I’ve spent the better part of the last year with a Mac mini sitting
right above my TV set. It’s been my attempt to see what it’s like to
have an Internet-enabled media playback device in my living room.
That Mac mini and I have had some good times together. I’ve watched
untold hours of video on my TV set via that Mac mini, generally
using its built-in Front Row software.
But that Mac mini is no longer in my living room. Instead, it’s been
relegated to a shelf in my office closet and will soon be repurposed
as a server. That’s because at long last I’ve gotten a chance to
hook up an Apple TV. And let me tell you: it puts the Mac mini and
Front Row to shame.