Ok, so I've been living with my Mac Mini for over a month now. How time flies when you are having fun! I have to say that I've truly enjoyed working with it and have not missed my PC at all. However, the Mac is not without it's little annoyances, so in the interest of fair play, I decided to list some of the things I've encountered that annoy me.
- Sleep. On occaision the computer refuses to go into sleep mode.
- Waking. Sometimes when you wake it up from sleep mode, it comes back up and asks you to enter your password. You enter your password and you end up with 'the beachball of death'. The cursor turns into this spinning beachball and it just sits there.
- Bluetooth. I have a Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse. While I can get the mouse and keyboard to work in Bluetooth, as soon as you turn off the computer, it loses track of them and doesn't reconnect them when the computer comes back on. This effectively means I can't have a wireless keyboard and mouse (using Bluetooth anyway). On the plus side, I was able to transfer some files from my cell phone using Bluetooth. I've never been able to do that in Windows using Bluetooth.
- Selecting multiple files in Finder. Finder is the Mac equivalent of Windows Explorer. You can select multiple files easily with the keyboard and mouse. Once you do this, it highlights all the files. Then you right click on the highlighted files to copy/move etc. This is identical to Windows. However, if you don't right-click on the filename itself, it automatically unselects the files. This means that you have to aim carefully with the mouse or you have to reselect everything all over again.
- Internal hard drive. The internal hard drive on the Mac Mini runs at only 4200RPM. THis is a slow hard drive! I connected a regular IDE hard drive running at 7200 RPM using an external USB connector and this drive is much faster. Of course, this is a Mac Mini. The higher end Powermacs have much faster hard drives.
- USB device detection while in sleep mode. If you plug in a USB device while it is in sleep mode, the Mac will wake up out of sleep mode. This is not really a bad thing. I use this to allow me to turn on my monitor and have that automatically wake the Mac. This works because my monitor has a USB hub built into it. When you turn on the monitor, the hub comes on, so the Mac detects the new hub and wakes from sleep mode. The odd thing is, sometimes it will wake from sleep mode when I turn the monitor OFF! In other words, I tell the Mac to go to sleep. I then turn off the monitor and walk away. Sometimes when I turn off the monitor, it wakes back up! It's odd.
- Scrollwheel mice and KVM switches. I use a KVM switch to switch the monitor, keyboard and mouse between my Mac and PC. Everything works fine here, with one odd exception. When I use the mouse connected through the KVM, the scroll wheel doesn't work! If I connect the same mouse directly to the Mac, it does work. Everythine else works about the keyboard and mouse just fine, but the scrollwheel doesn't and that's very aggravating. Granted I have a cheapo KVM and I use a PS2 to USB converter for the Mac, so maybe one of those two is causing the problem.
- The single menu bar at the top of the screen. I have to say that at first I hated this feature of the Mac. After using it for a while though, I can understand why they did it this way and why it is better. It leads to a much cleaner interface and it's much easier to find the menu knowing that it's always up there on the top of the screen. That being said, however, sometimes a slight mis-click of the mouse can cause aggravation here. The menu bar at the top of the screen switches to match the menu bar of whatever application is currently active. The desktop is an application as well - namely the Finder. If you have several windows open and you move the mouse over to click on a new window, but you slightly 'miss' the window, you end up clicking on the desktop. This switches the menu to the Finder menu, rather than the menu of the app you meant to click on.
All in all, despite these little gripes, I love this thing! Now I just have to wait for one of the upcomming Intel PowerMacs and then I can upgrade!