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Plex, AKA OSXBMC

Back when I ran a modded Xbox, XBMC was the coolest software around. It turned a $150 game console into a fully featured media center, it played everything and it was fast and seamless; not to mention the fact that it made the system into a better game playing machine, utilizing an upgraded hard drive mod to more quickly load games and system content.

At some point in the past, XBMC was ported to Linux, and later OS X. It was called OSXBMC, then later changed to Plex. It became a great front-end for OS X HTPCs, specifically Mac Minis or Apple TVs, as an alternative to Front Row that plays more formats, and apparently is the only way to have the Mac Mini play 1080p content with its weak onboard graphics. Of course, it only works on Leopard (Mac OS X v10.5), Intel based Macs — another reason for me to upgrade.

I plan on giving it a try as soon as I upgrade. So hopefully it will make it so I no longer require SofaControl or VLC.

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