Home Media Server and Media Center with Raspberry Pis

More then one year ago, I read about the Raspberry Pi for the first time, before they launched. A couple of days ago I finally bought one (second hand), and currently have it running as a very cheap home server. Sanne and I are going to buy another to make it part of our new Media Centre.

A connected Raspberry Pi

This is a server.

We currently use my old computer as our media centre, But the word old says it all. The hard drive is starting to fail (currently 5 pending sectors) and it consumes way more energy then I’d want. Our television is a 5:4 19″ HD-ready TFT monitor from 2004, which is not ideal to watch movies and other video.  Therefore we started planning on an upgrade of this equipment. Continue reading