Thanks, see ya on return.
A Mac Mini with 2 USB ports on the rear will not run Snow Leopard 10.6. It needs a minimum of 4 ports on the rear. The 2 USB port Mac Mini are the PowerPC Mac Minis, and those migrate easily to Powerbooks. But the 4 and 5 port do not as they are , and you should look at this tip if going between the Mac Mini and Powerbook:
10.6 won't install on a PowerPC Mac. When you get back from thanksgiving look this over carefully, and don't confuse USB for firewire. Look at the ports closely on the rear.