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  1. blackcabmal

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    Hello
    I have just bought a second hand mac mini on an impulse and was wondering how best to use it.
    We have a 24 and 27" iMac plus a pc and an iPad.
    My son does not want to hook his pc monitor to it.

    any ideas

    Murray
     
  2. Curly99

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    as a media server? HTPC...can they be used for this?

    sorry not much help, Curly

    P.S thought of one more thing, you could sell it me for half the price you paid...only joking ;)
     
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    +1 for use as HTPC,

    I have one of my mac minis set up in the living room for exactly that, great machines they are :smashin:
     
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    I have mine in the Lounge and used for loads of things, even when the screen is off or being used for something else. Best Mac I ever bought!
     
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    If you have it hooked up to your tv you can control it via a wireless keyboard and mouse, or an iPad or iPhone

    I often control mine from work via logmein as well to check the progress of rips

    I use plex as the front end for my movies although there are lots of alternatives
     
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    ... or a harmoney remote if you have one. I do this and it is pretty great, you would need a bit of software to go along with it

    http://www.iospirit.com/products/remotebuddy/
     
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  7. blackcabmal

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    YOur done Curly,£200

    ha ha ha
     
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    another user for PLEX here as well, I think it's a great front end
     
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    Plex was sole motivation for my purchase, and well worth it. Use it for loads more now too. Very very capable kit, with low power consumption, zero noise and very cool running too.

    Looks so understated under the TV too.
     
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    Have had a mac mini sitting under the telly for about 1.5 years now, nearly always on running Plex, controlled by a Harmony One remote, so no keyboards/mouse in the living room. Brilliant bit of kit :thumbsup:
     
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    I agree, the mini is a great system but hooking it up with a harmony remote, thus taking away the need for keyboard or mouse, really does turn it into a formidable, though expensive, htpc
     
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    Is it being used as a media server,or a computer.
    I already have a popcorn hour which streams my films from a has drive and its own 2t hard drive,lucky got in before the big price rises,and how are you connecting it to your tv,since i bought this i never realised they were so well thought of.
    thanks
    Murray
     
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    Im not sure if this was addressed at me but Ill answer anyway :D

    I use mine primary as a media server to run Plex although I do sometimes do a little bit of browsing if my other computer is being used etc

    I have a newer mini so it can be connected to the TV using HDMI
     
  14. Kelltic

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    My mini actually has gotten a good workout; as I said, mine sits under the plasma in the living room - connected via vga with sound out via the phone jack to optical receiver; however this is the 2nd screen output which solely has plex displayed. I also have an hdmi lead going through the wall to the kitchen where it feeds another 32" tv, which is the primary display. Here I have the keyboard, mouse (wireless) and where the mini has been used for web,itunes, iphoto, imovie, aperture, open office - I even rdp from this to a headless Windows Home Server (which has sabnzd, sickbeard and is my media hub). So, the kids can be watching something in the living room on plex, while I surf or do some light processing in the kitchen etc.

    Its been on virtually 24/7 since I got it, and despite being a little slow in heavy processor jobs (imove, aperture) it has been brilliant. Contemplating getting a newer one with a bit more grunt and moving this one to the bedroom for an overkill htpc there :)
     
  15. blackcabmal

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    Thanks Kelltic
    I have downloaded Plex onto my iMac,have used XBMC before but not compatible with Lion,and also Boxee which i like but it only finds a fraction of my films which are stored on a NAS and 2t hd in popcorn hour.
    Plax looks good and found 99% of films and artwork,though rubbish i found with music,my gripe is the size of the poster artwork(very small)ok when at a computer but when viewing tv from a greater distance i would imagine a struggle seeing text etc,have you found this?and have you found a way around it.
    Ive long been a mac user, but minis i had always dismissed i guess down to lack of HDD,but since my impulse buy of one and subsequent research people seem to love them,i can already feel a newer one entering the household be to long.
    Thanks
    Murray
     
  16. Kelltic

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    hmm as for the poster artwork, it may depend on what way you view your stuff on plex. I use the very simple list view - list of movies that I can scroll through on the left hand pane; on the right is the as you say small poster artwork with the synopsis below it - it suits me, then again I like the background artwork and rarely look at the poster pic. Its been a while since I looked at any of the other skins for plex though, maybe there is one that would be more to your tastes?

    Good luck with it!
     
  17. noidea

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    I use the night skin with the poster mode for movie browsing. Looks immense on 59"plasma.
    Get the app called preen to manage different skins for plex
     
  18. blackcabmal

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    Hi Noidea
    where can the app be found?
    thanks
     
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