Engine of a Mini Seven racing Mini
Photo: Copyright © 2009 Eelke Blok

TUAW: Mac Mini gets a sneaky update: spec bump, unibody enclosure, HDMI

Wow... The Mac Mini has received an update. It now has HDMI, a new, sexy case (aluminium, unibody and much lower) and some other nice spec updates. But especially the HDMI and the new form factor scream "move over AppleTV, I'm going for the living room". Now we just have to wait for Apple to update Frontrow with the next version of OS X.

A Mini-trip to Germany

I've uploaded some pics of our trip to Germany with Go4It, including the 2010 International Mini Meeting. You may have spotted them on Flickr already, but just in case you haven't, here's a direct link to the set: Go4It Duitsland Tour/IMM 2010. Unfortunately, in some cases I had the settings of my Canon EOS 450D screwed uo, so some pics are too light (I did try to repair them with Photoshop, but that goes only so far).

Henrik Sjökvist: The benefits of centralized contrib hosting

I've recently been saying that one big advantage Drupal and WordPress have over Joomla is the centralized hosting of "third party" contributions (plugins/extensions/modules). Yes, Joomla has the extensions directory, but come actually downloading the software, you get directed to the individual developer's island website to do the download (where you might actually need to first register, are likely to needing to do some digging to find the actual download, etc.). This makes evaluating Joomla contributions a tedious task, but it also emphasises a feeling that the Joomla universe is...

Beachcomber-based Mini Moke rumoured to go into production

Both Autoblog and MotoringFile are reporting that the Beachcomber Concept that was presented at the Detroit Autoshow this year may get the green light. It makes sense to assume that a production version micht be called "Moke", after the not-so-off-road classic-based funcar. From MotoringFile:

We can indeed confirm this having shared a similar conversation over dinner with the good Dr. [Dr Wolfgang Armbrecht, head of Mini brand management] at the Countryman launch last week. As he told Autoexpress, MINI has been blown away by the reaction to the concept and is studying the...

Countryman vs classic Mini: how small is "mini"?

Wowzers. I knew that the new Mini Countryman was really quite big for something called "mini". I also realize that cars need to become bigger due to safety and all that, and that when you compare it to modern day "small" cars (the countryman is no larger than the Kia Soul, another modern, small cros-over), the Mini can't be called "large" (although there are smaller cars out there - and quite  a lot of them too). Also, I know that when car makers try and keep a car smaller than it really should be, the driving fun suffers coughFiat 500cough.

Leftlane News: Spied: 2011 MINI Cooper S without camo

LeftLane News has some pictures of an MCS without any obvious camouflage. The upcoming R56 facelift? I have my doubts. The rear shows absolutely no difference with the current model, except for different exhaust tips, which show a striking resemblance to JCW tips. No different bumper, and no sign of the updated LED rear lights. At the front, we do see a slightly different lower grill. Most notable, it has some distinct air intakes.