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Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   01-28-2015, 04:53 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By chefklc
Agreed, though $79 is at least a little more...

Agreed, though $79 is at least a little more palatable:

http://www.amazon.com/Gefen-EXT-HDMI-EDIDP-HDmi-Detective-Plus/dp/B001RIMZUW/ref=sr_1_1?



There's no certainty when it comes to...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   01-26-2015, 05:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 182
Posted By chefklc
Over the years, the one that has been recommended...

Over the years, the one that has been recommended most in here has been the Gefen HDMI Detective.
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   12-31-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 201
Posted By chefklc
you then have to interact with it with some...

you then have to interact with it with some device in your hand while sitting on the couch across the room. You also have to control the devices it is attached to, like an AVR and HDTV. You can use a...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   12-29-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 201
Posted By chefklc
Frankly, it doesn't really matter, the days of...

Frankly, it doesn't really matter, the days of really caring about the intricacies of optical drives and flashing firmware are long gone, if you are just going to rip they're commodities. Buy any...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   12-18-2014, 04:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 202
Posted By chefklc
Yes. MakeMKV. I don't know what...

Yes.



MakeMKV.

I don't know what Wondershare Ultimate is, most of us are OS X users, but just in case you posted in the wrong forum, there is a Windows version of MakeMKV.
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-30-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,536
Posted By chefklc
yes, that all makes sense to me, assuming the...

yes, that all makes sense to me, assuming the memory from the MBP works in the Mini...that's probably what I'd do if I were in your situation and on a budget, you'd benefit more from the extra RAM...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-18-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,536
Posted By chefklc
thank you for finding that...I could have sworn...

thank you for finding that...I could have sworn when it was first released the "digital" part of that was missing. Perhaps I read too quickly, perhaps it was clarified later...but that's good news....
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-18-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,536
Posted By chefklc
Then a 2012 quad core won't give you any real...

Then a 2012 quad core won't give you any real performance advantage, for that any 2011 through 2014 Mini would be fine, and actually, many folks use even older Minis for that since lossless audio and...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-11-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,536
Posted By chefklc
In a month all the official Apple 2012 refurbs w/...

In a month all the official Apple 2012 refurbs w/ full warranty may be gone...elsewhere used & resale values of the 2012s seem to be going up, not down.

Every few days since the 2014 Minis were...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-09-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,536
Posted By chefklc
Some very smart people have been figuring out...

Some very smart people have been figuring out ways to overcome what they feel are inherent limitations in iTunes for a very long time...automating, scripts, syncing, there are now iTunes centric apps...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-09-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,536
Posted By chefklc
yes this is more basic OS X sharing...

yes



this is more basic OS X sharing stuff...with a Finder window open look in the left hand column for Devices and Shared, when you're on the same network, wired or wireless, the Mini will...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-08-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,536
Posted By chefklc
Sure, easy, just screen share into the Mini to do...

Sure, easy, just screen share into the Mini to do any work within its iTunes library. Even though it technically will not have a display attached you can still screen share and see its desktop on...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-07-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By chefklc
they have them, they just sell out very quickly. ...

they have them, they just sell out very quickly. signing up for alerts from refurb.me will help your chances.
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-06-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By chefklc
Alex, what I'd recommend you do now that you'll...

Alex, what I'd recommend you do now that you'll have a Mini as media player/server and a house full of other Macs, aTVs and iOS devices is keep your main instance of iTunes with everything directly...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-05-2014, 06:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By chefklc
No, as long as you plan to stay just in OS X for...

No, as long as you plan to stay just in OS X for what you plan to do not only is 16GB overkill, but 8GB is probably overkill as well. Whenever I picked up a new/refurb Mini as a media server I would...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-01-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By chefklc
Craig--doesn't MythTV have the added advantage of...

Craig--doesn't MythTV have the added advantage of being able to record the copy-freely channels off an HDHomeRun Prime tuner as well?
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-01-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By chefklc
you won't be starting any war, the "using a Mac...

you won't be starting any war, the "using a Mac running OS X to record TV" battle was waged, and lost, many years ago. Essentially El Gato left the battlefield with heads held low, many of us here...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   11-01-2014, 07:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 318
Posted By chefklc
there hasn't been much discussion of big storage...

there hasn't been much discussion of big storage units or "build your own" JBOD boxes in this forum, you'd have a better chance looking in the main Windows HTPC forum or in the media server sub...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   10-20-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,940
Posted By chefklc
I think the 2011 and 2012 Minis are still...

I think the 2011 and 2012 Minis are still powerful and flexible enough to handle HTPC duties for most of us here...I liked that they had both HDMI and Thunderbolt and for me they've always been...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   10-18-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 801
Posted By chefklc
Apologies in advance if this seems like a...

Apologies in advance if this seems like a nit-pick, I'm pretty sure this is not a licensing issue that has anything to do with XMBC per se, it is solely an Apple and OS X CoreAudio issue not...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   10-12-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 801
Posted By chefklc
I only play back rips of my blu ray discs, and...

I only play back rips of my blu ray discs, and never the disc itself, so I can't be any help with respect to your first question. In the home theater VLC is my player of absolute last resort and I...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   07-17-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,312
Posted By chefklc
It could be that drive, but it could just as...

It could be that drive, but it could just as likely be other things…a few thoughts:

How much RAM and what drive are you booting from? The problem might be there and not your 4TB drive at all.
...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   07-07-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,003
Posted By chefklc
At that distance and screen size you're probably...

At that distance and screen size you're probably too far away to notice much of a difference, your 720p encodes for the Apple TV 2 should be just fine. Find the chart that compares viewing distance...
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   07-03-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 991
Posted By chefklc
Have you played around with JRiver at all? A lot...

Have you played around with JRiver at all? A lot of people are fond of its library management capabilities…also look into an app called Metadatics:

http://markvapps.com/metadatics/
Forum: HTPC - Mac Chat   07-03-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 991
Posted By chefklc
I have a house full of Macs, iOS devices and run...

I have a house full of Macs, iOS devices and run OS X, for me the best way to manage music is to completely avoid both DLNA and FLAC. (Just like SMB isn't the easiest choice for Mac users, either.) ...
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