I’ve spent the night getting my things back in order. Being able to develop at home has been a must and it’s been something that I haven’t been able to do in quite a while. Call it burn out from work, call it just feeling a lack of wanting to be social. It feels good to be moving again.
Over the weekend I picked up my latest Apple device, this time I went with the base model Mac mini. Overall I’m impressed with the way it handles everything except video games. Thankfully I wasn’t delusional enough the believe that it would play games fine although I won’t be lying to say I had a small hope.
I’m hoping to use the mini for storing photos, learning a bit of video editing, doing my web and application development on, and in general being a workhorse. I’d like to delegate gaming and heavier lifting to the PC I built last November but we’ll see.
Here’s my intend list of core applications:
Development: Panic’s Coda. I’ve played with it some on my laptop, but just have a hard time working with it wherever I tend to be. I really think I just need to get used to it with a full screen monitor. Remote FTP editing plus a host of other features I have yet to use. Overall I’ve been impressed enough where I’ll be purchasing after the demo. For CSS design I’ll most likely be using cssEdit. In the past it’s always been good to me, why abandon it now? Hoepfully things wont stop there. I picked up Programming in Objective-C 2.0 as well. It’s time to learn a new language.
Social Media: Per previous posts it should be no surprise I’m going to be going with Blogo and Tweetie. Both are recent additions to my social media arsenal but are very excellent applications which give my desktop that web 2.0 feel.
Entertainment: Boxee really makes me want to buy another Mac mini. It’s great on my AppleTV, however it’s absolutely amazing running on the Mac mini. Along with the Apple Bluetooth keyboard, it makes for a quick easy hookup on my TV and gives me the ability to watch any of my media with little effort. Just need to get some of my friends hooked on it now so I can spy and see what they’re watching
The main problem is now that I’ve picked up a new mini, I want a new MacBook. I’ll fight the urge for now though.