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moonislune
Mar 10, 2007, 12:00 PM
Okay, I'm feeling a bit sneaky today.

So do you remember those coffee commercials that switched the "great house coffee" for Folgers and the people never knew?

Well, I've been thinking of trying a similar "switch" with the 2 mac minis we have in our home. My wife has a 1.66 C2D Mini with 40gb hard drive and 512mg ram. She uses her mini to surf the web in Firefox, sync her ipod in itunes, check and receive emails, and edit some basic pictures in Adobe Illustrator.

The mini we have in the livingroom is a 1.25ghz g4 with 1gb ram and an 80gb hard drive. The livingroom mini is used as a mediacenter with Elgato's EyeTV software and an hd stick.

From my earlier tests this morning, the eyetv software ran better (less choppy video) on the C2D Mini (wifes mini) than on the G4 we had in the livingroom. I have yet to compare Illustrator on the G4 to the C2D. What do you guys and gals think? Should I backup her files and settings, migrate users and make the switch? Or am I asking for trouble?



skunk
Mar 10, 2007, 12:04 PM
A small point, probably insignificant compared to the daring heist you are contemplating: there is no such thing as a C2D Mini.

Why don't you just ask her, anyway? :confused:

moonislune
Mar 10, 2007, 12:06 PM
A small point, probably insignificant compared to the daring heist you are contemplating: there is no such thing as a C2D Mini.

Why don't you just ask her, anyway? :confused:

We spoke about it earlier. She just couldn't understand how an older computer (g4) might run illustrator a little faster than our new mini. BTW, if it's not C2D, is it just CD? I also have an ulterior motive here...I'm hoping for less choppy playback of hdtv during soccer and basketball games. :) Now that I think a little more about it, she'd probably appreciate less choppy playback on Grey's Anatomy and Heroes too :)

Father Jack
Mar 10, 2007, 12:07 PM
If you think you can get away with it .... go for it. After all it's not often we get the opportunity to get one over on our better half. LOL :cool:

FJ

Lovesong
Mar 10, 2007, 12:10 PM
Chances are that Illustrator will run faster on the G4, as it's running natively on a PPC. Just try explaining that to her.

swiftaw
Mar 10, 2007, 12:11 PM
Is Illustrator an Universal binary or is it running under Rosetta. If it is running under rosetta then it may well me faster on the G4 than on the Intel CD.

moonislune
Mar 10, 2007, 12:12 PM
If you think you can get away with it .... go for it. After all it's not often we get the opportunity to get one over on our better half. LOL :cool:

FJ

LOL thanks. Let' see what the other say...:)

sparkyms
Mar 10, 2007, 12:12 PM
She will notice when she tries to sync her iPod with iTunes...

So I'd probably ask her :)

moonislune
Mar 10, 2007, 12:14 PM
Chances are that Illustrator will run faster on the G4, as it's running natively on a PPC. Just try explaining that to her.

I was thinking the same as well. I've got a few hours before she's back from shopping...confirmed by our last cell phone call. I looked at her user folder, less than 2gb of data, so this should be a quick switch :)

She will notice when she tries to sync her iPod with iTunes...

So I'd probably ask her :)

Hmm...I hadn't thought about that one. When I migrate her user settings and folders, would it still have a problem?

Father Jack
Mar 10, 2007, 12:17 PM
She will notice when she tries to sync her iPod with iTunes...

So I'd probably ask her :)
When this happens you can cover yourself by saying something like:

"I read somewhere there is a fault with the new iTunes software"

That should do the trick :cool:

FJ

moonislune
Mar 10, 2007, 12:20 PM
When this happens you can cover yourself by saying something like:

"I read somewhere there is a fault with the new iTunes software"

That should do the trick :cool:

FJ

Hillarious. It could also be a good reason to go out and buy her a new nano as she has an older ipod mini green (2 or 4gb) monochrome screen. Thanks FJ! (It would be a small price to pay for quality tv :) )

So the switch begins. I'll update you on the progress today. Thanks for your feedback guys and gals. I hope you're having a nice weekend!

http://lh3.google.com/image/bernardr/RfL7MbDDK9I/AAAAAAAAAAk/eAbYdWrjLCY/IMAGE_004.jpg?imgmax=144

sparkyms
Mar 10, 2007, 12:28 PM
Yeah, go for it!

d_and_n5000
Mar 10, 2007, 12:38 PM
This might get interesting...personally, I'd beat you over the head once I figured it out. But maybe she won't, and be happy about the less-choppy video.:)

moonislune
Mar 10, 2007, 12:43 PM
This might get interesting...personally, I'd beat you over the head once I figured it out. But maybe she won't, and be happy about the less-choppy video.:)

I am definitely going to tell her...I'm just waiting to hear any feedback from her. I wonder if she'll notice a difference? I would be kind of shocked, really, if she noticed a difference, but we'll see. For now, I'm keeping my lips sealed on this.

Father Jack
Mar 10, 2007, 12:46 PM
Hillarious. It could also be a good reason to go out and buy her a new nano as she has an older ipod mini green (2 or 4gb) monochrome screen. Thanks FJ! (It would be a small price to pay for quality tv :) )
Yeah ... get her a new Nano, that should definitely do the trick.

Just to be safe perhaps you should wear a motor cycle helmet for the next week or two, just in case !!! ;)

Please do keep us informed. If we don't hear from you we will know she found out. R.I.P.

FJ

MacAnkka
Mar 10, 2007, 12:47 PM
Interesting topic. What you are about to do might just work...

Good Luck!

moonislune
Mar 10, 2007, 12:58 PM
Yeah ... get her a new Nano, that should definitely do the trick.

Just to be safe perhaps you should wear a motor cycle helmet for the next week or two, just in case !!! ;)

Please do keep us informed. If we don't hear from you we will know she found out. R.I.P.

FJ

I have to say.. the Apple Migration assistant is a dream. I've used it a few times, and each time it's just painless. I originally thought that she only had a few GB of data... well, I guess she's bought a few tunes and added some programs since the last time I was on her mini. Anyway, in 45 minutes, the switch will be complete. Off to go look at the nanos. After I get one, I'll post it on here. Any recommends on a nano?

ricksbrain
Mar 10, 2007, 01:30 PM
How comfortable is your couch? :rolleyes:

Father Jack
Mar 10, 2007, 01:35 PM
I have to say.. the Apple Migration assistant is a dream. I've used it a few times, and each time it's just painless. I originally thought that she only had a few GB of data... well, I guess she's bought a few tunes and added some programs since the last time I was on her mini. Anyway, in 45 minutes, the switch will be complete. Off to go look at the nanos. After I get one, I'll post it on here. Any recommends on a nano?
Get her a 2 Gb Nano, after all you don't want her getting suspicious :p

FJ

HungrySeacow
Mar 10, 2007, 05:00 PM
Won't she notice that the remote doesn't work with it anymore? ;P

Pressure
Mar 10, 2007, 05:06 PM
She may have some hidden files...if that's the case you are in for some trouble ;)

At least that is my prediction.

Why didn't you just ask her?

pjarvi
Mar 10, 2007, 06:24 PM
You would have been better off selling the G4 mini and using the money towards getting a new Mini for yourself. Better hope your wife doesn't use the remote with her Mini, or see you running Front Row in the living room...

mikes63737
Mar 10, 2007, 06:55 PM
How comfortable is your couch? :rolleyes:

I agree.


You should ask her first and then ask her a few days later to make sure she still feels that it's OK. Or you could sell your mini and use that money plus the money that you were going to spend on a nano to buy a new one.

Nukemkb
Mar 11, 2007, 04:54 PM
inquiring minds wanta know...was the couch comfy!:p

iJawn108
Mar 11, 2007, 09:11 PM
guy just buy her a macpro dont be such a cheapskate;)

moonislune
Mar 12, 2007, 06:33 PM
Won't she notice that the remote doesn't work with it anymore? ;P

I didn't think about that until after the fact. So far, she hasn't even asked.

moonislune
Mar 12, 2007, 06:42 PM
So I guess this makes 24 hours or so since the last update. First, I didn't end up spending the night on the couch nor did I get bopped on the head. She did make a casual comment about how she likes Illustrator so much better on the mac than windows... not quite the ballpark I was looking for but at least she's pleased with her illustrating experience.

I almost got busted though. For some reason, the Tiger migration tool that I so highly acclaimed in my earlier post failed me for the first time! It transfered most but not all of her settings...the easiest fix ever though. I just ended up doing a root copy of her user directory & voila... I was back in business. Then and I mean within a minute, she walks through the front door.

So after day 1, it's all gravy! The mini intel in the livingroom is perfect for hdtv and her g4 is definitely a winner on Office and Illustrator. She also mentions that Firefox hasn't been crashing as much lately. :)

Until tomorrow.

aquajet
Mar 12, 2007, 08:07 PM
A very sneaky little ruse you've pulled over on your wife, just so you could get what you want.

I'm glad I'm not married to you.

HungrySeacow
Mar 13, 2007, 12:06 AM
You stole her computer.... Not cool man :P

shikimo
Mar 13, 2007, 06:47 AM
She may have some hidden files...if that's the case you are in for some trouble ;)

At least that is my prediction.

Why didn't you just ask her?

Yeah...I don't know, but I'm guessing that men don't have a monopoly on stashing computer files in places their spouses are unlikely to find ;) . It's just a matter of time until she's at her computer for a long time looking concerned but won't tell you why...

...in any case, what fun!! Is this the first time in macrumors history that someone meticulously 'blogged' an episode of spouse-deceit on a thread?

Father Jack
Mar 13, 2007, 07:11 AM
So I guess this makes 24 hours or so since the last update. First, I didn't end up spending the night on the couch nor did I get bopped on the head. She did make a casual comment about how she likes Illustrator so much better on the mac than windows... not quite the ballpark I was looking for but at least she's pleased with her illustrating experience.

I almost got busted though. For some reason, the Tiger migration tool that I so highly acclaimed in my earlier post failed me for the first time! It transfered most but not all of her settings...the easiest fix ever though. I just ended up doing a root copy of her user directory & voila... I was back in business. Then and I mean within a minute, she walks through the front door.

So after day 1, it's all gravy! The mini intel in the livingroom is perfect for hdtv and her g4 is definitely a winner on Office and Illustrator. She also mentions that Firefox hasn't been crashing as much lately. :)

Until tomorrow.

Fingers crossed that all remains calm. Well played my friend :cool:

FJ

You stole her computer.... Not cool man :P

Chill out man, it's just redistribution of assets. :cool:

FJ

mrgreen4242
Mar 13, 2007, 07:35 AM
So I guess this makes 24 hours or so since the last update. First, I didn't end up spending the night on the couch nor did I get bopped on the head. She did make a casual comment about how she likes Illustrator so much better on the mac than windows... not quite the ballpark I was looking for but at least she's pleased with her illustrating experience.

I almost got busted though. For some reason, the Tiger migration tool that I so highly acclaimed in my earlier post failed me for the first time! It transfered most but not all of her settings...the easiest fix ever though. I just ended up doing a root copy of her user directory & voila... I was back in business. Then and I mean within a minute, she walks through the front door.

So after day 1, it's all gravy! The mini intel in the livingroom is perfect for hdtv and her g4 is definitely a winner on Office and Illustrator. She also mentions that Firefox hasn't been crashing as much lately. :)

Until tomorrow.

Haha. Brilliant. Hope it works out for you, but I'd have to recommend you follow through with the "Sanka Challenge" formula and tell her she's been using the G4 after a week or so. When you do, make sure you have a pink Nano on standby to give to her. :)

nateDEEZY
Mar 13, 2007, 08:42 AM
Haha. Brilliant. Hope it works out for you, but I'd have to recommend you follow through with the "Sanka Challenge" formula and tell her she's been using the G4 after a week or so. When you do, make sure you have a pink Nano on standby to give to her. :)

Haha, that sounds definitely like a good idea! :D

moonislune
Mar 14, 2007, 05:36 PM
Haha, that sounds definitely like a good idea! :D

I've been thinking about the Nano and have gone to Circuit City and CompUSA to check them out. As I am clueless on the Nano colors, pink sounds like a winner as she does love pink. Worse comes to worse, she can always return and exchange it for another color.


By the way, so far she still hasn't noticed the G4 / Intel switch. i plan on telling her after work tomorrow, some time shortly before Grey's Anatomy. In case anything goes wrong, Grey's should even things out a bit :) I'll post my final update tomorrow.

nateDEEZY
Mar 15, 2007, 04:16 PM
By the way, so far she still hasn't noticed the G4 / Intel switch. i plan on telling her after work tomorrow, some time shortly before Grey's Anatomy. In case anything goes wrong, Grey's should even things out a bit :) I'll post my final update tomorrow.

Finally Grey's Anatomy is back from there break xD Yay, I'll be able to record it for the next few weeks without having to interfere with The Office! :D

Sounds like you got a plan! To bad they only make the pink ones in 4gb, I had to settle for the shuffle in pink to make up for something I did. Hahaha :D She still loved it either way!

shikimo
Mar 16, 2007, 03:57 AM
I've been thinking about the Nano and have gone to Circuit City and CompUSA to check them out. As I am clueless on the Nano colors, pink sounds like a winner as she does love pink. Worse comes to worse, she can always return and exchange it for another color.


By the way, so far she still hasn't noticed the G4 / Intel switch. i plan on telling her after work tomorrow, some time shortly before Grey's Anatomy. In case anything goes wrong, Grey's should even things out a bit :) I'll post my final update tomorrow.

What's up? Should we call the cops :cool: ?

KingofAwesome
Mar 16, 2007, 02:55 PM
What's up? Should we call the cops :cool: ?

Next time he posts, we should ask him something that only he would know, in case she finds out and is masquerading as him.

moonislune
Mar 16, 2007, 09:25 PM
What's up? Should we call the cops :cool: ?

Sorry guys and gals. No cops were called, no mac keyboards or mighty mice flew across the room... all is calm on the G4 front.

So I casually brought up "the Switch" over some good sushi and Grey's Anatomy yesterday. Seemed to be winning combination. After I told her, all she said was, "you are my ultimate geek. can i take the mac to work?" (I'm not kidding) :) I told her she also had a thread that gave lots of good advice...she laughed.

And, by the way, the free over the air hdtv on our 91" projector screen looks and plays fantastic on the Mini CD 1.6. BYOB :)

shikimo
Mar 18, 2007, 04:22 AM
Next time he posts, we should ask him something that only he would know, in case she finds out and is masquerading as him.

:)

glad to hear everything went alright over there...funny, when I lie to my wife it never works out that well:D .

Shaduu
Mar 18, 2007, 06:32 AM
That's awesome, I wonder if I could get my girlfriend to swap her MB for my PowerBook, could work I s'pose.

Abstract
Mar 18, 2007, 06:44 AM
I don't even think my girlfriend would notice if I swapped my MacBook with her NEC laptop.


"Wow, Windows looks so different."

Shaduu
Mar 18, 2007, 06:50 AM
But why would you even consider switching your MB for a Windows lappie?

shikimo
Mar 19, 2007, 01:22 PM
I don't even think my girlfriend would notice if I swapped my MacBook with her NEC laptop.


"Wow, Windows looks so different."

That's funny, if a bit mean...but the real reason I'm posting is to tell you that's the funniest signature I've ever seen on this site. Rock on.