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So Apple released Intel based MacMini with their stinky old remote. At $799 Core Duo version is competative with lower end Pentium D boxes starting at $700+, alas Gateways and such offer more raw power and disk space (2.8GHz, 2x1MB L2, 800 MHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HD vs. 1.66GHz, 2x1MB L2, 667MHz, 512 MB RAM, 80GB HD), but lack extras like 1G ethernet, bluetooth and built in wireless. Oh did I forgot remote? Anyhow, looks like for the first time ever Apple appears if not cheap, but at least as a good entry level Dual Core system.

Now, it doesn't run Windows yet, but it will and when it would or Amazon would run $100 or so rebate on it, it would be a Buy with capital "B".

Apple Remote is Infrared and not very easy to get to, so no ASCII key codes yet and thus Apple Remote would be useless for controlling freevo. That means that on Mac the media center application is and will be Front Row and there is no easy way around it. It is not a big issue, just I need to figure out a way to live within restrictions imposed by Apple thus at the end the hack would be cleaner. One way of getting my media into a FrontRow is to package it into RSS and subscribe to that RSS in iTunes. Another way is to use Bonjour to publish media on a server - the media could be both local files, as well as QT wrapper for remote file. The later is longer shot and the first thing I need to find out is... how to play WMV in Quicktime and/or iTunes.

So go ahead and play with FrontRow on Dell.

P.S. Here is a list of available remotes courtesy of Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 10:43 AM Video , podcasting , IP TV , Mac | Back to top

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