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  2. It seems to work great! I am not a huge fan of using a long screw driver to attach the top - having pre-drilled pilot holes would be nice. Other than that; it’s bolted to the ground and super stable. I sanded and put a coat of finish on my phono preamp faces just now!
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  4. ^ I didn't find mine to be that hard to work on, though I was pissed when I had to swap the SSD for the HD spots in order to keep it from buzzing (IIRC). But $60 for a 512Gb SSD would be worth it to avoid the fun.
  5. Having wrestled an SSD into a 2012 Mac mini I would concur that the $60 is worth every penny.
  6. I have never worked inside a Mini, but it does not seem particularly appealing. Especially for someone with as freakishly large man mitts as myself (I am on the opposite end of the spectrum as our esteemed Commander in Chief.) OWC will include a 512GB SSD for $60 more, raising the price of the quad core model to $710. TBH, that sounds more than worth it. Somewhat related: in February of 2019 I replaced the GPU in my Wintendo. When I did so, I apparently knocked the power cable for my Blu Ray drive loose and didn't notice until ...yesterday. I do not use optical media terribly often
  7. Happy birthday! (party favour noise)
  8. And then today, Still Life and Wilderun by Veil of Imagination and some Ne Obliviscaris. -- I have no idea who these people are. Getting more ideas from this list: https://rateyourmusic.com/list/sam1oq/extreme-progressive-metal-genre-draft-and-opeth-worship/ I seem to remember @cetoole citing one or two of these titles as his favourites of all time, don't know if that's still the case. Taking a small break from that for Mono, Inc.'s Welcome to Hell, which is nicely gothic for the season.
  9. Used my new record cleaner. Nothing automatic about it, but it cleaned all of my records great!
  10. I would always go for the quad core i7, but replacing the hard drive is trickier than I'd like: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac+mini+Late+2012+Hard+Drive+Replacement/11716 I'd also consider a used or refurb 2018 Mac Mini if it was in the same ballpark (under $900, 16GB RAM).
  11. Got the Steven Slate VSX headphones in. Super cheap feeling and has I have no form of reference I have to assume the studios are correct, but it seems gimmicky as hell to me. Flat Headphones mode sounds okay, but they are fairly uncomfortable.
  12. I'm trying to decide between two machines. Both are late 2012 Mac Minis. Refurb'd 2.5GHz dual core i5 (MD387LL/A), 16GB Memory, 512GB SSD $572. Refurb'd 2.3GHz quad core i7, 16GB Memory, shitty 500GB spinny HDD (I have a spare 256 GB SSD) $650 It is worth the extra $78 for the quad core i7? The machine is going to function as media playback box (HTPC, more or less) and possibly a Steam machine for light 2D gaming (something I talk about but never actually do.) Actual internal storage is irrelevant as I'll have an ext HDD enclosure attached.
  13. Voltron

    The Good Lord Bird.

    We watched the second episode last night and both have been a hoot. I liked the writer's introduction and explanation for the somewhat comedic take on the subject. Looking forward to watching more.
  14. I think I could live with that setup.
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