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Mac mini for the masses

I’ve decided that the Mac mini shall be bought by Mac fetishists for the people in their lives for whom they provide all technical support. This includes parents, grandparents, siblings, bosses. etc.

For this to work effectively, Mac must include one key application when they release Tiger: SOLITAIRE.

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23 comments to Mac mini for the masses

  • Hey, but Macs come with Chess.

    Actually, the chess that comes with the mac is extremely hard and I haven’t beaten it by myself yet. Where’s Kasparov when you need him?

  • Mac Mini for the Masses

    For this to work effectively, Mac must include one key application when they release Tiger…

  • Liz

    😀

    You are *so* right!

  • Apple should buy out Solitaire Till Dawn ( http://www.semicolon.com/STDX.html ) and bundle it with all new Macs. It’s far and away the best of the bunch.

  • Jon

    For this to work, they need to include one small piece of hardware, too: a ps2/usb adaptor for the 99% of PC owners with a ps2 keyboard.

  • Wish -> Command. Tiger comes with Solitaire as one of the pre-installed Dashboard widgets.

  • todd x

    How about Choplifter? Bring back the classics; Borderbund, Sierra, and even infocom (nothing like a text-adveture to while away the hours you should be working).

    Is there a decent Mac FreeCell?

  • You might be interested in Paul Nixon’s similar suggestion, explained in his posting The Tipping Point: Mac for the Masses.

  • To be fair, we were already doing tech support, it’s just now we won’t be doing it for a platform we barely remember.

  • Mike

    IMO, Mac Mini is simply Apple’s belated response to mini-itx, which typically outstyle Apple’s offerings.

    Took ’em long enough… those SFF machines have been around for years!

  • Ted Wood

    Mike,

    You’re missing the significance of the Mac mini. Now there’s a Mac for nearly anyone buying a computer, particularly one upgrading a Windows PC. This is going to be a huge year for Apple. Have you ever used OS X?

  • [Mac] The “Mom Mac”

    As a follow-up to last week’s article, Thinking About the Mac Mini /The Mac Sweet Spot, here’s what I found from a very casual Googling forthe phrase “Mac Mini” and various terms for relatives. It’s aninteresting phenomenon to observe.

  • chris

    Actually you can get these for free, i already recieved my free ipod last fall from the same people (gratis networks). And im not kidding this thing works i definately recommend it. Anyways heres the site to get a free mac mini

    http://www.FreeMiniMacs.com/?r=14103528

    I did the blockbuster offer just because its a good deal, but the efax one is completely free, and so is callwave which doesnt require a credit card.

  • Stuart

    Don’t underestimate the power of the force!

    I’m a long-time mac user and avid fan. However, people will need further convincing as price, cool looks and integration with the iPod are just not enough. It’s all boring stuff, but quite real to many PC laggards!

    – cost of replacing legacy h/w and s/w
    – compatibility with major pc applications
    – fear of being left behind as pc technology evolves
    – fear of new technology
    – Don’t perceive a difference between the platforms
    – Expect Microsoft to retaliate with an upgrade ‘real soon now’. (What are the millions of MS s/w engineers doing right now?)

    I’d love it if apple became a real competitor. Life would be better. But, it took a long time to convince people the earth wasn’t flat.

  • stuart

    Don’t underestimate the power of the force!

    I’m a long-time mac user and avid fan. However, people will need further convincing as price, cool looks and integration with the iPod are just not enough. It’s all boring stuff, but quite real to many PC laggards!

    – cost of replacing legacy h/w and s/w
    – compatibility with major pc applications
    – fear of being left behind as pc technology evolves
    – fear of new technology
    – Don’t perceive a difference between the platforms
    – Expect Microsoft to retaliate with an upgrade ‘real soon now’. (What are the millions of MS s/w engineers doing right now?)

    I’d love it if apple became a real competitor. Life would be better. But, it took a long time to convince people the earth wasn’t flat.

  • Smell Coffee

    Some people call Macs expensive, the Mini adds a new twist. Compared to the lowest priced Dells the Mini is a better value. A lot of marketing sites are even giving em away for free for sign ups. This is new to the mac following in the iPods footsteps.

    So far this has been working for a lot of people so I’m trying it too.

    http://www.FreeMiniMacs.com/?r=14091424

    You have to sign up for a sponsor like blockbuster but then you can cancel after you sign up.

  • Yep, danah. That’s exactly why I’m buying one. I’m gradually working out that the more of my family and friends are on Macs, the more time I spend showing them interesting new software and the less time I spend doing boring tech support tasks.

  • Stephen

    Here’s mine. Please contribute! Thanks!

    http://www.macminis4free.com/default.aspx?r=185296

    I did the netzero offer (you’ll see why after you register)

  • I’m giving $10 PayPal for everyone who signs up using my referal link and completes an offer. Offer completion usually takes 8-10 days. Once you sign up I can see your email address. If you want your PayPal sent to a different address let me know!!

    Thanks!
    http://www.macminis4free.com/default.aspx?r=218166

  • If you’re looking for an easy way to get a free Mac Mini from Gratis, check out the Mac Mini Relay at http://macminirelay.blogspot.com – The random referral link gives everyone an equal opportunity. Plus they’re giving away $5 PayPal to the next 15 people who sign up! check it out:
    http://macminirelay.blogspot.com

  • Please use my link, I’m a college student and need a good computer. I’ve been trying this for over a month and still need people to sign up. Thanks!

    http://www.macminis4free.com/default.aspx?r=171854

  • chris

    free minimacs-

    Hey, you can get a mini mac for free.
    Last fall I completed an offer from this same company and recieved a free
    ipod. I was completely suprised when it came, i really didnt believe it.
    Anyways, just follow this link and complete an offer, there are a few free ones
    that you should definately choose (i did efax, its a cinch to cancel)
    Here is your personal referral link:

    http://www.FreeMiniMacs.com/?r=14103528

    Oh and heres where I found out about these offers.

    http://www.gearlive.com

    go to the forums section then “free stuff”
    Theres lots of discussions on these offers and pictures proving they work.
    um, thats about it.. DEFINATELY DO IT

    oh and if you know kevin rose from techtv he got his free ipod heres his site
    as well.

    http://www.kevinrose.com/