You are here

So Much Stuff

So Much Stuff
by Gary Woods

A lot of us have a lot of digital stuff on our computers. We've got Music, video, podcasts and TV shows plus a whole lot more. Then, when you consider all the stuff we like to watch, from first run movies, old TV shows, and pictures from Flickr not to mention YouTube, MobileMe, internet radio and Netflix there's got to be a way to manage all this digital magic.

Recently I was gifted the answer to my dilemma. Standing less than an inch high and about 4 inches square with a power cable, ethernet port, HDMI output and an optical audio out on the rear the new Apple TV is a thing to behold.

Having set up a lot of networks before I was kind of dreading putting this whole thing together but installation could not have been easier. The box saw my network right away and with iTunes running on the computer the Apple TV saw it and asked if I wanted to turn on Home Sharing. After I turned it on my whole iTunes library was available. I then logged into Netflix, MobileMe and Flickr and I was stylin'. Finally, to round everything out I got the Apple TV hooked up with my Logitech Harmony One universal remote and my home entertainment center was rockin'.

For $99 this is a great package which could really bring your entertainment experience together. The only things it lacks are a web browser and the ability to hook up a Bluetooth keyboard. Hopefully those are in the next iteration, in the mean time, I'm lovin' it.

If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at or see my column on the Internet at or call me at (805) 729-0910

Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc