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BATTLE: iBook SE vs. Mac Mini

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I think I am a hopeless romantic. My old graphite iBook SE still calls my name, and it's saying, pelase use me as your media center. However, it is old. Should I bother upgrading its hard drive and RAM so I can use it as a media center? It still has its nifty video out port, and its DVD player works just fine. However, it's glacially slow, even with a memory upgrade, I know it.

 

So what do you guys think? Should I try to sell on eBay the iBook, collect a couple hundred bucks and invest in a mini? In terms of space, performance, Front Row capability and just plain storage space, it may win out. Please advise!

 

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While the iBook is a classic, and would make a nice piece of Retro-tech furniture in the living room, I would go with the mini. I use a mac mini with the eyeTV tuner as a home entertainment/home server and it is the business! In particular the integration between FrontRow and eyeTV's latest software version is really nice.

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Thanks for the swift response. Space is also an issue here...My entertainment center could probably best accomodate a mini but not the clunky clamshell iBook. Thanks for also turning me onto the eyeTV tuner. Sounds brilliant!

 

BTW, i lived in Ireland in 1996 for about a year. Great people! Good craic ;)

 

While the iBook is a classic, and would make a nice piece of Retro-tech furniture in the living room, I would go with the mini. I use a mac mini with the eyeTV tuner as a home entertainment/home server and it is the business! In particular the integration between FrontRow and eyeTV's latest software version is really nice.

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glad to be of assistance, also if you are looking a doing a lot a video stuff, like *legally* backing up DVDs or using the Mini as a Digital Video Recorder, the stackable external drives for the mini are much less obtrusive then anything that you could attach to the clamshell.

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Yeah, backups are key for me. I will check out those stackable drives...You rock.

 

glad to be of assistance, also if you are looking a doing a lot a video stuff, like *legally* backing up DVDs or using the Mini as a Digital Video Recorder, the stackable external drives for the mini are much less obtrusive then anything that you could attach to the clamshell.

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Yeah, backups are key for me. I will check out those stackable drives...You rock.

I agree, go with the mini, i think it will serve your needs best and those Lacie external drives that look like mini's are bang on!

Cheers

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