One week ago my mac mini 2011, which I used daily for the past 9 years died on me. (it saddens me to say it suffered a power and HDD failure)
Of course we played the right music, and covered it reverently before sending it on its way…
The issue prompted me to look at my setup and think it through for the next 4-5 years.
- My mac mini worked mostly behind the scenes, doing Hazel heavy lifting, OCR’ing for DT, serving my Plex library, overall network file storage, and sooo much more.
- I have a 2018 iMac, Synology and 2015 Macbook Pro still functioning perfectly.
- My main machine is a 2018 iPad pro, that I basically use to access all functions of the previous machines.
So, you say, “you’re still going, what is the problem?”
I’m starting to rethink my entire setup, and what I would need to stay in tip-top condition for another 4-5 years. I want to downsize the number of machines to administer, but still remain flexible to add a screen to a computer if needed (if ever)
To my mind my iPad is a no-brainer; that will either be replaced by a 12.9" 2021 version, or a 2020 12,9" version, because it’s soooo much easier and more fun to work on. Besides being just a beautiful piece of machinery.
For heavy lifting in the background, and file management, I’d buy another mac Mini, 2020 version, specced out with enough dongles and SSD’s to satisfy my need for storage. All backed up to Backblaze.
I’d then get rid of my iMac, Synology and Macbook Pro and go with this.
At least, that is what I think…
Any thoughts from you out there?