The Mac mini: Inside and Out

We have used the Mac mini for some time now. I used it the first one or two months, but being used to the portability of my 2 1/2 year old iBook I got tired of the desktop. Tina took over and is now using OS X, LaTeX, and whatever I send in her direction, for writing her thesis.

I bought a (well) used 17 inch Apple CRT when I got the computer; however, the 300 DKR was not enough to buy us a screen would last through the summer: it died last week. RIP.

Now, looking for a replacement, we visited Officeline (now humac) here in Aarhus, to check out the 20 inch Apple Cinema Display. At the same time I asked the clerck to give me a price for a RAM upgrade (the mini shipps with 512 megs, but can be upgraded to 1 gig by an Apple authorized service provider); it was around 1,200 for the RAM and 200 the installation. Being too tight-fisted to pay overprice for both the RAM and the service I began googeling.

I came up with a tutorial from Macworld, where they show that it is basically a piece of cake to do the job yourself. All you need is Apple’s official Mac mini Upgrade Tool Kit (otherwise known as a very thin putty knife). Actually, a less thin putty knife will do the job, but it wont be seamless! However, as the job is done upside-down who will know?

I already have the knife, and I have tested the procedure. It works. Now I just need to get the right RAM (this is the specifications for the G4 model – the Intel Core Dual has other specifications).

See this small video of how to do the job (right click the link to download).

New Photos + update of E-500 section

Under the Photography-section, I have just posted two wildlife photographs of a group of deers that I took an early morning. I spent over an hour getting close to the group. The animals lives in a fenced wildlife-park a few kilometers from the center of Ã…rhus. When I entered the park, the herd ran off to a remote part of the park (well, the park is not that big), but armed with my tripod and dSLR I followed their track. Finally, I found them. I approached them slowly – from about 100 meters distance – and took the first pictures. Standing steady for a while, they seemed to accept my presence, so I moved closer. Following this procedure I finally got as close as 8-10 meters from the closest animals in the group. Feeling confident that I had taken some great shots I headed home to the computer…

Also, I have updated my Olympus E-500 Review, with a Lens Roadmap from Zuiko – Olympus lens brand – and a note about the E-500′s manual operation mode.