Archive for March, 2005

Mac home theater down under

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

It seems the mini’s reach as a home entertainment appliance has spread to all corners of the world, doing a little surfing this morning SlimDevices, an external 160GB hard drive and a 42” Plasma. “When I started out I was looking for high-quality output rather than for economy,” he says. The Mac-based home-theatre system he […]

SpeakTunes 1.0

Saturday, March 26th, 2005

Reading Jonathans ‘Headless Music Operation‘ post a few weeks ago, got me thinking about other possible solutions for selecting iTunes playlists or individual songs, without having to turn on the display. Last night I ran across this little app from, and you’ll need iTunes version 4.7.1. If you decide to give it a shot, […]

Tiger pre-order rebate

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

This offer from Amazon, on the up-coming Tiger Mac OS release seems mighty appealing if you ask me. Tiger is slated to retail for $129.99, but if you Revenge of the Sith‘, and maybe even buy some popcorn. Edit: The rebate was removed by Amazon, no reason given. Second Edit: And its back again…. B.Greenway

Handbrake 0.7.0 Beta!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

This just in… Almost a year after HandBrake 0.6.2 was released, a first beta of HandBrake 0.7.0 is now available for download. New features include: – Chapters selection – Custom framerate – Subtitle support – Automatic check for update – Custom aspect ratio – Audio samplerate selection – mp4/H.264 output – Proper NTSC support – […]

Apple and high definition content delivery

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

As someone who fervently follows all things hi-def I have to say I’m a little puzzled by some of the

The Mac Mini HTPC mobile edition

Sunday, March 20th, 2005

We’ve just added a mobile version of the site so you check in on the latest news and info via Phone/Palm/PPC or even narrowband if that’s what you have. The mobile version is the same content, without graphics and provides simple, yet complete navigation to everything we’ve been working on. Feel free to check it […]

CenterStage alpha

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

The CenterStage Project has finally released a public alpha. It’s very early to consider using this for much unfortunately. I would not recommend using it unless you like to try things that are not ready for prime-time. Sorry if that’s harsh guys… You can see the direction things are headed and that is certainly exciting. […]

Apple Mac mini, rev. B wish list

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

Long before the iMac was standard 512MB memory on board. And since I’m aiming high here, I saved the best two for last, while this next upgrade would likely push a revision up to almost 2006 or later, it would be well worth it. I’d like to see a Blu-ray drive in the next mini; […]

Miscellaneous Apple bits

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

I’m sure many of you have heard the announced this week. Apple has apparently thrown their support towards Blu-ray for high definition DVD playback, in Apple hardware. This doesn’t really come as any shock, as most IT’centric businesses have already seen the benefit to Blu-rays higher storage capacity, over HD-DVD. I have to say however, […]

Net-Box digital home server

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

I just ran across this little item from Axentra, the Net-Box. Which is described as an “all-in-one digital home server appliance”, the literature actually mentions compatibility with the Mac mini (and Mac’s in general), obviously Axentra is aware of the potential for mini peripherals here. Let’s see what’s under the hood. Integrated gateway, router, firewall […]

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