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Bill's Mac mini setup
Bandit Bill's budget Mac Mini using old PC equipment.
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Anon [Jun 12, 2005 at 03:13 PM]
Sorry to say, but it looks like a thrift store PC- even the speakers are beige. Nice keyboard though.
Bandit Bill [Jun 12, 2005 at 06:48 PM]
Thanks!!! That's the look I was going for. After all Apple has marketed the mini as a budget system. All the accessories are over 10 years old. "White" accessories were not an option back then (but smoking in the workplace was). The idea was to hook up the mini without spending a dime. And to prove, you don't need wireless devices if you take pride in your work.
Anon [Jun 12, 2005 at 07:54 PM]
Is this an old PC case?
Bandit Bill [Jun 12, 2005 at 09:07 PM]
It's an old printer stand. I cut out the back to run the cables and to provide adequate airflow. The paper drawers slide out to provide easy access to the minis ports.
Anon [Jun 15, 2005 at 01:50 PM]
I like it. It's spartan and utilitarian. My two favorite designs.
Anon [Jun 19, 2005 at 11:02 PM]
its stupid, just like all of bandit bill's little comments
Anon [Jun 30, 2005 at 09:41 PM]
hey... it's not stupid, it's keeping the mini a 500 buck comp
Anon [Jul 02, 2005 at 12:49 AM]
ya...it is stupid...
Anon2 [Jul 11, 2005 at 04:09 PM]
stupid, looks like a car boot stand
Bandit Bill [Jul 14, 2005 at 04:50 PM]
Ugly...sure. Stupid, I'd argue that. Stupid, is the fact that the average American has over $10,000 credit card debt at 18% interest.
WC3_Gamer [Jul 16, 2005 at 07:52 PM]
i also agree ugly, but hey, its BYOKDM
Bandit Bill [Jul 18, 2005 at 02:26 AM]
It will be pretty some day. The idea was to buy a low cost mini, so I could afford nice accessories, then upgrade to a PowerMac. Right now I'm putting money into renovating my house. You can see in the photo that the moldings are off my window.
Anon [Jul 20, 2005 at 10:50 AM]
I think you all are missing the point. If the idea is 'budget computer' why spend thousands more on things that don't increase performance? and I think that you did a good job hiding the cables. Dare say a better job than most of these people who post pics of their mini connected to a $10,000 plasma screen. You've got the 3M percision mousing surface (which I found works GREAT on ball-mice, but on optical a "microfiber" mouse pad is the way to go). You've got your linksys switch in there too (...
Bandit Bill [Jul 22, 2005 at 01:33 AM]
Thanks for the tip on the microfiber mouse pad. The 3M pad seems to work well for me. The only reason I use the pad is because it offers a bit of resistance. The mouse slides too easily for my liking without it.
Anon [Aug 30, 2005 at 11:17 PM]
Anon [Sep 06, 2005 at 10:02 PM]
The apple keyboard and USB optical mouse ruin the whole effect.
Bandit Bill [Sep 09, 2005 at 10:51 PM]
I agree the keyboard and mouse ruin the effect for retro, but I was just going for budget. I had the mouse. I bought the Apple keyboard because my old keyboard had an AT connection. I plan on making my system nice as time and money permits. I've since painted the modem aluminum and bought a Cinema Display. I'm still using that ugly stand until I build a custom model. I've got the room restoration complete (to match the mini of course. Electrical outlets included )
Anon [Sep 10, 2005 at 12:21 PM]
I'm diggin the speakers
Carl [Nov 16, 2005 at 07:38 PM]
when we will be able to see pics of you work?
Ethan [Nov 18, 2005 at 11:05 AM]
I don't think it would be too hard to get a beige USB keyboard.
grinder [Nov 20, 2005 at 04:10 PM]
what does BYODKM mean, anyway? nice setup. inexpensive, but almost never cheap
Wes [Nov 27, 2005 at 02:21 PM]
Bring Your Own Display Keyboard Mouse
Anon [Dec 11, 2005 at 01:00 PM]
Bill your a genius, your budget, cheap, looks-like-garbage effect; really came off!
Bandit Bill [Dec 17, 2005 at 12:43 AM]
http://www.123macmini.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-322] click link for updated photo of my system
Anon [Apr 25, 2006 at 06:20 AM]
Bandit Bill said "Stupid, is the fact that the average American has over $10,000 credit card debt at 18% interest" No Stupid is believing that the average American has over $10,000 credit card debt at 18% interest by choice when the average American is working poor to working class, not middle class, upper middle class or rich.
dungeon92 [Jul 24, 2007 at 04:38 PM]
Nice, it's perfect for a wedding if you can just add the borrowed part it is old (accessories), new (Mac mini), blue (hub), now for borrowed mayb the printer stand (borrowed from the printer) . And it's a simple fix for avoiding credit card debt, don't get one and learn to make do.
chriscopeland [Jul 26, 2008 at 10:50 AM]
how did you mount your hardware to the inside of your desk?

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