Re: Mac Mini as HTPC
I just saw this, lol. We have a Mac Mini (2010 model) that runs our entire living room home theater, and it's a wonderful thing...It's currently directly running two 2TB hard drives full of stuff, we use it as a main computer for us in our living room but also when people visit (with a guest account of course, lol), and within that, we have it setup for Netflix (works so much better than the Western Digital Live TV units we were using before, effortless menu browsing), Hulu HD stuff, and my wife's company heavily uses Vimeo for media uploads so we watch a lot of HD media from there as well and within safari, it's fantastic. Then there's obviously the web browsing and what not...it's awesome to have such a setup when people visit to put on photo galleries on the TV or looping videos of whatever, and it has also served as a nice secondary backup (the internal drive was swapped out to a 1TB drive and it protectively stores a lot of important stuff for us on a computer that really just pulls really easy media duty 99% of the time.
I couldn't live without it in our home theater, and the fact that the 2010 has the direct HDMi connection along with optical audio was just perfect.