Fact A: I recently got an old laptop back from a friend (a lenovo X61, still quite a decent machine) who doesn't need it anymore.
Fact B: Some of my friends are boasting about their Apple TV's, which I have to admit are pretty convenient!
Conclusion: Turning my old laptop into a PC-compatible equivalent of an Apple TV would be sweet.
The main thing I'd use it for would be to play videos or show photos from other laptops in the house, without having to go through the (albeit minor) inconvenience of getting hooked up every time. Instead, we'd leave the old laptop always connected, and stream from other computers via that one.
We have a pretty fast WiFi network in the house, so I think all the requisite hardware is in place. The main problem would be getting appropriate software - a quick Google search seems inconclusive.
Has anyone attempted something like this, or would it likely be too difficult?
Many thanks in advance for your suggestions.