Discussion in 'iMac' started by Jshwon, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. Jshwon macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2007
    It has began. I have placed my order for my first Mac which will be a refurb mini 2.0 C2D. I am super excited to get it and play away. Seems like forever I've been reading these forums and others now the day has come. And this is just the begining of the switch. Hopefully a new iMac in the new year too and one of the Macbooks to follow (still trying to convince the wife on that one). Anyway this is how I plan to use the mini primarily:

    HTPC running leapord (Why put it in the office I want everyone to get a taste of the superbadness)
    Elgato HD HomeRun for ATSC/QAM tuning
    EyeTV software
    LaCie external hd (taking suggestions on stackable external hd's)

    Need to start to compile a list of apps that will be useful. This is what I have so far:
    Toast 8
    Quick Silver (perhaps)
    Superduper/Carbon Copy Cloner (as option to Time Machine)

    Can anyone suggest any other good 3rd party apps? Thanks for all your posts as the have helped me along the way.
  2. photomel macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2007
    Bend, OR
    Congrats!!! I just pulled the trigger too.....finally!! My husband is a nay sayer but I bought it anyway.

    :apple: 20" iMac 2.4
  3. Finlandboy macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    i suggest:

    :apple: app zapper- it removes apps and most of the hidden files associated with them
    :apple: stuffit expander- it expands a lot of different file types quickly
    :apple: dockables- i use this a lot, it basically puts an app in you dock and when you click it, it preforms a task (shutdown, restart, empty trash) its very handy

    hope this helps :D
  4. Slip macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2007
    Wiltshire, England
    AppTrap is an alternative to AppZapper if you don't feel like paying for the license, works like a champ here
    Congratulations on the Mac, will make a good Christmas ;)
  5. kermit4161 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2006

    CONGRATS!! I think you're going to be real happy :)

    Sounds like you've got all the apps cornered. In fact, there are some on your list I don't have... I need to do some googling.

    One suggestion if you don't already know... I've been hooking my sound with just an RCA splitter off of the headphones jack. Well, I recently learned that you can hook up an Opitcal TOS cable from either sound-out jack into an Optical-in port on your surround system (if it has one). Supposed to be a much better quality connection. I've got a cable on order right now (will be here next week). They have them at the Apple store, or you can get one directly from the manufacturer on their web site... it is quicker from them ( I think... they have the name listed at the Apple store).

    Have fun with your new Mini. I'm in love with mine!
  6. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    I second AppTrap. You can't beat free ;)
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Sing it with us, everybody -- CEL - E - BRATE good times - WHoo WHoo! (It's a celebration)!
    There's a Mini going in right here
    Apple goodness, to last throughout the year
    So bring your Leopard, and your iTunes too
    We're gonna celebrate and fsck -fy with you
    Cel - e - brate good times Whoo Whoo!

  8. Slip macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2007
    Wiltshire, England
    Hahaha, I actually lol'd at that
    Too much time on your hands mate ;)
  9. dazed macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007

    Im a recent convert and love my 2ghz mac mini. I'd recommend 2 external HD's, one for time machine and one for all your media. The internal HD is not the biggest so you dont want to cram it up with junk.

    I got 2 500gb WD My Books from Costco and they have been great and quiet (they sit on my desk next to the monitor).

    My next purchase will be more ram :)
  10. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2006
    Columbia, SC
    Congratulations! I've been wanting a 2 gig Mac Mini very much.
  11. splashtech macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2007
    Oh, to see this on youtube... :p :D
  12. Jshwon thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2007
    Thanks! Dockables sounds interesting, dockable tasks. I'll look out for it.

    If its free its for me :D I'll check that out.

    Thanks for this information. I was actually going to ask about that. So I can get a 3.5mm jack to optical out cable to use as for audio? I was going to pick up a 3.5mm jack to rca for my audio.

    Thats just comedy!

    Thats the plan for me. Need HD's. but I'd like one to be stackable with the mini to keep it clean looking. How are the LaCie's?
  13. divedude macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2007
    Maybe the PC Guy and the MAC Guy can get together and sing this as a follow up to their Christmas hit ;)
  14. vansouza macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2006
    West Plains, MO USA Earth
    Welcome and try this link
  15. Jshwon thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2007
  16. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Does your receiver have an optical input? If not, then there's really no need for a Toslink cable. If it does, that's the way to go because you can get Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound to it using DVD Player app or VLC (which is buggy and can kill your audio in such a way that only a reboot can rescue it).
  17. Jshwon thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2007
    No I dont have a receiver/surround sound set up yet. So its a non issue right now. But will the 3.5mm to rca be the only other option? Also how do you like your Hybrid and the EyeTV software? Is it good enough for primary TV/Movie watching?
  18. discomandavis macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2007
    mac the ripper
    one of the best free apps ever
  19. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Umm, I think so. 1/8" plug is what works. Let's see:

    3.5mm = 0.137795276"
    1/8" = 0.125"

    I don't know - perhaps someone else can comment?

    Either way, once you get it sorted out, you can get mono, stereo, Dolby Pro Logic I (4-channel) and DPLII (5-channel) surround sound using that cable.

    I love the thing. We have it connected to a roof-top antenna for reception of digital TV signals about 40 to 50 miles away. Great DVR and automatically exports to iTunes for playback in Apple TV (or for your iPod).
  20. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
  21. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2007
    MD & ATL,GA
    good buy

    good buy for a mac switcher, but from those apps, looks like your better off with an imac, but in my opinion, and i repeat my opinion, nobody take this personally, i think the imac is a better investment and has power that will last longer, plus an imac uses better ram, uses core 2 duo too, but clocked up faster (plus the pro oriented 2.8 core 2 duo extreme a.k.a. core 2 extreme), but for a first mac, that will do fine, but you may need an upgrade. if that was in the price range of $200-$500, that would have made a good "testing" computer to start out in to the world of big cats, but for normal use, multitasking, burning dvd's and stuff, the imac has a better optical drive, the mac pro has two drives so that you can insert the cd you want to rip in one, and the blank in the other, but i dont think you will want to spend $3000 on a system that can do so much more and use it just for that, but otherwise, have fun with your mac, you wont regret it, macs are cool, and trust me, im actually more fascinated by big cats on my desk rather than staring out my windows.:rolleyes:

    EDIT: i agree with swiftaw, very important plug in for quicktime to watch .wmv, have fun with your lil mini critter!!!
  22. Jshwon thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2007
    So when watching TV/DVD/HD full screen on the desktop is it the same as just watching regular TV? I just want to make sure that when I'm watching TV (full screen w/o seeing the desktop) you cant tell your on a computer desktop.
  23. Jshwon thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2007
    Dont know if you noticed but the primary use for this purchase was to have a Mac HTPC. So I dont think a iMac would have been appropriate for what I wanted to use it for. Also I said that a iMac is in the plans after the new year for my office so its already on my radar ;). But yeah I cant wait for it to get here. Still has a 1yr warranty right?

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