Pimping Out a MacMini as Media Center, etc.
March 16, 2009 9:17 PM Subscribe
I'm consolidating and trying to save some money in the coming years.
To that end I've acquired an older Mac Mini and pulled out an old monitor. I've set it as a working media center, but I think I could do more and do it more efficiently.
posted by Gideon to computers & internet (7 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
This Mac-Mini pretty much only has one job - dealing with media. I've a normal computer I use for everything else. Right now my setup is like this:
I have boxee for Netflix and Hulu (sometimes). For videos I might download I use a program that grabs the videos for me automatically an begins downloading them in Vuze. Cause I am security sensitive I use the IP Filter with Vuze.
After they are complete they are moved to a "completion folder" where Hazel (the program) moves them to the proper directory. This way I can watch stuff I download on Front Row or Boxee.
I also have Connect360 running so I can watch movies from my 360 in the other room.
I have screen sharing as well so I don't have to worry about needing a mouse and keyboard for the macmini.
-Still, having some troubles. I can't seem to slow down the file moving, so errors crop up in Vuze all the time.
-I'm wondering if there is a more efficient way to do this. Boxee has torrent downloading, but no ip-filtering.
-What else can I use this for? It seems I should be able to do something else with this thing but I'm not quite sure what. I don't need to share files or anything (mobileme allows for that). But what other things might I do?