Mac Mini despair
#262 Henry, Monday, 18 May 2015 6:47 PM (Category: Apple)
(Tags: macmini)

When I got up this morning, the Mac Mini was humming along, no problems. I felt great relief. I left it backing up.

When I got home I went to check on the Backblaze backup status on the Mac Mini. The Backblaze website showed that no more files had been uploaded since this morning. I went to ssh into the Mac Mini and got nothing. Oh crap.

Turned on the monitor and saw a grey screen. The Mac Mini was hot. I powered it down, let it cool, and then rebooted. Since then it's been okay, but I no longer trust it.

I've had Mac Minis since they were first released. They have been super reliable all these years. This one is a lemon. This one completely sucks. I don't know if it's hardware or software. I have 6 weeks left on the one year warranty. I am going to take it back to Apple and see if they can find anything wrong with it.

But no more. I am going to move away from Apple. It's been great, but it's not so great any more. I like the iPhone and I like the iPads, but I am beginning to dislike the Macs. They are pretty but I don't use much of them. I use them as a media server to serve up to the Apple TV. I use them to host the Drobo. But that changes now. I am going to move away for the media server. First, I'll find something like a Drobo that I can use with Linux. Then I'll set up Plex and move to a Roku. Sure, I'll miss some things that Apple provides, but what I am looking for is stability. I want a server that will stay running for more than 12 hours. I want a server that will run for years. I get that with Linux, I used to get that with Apple, but I'm not getting it any more. So I will shift. Might take me a year, but it's going to happen.

Means I'll be giving up Backblaze too, as it doesn't run on Linux.