Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Mac mini

MacminiYesterday, I set up the Mac mini as a media center PC.  I love this thing.  The FrontRow interface is beautiful.  There are some nice touches that I just love.

  1. Before you select a video, a preview of it shows on the left side of the screen

  2. Being able to view content on another computer is really nices as I have my podcasts subscribed on my laptop, but I can still view them on the mini.

The installation was very easy.  I just connected the DVI port to the HDMI switcher.  I then changed the output  resolution to 1080i.  (I did have to turn off the overscan option.)  Then I copied all of the media that was on our linux server and my laptop tot he mini.  To control the mini, I am using a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.  I also configured my Harmony 880 remote to control both the Mac mini and the HDMI switcher.

I was expecting 1080i, to be high enough resolution to use this has a computer monitor.  But text looks so bad, that I wouldn't want to use it like this.  I may just use the built in VNC server.

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