“I’m definitely not one to shop till you drop, but I snapped up a Mini Mac on Saturday morning–at a mall, no less. You know, just to feel good,” Jeff Pelline writes for CNET News. “‘Why?’ my wife asked, when I got home, holding my son with one hand and my ‘headless’ Mac–in its own little box with a handle–in the other. (No need for a bag–that’s my style). ‘Oh, why not.’ Look, one of my favorite mottos is ‘spon-tan-i-e-ty.'”
“It didn’t break the bank either–for $499 I got a computer, DVD player and quickly built a home media center with our existing HDTV. (Oh, and I got to download iLife ’05 on my other Mac, a $79 “value.”) This play toy also fulfilled my curiosity–as a consumer and a journalist,” Pelline writes. “I plugged my ‘headless’ Mac into the Sharp HDTV in the living room, and in no time Mitchell was watching ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Dora the Explorer’ on the ‘big screen.’ The DVI connection heightened the picture quality. Later we listened to music from ‘Ralph’s World’ from the pint-size Mac, courtesy of an iPod. We navigated with a wireless keyboard and mouse, borrowed from my desktop Mac… [This] lesson from Apple should be taken seriously. Steve Jobs is a college dropout, not an MBA. But (unlike many MBAs) Steve is smart enough to know that if you build good products and market them, people will come–they’ll even line up in front of your store on weekends.”
“I know we’ll get our money’s worth from the Mini. I can plug it into a mall flat-panel TV in the kitchen, and take it to Lake Tahoe, or to work,” Pelline writes.
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