Mac mini Hacks & Mods For Dummies by John Rizzo

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  • Starting at $499, the diminutive Mac mini-2.5 inches tall, 6.5 inches vast, and 2.9 pounds-is anticipated to turn into Apple's bestselling computing device, with projected shipments of 100,000 devices a month
  • This publication bargains a number of projects-some effortless, a few extra challenging-to support humans tweak, adjust, and remodel a Mac mini
  • Modest changes comprise making a Mac mini domestic theater, an equipment controller, and a commute equipment; different extra advanced (but very cool!) mods require wielding a soldering iron
  • Offers specific, illustrated step by step instructions-including tips on how to open the Mac mini, continue music of items, and keep away from damage-that let even amateur tinkerers to accomplish the tasks

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It includes Mac-specific keys and a Mac-like look. For another $10, the SlimType Ultra has a built-in USB port. So-called slim keyboards are lighter because they use less plastic. It’s scandalous to say this among power users, but I prefer the shorter keyboards, even on desktop Macs. The mouse is closer to the center than with a standard-size keyboard, and I have more desk space. Mini keyboards An even smaller class of keyboards is known as mini keyboards. No, they’re not named after the Mac mini.

12 Part I: Owning a Mac mini ߜ RAM: Depending on when you bought your Mac mini, you either have 256MB, 512MB, or 1GB. When you order a Mac mini, Apple offers to up your RAM memory from the basic configuration for a fee. It may seem tempting until you find out that you can find an upgrade RAM module for at least $15 cheaper than what Apple charges at purchase time. If you hunt around, you can find a 1GB RAM model for the mini for about $85. Chapter 7 shows you how to install RAM yourself. com. This site isn’t a seller of RAM.

Take a look at iMove, an extreme carrying case that’s designed and sold by Rivo Cortonesi. iMove isn’t actually a case; it’s a transportable rack that holds the Mac mini and the power brick, a full-size 19- or 20-inch flat-panel monitor, and a full-size keyboard. To move the rack, unplug the power cord from the wall socket, attach the cover, pick up the rack, and put it in your car. Everything, including the power brick and the cables, is fixed to the frame. You don’t have to unplug cables, nor do you have to compromise on keyboard and monitor size.

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