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When I came home from the office on Tuesday night and found myself with a dead Powerbook on my hands, panic initially gripped me, “My email! My music! My photos! Good God, my life is on this thing.” A glass or two of scotch later, I rememebered that Puck, my faithful Mac mini TV-top server was a full computer in its own right, and not just a conveniently-sized, and very network aware, storage device. I packed it up in my bag and headed for the office, undeterred.
Setting up the Mini at the office was just as expected, plug it in, power it up, get moving. The first thing I had to do was fill it full of all those applications I needed to make life a bit more tolerable. Office, Adium, SubEthaEdit, the office email client and a few other goodies that make my Mac Life a lot more manageable. Then it was time to stress test my little friend. Nine open applications later, Puck was still handling the load, incoming email, playing iTunes, instant messaging, word processing and some simple database work be damned. Not so bad for a computer with an desk footprint smaller than my Powerbook.
Almost a week later now, I have but one complaint, but I have a feeling that’s more to do with iPhoto rather than my mini: when iPhoto is open, it just doesn’t share nicely with others. iTunes bogs down during uploads, causing tracks to skip, but granted, this is with about half a dozen applications open.
All of this causes me to wonder, if given a faster HD, and a goodly sized chunk of RAM, how well could the mini run OS X Server? We shall find out, for that’s exactly what I intend to do next. Just as soon as Apple returns my Powerbook.
Is the mini your primary computer? What do you think of its abilities?