Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Mac mini TV

That new Mac mini has got the wheels in my head spinning. I think if I hooked it up to my HDTV it would make for a pretty sweet media center computer.

I had been thinking about getting a Mac for a while. I've toyed around with OS X a bit, and I'd really like to get to know it inside and out. At the same time, a lot of my friends have been setting up dedicated media center PCs, and I was considering following suit. Now I just might be able to combine both ideas into one.

I can run a DVI cable from the Mac mini to my Samsung HDTV. Add the optional internal Bluetooth module and wireless keyboard & mouse, and I'll be able to have a great OS X experience on a 32'' screen from the comfort of my sofa.

1.25GHz Mac mini: $499
Bluetooth add-on: $50
Wireless keyboard & mouse set: $99
DVI cable: $99

Total cost: $747

I should be able to swing that no problem, but I think I'll wait until 'the first half of 2005' for Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger before I take the plunge. I'm still planning on building the RAID 1 development platform for the project, but that's on hold for now while the paychecks roll in and the prototype software comes together.

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