Home theatrics: Revenge of XBMC and Apple TV

May 15th, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Movies, Random Thoughts, Technology

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If you follow this blog at all, you’ve probably read some of my exploits in trying to find a perfect home theatre solution that blends discless DVD playback with the latest streaming video trends. Last year I jacked a D-Link DNS-323 NAS into my home office network with 2 TB of storage for ripped DVDs, and have been alternating between the Apple TV and an HP Windows Vista box to watch them.

Unfortunately, this isn’t quite as seamless as I had first hoped.
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iCaved: Apple TV edition

December 5th, 2008 | Comments Off on iCaved: Apple TV edition
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Technology

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OK, so almost 2 years I blogged on MySpace about how I didn’t need an Apple TV (a post which is mirrored here, for those of you brave enough to click back far enough in time). Long story short, now I (finally) have one. What changed?
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Gadget Mini-Review: Archos 5 (250 GB)

October 22nd, 2008 | Comments Off on Gadget Mini-Review: Archos 5 (250 GB)
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Reviews, Technology

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Last year at this time, I first discovered the Archos 605 Wi-Fi Portable Media Player. As anyone who reads this blog probably realizes, I’m a bit of a gadget nut but most of my media-playing allegiance has gone to Apple’s iPod and iPhone. (I skipped the Apple TV originally because I’m more of a renter than a buyer these days, which has since been addressed. My living room still is without an Apple TV.)
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Why I won’t be connecting an Apple TV to my home theatre anytime soon…

March 21st, 2007 | Comments Off on Why I won’t be connecting an Apple TV to my home theatre anytime soon…
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Movies, Technology

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If you’re a Mac geek like me, then you’ve no doubt heard that Apple has started to ship their famed Apple TV box, which lets you enjoy iTunes movies, TV shows and music videos on your HDTV. I’ve read some online articles that make it sound like this box is going to revitalize the sagging “download-to-own” market and that it will be The Next Cool Thing To Own, like the iPod did for music.

Sadly, it won’t… and here’s why.
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