Hi all, I thought I would use folks here as a sounding board to make sure I'm still sane in my thinking . I've been considering the basic Mac Mini for a simple developer machine. I would be essentially doing 4 things with the machine: writing code (python, perl, C++), running a statistical analysis package on small data sets (R), reading journal articles, and creating figures for journal articles using illustrator. Illustrator is pretty extensively used in my lab (they don't like LaTeX, ), and I've been having to switch back and forth between windows and linux, which gets a bit annoying (and also causes more work as we have a fairly old version of illustator on windows). I realize the processing limitations of the mini, and have a more powerful workstation/server that I would push the tough jobs onto, and so be running many things via the terminal. At that level, it would be there to allow me to do the every day stuff and do things more efficiently. Is this likely to overwork the mini? Or drive the fan to oblivion? Thanks for your thoughts .