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Zack P's Mac mini setup
All your 123Macmini photo posts inspired me to set this up.

I recently picked up a Mac Mini 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. I liked the idea of mounting it and went with a wall mount from H-squared. The luminous effect is created with a USB powered LED behind the mount. H-sq offers a similar backlight option but charges $30! I found an USB LED online for $3 w/ free shipping. Duh. Sorry H-sq, it’s a good mount, but the high priced back light option was too much of a gouge.

The LCD is a Philips 37PFL5332D, connected to the Mini via VGI-HDMI, sound via mini plug-RCA. An AirPort Extreme Base Station allows me to stream media from the Dell pc in my office to the Mini which is located in the living room. I picked up a Bluetooth DiNovo Edge as I was attracted to the notion of having a keyboard and mouse in one device.

Being a neat freak, I’m not a very big fan of wires. Even wireless keyboards and mice have the ugly IR dongle hanging about. Bluetooth was the way to go. Now my wife can sit from the comfort of our living room and blog about her cat, as you can see from the picture ha-ha. And I no longer have to watch downloaded TV programs off a computer monitor.

I look forward to trying out the new iPhone Remote application to control iTunes on the Mini. But I have a feeling it may not fit my needs as almost all of my media is stream from a networked PC. I hear Remote Buddy offers a better solution. I look forward to trying both out as time allows. As for now, I simply use the DiNovo Keyboard in conjunction with the provide Apple remote.

Thanks for looking and for my patient wife as I put this together.
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Castaway [Jul 11, 2008 at 06:42 PM]
I like the mount with backlight. Very cool!
chriscopeland [Jul 22, 2008 at 03:27 PM]
beautiful.
Zack Phan [Jul 23, 2008 at 02:17 PM]
Thank you for the comments, I am glad you enjoyed the pics...
Ben_Tex [Jul 24, 2008 at 02:34 AM]
Nice job with the mount and wiring Zack.
Zack Phan [Jul 24, 2008 at 06:51 PM]
Thanks BenTex, I appreciate it.
robster [Aug 02, 2008 at 07:50 AM]
love the mini on the wall.........superb!
punkska8 [Nov 06, 2008 at 02:33 AM]
come help me with mine?
tdadarwala [Dec 22, 2008 at 07:28 PM]
where did you pick up the mini RCA audio cable?
Zack Phan [Jan 13, 2009 at 11:37 AM]
tdadarwala - I got the audio and video cables on eBay and Amazon, or do a Google search. Here is one option: http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=2009&sku=40370


      

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