While playing with Ajax I suddenly realised how out of date my Mac is. As they release 10.4 ("Tiger") of OS X I am still stuck on 10.2 ("Pussy"?). This doesn't bother me so much, as its main use is as a jukebox. Its other use is testing sites in Safari (and for the ultra-fussy clients - IE on Mac). The version of Safari I am using is 1.0.3. The current version is 1.2, which requires OS X 10.3. It feels like I'm stuck on the equivalent of IE4 and Windows 98. Time for an upgrade!
As well as getting up to date I want to get rid of the iBook, which no longer serves its purpose. There's no need for the extra screen on my desk. My plan is to get rid of the iBook and replace it with a Mac Mini.
Like all good geeks I get my kicks from taking delivery of spanking new kit. Opening the box on a new goody is the closest I'll ever get to being a kid at Xmas again. It's been a while - Over 2 years since I bought iBook - and it's time for my next fix.
The Mac Mini is cheap. Partly because it comes with no KVM. Not a problem for me as I'll just plug it in to my KVM switch. If anything it's going to makes my desk a tidier place.
Now, to the figures. The model I want has a 1.25Ghz processor and 40GB HDD costing a mere £289 (ex VAT). What it doesn't have enough of is RAM - with a default 256MB. You can upgrade to 512MB for an extra £50 or to 1GB for £220. Pricey, no? A quick trip to my favourite RAMshop and I found it a lot cheaper. Crucial will sell 512MB for £35 and 1GB for £90. An amazing difference in price. Why do manufacturers still insist on ripping us off for RAM upgrades?
Obviously I am going to upgrade the RAM myself. Apparently this isn't easy but is possible. As much as I loath the idea of prizing something so well made apart with "putty knifes" there's no way I am paying more than double what I need to for extra RAM.
So, unless anybody has a good reason why I shouldn't, I will be ordering myself a Mac Mini this time tomorrow. Unless I get too excited and do it later today. I was going to order it last Wednesday but the girl I spoke to at Apple only went as far as saying it would "probably" ship with Tiger (due out that Friday).