[mythtv-users] Interesting Reading: Windows Secrets reviews AppleTV and GoogleTV

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Thu Dec 23 15:19:13 UTC 2010

On Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 01:25:31AM -0500, Jarod Wilson wrote:
> On Dec 10, 2010, at 4:11 PM, Rodd Clarkson wrote:
> ...
> > > Having iTunes running doesn't seem overly burdensome to me, and if you
> > > have both iTunes and the AppleTV set for Home Sharing, they find each
> > > other automatically.

   No. They find each other once you set up both the AppleTV and the iTunes
installation account on each relevant PC. 

> > >
> > > Configuration issues (or lack thereof in my case) aside, I find the
> > > box itself to be quite useful and fun to play with. I can stream audio
> > > and video to it wirelessly from my laptop and my iDevices, as well as
> > > control it using just an iDevice. I find the netflix ui on it a bit
> > > more polished than that on either my ps3 or roku hd|xr box, and I
> > > definitely love the minimal power and space footprints.
> > 
> > And Apple loves it when you decide you'd like to use some non-Apple and you find that it doesn't work with all their proprietary software/hardware.
> The vast majority of their hardware isn't proprietary. And a lot of
> the software that comprises Mac OS X is actually open-source...

    Very little that is of relevance to the normal user is open source.

    Mostly, the open part of MacOS just allows Apple to host their proprietary
components without the need to invest much of their own resources in the non 
user facing elements of the system.

> > Personally I find Apple to be the anti-open source,
> That's... misguided, imo. Apple actually contributes quite a bit to

    That's very consistent with how they treat the user on their newest
platform: PhoneOS. You aren't even allowed to freely access your own 
device or really choose what you want to put on it.

> open source software. They just happen to also do proprietary. They
> certainly aren't open-source purists, so I guess that makes them
> evil-ish if you're a purist. At least Microsoft has the decency to
> be entirely closed (only, of course, they aren't either).
> > always trying to lock you into their products.
> Freedom vs. really tight integration that Just Works, and a myriad

...for limited functionality. "Just works" is only useful if there
isn't some really fundemental use case that gets ingored in the process.


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