Bus-powered external hard drive plugged in to my router via USB, which then shares it on the network (AFP and SMB). Raspberry Pi (running Raspbmc RC5) plugged in via ethernet, mounts the shared drive. Content can be either transferred to the drive over the network, or directly streamed to the Raspberry Pi via AirPlay.
One thing I still need to fiddle with is controlling Raspbmc. I can control it via my telly using HDMI-CEC, but it seems a bit temperamental at the moment. Full integration with my Harmony remote is the goal.
Nope, just CEC. Works beautifully with my housemates Sony TV remote (after a button remap or two as I mentioned before).
With the right distribution I'm sure it can manage 1080p. The recent floating point optimisations, other various bugfixes, the new turbo mode and the ever increasing hardware codec support have come together to improve the performance quite a lot. Haven't tried RC5 of Raspbmc yet cos I don't have any method for reading a SD card with me. Oops. Any noticeable improvment over RC4?
I'll be interested to see what this means for projects like Raspbmc: At present the 256 MB is split 50:50 between system and GPU, giving only 128 MB RAM. Assuming that the GPU doesn't really need any extra memory, they can now give the system up to 384 MB. Doubling the RAM might mean a tripling of the the usable space!
Sad I got mine early now. Whilst I'm not currently wanting for more memory, I suspect that this change will lead to more bloat in software for the Pi, which is going to create a two-tier system of software.
I'm getting pissed off waiting for mine now, if I'm honest. I know there's only so many to go around, but either ramp up production or don't let me place an order until you have the fuckers on the shelf.
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