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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No fighting, children! (Mom says.)

No problem on the SSD recommendation. In fact, my Apple Specialist can't pry the mini out of Apple's hands, yet. I'll have waited about two calendar weeks before I see it. I hope it'll be in this Saturday!!! Maybe I'll have to cancel that order and go mail-order...

This forum is the most relaxed and informative public place I visit on the Web. Okay, maybe it's a close tie with the Over-50 group on the Bike forum. But at least you guys aren't sprinkling advice in your posts about cholesterol medicine or prune juice.

(Is there a mini mount for my Trek???)
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...What about the other member whose posts are largely unintelligible and typically wrong? Or am I the only one that deals with that member?

SC

Ah yes, the member with no punctuation keys on his keyboard?! Difficult question for mods that: if a member, apparently in good faith, is trying to help, but is actually damaging the credibility of the forum with poor/incorrect information, what should they do? I am a mod on another forum, and have seen this dilemma.

(Sorry - this is completely off topic.)
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carta wrote:
This forum is the most relaxed and informative public place I visit on the Web.


+1

Hopefully you get your mini soon.

The reviews on Fusion drives have been very positive. I'd have no hesitation in getting one and the consider replacing it with an SSD in a few years. Likely you never would do that though.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to say this considering Marv thinks we are a picky forum.

@Marv - this is one of the most easy going friendly forums on the net and has been for a long time. So I think ez, me and the others haven't been picky at all you've posted over 300 posts before anyone moaned.

You really do need to be a little more gracious and accept your knowledge level isn't the best and tread a little carefully when giving out advice especially as your post count is an exaggerated one which gives newbies the impression your a seasoned pro.

I have to say you have definitely been given a lot of leeway as has the other poster that Smithcraft mentioned. We are not a bitchy bunch by any means but eventually we all get to a point where we feel that its starting to drag the forum down. When anyone posts wrong information it starts to make the forum look amateurish.

Now don't take this the wrong way, I'm not trying to drive you away. I think its good that you post, we were ALL newbies once and you don't become an expert over night. I've been around here for about 6 years now and I'm still not there yet, in fact I'm a long way off. I still post messages asking for help and advice, and when I answer posts I always try to make sure my posts are accurate.

Why don't you try posting in a more productive way. such as... "I've not had a Mac long myself but from what I've heard getting an SSD makes a big difference etc..." You still contribute, you don't rub people up the wrong way and the person your helping knows your trying to help without getting the wrong impression if you say something daft. Also reading the posts to see whats already been said is important so you don't post a daft reply.

BTW we have all done it, posted something daft or missed another post or miss read some info. I often post my replies and then read them back and spot some glaring mistake or something and jump back into edit to correct the post. In fact I'm doing that now a couple of minutes after having posted my initial reply. I reworded and corrected something above and then added this last bit.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to conclude this thread, I'm writing from my new Mac mini. It's wonderful. Took me a bit to install the upper RAM chip--I kept placing it in too flat and it wasn't recognized by the system. Now, though, I'm at 16 GB.

Thanks to everyone who answered my questions!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carta wrote:
Just to conclude this thread, I'm writing from my new Mac mini. It's wonderful. Took me a bit to install the upper RAM chip--I kept placing it in too flat and it wasn't recognized by the system. Now, though, I'm at 16 GB.

Thanks to everyone who answered my questions!


Cool. I'm glad the RAM install went well after a bit of trial and error. Better than forcing something and breaking it.

Let us know your review after a few weeks.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I was done posting but I'd like to get some advice. Didn't realize that the mini's internal speaker couldn't play iTunes or other audio. So I'm looking to spend maybe $50 to $75 on a set of speakers. Not sure if I'll plug them directly into the mini or into the Apple Express router.

What do you use? Are they acceptable? Can you play them at a normal volume and like the sound?

I used to have a pair of Apple speakers from the late '90s I believe. I earned them from an Apple-labeled credit card of some sort (forgotten the details now). They did fine. They've ended up with my son and I can't tell the specs, like wattage.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Order an aftermarket SSD ... they are soooo much faster than a standard HD
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been lax in getting external speakers for my new mini. I had thought that its tiny tinny internal speaker could only play system and software sounds, not music output by iTunes.

How naive I've been! I went to System Preferences > Sound, disconnect my headphones from the back of the mini, and there it was in the Output list: Internal Speakers...Built-in.

It works! Not great but it works. I'm hoping for a pair of Bose speakers from the music fairy. I wake up every morning filled with hope--until I realize my pillow is smooth and flat. Well, there's another morning coming in 20 odd hours...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carta wrote:
I've been lax in getting external speakers for my new mini. I had thought that its tiny tinny internal speaker could only play system and software sounds, not music output by iTunes.

How naive I've been! I went to System Preferences > Sound, disconnect my headphones from the back of the mini, and there it was in the Output list: Internal Speakers...Built-in.

It works! Not great but it works. I'm hoping for a pair of Bose speakers from the music fairy. I wake up every morning filled with hope--until I realize my pillow is smooth and flat. Well, there's another morning coming in 20 odd hours...


Indeed. The internal speaker plays, but it is very weak. I'd say it's geared as adequate for and office workstation, but that's about it. It really doesn't do a home computer justice, external is almost a must.

I wanted to keep my office space a little less cluttered, so I've been using headphones with my mini as well.
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