It has been several years since my mom used a computer at work and she has been making noises about wanting one for home for the last few months, if not more. At first I was going to piece something together from the several old Macs around the Smith household but the units not currently being used are barely OS X compatible and I would not put mom on OS 9. So, I hunted for used units for a while but Apple must have seen the need because they introduced the Mac Mini. Just what mom needs!
It took a bit of time to gather up the peripheral items but I got it all together and went over to her house yesterday to set it up. Actually, I set it up at my house the day before and spent about 8 hours playing with it! The Mini seems very capable and even with only 256mb of RAM it seems fine for what she will use it for. I banged on it for a while trying to see where the weakness may be but really didn’t find any even with several apps open.
I burned several discs in iTunes and the speed was fine. I added a bunch of pix and tried several of the editing features in iPhoto 5 which I found really nice. I usually use Photoshop and iView but I was pleasantly surprised at the capability of iPhoto.
The first couple of things mom wants to do are email and web browsing so I got her going on that. So far, so good. She seems really excited to have the Mini. Hope it gives her good service and lots of fun. Digital camera is next!