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Nice comparison of Apple TV vs. Mac Mini. I need a way to get my photos, archived DVDs, home movies, and music to my HDTV from my home network but I’m not convinced the best solution is available just yet. I was hoping the Apple TV would be the answer but I’m back leaning toward a Mac Mini…while hoping that it gets another spec bump to better handle HD recording. For now, I’ll wait and see what comes of the Apple TV. Once the reviews file in and the hackers come out with some enhancements it may make the answer more clear cut.

In the end, it doesn’t have to be Apple, but it has to have slick UI, support multiple file formats (VIDEO_TS,DivX,etc.), and be easy to use. Other nice to haves that may push me toward my final purchase would be HD recording, TV show archiving, and web. Hopefully an affordable solution will present itself in 2007.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Perhaps I’m late to the game but I just discovered Rodrigo y Gabriela on Tuesday. Now I wouldn’t normally write about music, hey half the time I’m listening to sports radio, but this is different. I find their music upbeat, relaxing, and inspirational. It made me quickly run over to Pandora and start a new station based on “Rodrigo y Gabriela” and it led to my first full album purchase in more than 5 years. Hey, who can resist dueling guitars with Mexican style coming from a band from Dublin. If this doesn’t inspire some curiosity to check them out then I don’t now what else to say. Give them a listen.

Now I just need to figure out how to get their album “Live – Manchester And Dublin” which isn’t currently on iTunes.

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