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To be clear, 1. I'm sure the economics start tipping in the favor of standard rackmount servers fairly quickly once you're talking about more than a few servers, or if raw CPU performance is your limiting factor. 2. Apple only officially supports 8GB of RAM on the Minis; third-party sites sell 16GB upgrade kits that have been pretty extensively validated. If that makes you nervous when talking about server hardware, I don't blame you because it should, but according to our own experiences and those of others it's not an issue.
I recently built a single server for our company and we found that the Mac Mini colo services offered the best price/performance for a server or two. Compared to hosting with AWS, over several years it's cheaper to buy a Mac Mini and colo it somewhere, with the Mac Mini simultaneously offering better performance. (Note: we're upgrading the Mini to 16GB ram and SSDs with 3rd-party gear) Compared with colo'ing a 1U server... well, actually most companies aren't interested in selling 1U of colo space. I found most companies want to lease you at least a quarter of a cabinet. Obviously, a build-your-own 1U server is going to offer more compute power, but finding hosting may be difficult. Quad-core 2.2ghz i7, 16GB RAM, and 256GB SSD is overkill, actually, for a lot of server needs. I think the economics work because the Mac Mini colos basically rent colo space by the cabinet, and can fit 96+ Minis in a single cabinet, thus driving down the cost for end customers. Just a thought that seems to be working for us.
Hey Jeff, This part of your post really caught my eye: "And the collective psychic weight of all these minor undone tasks were caught up in my ever-growing to-do katamari ball, where they continually weighed on me, day after day" I don't follow the whole GTD system, but I did take away some important lessons from it. One of the the most important aspects to your to-do lists is what David Allen calls the Weekly Review. All that means is this: at least once a week, you review and prune your lists. GTD suggests being pretty ruthless about it, because Allen recognizes exactly what you describe: the psychic weight and clutter of an ever-growing action list. That will definitely stress you out and weigh you down. Whichever way you go, best of luck. Thank you for all the great articles you've written and your contributions to StackExchange.
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