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    Lol I hear you on the system shut down thing and that does raise a good point.

    I see your from NH? What part? I'm from Southern Maine (in school in Worcester, MA currently thought). I also see you have a truck, do you have a finished Truckputer if so you have any pics?
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    Wink Heh

    Ya, I live in Hudson NH, east side of the merrimack river...

    I have yet to really get started with the truckputer... Between convincing my wife that it isn't another one of my science projects, and constantly changing my mind on my strategy, I really haven't started. Maybe the wife is right

    I went from looking for a older ibook on ebay that had a damaged screen, to maybe a mini-itx running a linux distro (yep that is a linux tat avatar), and back to mini-mac (and if it goes well maybe an apple tat won't be too far off).

    Good luck on the eject item, and keep us posted b/c there are many who will follow in your footsteps, if ya figure it out.

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    Holy crap man! Have you ever been to Capri Pizza in Hudson?

    And yea I hear ya about the whole flopping back and forth, I went from the mini/micro-itx with media center 2k5 and fedora core 3 to the mac mini once I realized how much I want a mac .
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdrr
    Great idea, but it does draw a question to mind... Most docks for laptops that I have experience with, perform an electrical eject/undock. Since the on/off button is in the back, and since you are planning on milling this out of aluminium, what are you doing to ensure that before you undock the mini you don't create a surge/arch? I am assuming of course you are like myself and forget to shutdown the system from time to time...
    The device, and its' web page, have been updated:

    http://homepage.mac.com/lazzwaldo/PhotoAlbum2.html

    There is a linkage to the on/off button, so there's no excuse not to turn the computer off. As many times as I have yanked out a power cord from a computer, I have never damaged the hardware, so I would not be worried about a surge or an arc. There would be no surge, as there is a sudden lack of power, not a sudden rise in it. The power levels are too low to worry about arcing. The only worry would be, did someone forget to save files and shut down? It's the consumer's responsibility at some point. To make it totally idiot-proof would add far more to the price, and it's probably going to be more expensive than people like anyway.

    There is a link to a page with links to .movs of docking/undocking. Enjoy!

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    That looks awesome man! Well done on the design of the release mechanism. How much did it cost you to make that one and how much do you think you would sell them for (if you ever did)?
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    Nice Job!

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    Costing out the mac mini dock

    Quote Originally Posted by Grimey
    That looks awesome man! Well done on the design of the release mechanism. How much did it cost you to make that one and how much do you think you would sell them for (if you ever did)?
    Thanks very much! I do special effects for a living, so if you calculate my plan, build, redesign, and rebuild time at my regular rates, it cost about $2,500! ;-). But since I didn't pay myself, had the stock on hand, all the fasteners, and the velcro and putty, the only money I put out was for a replacement Apple power supply, cord and DVI-VGA adapter (like, $160!).

    I don't yet know what someone will charge for mass production of the parts, what they will cost to assemble, package, etc. I'm working on it.

    Let me ask you; what price do you think is affordable and reasonable, keeping in mind, I'd like to also make a profit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazzWaldo
    Let me ask you; what price do you think is affordable and reasonable, keeping in mind, I'd like to also make a profit?
    Hmmmm... I guess the best response to this would be what level of aggravation you are willing to put up with. You would have to think about not only the costs of Supplies and Equipment, but also the shipping and the constant whine of customers, returns, and possibly legal fees. <--- more of a "just in case" thing in today's litigious society.

    If you are really serious on selling this idea, I would suggest look into patenting this thing, taking down those pictures, and selling it to a company who can mass produce the product. But that is all based on my opinion and the fact that I am really lazy.

    You could also take the underpants gnomes business advice from South Park
    First Step: Steal underwear
    Second Step: .... <silence> ....
    Third Step: Profit!

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    Latest update on my Dual Mac Mini/PC Chevy Truck Installation:

    http://homepage.mac.com/lazzwaldo/MyMac'dTruck/

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazzWaldo
    Latest update on my Dual Mac Mini/PC Chevy Truck Installation:

    http://homepage.mac.com/lazzwaldo/MyMac'dTruck/
    Holy crap man, looks good but how do you not crash your truck every 3 seconds??? You have more stuff in there then a fighter jet.
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