Yeah, man... I *never ever ever* thought I would become an Apple fanboy. Back in the day when I was in elementary school, we were using the Apple IIe's. (I miss programming in LOGO...) But when I got older and my family finally decided to buy me a computer, I had been converted in the meanwhile to a crazy lust for one of these really wicked new Dell computers. Back when Michael Dell was sending out super slick glossy catalogs filled with techno-porn, I was dreaming hard about what I could manage to afford. When my family bought my PC, though, they didn't let me in on the secret so just as the 486 was about to come out, my parents came home with a 286 in an IBM PS/1 (not a typo) format. But I loved it like my own dirty red headed stepchild (Dos 4.0 and I were tight) and that's when I dedicated myself to PC's. Thereafter I started upgrading components in a couple machines I bought off the shelf, and then about 8 years ago I built my first homebrew PC. My love affair for building my own PC's has never waned. Since that time, we've always had at least two, if not three PC's in our two person (+2 cats) home.
However, a couple years ago I got a free iPod 4G and everything changed. I'd been using a G1 for a while, full of faith in the open source nature of the Android OS, not to mention being able to get apps outside of a locked down ecosystem and play any video I wanted to play without conversion. *chuckle* And THEN I used iOS. "Oh!" I said. "THIS is what a touch device is meant to be like." I didn't pay for the thing, but I suddenly understood why people are willing to go nuts for Apple stuff. We got our 2nd iPad last night, and now we're both talking about iPhones as well. Considering AppleTV but given the size of our non-compliant media database, ehhh... probably gonna go with a boxee box and forego the super-easy integration of the AppleTV. We haven't yet decided. The reality is that using Handbrake to convert video files to H.264 is fairly easy, if time consuming, so we're not yet decided.
Obviously the integration of AppleTV with the other Apple products we are working hard to collect is very hard to beat. And with my iPad, I'm using our PC far less, which means it could definitely be spending time doing Handbrake conversions. Hmmmmmmmmm.
"Clark... the little lights... they're not twinkling."