The Baltimore Sun: Apple’s Mac mini is ‘a little jewel of a computer’

“Over the years I’ve spent many hours tinkering with the little Windows network in our home, and each time I add a PC it gets a little easier,” Michael Himowitz writes for The Baltimore Sun. “But the other day was a first. I opened a new computer, hooked up a keyboard, monitor and mouse, and turned it on. After a few minutes answering simple on-screen questions, I was hooked up to our wireless network, browsing the Web and sharing files with our other computers. A few minutes later, the new computer was beaming images to the printer hooked to my computer in the next room.”

“I’ve never had a PC as easy to get running on a Windows network as this one. And the astounding thing: It’s a Mac. A new Mac mini, to be precise – a little jewel of a computer that Apple has priced low enough (starting at US$499 or about HK$3,890) to entice some of us old Windows heathens to try out the Macintosh operating system without breaking the bank. Once we’ve tried it, Apple figures, we may like it and decide to join the Mac cult – at least as an extracurricular activity,” Himowitz writes.

“I was pleasantly surprised when I pointed at a folder, clicked the right mouse button and saw a context-sensitive menu pop up,” Himowitz writes. “For years, the one-button mouse has been part of the Mac catechism – the original Mac designers thought two buttons would be too confusing, a proposition that 200 million Windows users would disagree with. Mac purists probably cringe at this heresy, but it’s heartening to see that the programmers of Panther (the latest version of Mac’s OS X) recognize the value of a feature that so many Windows users rely on. But the big question remains: Is the Mac operating system really that much slicker and easier to use than Windows? I’ll play with it for a while and let you know.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ll keep an eye on Himowitz’s articles and let you know what he writes about Mac OS X.

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  1. The article said that the tiny footprint of the Mini was “more a matter of hype than breakthrough technology” and that “any manufacturer can produce a desktop computer this small”. Is this true? If so, why haven’t they?

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