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Technomadia Server for Sale (Mac Mini) 
29th-Sep-2010 11:39 am
Did I mention yet that we have just signed a lease and will be spending the winter in the US Virgin Islands?

Details are posted here.


Since we will be leaving our Oliver behind for the a while, we've decided that it makes sense to sell the Mac Mini system which has served us well for the past two years as the media center in our Oliver.

Here are the details:
Model Identifier: Macmini3,1 (mid-2009 model)
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo - 2 GHz
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 320 GB / 5400 RPM (Upgraded from the stock 120GB HD)
Optical Drive: SuperDrive DVD/CD Burner
Wireless: 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1
Graphics: nVidia GeForce 9400M
Ports: 5x USB, 1x FireWire 800, Mini-DVI, Mini-DisplayPort, Ethernet, Audio In/Out

The Mac Mini is incredibly power efficient, and only consumes around 14 watts while on and idle. This makes it perfect for a system like ours that is dependent on solar-charged batteries. It is also extremely small and quiet. It makes a great DVD and media player, and you can use an iPhone, iPad, or Apple's IR remote to control everything.

When in our trailer, we power the Mac Mini via a CarNetix CNX-P2140 185W Dual Output Intelligent DC-DC Power Supply. This lets us run our Mac Mini (and stereo speakers too) directly off of 12 volt power, without needing to use an inverter. This makes our setup even more power efficient. The CarNetix power supply sells for $165 new (including the Mac Mini cables). We also still have and will include the regular Mac Mini AC power brick.

Ideally we would like to sell the Mac Mini and Carnetix power supply together as a set, but we would consider breaking them up. (I may already have someone interested in just the CarNetix power supply, actually...)

More CarNetix info here.

BTW -- The new 2010 Mac Mini model no longer uses an external power brick, so this is the latest Mac Mini that I know of that can be wired to run directly off of 12 volt power.


Checking eBay, equivalent used Mac Mini's seem to be going for around $499 (with the smaller 120GB default HD). With the larger HD and CarNetix power supply, we'd like $650. For the Mac Mini alone, $499 takes it.

This is a great setup for an RV, boat, or home entertainment system.

Let us know if you are interested - particularly if you are in the SF Bay Area and we can deliver it to you and avoid shipping hassles.

Also - Cherie just upgraded her laptop to a 17" MacBook Pro, and her two year old 15" MacBook Pro is for sale as well. Here are the details:
2 yr old MBP (purchased July 2008):
Processor 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Display 15-inch Anti-Glare 1400x900
Graphics GeForce 8600M GT 256MB
Memory 4GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x2GB
Hard Drive 500 GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
Optical Drive SuperDrive 8x DL
AppleCare Valid thru July 2011

What's new: The battery was replaced about 9 months ago and is holding about a 2.5-3 hr charge, the harddrive was upgraded from 250GB about a year ago. The power adaptor, DVD drive and memory was replaced about 9 months ago under warranty.

Issues: The 'T' and 'N' keys have worn spots on it, and the exterior case has some minor scratches and such. The vinyl sticker on the outside case would be removed before shipping.

Pictures here.

Asking Price: These are selling on eBay without AppleCare for about $1100.

She is asking $1100, including FedEx/UPS ground shipping & remaining AppleCare.

If you know of anyone who might be interested, send them our way.
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