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    Is this the new carPC!!!!

    Apple introduces Mac mini. New member of Mac family Slot-load Combo optical drive. Play DVDs, burn CDs. Queit. Tiny, FireWire, ethernet, USB 2.o, both DVI/VGA output. Very tine. Height is half the size of an iPod mini. BYODKM. Bring Your Own Display, Keyboard, Mouse. Firs tone is $499: 1.25GHz 256MB/40GB More memory and larger hard drive for $599. Will ship on January 22. Ships in a box smaller than the regular iPod box.

    (We'll discuss software later)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alric
    Apple introduces Mac mini. New member of Mac family Slot-load Combo optical drive. Play DVDs, burn CDs. Queit. Tiny, FireWire, ethernet, USB 2.o, both DVI/VGA output. Very tine. Height is half the size of an iPod mini. BYODKM. Bring Your Own Display, Keyboard, Mouse. Firs tone is $499: 1.25GHz 256MB/40GB More memory and larger hard drive for $599. Will ship on January 22. Ships in a box smaller than the regular iPod box.

    (We'll discuss software later)

    damn you beat me! yea it looks nice. glad to see a small mac on the market now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRWeside
    Hehehe... that's great...

    engadget has some good pictures that they ganked from Apple's website... http://engadget.com/entry/1234000590026982/

    I think the box looks good but it presents a problem for mounting, since the drive is front slot loading and built-in. Not to mention that the price is a bit steep for those specs (but I won't start a PC vs. Mac performance war on this thread )... and then there's the #1 issue... software. Destinator, Frodo and most (if not all) of the best front-ends and supporting software are made for the PC. Atlhough I'm sure there's stuff equally as good for Mac... I just haven't seen it yet.

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    Damn, that's nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by viguera
    Destinator, Frodo and most (if not all) of the best front-ends and supporting software are made for the PC.
    Before the MAc mini there was no compelling reason for a Mac front-end. Now, I think thngs might change.

    BTW, the lilliput already works with Macs so for most of us it would be plug and play.

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    beaten...

    Yeah, I was going to post this too. I'd almost consider trading in my VIA for a mac, except for the lack of software Actually, the only thing I think is really lacking for linux\mac\bsd OS's is decent GPS software.

    Hopefully we won't have to wait too long though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alric
    Before the MAc mini there was no compelling reason for a Mac front-end. Now, I think thngs might change.
    Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against it... if the new box spurs competition on that end, then so be it. The reason why we have so many GOOD choices now when it comes to front-ends is because people didn't sleep on them. If your front-end doesn't have X, Y and Z, or if you take too long to update it, people start feeling around for whatever else is available...

    I have problems with the new Mac box right off the bat as I mentioned, but if it steps up the Mac game on the Car PC arena, then nobody loses IMO.

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    I'm definitely considering the Mac mini as a carputer... I was going to order my new mini-itx board today, but now reconsidering.

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    I was coming here to post the same thread. I saw the size of this thing and it just screamed car-pc to me. I'm a die hard PC user, but I might make an exception for this tiny product. Just like everyone above, I wanted to know if there were any mac programs out there on par with the current PC heavyweights?

    Also, does the fact that everything is all built in mean that this must be used with an inverter only?

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