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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Silver Spring, MD
06-07-2009, 01:21 PM
Here's the thing...
If the laptop were for you, I'd agree with everyone else that the Mini hackint0sh is the way to go.
But what happens if your daughter screws up something on the laptop, something simple, like contacts not syncing or DHCP settings being incorrectly configured for the airport, something that's easily fixed at your average Genius Bar.
With even an old iBook, if your daughter and her mother take in the unit, the Genius Bar people will be able to help her. But the hackint0sh violates the Apple EULA. You walk into an Apple store with a Mini running OSx86, I'd imagine they'd either laugh in their faces or kindly ask them to leave.
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Brampton, ON
06-07-2009, 01:51 PM
I think you would be safe in doing so.
I'm personally running OS X on my Mini but I've also set it up for a friend of mine. She is not techsavvy at all but she uses the Mini with OS X without any problems. Same idea too, basic websurfing and voicechat/webcam.
OS X is reliable in that sense, once it is all set up and ready to go, nothing changes, and since these are SSD's they are far more durable. Less prone to corruption from shakes and bumps and such. Especially considering shes 7 years old.
The one and only problem she ever face, which was fixed over the phone, was setting up the wireless internet.
If you are really concerned with being able to fix it, you can always set up VNC and work on it remotely, assuming internet connection is not the problem.
Save the money, get the Mini, with OS X, it is rock solid. Pretty much exactly like a macbook, minus the size and cost.
No first hand experience with Skype, i use Yahoo! and my friend uses google, both of which work great for webcam and voicechat.
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Join Date: Jun 2009
06-07-2009, 03:34 PM
I accept you points that whilst paying extra for a Mac you get something more than just a computer, very fair point indeed. But that only works when a) the machine is in warranty b) you are near enough an Apple Store c) can actually get an appointment with a genius not three weeks in the future...
It should not stop from what's a perfectly good machine....
Join Date: Oct 2008
06-07-2009, 05:58 PM
i was in a similar situation when i had to purchase a mini 9 as a gift from my auntie to her granddaughter (my niece - first cousin's daughter) out of state (about 600 miles away).
two things i was planning:
1. remote control setup of the mini 9
2. pre-paid shipping label on the box that they can put the mini-9 to ship to me
the airport(wifi) dhcp sometimes doesn't function, correctly when coming out of sleep (or maybe because i was connected to a different ap), which a reboot usually fixes. remember that the ethernet is available and you can use it to remote control the mini 9 if the wifi has problems.
i still went with the win xp, because of the added costs of os x, and i wasn't sure if my cousin (or her husband) would prefer os x over win xp for their daughter. i couldn't ask because it was a surprise gift
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