Re: HELP!! 2014 Mac Mini (bought new in 2016) - Sleepless in Des Moines!
This computer replaces a very old 2009 17" MacBook Pro that also had a 2.8GHz dual core, but only a mere Core2Duo, 4GB and a 500GB 5400rpm HDD. Towards the end of its life I had converted to using it as a de facto desktop, tucked under the desk, hooked to the same monitor, speakers, and keyboard/trackpad that the new one is. It was also running El Cap, so in a very real sense, this Mac Mini is less like a new car and more like a new engine. In a manner of speaking it is very much EXACTLY the same thing as I had before, especially considering it's running most of the same programs, and most of the same files.
But on the other hand, even though this new mini is only a mid-power computer --- AT BEST, it is still so amazingly faster, and smoother, and altogether better than the old MacBook that it feels like a clunky, junky old fatigued leaky gasket 4-banger was replaced with a sleek, decked out ecoboost 6. I may be looking at the same dashboard, out over the same hood, with the old smells and gripping the same old steering wheel...but it's a STUNNING difference shooting down the interstate!!! And instead of feeling like I am riding on borrowed time like I was with the old one, keeping the essentially dead technically alive on life support, barring some kind of catastrophe, I am now good as gold for the next 3-5 years!!!
That's the good news. The bad news? I had hoped that I could limp the old Mac along for another two years or so before I replaced it, but it totally crapped on me just a week or two before the tax return came. I had not wanted to do this yet, but the decision had been made for me. My original plan was to spend about $900-$1000 for a custom built Windows 10 gaming PC. Then my plan was to buy both a Nexus 6p and a Google Pixel C. But it turns out neither one was to be. Instead, I've got a new Mac! Very bittersweet!
In the end, though, the happy news is that it's more sweet than bitter. :-)