“Repurposing an old Mac into a home media server is a great idea. A nerdy, tedious, somewhat overrated, great idea,” Shawn Blanc blogs.

“For years I was wanting to convert all my DVDs (where by ‘all’ I mean a whopping 35) into digital versions which could be accessible via my Apple TV,” Blanc writes. “I’m glad I never bit the bullet and bought a Mac mini, because about a month ago the video card on my wife’s MacBook Pro started going out. The screen shows random red lines and flickers — it’s just bad enough that she can’t use it on a daily basis, but still good enough that I could repurpose it into our new file and media server.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Attribution: The Loop. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]