Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’

Plex can replace Front Row as Mac’s Media Entertainment Interface!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

I was reading wilco’s “Media Server Solution” when I saw his recommendation of Plex for Mac. I’ve been looking for such an app, and so I checked it out and boy is it cool. It makes me want to run out to buy a mac mini just so I can hook it up to the TV and have my own Media Entertainment Centre!

What is cool about Plex, is that it’s not as limited as Apple’s Front Row. You can tell Plex where you store your media, and it can play all sorts of formats. For example, I added my TV Shows onto Plex, and it had the option to pull TV show data from the internet. It automatically creates a nice menu page for you, with background pictures, posters, and even information about your TV show! It even pulls some theme music and plays it while you are accessing the menu, making it feel like a dvd menu.

It works for movies as well. Movie data is pulled from IMDB.com. It even tells you what the movie is rated at, and which movie you’ve viewed before. Awesome.

Run out of storage space? Just hook on an external hard disk and point to your media. I tested out a 2.5″ portal hdd, and it worked fine – no lag!

I think the thing that caps it all up, is that you can install other plugins and applications made for plex. It allows you to view things like Apple movie trailers, Youtube videos, channels like Comedy Central, South Park and if you are in the US, Hulu offers many US TV series like 24.

And did I mention that the app is FREE?

Related Review:
Plex media center software competes with Front Row

America’s Cheapest Family (Part 6): On Staying Healthy, Entertainment & Recreation

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

America's Cheapest FamilyThis is an ongoing series of book reviews – in parts, on money-related books.

The first is this series is called America’s Cheapest Family – Gets You Right on Money by Steve and Annette Economides. According to them, this is the guide to living better, spending less, and chasing in on your dreams!

Here’s what they have accomplished so far:

    – Paid off a house in 9 years on limited income (average income approx $35k/yr)
    – Paid cash for all their cars
    – Remodeled kitchen without a home equity loan
    – Enjoyed fabulous debt-free vacations
    – Fed a growing family (of 2+5) on a grocery budget of $350/mth
    – Put savings in the bank!

On Staying Healthy

– Drink lots of water
– If someone is sick in the house, wipe down all commonly used objects with disinfectant (eg. doorknob, light switches, telephones etc.)
– Wash your hands when you return home from outside
– Get 10-15 minutes sunshine a day so your body can produce beneficial Vitamin D
– Exercise
– Bleach can work wonders killing germs
– Consider Herbs and Natural Remedies.
(check out Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch)
– Avoid Antibiotics. They are expensive and kill both good and bad bacteria.
– Keep your bowels operating.
– Be a leaner. If your kid has asthma, become a asthma expert.
– Book it. Start reading up and invest in your own well-being.

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On Entertainment & Recreation

Having fun doesn’t have to cost a bomb. Steve and Annette are convinced that meaningful memories can be created with little or no cost if you know where to look.

Holiday Recreations

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