely that computers will become a larger part of in-car entertainment. At the moment, it's not terribly easy to get a mini in a car because, as you say, there are vibration issues along with mounting and connection issues. However, with a relatively small amount of research and development, I don't see why it can't be made easier. :)

agentmouthwash
Dec 23, 2005, 07:57 AM
the best part about it is that on the Millennium Falcon mod sight, an illegal version of A NEW HOPE is on the computer screen. I know because I have that same version - it's the Non-special edition (pre-1997).

Photorun
Dec 23, 2005, 08:14 AM
Pimp my Mini?

nagromme
Dec 23, 2005, 08:56 AM
Apple showcasing a warranty-smashing case mod? Strange times!

(And I have to say, that robot looks ten times better than the other homemade computer-bots I've seen. Nice job! Form AND function.)

Seasought
Dec 23, 2005, 09:14 AM
I'd like it if Apple focused more on getting minis into cars. Advanced computers in cars' cabins will only get more common and it'd be nice if Apple was at the forefront.

I think you're on to something with this, especially with the proliferation of iPods (and the need to listen to iPods in cars - yes I realize there are adapters already). The idea of having a computer available in the car for checking email, driving directions and finding hotspots is great especially for those of us who have to do a good deal of work on the road.

I don't know if Apple would want to do this or not, but I can see a number of benefits from a professional standpoint.

Of all the ones featured I think the Millennium Falcon is the least creative. :D

impierced
Dec 23, 2005, 10:25 AM
the best part about it is that on the Millennium Falcon mod sight, an illegal version of A NEW HOPE is on the computer screen. I know because I have that same version - it's the Non-special edition (pre-1997).

And the link is:

"Millennium Falcom Mac mini."

mkrishnan
Dec 23, 2005, 11:21 AM
And the link is:

"Millennium Falcom Mac mini."

Huh? You kind of lost me there. :( I'm pretty sure "Falcon" is correct. Not that I really care. Just if you were trying to make a point, I was wondering what it is. :)

At least, the official people use that spelling (http://www.starwars.com/databank/starship/millenniumfalcon/).

SiliconAddict
Dec 23, 2005, 01:12 PM
I REALLY want this....

http://images.apple.com/macmini/images/bigideascoolcasemod1212005.jpg

SiliconAddict
Dec 23, 2005, 01:13 PM
And the link is:

"Millennium Falcom Mac mini."


Umm no. Its Millennium Falcon (http://www.starwars.com/databank/starship/millenniumfalcon/) :rolleyes: Well maybe its jobs way of saying it :p but its not the correct way.

maya
Dec 23, 2005, 01:16 PM
I was thinking more long term. Obviously hard drives have a difficult time keeping up when the going gets rough, but that doesn't mean it's not feasible or even likely that computers will become a larger part of in-car entertainment. At the moment, it's not terribly easy to get a mini in a car because, as you say, there are vibration issues along with mounting and connection issues. However, with a relatively small amount of research and development, I don't see why it can't be made easier. :)

You partially have the right idea there mad jew. I say this because yes a HDD might not be suitable for the conditions, however Apple is investing a large sum on Flash memory, if they can put a couple of those in the Mac Mini as a BTO for customers who want to do this kinda projects it might give them an experimental opportunity. Using Flash memory would boost the Mac Mini price, however giving the customer an "option" is another situation. :)

SiliconAddict
Dec 23, 2005, 01:19 PM
You partially have the right idea there mad jew. I say this because yes a HDD might not be suitable for the conditions, however Apple is investing a large sum on Flash memory, if they can put a couple of those in the Mac Mini as a BTO for customers who want to do this kinda projects it might give them an experimental opportunity. Using Flash memory would boost the Mac Mini price, however giving the customer an "option" is another situation. :)

Yah by tripling the price of a mini. Flash ATA drives that have hard drive performance are NOT cheap.

maya
Dec 23, 2005, 01:23 PM
Yah by tripling the price of a mini. Flash ATA drives that have hard drive performance are NOT cheap.

It can be used in an "assist mode" though, when the car is on the move and spinning the HDD at a very slow rate. Just trowing a method of how it might work. Not even sure what Apple is paying for Flash memory with this new deal they have with several companies. :)

p0intblank
Dec 23, 2005, 03:46 PM
That's pretty cool. I've seen some of those mods before, but not the mutli-display and robotic ones. :)

mad jew
Dec 23, 2005, 10:22 PM
I think Flash memory is still a bit too expensive for the bottom-range Mac. :o

Regular hard drives aren't that bad. My 4G iPod manages well enough with the rough and tumble of life. I'd say it gets worse treatment than a mini in a car would get, assuming you're not in a TVR or CSV. :p

Ahh... But what is a CSV...