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Building a Mac Mini media center

Building a Mac Mini media center

People just love their little Mac Minis, don't they? The latest home-brew project to push the limits of the sandwich-size box is a do-it-yourself media center, detailed on enthusiast site MacMerc.com. They sketch out a plan for outsourcing TV tuner duties to an external Plextor ConnectX USB box (as seen in our Entertainment PC resource center) to take in your TV signal, then use the Elgato EyeTV DVR software that comes with the Mac version to record shows. Pretty simple idea, but it saves Mac fans from having to open up their cases--not that there's really anything to open on the Mini--to get onboard with that whole trendy DVR thing.