So we ordered a Mac Mini last month. Then, last week, we get a box from “ACI,” which we astutely reversed engineered to “Apple Computer Inc.” The excitement built as we opened the box and pulled away the paper packing material…and then pulled away some more…and some more…and some more.
In the end, as the above picture shows, we got a keyboard and a mouse at the bottom of a big box. The amount of packaging they used to ship that keyboard and mouse was criminal. The actual Mini arrived a week after that.
Speaking of which, a couple thoughts:
I was really surprised at how small the Mini actually is. Pictures do not do it justice. If someone wanted to work on the same machine at work or at home, it would be perfectly reasonable to pick it up off the desk at the end of the day, and put it in a briefcase or even a large purse, and just carry it home. If you think you need a laptop, maybe you just need a Mini and two monitors.
Joe worked with it for a day while his machine was getting a new power supply. It was Joe’s first real working experience with the vaunted OS X. In the end, he said he was actually less likely to buy a Mac, simply for the fact that it did nothing that his Gentoo Linux machine couldn’t do.
That said, the Mini is awfully cool to look at. Still doesn’t get me all giddy for a Mac, but it’s better than an Etch-a-Sketch, at any rate.