Archive for the 'How to' Category

How to open a Mac mini

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

The title pretty much says it all. With more and more mini’s making their way into our lives, sooner or later you might just need to know how to properly open yours. Further instruction on how to open a Mac mini can be

Mac Media On the Go

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

As the gadget freak that I am, I had to pick up the

New to Mac, a primer on installing applications

Monday, March 7th, 2005

I have to admit, installing and uninstalling apps was a little daunting when I first started playing around with my mini. I’ve worked with Macs and Linux machines to some degree in the past, so it wasn’t as if I didn’t have any idea of what to do. The difference this time was I actually [...]

Easy DVD Archives

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005

A quick disclaimer… We are of the belief that you are within your right to backup your digital media for personal use. If you live in another country you might want to check your local laws. The US has a certain grey area here… the tools are currently free to use and not being prosecuted [...]

Component Video Arrives…

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

After quite a bit of effort and (ahem) cost, I now have component video running out of the mini to my Toshiba HDTV. In the end, I am very pleased with the video quality and text is noticeably improved. It took a lot of trial and error for me so I’ll list what actually works. [...]

DVI to Component Video – Strikes 2 and 3!

Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

As I previously mentioned… I was unable to get the DVI to Component adapter to work. I recently added a VGA to Component Cable to the mix and it also failed using the included DVI to VGA Adapter. It’s not to the point of a personal challenge, so I called around town to find the [...]

Starting to Connect the Dots (part 2)

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

The previous installment of this series introduced Salling Clicker for remote controlling and management of iTunes. Second Stop – Video If you like, you can just pop a DVD in the drive and begin to watch. By setting the preference to both play the disc and activate in full-screen by default you get going within [...]

Starting to Connect the Dots (part 1)

Thursday, February 3rd, 2005

Since there is no media center application or interface to speak of other than some very early pieces that can handle a task or two, I’ve begun my own work to get the mini working via remote control to launch as well as manage my media. First Stop – Music iTunes is the clear weapon [...]

Build your Own DVR

Friday, January 28th, 2005

O’Reilly has a great and easy to follow step by step for building your own DVR with existing equipment you most likely have already waiting to be used. I had never heard of HackTV, the app that does most of the tricks, but after reading the piece and seeing it in action, I was reminded [...]

Beginning to Manage your Video Collection…

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

Now that you’ve ordered (ahem) or setup your Mac Mini you are probably thinking about how it will interface with all that great content you’ve got or are prepared to connect to your home theater. As you’ve probably discovered (even pre-purchase) there is no Mac Media Center application or UI for that matter ala Windows [...]

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