Microsoft appeared to have fixed one of the issues I was
having on the backend, but that fix has caused the entire site to come to its
knees with wonderful message like “Value cannot be null. Parameter name:
relativeUrl” when attempting to make a new post or reply. Unfortunantly,
since I don’t have direct access to the server there is nothing I can
personally do about it.
Sadly since you can’t make a new post or reply, The Green
Button will effectively be down until Microsoft can fix the issue. Ian’s forums on The Digital
Lifestyle might be a good overflow forum until Microsoft fixes The Green
Update: Looks like some are having luck posting (I’m not one of them). Try signing out and then back in.
I survived Ike without any damage here in Katy, sadly that
can’t be said for the rest
of the Houston and Galveston areas.
Ever wonder which of your dozen TV tuners is being used to
tune the program you are watching? If
you have the TV Pack there is a bit of a hack that you can do in order to find
out. First spotted by
Dave at The Green Button, type 411 and then press More Info in order to
access Microsoft’s debug menu.
A lot of people have been asking about the TV Pack on
CableCARD PCs from Dell and HP. While I
have no inside information on the subject, I have doubts that either will be
shipping the TV Pack at all. Media
Center is not HP or Dells business, and as it involves creating a new image for
their machines I fall to understand why either would bother. I might be wrong, but I wouldn’t hold out for
a Dell or HP with the TV Pack. If a TV
Pack machine is what you are after, you are most
likely going to want one of these OEMs.
Today is a big day for the Media Center community, and as speculated upon
way too much The
Green Button has become an official Microsoft web property!
So what does this mean? A few things, starting with
increased Microsoft interaction that nearly everyone told us was so important.
When Jessica Zahn left to join the Zune team, she collectively broke the hearts
of all TGB members who lost the opportunity to get direct Microsoft feedback,
but fear not increased Microsoft presence will come with the acquisition of The
Next up on the list, ads are gone! Google AdWords and
all pop-up text ads are gone (Plug: advertisers looking to target the Media
Center community should
consider advertising here), so everyone can enjoy the perks of a community
built on members and not non-Media Center related pop-ups.
Other changes will be coming, but as the official
announcement states Microsoft is not looking to shut down or limit your freedom
of speech on The Green Button. I will still be a moderator as will Mike
and the rest of the gang, so nothing will change in your ability to criticize
Microsoft for poor decisions and have your voice heard (and as always, attacks
directed at members or Microsoft employees will not be allowed).
Please let me know what you think of the change, but I think
the increased funding and potential for direct communication will benefit all!
This site now runs on Community Server 2008 SP1!
We are taking our turn at The Green Button to give away an HP HDX
Dragon PC ($5,000+ value), so everyone should make sure
to enter. Entering to win is easy,
just tell us (at The Green Button, not here) what our next site upgrade should
focus on and look like. What are we
doing wrong now, what could be do better, what type of format should the
upgrade be, etc.
That’s all you have to do to enter. To enter you must have registered an account
at The Green Button before 4/28/08.
Check out the rest of the rules
here, and remember you only have until Friday 5:00pm PST, May 30, 2008 to
enter. The winner will be posted on Saturday,
May 31, 2008.
I’ve put a few buttons in the sidebar to remind you to enter,
so I expect everyone to give us something we can do better (and I know there is
a lot we could do better).
Update: So of course as soon as we start something like this the site craps out. Admin’s have been notified, clearly everyones top suggestion for The Green Button should just be a site that works. I think we will work on that first. Other suggestions welcome as a part of the contest or outside of it.
Update 2: Back up and working.
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Ian’s yearly Media
Center Show Awards podcast has been posted, and while I wasn’t able to
attend I want to thank everyone for voting for me for best enthusiast blog. Did I win?
the show and fast forward to 52:37 to find out.
If the suspense is killing you and you must know now, I won
again this year!! Thank you to everyone
who voted and everyone else out their blogging.
Every year I say it wouldn’t be possible without all the
other bloggers and readers and that stays true.
Even more so, the Media Center community and awareness of Media Center
has continued to grow over the past year.
I’m interested to see what the landscape will look like next year.
Thanks to Ian for doing the show and everyone who voted. A little bit later this year I’m finally
going to be back on The Media Center Show with Ian, so stay tuned.
I’ve got five (5) Hulu
invites that I’m giving out. If you want
one, reply to this post saying that you would like an invite and put your
e-mail address as your URL. I will
randomly select five people tonight and send you an invite.
It look like Netflix is dropping
HD DVD and going with Blu-ray only. It’s amazing how things can turn in just a
matter of weeks. Once again, HD DVD
support in Media Center would be pretty pointless at this stage and native
Blu-ray in Media Center is far away.
I’m looking to buy an internal
(front panel) USB card reader for my desktop, but just based on reviews
there isn’t nessarcly such thing as a good one.
I’m looking for one with a black faceplate, LEDs that don’t stay on
24/7, and that can accept Compact Flash and SD cards. Based on reviews at Newegg there are also
problems with read/write speed with a lot of them (deal breaker). Does anyone have an opinion on a good front
panel USB 2.0 card reader?
Update: Invites will be sent out today to the winners.
ESPN has their Bottom Line showing “NEWS ALERT: Microsoft
makes unsolicited bid to take over Yahoo…..would be the largest acquitision ever
in the technology industry”
I’ve been using Vista for the past month, my first attempt
to move away from Windows XP. I’ve noted
a lot of things about Vista in this time, some that I like and some that I don’t. Just some random thoughts…
- MCML applications make it worth the upgrade to Vista. Period.
- For all Microsoft’s time spent on UI design, why the hell is
the volume and network icon in the System Tray 2d crap?
- Same topic, why is there a gap in between the volume/network/etc
icon and the first program running on the System Tray?
- Flip3D is neat, I don’t see any point of using it though.
- Same applies to the live window previews, my mouse is
already down there and I end up clicking it anywhere.
- Aero is interesting, looks more professional than Luna did
on Windows XP. Classic sucks now though,
especially the Start Menu. I’m a fan of
Classic so that sucks.
- I think I’ve used the new and improved search features
twice. Nice, but I generally know where
my stuff is or browse to find it. Need
to learn to search first.
I noticed when you delete from removable media the files go
into the Recycle Bin. Finally, I’ve been
so many people lose documents because of that.
- Yet to open Windows Contacts, Windows Calendar, Windows DVD
Maker, Windows Meeting Spaces, etc. Nice
additions, they should have been there since Windows 2000 though.
- Turned off Windows Defender, but I’m badass that way. I don’t run virus or spyware junk of any of
my PCs, now the families and girlfriends are a different story.
- I hate that I can’t double click on the clock in the System
Tray and get the calendar. Single clicks
drive me nuts.
- Time synchronization still seems to not work. Hardly ever worked in Windows XP too.
- I wouldn’t run a Media Center machine off of anything less
than a Pentium D with 1GB of RAM. P4 and
below are just horrible.
- Sidebar is nice, but I need to upgrade my monitor to a
widescreen for it to seem more useful.
- I like that Windows Update is more integrated to the
- The Control Panel sucks.
It (Classic View) loads slow and I click too fast for that, so I end up
selecting the wrong icons because they seem to load from the middle out (huh?)
- Shadow Copies is a nice feature, love it in Server but I don’t
know when the last time was I needed to use it.
- Not sure there are any video/audio drivers that don’t suck
- There is no easy link to the “Network and Sharing Center”
from the “Network” located in the Start Menu.
Have to right click that and go to Properties or go through the Control
- Office 2007 is great, expect when I’m going to have to teach
the parents everything over again because it has been redesigned to put things
were you think they should be. Tech support nightmare.
- I’ve just added a Skype phone, and now it says I need to
redo my Experience Index. So many
things wrong with that.
- Games folder and integration is nice, but I’m not a gamer.
- Home Premium should be what Ultimate is. Too many editions. Lets restrict good backup from home users. Sounds like a plan to me.
- My Thinkpad keeps dropping the wireless connection while
connected via RDP. Then it locks me out
saying something about a network connection that does not exist. Worse part, it does the same when I try and
log in locally!
- Sports Lounge is sweet!
- Too bad Internet Explorer didn’t get any better with the
- That’s all for now.