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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

MiniStack Review2

Last month I reviewed my recently built MiniStack. Having lived with it for a month, I have further comments to make. First, I do like it. It matches the Mac Mini well. Even thought the ministack is a plastic case, it looks enough like aluminum to more than hold its own visually under the Mac Mini.

However there lies the one problem. I found that the mini generates enough heat that the MiniStack's fan would cut on to cool it off even when the hard drive wasn't spinning. It took me a while to figure that out, but eventually I did when I heard the fan running and decided to unmount the drive and cut it off so it could cool down. When I ejected it, I heard the drive spin up!

What I do now is set the MiniStack on top of the Mac Mini with some extra rubber feet I picked up at the hardware store to give more space for cooling between the two devices. Since the aluminum heat sink is on the bottom of the MiniStack I think the extra space is very important. The extra feet (really cabinet bumpers) can be seen in the image below.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006


If you haven't wasted time at youtube.com, its time to check it out. Here are a few of my favorites after an afternoon surfing around the tube.

Hey Clip this is pretty slick. An allowing for the compression it is professional quality.

Mrs. Ronald McDonald different, very different. I am entranced.

Whale of a Tale, talk about the one that got away.

NOTE: Now that we are in 2007 and "youtube video" is almost a house hold term up there with "Xerox Copy" this posting seems a bit lame. But remember this was written weeks after youtube began too spread like a wild fire.

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