My work buddy diatoid just purchased a MacMini for use in the living room, and is pretty happy with using it as a home entertainment system – especially as we just figured out how to stream DivX movies from his linux server to the FrontRow interface: You just mount a network drive and create a symlink from the /Volumes/MountedShare in your /Users/username/Movies/ folder.
I have been pondering a Home PC / Network Entertainment system for a while, especially since I have a load of DivX movies (legal backups). Wouldn’t it be nice to play movies on your big screen plasma just like playing from a DVD jukebox? What about streaming music?
This article has got me thinking. It has a great (and realistic) comparison between the two Apple options – MacMini and AppleTV. The last few lines describing the spouse factor are very interesting. My lovely wife is far from geeky (but very beautifull), and sometimes needs a lot of prodding to allow me to add new technology to our home. Usually the old “waste of money” line gets played – which – I suppose – is usually true…
Perhaps diatoid can comment on his spouses feelings on the MacMini in the living room?
Any tips for spousal coercion on the tech front would also be appreciated.