I shall call him mini-me

That’s right folks, the Mac Mini has landed at my house! Part of Geek Christmas (got a Firefox shirt too). In all it’s sexy glory.

Plugged in the mini real quick to take it for a test drive. Rather zippy for such a small package. I need to get a display for my desk now so I can set it up in all it’s glory… and a KVM to go with that.

Overall a quality product by Apple. Later this month the Airport Extreme upgrade for the mini should be available at the Apple Store, so I can take a trip and get it setup for wireless access.

Qualified for a Mini Mac!

mac mini qualified! Well, after the success with Free iPods, I went for a free Mac Mini, because as we all know, I’m obsessed with Apple products. So I guess I’m on my way to mini-ownership. And I’m a proud parent-to-be. Time to find some desk space, a LCD display, and perhaps a KVM switch… once I figure out how/where to setup.

Oh Joy!!!!!

Fun With Todo Lists

Some things upcoming this week:

  • Operations Management Quiz (hopefully not to hard)
  • Find/Order USB 2 PCMCIA card for Laptop (any recommendations)
  • Order iSkin for iPod
  • Hopefully Free Mac Mini’s will have #10 and be processing (likely done, just hasn’t and registered).
  • If above goes to processing, time to start researching a nice LCD display (likely 17″ or 19″), as well as KVM Switch
  • Finish sifting through some of the useless code in project aquarius, and finish up redoing the templating architecture (big speed improvement). Get a few more core parts hooked up… and that would wrap up milestone 0.1. [long term]
  • Finish reading Candide for World Lit
  • Figure out what’s left on the new reporter tool, and figure out a timeline for wrapping it up for 1.0
  • Watch a little TV
  • Get a little Sleep
  • [Suprise Addition] Operations Management Homework from hell

There’s more than that, but those are the ones that come to mind.

Oh yea, this page is now XHTML Strict. And will hopefully be that way 99% of the time.

More on the Mini

I mentioned it the other day. Now it looks like someone made a business plan out of it. Pretty cool idea. You could fit a few clients into 2U space. And cost effective.

Perhaps VPS (Virtual Private Servers) are a waste of time. Maybe this approach is better. This way, less clients are effected per hardware outage. This minimizes liability.

I’m 6/10 on getting a Free Mac Mini. I need 4 other people to make my goal of a free Mac Mini come true. So if you want to help your faithful blogger out, signup and complete an offer. most are painless. Read through them and find one that works for you.

No, I don’t currently plan to host on mini’s. But I do hope to have a mini to play with. My Macs are aging, so having a more powerful one for things like building Firefox, Thunderbird. And general development purposes would be really sweet.

So if you can, help Robert out! 4 More!

Free Mini Mac?

Gratis Internet (the folks who brought the Free iPod deal), appear to be running a Free Mini Mac deal.

Any takers?

They did deliver on the iPod, so I now know the company is legitimate. So any help is appreciated.

If you signup using my link (above), and complete 1 offer, you can get a Gmail account (through me). Just contact using the contact form, and let me know the email you used to sign up. Once it validates that you successfully completed the offer, I’ll send you one. Note: You must contact me, so they don’t go to waste.

Freeipods Pt 13: Lucky 13… it shipped

FreeiPods.com actually delivered.

Today it happened. FedEx dropped off my free iPod. It’s a 20GB 4th Generation Apple iPod. I was just about to leave, so I took a few pics with my Camera Phone and left. I’m to busy to open and play for at least a few days. I’m pretty sure it’s not an empty box (because I know someone will suggest that), since it came directly from Apple’s Shanghai manufacturing contractor/facility.

Of course I posted those pictures for you to see. Go ahead, look, enjoy. They are low quality, from a camera phone, but they should be compatible with most human eyes version 1.0+.

Bottom Line
Freeipods.com/Gratis Internet at least appears legitimate. I did get my offer. They “sent to vendor” 9/15, and I got it today, 10/25. Reportedly shipping has picked up to being about a week or two. Though some Sept people are still waiting for their iPods. I got my iPod for trying a silly offer, and getting a few others to do so. Some sound like good offers, so you may want to seriously consider it. Others are just downright rediculus (like these magic pills). So pick with caution, and read the offer. Some are only free if you cancel within the trial period. Some never bill unless you use the service. Some like eBay don’t require billing.

Spam Report
I am still getting about 3 spam emails a day that originate through this offer (I used a unique address, so only Gratis has used it. This is despite unsubscribing from all mailing through their website 2 weeks ago.

So is it a scam/multi-level-marketing/pyramid scheme
That’s hard to say. If you say it is, then technically any health club providing free membership to those who recommend friends would be too. There was no signup fee, I didn’t pay Gratis a penny. So it’s not really a Pyramid scheme (since those you normally pay to join, then get others to pay you). I’d really consider it to be on the level of how banks used to give out things like Clock Radio’s when you opened an account with them. Or a used car dealer throws in a toaster if you buy a car. With Gratis the condition is you have to refer a friend prior.

Should you do it
If you have time, patience, and think you can find a few friends to help you out… go for it. Otherwise, don’t even bother wasting your time.

Lesson Learned
Don’t fall for anything until you see some evidence. In my case, Wired.com provided that, as well as an interview on TechTV. There are some hoax impostor sites trying to cash in on Gratis’s reputation. Be very careful.

Will I try another
I do have a freeflatscreens.com account. Feel free to signup and help me. We’ll see if Gratis strikes twice with a shipment.

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Freeipods Pt 12: Shipped, and no more graffiti

I confirmed with FedEx that a package from Apple Computer Inc. to Robert Accettura has shipped. Unless Steve Jobs decided to send me a dog turd via FedEx, that might be an iPod. Also in the news, it appears the iPods are no longer graffiti covered with freeipod.com on the back. The part number for the iPod shipping is for an unengraved iPod.

I’ll keep everyone posted as news happens. This is breaking news (just hung up the phone 2 minutes ago).

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Freeipods Pt 11: Laser Grafiti

The latest news is Freeipods.com is now using the Apple Store as another/replacement provider of iPods. But there’s a change. It appears now all iPods are inscribed “Freeipods.com”, you can see pictures someone posted here.

While it may sound trivial, it does make it harder to get repairs (always seems to take longer on personalized iPods), not to mention people who wanted to exchange for upgrades to the 40GB can’t do so.

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Freeipods Pt 10: “Backorder”

Well, I decided to do some freeipods research:

eCost: Couldn’t give me a number. But when I asked about the 20GB Apple iPod was told there was ‘a lot’. No backorder. As of 12:30 PM EST.

PCMall: 223 in stock (enough for at least week). As of 12:39 PM EST.

eCost has been a known supplier for freeipods.com. PCMall has been said to be a new supplier. Though no confirmation on that.

The company apparantly has more than a week of shipments. Nobody sounded like there was any sort of problem shipping ipods out the door. No limits seem to be in place. In fact, the PCMall rep even joked with me “buy them all, and we’ll make you a deal”.

The folks at both companies are as always rather helpful. I’ve had a good experience with MacMall in the past. Though this makes me wonder why Gratis is lagging.

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Freeipods Pt 9: Unspamming

I’ve reported before that you will receive spam if you signup for freeipods (so use a free email account your willing to get spammed). I also reported Gratis is working to stop it (or so they claim). Well, it appears they are making some effort:

http://www.freeipods.com/donotsend.aspx

Enter your email address there, and apparently in 10 days time, you will not receive any more spam. I’ve tried it and will report how it goes. I currently get 2 a day from them. Lets see if it goes to 0. It appears the address hasn’t been shared with more than 1 or 2 parties. So lets see if it goes away. There seems to actually be a fair chance.

See folks, I do keep everyone updated on this.

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