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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeFromMesa View Post
    It only has 4 usb-c ports and unless I get a usb doc for it I am not sure there are enough peripheral slots for it.
    It's a notebook computer...what do you want it to have 20 usb-c + other peripheral ports ?? lol

    Get a used orignal Mac Pro. More performance than your mini...less cost than the 2013 Mac Pro...and wife still happy for not using her computer.

    - Nick
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    My gambit would be to say to her, "Look, I need a new computer to do the processing I do. I found this one (point to the iMac Pro) that would be perfect." Let her fume over the high price, the you say, "I think we have a couple of options. We can spend the money for that new iMac, but I *could* settle for just your laptop that you aren't using very much and give you my mini to be your computer. Since you aren't using yours very much, maybe that's a smarter way to go? But if YOU need your laptop, then I'll go ahead and get the iMac Pro." I'm betting she'll take one look at the price tag and give up that laptop in a heartbeat.
    Jake

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    Unless of course she reads that post first lol. In that case you are in the doghouse for a long time.Just looking out for you my friend.

    BTW if my past experience is any indication this strategy will likely not be successful.

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    Yeah...wives can sure be strange creatures. You think you really really know them...and then they surprise you.

    With my wife I would usually be the one to cook the "Big Breakfast" on the weekend. Many times this would include pancakes. Blueberry pancakes...banana pancakes...peach pancakes...etc. Then after 8 years of marriage she finally tells me..."I really don't like pancakes." I'm like "WHAT...I've been making you pancakes for 8 years."

    All I can say is..."Men are from Mars...and women are from Venus!" lol

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    More to the point, Nick. Do you like pancakes?

    That would really be the last straw if you didn't but thought she did

    Ian
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    Quote Originally Posted by IWT View Post
    More to the point, Nick. Do you like pancakes?

    That would really be the last straw if you didn't but thought she did

    Ian
    Yes I like pancakes.

    But I totally agree. Sometimes/many times...we do things for our wives that we personally don't enjoy:

    - Grocery shopping.
    - Clothing shopping.
    - Nail salon.
    - Hair salon.
    - Garage sales/yard sales.
    - Arts & Crafts shows.
    - etc. etc.

    Yes it would definitely have stunk if I was making pancakes for all those years...and neither she or I liked them!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Well, I've been married 52 years, and I still have to say, "Wow, I never saw that one coming!"
    Jake

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Get a used orignal Mac Pro. More performance than your mini...less cost than the 2013 Mac Pro...and wife still happy for not using her computer.
    Which brings me back to my question from a couple of days ago. Is it true that the black tower Mac Pro can be user upgraded with both RAM and internal ssd without the use of a blow torch, sledge hammer or hacksaw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeFromMesa View Post
    Which brings me back to my question from a couple of days ago. Is it true that the black tower Mac Pro can be user upgraded with both RAM and internal ssd without the use of a blow torch, sledge hammer or hacksaw?
    Other than pure curiosity...does it still matter? I think you already mentioned that you didn't want to pay the asking price for the 5 year old (2013) newer Mac Pro.

    Here's the info you seek:

    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac+Pro...lacement/21204
    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac+Pro...lacement/21205

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    Well, I've been married 52 years, and I still have to say, "Wow, I never saw that one coming!"
    I think our wives do some heavy duty research into how to keep us on our toes. Probably super-secret (don't show your husband)...articles in those mostly ladies magazines they read on how to trip us up!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Other than pure curiosity...does it still matter? I think you already mentioned that you didn't want to pay the asking price for the 5 year old (2013) newer Mac Pro.
    Probably not, but I guess I am compulsive enough to want to know the answer just in case some time in the future I am on some kind of high stakes quiz show and the big question is whether or not a Mac Pro Tower could be user upgraded with RAM and ssd.

    After all, you never know ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeFromMesa View Post
    Probably not, but I guess I am compulsive enough to want to know the answer just in case some time in the future I am on some kind of high stakes quiz show and the big question is whether or not a Mac Pro Tower could be user upgraded with RAM and ssd.
    Hopefully you saw from the two links that replacing the RAM and SSD are considered "easy" with the 2013 Mac Pro.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Hopefully you saw from the two links that replacing the RAM and SSD are considered "easy" with the 2013 Mac Pro.
    Yes. And even thought I am all thumbs with power tools I do know how to replace both RAM and an ssd provided they are not soldered into the hardware.

    Thanks for the links.

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