Mac mini Media Centers and Home Theatres

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Date: Friday, January 28th, 2005, 10:10
Category: Hardware

Mac miniEngadget has posted an excellent article HOW-TO: Turn your Mac mini into a media center where they dissect every aspect of the task from storage, audio, video, video in, recording and playback of HDTV, remote control, installing and connecting with VNC:

Yep, everyone?s talking about using the Mac mini as a home media center, and there?s a reason why: its diminutive form factor makes it a good candidate to fit unobtrusively into an existing audio/video or home theater setup. It looks more like a consumer electronics device than a computer, so it won?t look out of place in your living room. We think of it as the central brain of our system; the glue that holds all the devices together. It can serve the role of scheduler, controller, audio/video recorder, audio/video playback, audio/video download, and it even makes a decent audio/video production unit, as well. You might not win the next Sundance with your iMovie, but you sure can impress everyone at the next family reunion.

The Mac Media Center Project plans to develop a free Media Center application for the Mac, “bringing together the power and intuitiveness of the Macs’ built in applications under a simple interface, for use as part of a Home Theatre system.”
Who’s going to be the first to market with a Bluetooth keyboard with a built-in trackpad or trackball? MacAlly? Kensington? MacMice? This is a killer peripheral that’s needed to complete many Media Centers.

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Why I May Fire the 'Fox

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Date: Friday, January 28th, 2005, 10:07
Category: Software

FireFox 1.0I’m all about cool new Web browsers that are super fast and have features that aren’t available in Safari (the ability to control cookies on a site by site basis comes to mind) but Firefox has got me hopping mad.
The alt-browser of choice at PowerPage World Headquarters has been Firefox for a while now, but some of its annoying issues have got me ready to run back to Safari.
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Dear Apple: Enough With the Pulsing Lights!

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Date: Friday, January 28th, 2005, 10:02
Category: Hardware

Since we know that the Apple brass likes to read the PowerPage I’d like to pass along a tip that the company has ignored on their support forums and feedback pages for years: enough with the pulsing sleep lights already!
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PowerBook G5: Leaked on Apple.com?

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Date: Friday, January 28th, 2005, 09:15
Category: Archive

Gizmodo is reporting more PowerBook G5 conspiracy theories:

This is the sort of sharp-eyed reporting (and reading) I get a kick out of: somebody spotted a placeholder gif on Apple’s Powerbook page labeled “apple_g5_powerbook.” The Register then walks us through all the shortness of breath, denial, acceptance, and ultimately empty promise that those two little characters engender. Could that mean the next Powerbook revision isn’t going to be a souped-up G4 from Freescale (which is certainly what my money has been on), but instead the lusted-after G5? One thing is certain: Apple is really behind getting the next model of Powerbook to market.

Apple website points to PowerBook G5 [TheRegister]

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An iLife '05 Incompatible with Original iBook

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Date: Friday, January 28th, 2005, 09:43
Category: Software

An Apple Support article mentions that the company’s new iLife ’05 software suite is incompatible with the original iBook because the software now requires a display resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels. The original iBooks are Blueberry, Tangerine, or Graphite in color. The iBook (FireWire) computers, which are Indigo, Key Lime, and Graphite in color, are also affected.

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