After sitting on the shelf, I've spent several weeks now getting my Mini 9 going again. Years ago bumped the RAM to 2GB and went with the international keyboard, but hadn't done much with it since with the iPhone and tablet foray. I still appreciate it's size with the keyboard and the ability to run good old XP. Stuff I've done in the past weeks:
- The stock battery only gave me a half hour of life -- picked up a battery from Deal Extreme and it works great, no probs with the newer bios.
- Running XP and with the stock STEC 8GB SSD
, I uninstalled programs and now running several apps off the SD card using portableapps.com. Freed up 2GB of space. Trying to go exclusively with portable apps, with the exception of iTunes.
- Using Clonezilla on a USB stick, cloned the SSD
for the first time, reading about the Stec SSD
not working. I've copied all the info and programs from the Punj Technology blog about getting the Stec working again if it stops working, hoping the image using Clonezilla gets me up and running again without needing to use (and find?) the discs.
- Experimenting with Ubuntu with persistence booting off a USB stick just to try another OS, just in case the SSD
stops working and can't get the above to work. Other than some oddity with the time not being accurate, has been working great.
- Running a portable SNES emulator with a gamepad to test out using it for old school gaming. Works great. Can't get Nintendo 64 emulation to work, but oh well.
- Running portable Dropbox off the SD card to save SSD
space using Portable Dropbox AHK. Love this.
Left to do/consider:
- Bought a SanDisk Cruzer Fit for it's size to hopefully both run Ubuntu and use to run Portable Apps, hoping it will be a bit faster than the SD card and also won't stick out, plus leaving the SD slot open.
- Considering buying a SKQUE silicone skin, wondering if anyone here uses these? Reviews online seem mixed.
Overall, I still think the Mini is still a great device.