Building a High End HTPC featuring the Thermaltake Media LabFormer staff writer - December 7, 2007
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Shortly after I received the Thermaltake Mozart TX case, I had the opportunity to take a short vacation in North Carolina. I had a great time, and even got to see the Battleship North Carolina, which was one of the highlights of my trip. Well, a funny thing happened while I was out eating dinner one night. We were a party of four, and the waitress was a very sweet Southern Belle, accent and all. When she approached the table to take our order, she said something I have never heard before. Now mind you, although I’m originally from New Jersey, I have lived in Florida for 16 years and have come across many different people from many different southern states, so words and accents are second nature to me. A favorite word used in Florida and probably most of the south is "y’all," which is short for "you all." This nice woman walked up to the table and said, "how all y’all doin'?” I must say I was baffled, so I kindly asked her what "all y’all" meant. She began to explain to me that "all y’all" is the plural of "y’all." The first thing that came to my mind was, "isn’t 'y’all' plural?" After she left the table I couldn’t contain myself, I almost peed in my pants, along with the rest of my party.
Ok, now this leads me to some of my FUBARs. If you remember, I mentioned the Mozart case has a window in it. At first I thought, well, it was for looks. While on my vacation I was talking to Ccokeman and mentioned it to him, so he went online and looked at the case and mentioned to me that it was for the Media Lab. Media Lab? Ok I have the Media Lab but it is self contained and fits into one of the drive bays. So I argued with him for about five minutes and finally he said, “Paul, you unattach the LED screen from the plate, and screw it behind the window on the case.” De de di! I felt as dumb as a rooster trying to get into a hen house, and the doors were locked.
When you build an HTPC you want to be able to operate it remotely, so you need some type of IR display that will control it. Thermaltake has such a product as an option, and they have named it the Media Lab. The Media lab is an IR receiver with an LED display that has a remote and software, so you’ll never have to leave your chair to control your HTPC.