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You won't find a better media center than the open-source XBMC , but most people don't have the space or desire to plug a noisy PC into their TV. Instead, I converted a cheap nettop into a standalone XBMC set-top box. Here's how. In the spirit of our Winter Upgrades theme this week, this guide details how to turn a cheapo nettop (think netbook for the desktop) into a killer settop box running XBMC. It handles virtually any video file I throw at it with ease (including streaming Blu-Ray rips from my desktop), it looks tiny next to my Xbox 360, it's low energy, and it's whisper quiet. Huge props to this guide on the XBMC forums, which served as the starting point for much of what I did below.
However, the Home Server team recently announced that they would not be including the disk pooling technology in the next release, so I’ve been looking for an alternative. Amahi Home Server - a Linux based solution – might just be the answer. First off, let me explain why anyone would even need a server for their home. In the modern home, there are sometimes a lot of media and computing devices.
Relive Thousands Of Classic Arcade Games Slide behind an X-Arcade™ Dual Joystick, it's like having your own personal little time machine .