Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Mar 2012 21:28 UTC
In the News A few months ago, I wrote an article about comments, in which I said, among others things, that Twitter can never replace comments because not only is it effectively a one-to-one communication channel, Twitter messages are also far too short to foster any form of coherent conversation. Over the weekend, a silly link-bait story illustrated my point perfectly.
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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Mon 26th Mar 2012 05:21 UTC
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

I live in The Netherlands and I gave my first generation Apple TV to my son, have the second generation Apple TV in the bedroom and the third generation Apple TV should arrive today or tomorrow and will be placed in the living room.

We're all happy with it.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by darknexus on Mon 26th Mar 2012 05:27 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

The Apple TV was a nice device until they removed the hard drive from it. Why would I want a device for my home theater only to have to keep iTunes running on my computer to access my media? It made sense when it was an iPod with streaming services, without the on-board storage though I don't really see a use for it in my setup.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Mon 26th Mar 2012 05:32 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, removing the local storage is a bit of a annoyance.

As the device has a USB port it would have made sense to allow the user to attach some storage to it. This would keep the price of the device down, while allowing the customer total freedom wether or not to attach storage to it and if so how much.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by phoenix on Mon 26th Mar 2012 21:01 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

I'm exactly the opposite. Why would I want a harddrive in the media player and having to worry about managing copies of media all around the house, when I can just stream from the media server in the basement?

Sure, you need a decent network connection throughout the house, but it's not that hard to run CAT5/CAT6 cabling behind the baseboards. And multi-stream 802.11n is "good enough" to stream XviD/x264 streams up to 720p (maybe even 1080p?).

So why do you need local storage in each media player? That's the point of a media server.

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