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One reason I will own a Mac Mini

Among the many, many reasons that I will ensure that a Mac Mini is purchased this year are:

  • I want a DVR, but don’t want to let Tivo or whoever decide to shut out something with DRM.
  • I want a dedicated box to manage my digital media, including music and video.
  • I’ve used Macs for a long time for business related things (photo editting, layout, etc.) but never owned one. It’s about time.
  • There is amazingly freaking great software like Delicious Library out there, and it’s NOT for Windows.
  • It’s got BSD underneath the OS, and it’s trivial to run linux programs from a command line.
  • OS X has built in support for a webserver, file server, etc…

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

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