Wow, four months and no posts. So this hasn’t turned into the labor of love I thought it would, but so be it. I use the couch computer so similarly to any other computer that it just hasn’t struck me as worth it to write much about it.
However, it is the go-to piece of entertainment equipment in the house. So here’s just a a few simple links to the stuff that makes it so in-demand around here:
boxee.tv Boxee is a great tool for playing video over the internet and from the hard drive. New version added Pandora, making it wonderful for music now too. (No DRM support so iTunes purchases don’t play, and I have a lot of those.) Boxee is the easiest interface for poking around for good video content on the web, making it all TV-worthy for more than one person sitting at a desk or laptop.
getmiro.com Just checked this out last night. Puts internet video into an easy to browse and customize interface, like Boxee. Miro’s interface is heavily influence by Apple’s iApps, and isn’t a full-screen, remote-controlled media center. More like an iTunes-iPhoto hybrid for internet video. Interesting, but not quite up my alley. Although these things tend to grow on me over time. We’ll see. If nothing else, it’s a new way to find original, quality content, and Miro has a strong focus on delivering HD video. Can’t hurt.
evernote.com Nothing particularly couch-computery about Evernote, but again, the couch computer socializes apps and web services like this, and I’m finding that it’s more fun to dig into these things as something that’s on the TV that my wife and I look at together, can show other people, and generally get more out of than sitting at a desk.
Obvious. But it just works beautifully from the couch, especially when combined with Apple’s Remote app on the iPhone. Over the years, all of my music collection has made it into iTunes, and with the ease of access and the 1 TB drive, it’s all available any time. Hours of fun, especially with the visualizer running full screen.
echodio.com Just checked this out today. It’s in its infancy it appears, but the promise of online syncing of multiple iTunes libraries for use anywhere is pretty intriguing. I haven’t tried it out yet (early adopters get 1gb of storage free for now, with promised discounts when it goes to a pay service at some point in the future). I’m not even convinced I really need this at all, but I like that it’s happening.