Mac as Home Theater PC
…and in a continued run on the home theater PC thread…
The Mac Mini HTPC site has some great entries about a guy setting up a Mac Mini for his home theater. He’s using distantDVD as his front end, allowing him to connect to any drive on the network - including Windows shares - to get to movies. There’s this odd “plays up to 950 movies” restriction on it and it seems to be something systemic, like it can’t physically index more than that or something.
There’s even a podcast about how to set up a Mac Mini based home theater PC. I may have to look a little further down this avenue. You can get a Mac Mini for like $600. That’s something I could afford.