In the last year, we finally got rid of our plasma TV, which I had purchased back in 2006 or so. I never realized how much energy it was using, but there’s a noticeable difference in our electricity bill. So when I finally went on a rampage to figure out what was using so much electricity, there were two main culprits: the 42” plasma TV and the dual quad-core Intel xeon server. I took care of one by getting a more efficient 52” LED TV. The second I replaced with a more efficient, slightly less powerful i7 workstation that is acting like a server.
In one room, we have a 37” LED TV that had an HP mini computer that was acting like a media machine. That finally died after 8 years of use. Then I switched to an 8 year old laptop and it finally died due to Richard banging at it. After much debate, we decided to go with a Mac Mini. I finally convinced Li that it was more efficient and quieter and more powerful. With the AirDisplay software, it is so easy to mirror our iOS devices to our TV. As yet another way to easily share media content with others in a living room environment. And with the Mini, it is easy to access our central media content.
This experience is why I prefer iOS devices even after years in the Microsoft world and testing Android phones and tablets.