After using the Apple TV for a couple of days, I have likes and dislikes.

After setting the Apple TV up at home, I like the simple way it connects to the Internet. The small box size which makes it look elegant at home paired up with my TV.  AirPlay mirroring the content (such as movies and news video) from your iOS devices is also fast and there has been no hassle and effortless. There is little in delay and it works excellently and effectively if you want to share things on your iOS devices to the large screen, saving a thousands words. The only thing I find the Apple TV provides limited free network channels.  YouTube is the free channel I may often use but there are not many Australian free channels. The exception is probably the ABC iView app. I enjoy the latest TV episodes through Airplay. Of course you can rent or purchase TV series or movies through the Apple TV.

Another thing you have to consider is whether you need connecting the Apple TV with a wireless keyboard, if you have to type a lot in the search area such as finding your favourite singers and performances on YouTube. This is really a pain in the ass if you look for the characters and numbers using the 4-way controller on the remote scrolling up and down, right and left on the screen. Even annoying if you have typed in a wrong character…

If you want to know about some commonly asked questions about the Apple TV, check out this page.

At my workplace in the university, I tried setting up the Apple TV a few days ago. I had to admit it was not as easy as I thought and I have met many challenges.  I am afraid I could not find out how it works properly. It is probably not the fault of this device. I reckon this is related to the WiFi security settings. When I set up the Apple TV to connect with the network available, they were connected but there was no AirPlay button shown on my iPad. It obviously means although the Apple TV and my iPad were sharing the same WiFi network, there was something else I have not configured properly, perhaps security or I may need to install a profile to get this done.

Technology brings much excitement, but it may not be able to give us instant solutions. I sometimes doubt whether it is wise not to jump too quickly on the wagon of the future. This is what I learn from Leonardo da Vinci:

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else. 

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