Quote Originally Posted by Jirka Jirout
Using central locking solenoid to control the Mac mini's power switch is like shooting little birds with GAU-8. Some model servo's (about Euro 7 in Holland) will do just fine.

And if you do not want to bother with electronics at all, just buy an old-fashioned mechanical shutter release cable in the closest photo-store.

BTW: doesn't the new Intel Mini support USB power-up again?
but a servo requires servo controlling stuff. solenoid is the easiest way and you can pick em up for pennies at a scrap yard.