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Technology Review Offers 13 Ways to Think Different with Mac mini

Technology Review Offers 13 Ways to Think Different with Mac mini

by , 12:45 PM EST, January 25th, 2005

Michelle Delio has a baker's dozen ways for you to put a Mac mini to work, and none of them involve sending letters to Aunt Martha, balancing your checkbook, or buying airline tickets to Vegas. In an article that calls the diminutive Mac both cute and adorable, the writer operates from the standpoint that the Mac mini is not powerful enough for Apple's traditional core markets like graphic design, but that its small size and form factor give it uses you might not have otherwise thought about.

Topics covered:

  1. As a Portable Depot for Digital Pictures
  2. As a Satellite Interface with a HAM Radio
  3. As s Regional X10 Server
  4. As a Christmas Lights Sequencer
  5. As Part of a Home Theater System
  6. As a Car Enhancer
  7. As a Hardware Firewall for Laptops
  8. As a Physical Security System
  9. As a Server and/or Gateway
  10. As a Component of a Low-Cost Parallel Processing Array
  11. As a SCADA system
  12. As a Beowulf Cluster
  13. As an iPod Feeding Station

There are details on each of the above suggestions in the full article, which we recommend as a very interesting read.

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