So, I finally joined the “dark side”, and had my new shiny Mac Mini arrive via DHL this afternoon. It’s a funky lil machine, and much quieter than my Desktop PC with it’s many cooling fans and über-powerful nVidia GeForce 8800GTS graphical card.
The mini was very simple to set up and I was up-and-running within 15 minutes. The longest time was waiting for the Mac to configure itself and update the software after the first boot.
When I was logged in, my first task was to find a suitable IRC client. I believe Shaun in #computers on IrCQNet (irc.icq.com:6667) uses Colloquy, so I downloaded that and gave it a shot. After about 20 minutes using it, however, I decided that it was too dissimilar to my beloved XChat. So a quick Google later, and I found the home-page for XChat Aqua, which is a version of XChat designed specifically for the Mac.
My mini now sits underneath my 17-inch 4:3 LCD display, though the display is not physically sitting on the mini, as the manuals say that is a bad idea (may interfere with the operation of the superdrive).