The Intel Mini arrived today. You know, people can chart and graph benchmarks all they want—when you go from a dual-gig Windtunnel to a Dual Core, things become pretty damn impressively Snappy™.
So here goes my mini-review after about an hour of poking the Intel Mini: “OMFG ITS TEH R0X0RING SNAPPY!!!1 LOL.”
It’s probably a good thing I’m easily amused…
Update: After logging some quality Mini time, two more impressions:
Rosetta is the enemy of the snappy. Neither Ecto nor NetNewsWire, the two non-Apple applications I probably use the most on a home computer, have been Intelified, and they both feel like they are running on a mid-level G4 chip. Rosetta is a tour de force of technology, but you very much do feel the difference.
Sitting three feet from your computer with a remote control paging through your iTunes library with Front Row is, for a few minutes at least, oddly compelling.
A sci-fi and fantasy heavy installment that includes The Valedictorian of Being Dead, The Mastermind, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, Tiamat’s Wrath, The Raven Tower, The Liberation, The Light Brigade and Cryptonomicon.
Includes The Incomplete Book of Running, Aching God, The Murderbot Diaries, Lies Sleeping, The Consuming Fire, and Rendezvous with Rama.
Did you know Las Vegas is kind of nutty?
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.