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I went to the Palo Alto Apple Store, which until 1995 used to be Swain's House of Music, where the Grateful Dead played a few times and where it's rumored that Jerry Garcia bought one of his first electric guitars (when I lived off of Hamilton Avenue during the 90's I bought a few items there). The store was out of iPod shuffles, but I was able to try out its only Mac mini, which was connected to a 20-inch Cinema display. I noticed a few things:

  • The bottom is a rubber-like pad that prevents the computer from slipping on surfaces.
  • The mini is for all intents and purposes completely silent. If there was a fan in there I couldn't hear it in the store.
  • I put the thing through some heavy stress tests (Logic, Pages, iPhoto) and it never got too hot or unbearably slow. Here's some benchmarks:
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