Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Aug 2011 22:46 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And yes, another item, right away. I'm on the hunt for a mini-ITX motherboard for use in a living room HTPC, and considering there's so much choice out there, I'm a little confused. Then I realised I have you people to help me out, and, well, one thing led to another.
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Ultimate home setup
by ducker on Mon 8th Aug 2011 02:55 UTC
ducker
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2006-12-26

I spent a lot of time working out my setup as i wanted to save power by turning off my pc and replace it with something that uses 4W not 400 ;)

The best HTPC is windows media center its the best looking most reliable easiest to use of all options. In terms of pure functionality and awesomeness Windows Media Center wins hands down.

Heres how i changed to NOT use it (to save power and hassle)
The simple setup...
Youtube / Netflix with apple tv 2 ..
TV recorder and 1080 mkv streaming off network Astone 410 running a version of unix..

The Astones a samba client and SERVER and streams off network shares and is a UPNP client. Its easy to play any type of codec and works quite well.. its UI interface sucks and its a bit unstable but what can u expect for 130$. (with all that functionality )

Apple Tv 2 is a great product especially with airplay. Combine it with some of the network airplay divx players on ipad (ie oplayerHD etc) and i can airplay an divx from my pvr to my apple tv (not that id want to!).

My suggestion get a cheap pvr box (who cares about TV anyway).. and focus more on apple tv.. and if u want to stream to apple tv without a pc.. just use an ipad (or iphone). ... if u want to play a 1080p mkv... i suggest a network player. Windows eventually gets confused when u mess up the codecs.

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