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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:08 pm    Post subject: First post! (Long-winded question/advice sought) Reply with quote

Hi all,

This is my first post, but this looks like a great forum. I'm a soon-to-be Mac user. I've got this summer project/scenario I'll have to deal with, and I'm working Macs into the picture. Smile Any and all advice is extremely, extremely appreciated. Here's the scoop:

Computers have always been a hobby, and I'd like to start using Linux, OS X, and (sorry) XP Professional on a regular basis. Summers I live with my ma while home from school, and we've had to have my sister move back in (along with her G4) for a while for some personal reasons. So, I've gotta move my stuff and my computers into the "computer room," where there's two PCs and the router. Wink

The two PCs currently run XP Professional (both Sony Vaios), and I plan to upgrade the RAM on both of them as much as possible and install Ubuntu Server on one of the machines -- so I can make the "family" PC nice and efficient again while learning my way around Linux on the other machine. I have a Lenovo ThinkCentre in my dorm along with a Sony Vaio laptop (both running XP Pro). The Lenovo's also getting RAM upgrades and going into the room.

So... so far, we've got 3 PCs and two monitors going in that room in the summer. Now, here's my tentative plan: Have the two Vaios and a new Mac Mini connected via KVM to one monitor, and have the Lenovo stand by itself, since I gotta take it back to school soon enough after summer's over. The XP Vaio has to remain with the same OS, since my mom still uses it, and I'd like to use the Linux Vaio for learning Linux administrative stuff while using the Mini with an external HDD as a media server.

Whew! Along with that, I'm in the market for that new black MacBook. I've been saving up for a while to make this scenario happen, and I think I can learn a lot if I put it all together. (I should also mention I'm into C/C++ and Python programming, along with some Perl, MySQL and Web design stuff.)

If you took the time to read all that stuff, I thank you. So... any recommendations? Skip out on the Mac Mini and just get the MacBook? Both? Any ideas at all? Basically, the goal is to learn (by doing) a lot about computing this summer (which BTW helps me in my current research in computational number theory).

Thanks so much! I'm definitely a newbie and probably wrote wayyy too much, but any ideas and opinions would be GREAT to hear. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have both mac mini and macbook. And i pretty much use mine for the same purposes your writing about.
I had gotten the mini first but then when i went to uni i decided i needed a macbook for my comp sci courses so i got one. Then after a lil while I changed the purpose of my mini from main machine to media server which serves that purposes wonderfully.

I would probably get the macbook first if you are wanting to fully switch mac's for your portables, but i would do whatever you find more usefull if it's media serving go for the mac mini.

I also am big into computers and always have been, but i have been keeping my collection mac while using some linux on my macbook.
I don't know if that helps you but thats my insight, it might he a little run around but thats how i am.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would agree with Futa_Mill, if you have to choose between a Mac Mini and MacBook then the MacBook is a much more flexible machine.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer the mini to the macbook as a desktop machine because the mini looks nicer and takes up less space. But that's because I already have a good laptop (15" PowerBook Al) for when I travel. But if I needed portability as well as desktop performance, I would get a macbook and hook it to an external keyboard and monitor in my base location.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have both a MacBook and a mini among my computer collections. I am now using the MacBook as my main machine. I decided against going for the black one since the boost in price didn't justify getting a BlackBook. My MacBook was a refurb which I upgraded the RAM to 4GB and put in a 200GB 7200RPM drive. I'm very happy with it. If you are going to buy one or the other, I repeat, I'd go for the MacBook and if you like that black one, you should get that one. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the sponsors.
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