Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Sep 2009 22:31 UTC
Multimedia, AV While we at OSNews often talk about desktops, laptops, and netbooks, there is another "form factor" which is making inroads into various households: the home theatre PC, or HTPC. There are a lot of software packages out there that will aid in turning a computer into an HTPC, and since I've been testing three of them extensively over the past months, I figured we'd talk about what you use.
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RE: htpc - no sh*t
by DrDankenstein on Sat 12th Sep 2009 15:43 UTC in reply to "htpc - no sh*t"
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Well, forgive my ignorance, but I sorround myself with stuff I need and I can use, not with buzzwords. What is a HTPC? A computer with a large(r) screen. Well, that's what I use, a small form factor computer hooked up to the tv, wireless keyboard and mouse. No media center app, I don't need that, it's just a self-imposed limitation on the use.

I agree with you that the idea of the HTPC media center app being limited is very true. I loved having my mac mini hooked up to my tv and using it as a computer. However, using frontrow made the experience a little nicer when it came time to watching media from 10 feet away while reclining and relaxing. The remote makes it even more couch potato friendly, I really liked my setup. Not everyone likes seeing small text from 10/15feet away, it can be very cumbersome and damaging to the eyes.

It is my belief that maybe the idea of a mediacenter app is purely out of convenience and overall experience.

Dr. D

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