Mmm, just ordered a new computer. Its going to be my web server. The Sun Sparc Ultra 5 had a crapy hard disk controller I was also getting what I think were I/O errors from it. I replaced it with a mini itx box that I wasn’t using because it kept crashing. I gave it another chance and it currently crashes about once every 2 – 3 weeks. So I have ordered a Dell cheap as a possible computer. The only compromise I made was a dvd drive for an extra $16. Total cost was about $335 with a 2.4 celeron and 256 meg of ram. This should serve as a nice web server and hopefully it wont crash. I thought really hard about the mini mac, but the dell has more options for things I might want to do. Mirrored hard disks being the first. Extra networking cards being the second.
The sad thing is that it will wipe the floor of my main file server which is a pentium 233 with 256 megs of ram.

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  1. platofish says:

    The problem with the mini mac…..its very easy to increase the specs to the point that it costs more than $1,000. At that point, the lack of expandibility makes it seem quite expensive (and somewhat limited – the disc drives are slow even by laptop standards). Unless you are really tight for space, its not really a good buy…..

  2. Ian says:

    Agreed. The Apple laptops rock. Not a huge fan of the iMacs which leaves the towers and the mini mac if I want a desktop option. This machine was a stop gap solution. I needed something that was cheap quite and would run linux easily. Interesting comment about the drives I hadn’t heard that before.

  3. platofish says:

    I think the drives are only 4,200 rpm…..kinda slow compared to today’s standard.