What else should I be doing with my Mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by FlyingTexan, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. FlyingTexan macrumors member

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    As you can read I just set it up as a htpc running xbmc. What else should I do? What utilities should I install? I do have a 4TB drive I plan to connect and save files to. I just started using macs a few months ago. I have a MBP and the Mac mini. Can I set it up to clone my MBP to the storage drive? Can I set it up in a sort of Dropbox like environment where all my saved files sync across? Can I clone my current work drop box to save over? Just upped my bandwidth to 25mb on uverse (anything more for me is overkill my current 12mb handles Netflix and everything fine). Is there anyway to have the system autoboot in the event of a powerless? A way to skip the log-in screen?

    Thanks for any ideas.
     
  2. jpietrzak8 macrumors 65816

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    Well, my favorite use of a computer is to compile new apps, but I know that's not everybody's idea of fun. :) But you can do pretty much anything with it. :)

    Personally, I prefer not to install software unless I really need it, otherwise things get really cluttered. (So I'm usually asking the opposite question, "what utilities can I live without?")

    I should probably leave these questions for someone more experienced; but, as a start, you can probably just use the "sharing" support built-in to the OS. If you open up System Preferences and select "Sharing", you'll get a panel with a variety of options on the left-hand side. One of those options is "File Sharing"; if you click on that, you'll get a list of folders you can share over your network. Make sure the box in front of "File Sharing" is clicked; and, if your backup disk is not in the list of "Shared Folders", you can add it by clicking on the "+" sign at the bottom of the list. (Also, you'll need to give read and write access to some user; you can then log in as that user from the MBP.) Finally, take note of the message in fine print above the list of shared folders; it'll say something like "Other users can access shared folders on this computer at "afp://nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn".", where the nnns are numeric values. You may need this info later...

    Once this is done, you can go to the Finder on the MBP, and from "Go" in the menu bar, select "Connect to Server...". If it already found your Mini, its name will be listed in the lower box of the dialog that pops up. If not, you can type the "afp" value into the "Server Address" box at the top of the dialog.

    After that, you should be able to see the remote drive on your MBP. You can then access files from it or store files to it, or use it as a backup drive with "Time Machine", or whatever...

    Yes; this feature can be controlled from the "Energy Saver" panel in the System Preferences. :)

    Yes; this feature can be controlled from the "Users & Groups" panel in the System Preferences (choose "Automatic login" for one user). :)
     
  3. FlyingTexan thread starter macrumors member

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    Also is there a way to clone my entire iPhone as some encrypted file to the mini anytime I'm on wifi? I'm on the move a lot and I have a backup iPhone 4 charged. Wondering if I lost this one or it broke if I could then just sync everything back over.
     
  4. FlyingTexan thread starter macrumors member

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    It's saw your post thank you so much for the response. I'm newly converted from windows so trying to find my footing!
     
  5. jpietrzak8 macrumors 65816

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    Actually, the "iTunes" app has a wonderful automatic backup method for any iOS devices you have; probably my favorite feature of iOS devices. Apple has a nice page describing how to set this up (this also works with iCloud, but I'm not an iCloud user):

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203977

    No problem! :) (It really can be frustrating converting from one OS to another, after you've spent so much time getting used to the first one...)
     
  6. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    While you can back up your iPhone, I assume you are running iOS 8 or later? If you are, you can't use load it onto an iPhone 4 since the max iOS you can put on to it is 7.1.2. Just an FYI.
     

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