Right! It's Time to Buy a Mac
Friday 14 January, 2005 (12:32PM GMT)
I'm going to take my first foray into the wanktastic world of Apple.
It wasn't a surprise to anyone (even me, and I don't usually give a shit about Macs) when Mr. Jobs recently revealed the Mac Mini - Apple's attempt to turn PC users to the shiny side. OK Mr. Jobs. Let's see what this microscopic little box can do.
In my experience, people who own Macs love Macs. In an almost worrying way. I've never been that excited about a box of switches and seeing as I sit behind one for 25 hours a day, I'd kind of like to be (I think). So in marrying one rather than fooling around with one, I'm hoping to see what all of the fuss is about.
To relate this to the topic of web design and development (which, after all, is what this here blog is supposed to be all about) I should point out that the main reason for getting one of these matchboxes is to adequately test sites on what is an increasingly popular platform (and I think will become even more so now - this is a good business move by Apple). Business has been going well and I think 300 quid is justifiable for a testing machine.
If anyone can offer any advice... Cheaper, slower version or more expensive, faster version? Standard 256Mb memory or upgrade? (Note that's it's going to take a lot of convincing to make me opt for anything other than the most basic setup. I trust Apple aren't going to piss people off by supplying an inadequate amount of memory for OS X) Where's the best place to get it from (in the UK)? Apple Store? And where / what the hell do I get for it (namely word processor, code editor and "cheap" Photoshop etc. etc.)?