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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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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Extreme Runtime

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Date: Monday, January 24th, 2005, 23:22
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G4 Titanium

Putting the most powerful battery available into the slowest TiBook yields impressive results. Read on……….

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Taking Apart the Mac mini

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Date: Monday, January 24th, 2005, 02:01
Category: Hardware

You'll Need a Putty Knife to open the Mac miniSmashWorld has posted an instructional video and the service manual for taking apart the Mac mini, if you’re into that sort of thing. Dont worry, you won’t have to dig out the case-cracking tool from your Mac SE days either, the Mini is opened with a putty knife. Oh yeah, opening your mini will void your warranty if you break anything. You have been warned.

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Last PowerBook G4 Speedbump Possible Midweek

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Date: Saturday, January 22nd, 2005, 16:03
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G4 Aluminum

An update on a possible midweek refresh of the PowerBook G4 Aluminum… Click through for the skinny.

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Problems with MyFi?

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Date: Friday, January 21st, 2005, 23:25
Category: Hardware

Mi-FiTwo different MyFi radios don’t work out of the cradle. Is “portability” a relative term? Read more…

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Mac Mini Unboxing

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Date: Thursday, January 20th, 2005, 11:46
Category: Hardware, Mac Desktop

Mac mini unboxingI just received my Mac Mini this morning and took some pictures of the unboxing.

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Enable Your PowerMac G5's 16X Dual-Layer DVD Burner

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Date: Thursday, January 20th, 2005, 09:09
Category: Hardware, PowerMac G5

Underneath the hood of your PowerMac G5 lies a 16X dual-layer DVD burner the problem is that Apple is passing it off as an 8X burner. Find out how to make it go twice as fast inside…

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Apple QPromo for Q1 2005

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Date: Monday, January 17th, 2005, 12:40
Category: Hardware

Every quarter Apple unloads excess product inventory via a sale to employees and friends called “QPromo.” To order any of the following you’ll need to have a friend inside Apple that is willing to order it for you. QPromo always provides an interesting peek into what Apple products aren’t selling so well and to what products may be coming.
Click through for the juice.

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Mac mini Pictures

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Date: Saturday, January 15th, 2005, 11:28
Category: Hardware

Mac mini logic boardMacnews.de has posted a bunch of pictures of the Mac mini. Including tons of the innards. And guess what? The logic board’s blue… Since the mini enclosure is sealed it looks like someone voided their warranty. Tsk tsk…

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