I know the over hyped Apple products are not everyone's cup of tea, so feel free to have a look at the sick as a dog, show me your bivi etc thread, which never fails to disappoint.
I have got a 5 year old(ish) Macbook, which I have been very pleased with, apart from two cracks developing on the lower edge of the keyboard (nicely kept under control by some tape at the moment, looks pretty fly...). I also have an Apple TV (last generation, black model) and an ipod touch, which can control the Apple TV and I can stream music direct to the apple tv from.
My reason for posting is that I have run out of storage on my macbook. I have two hard drives (one 250GB, one at 500GB, some with films on), but it is a pain to get all the power leads up to plug them into the macbook.
My issue is that I have run out of storage space on my macbook, which I use to store lots of media (mostly music, but more and more videos and photos (all of the clean kind, I hasten to add). I would like to arrange a more convenient set up, so was thinking of either:
(a) remotely connecting hard drives (via one of those Time Capsule £250 ish/Airport £130 ish products). Doesn't get over the problem of my computer being very old, nor would it allow me to keep my laptop off when I want to access music via the apple tv, which I do quite a bit.
(b) go bonkers and buy an Apple Mac Mini. Expensive at £500 plus keyboard, but it would allow me to move the apple TV to the lounge upstairs, which also has an old HD TV that I could connect to. It would also allow me to access music at all times whether on the tv upstairs/downstairs, as the mac mini could be left in sleep all the time. It would also sort most of my storage needs.
Obviously I know not a lot about computers, (as I am an Apple customer), so would appreciate any advice on the pitfalls of either of the above, or easy alternative solutions.