D-Link's Boxee Box
Local Media, Boxee Style
Boxee always has handled local media in two ways. Users can access their filesystems directly and peruse their video collection folder by folder. Where Boxee really shines, however, is with its media library function. If files are named correctly (basically with the name of the movie and year), Boxee downloads genre information, cover art, ratings and other metadata. It's possible to browse your media collection like you'd look through movies at the rental store. Because Boxee downloads metadata, you even can sort your collection to find that perfect popcorn companion. Granted, the media scraper isn't perfect, but the Boxee Box gives you the ability to identify media it can't figure out automatically.
Go to www.linuxjournal.com/video/review-boxee to see Shawn's video review of D-Link's Boxee Box.
Shawn Powers is the Associate Editor for Linux Journal. He's also the Gadget Guy for LinuxJournal.com, and he has an interesting collection of vintage Garfield coffee mugs. Don't let his silly hairdo fool you, he's a pretty ordinary guy and can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, swing by the #linuxjournal IRC channel on Freenode.net.
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