Monthly Archives: January 2011

You may have the issue that surfaced recently (December 2010-January 2011)  that the standard FAQ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977116 steps will not fix.

First, you will need to change yours DNS servers to resolve the issue. The theory is that somewhere along the line, caching DNS/proxy servers have corrupt/bad information that impacts some, but not all US users.

Go to http://www.dnsserverlist.org/ which will automatically determine the best DNS servers based on your IP address. Pick two and carefully get the IP addresses.

Next, you will need to change your network settings on your Windows Media Center PC(s) to use these. This will override any settings on your router and/or the DNS settings provided by your ISP via DHCP:

1. Start Menu, Control Panel

2.  Select "Network And Internet"

3.  Select "Network and Sharing Center"

4. Select "Change adapter settings" on the left side of the screen

5. Right-click your network adapter and then select properties from the menu. (For example: "Wireless Network Connection" or "Local Area Connection")

6. On the Networking tab, double-click "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)"

7.  Check "Use the following DNS server addresses"

8. Carefully type in the DNS Server IPs you want to use.

9. Click Ok and Ok again to exit.

 
After doing the above, open an administrative command prompt

1. Select start Menu, then Programs, then Accessories
 
2. Right click "command prompt" and select Run as Administrator

3. Type into the command window
 
ipconfig /flushdns
 
and then press [enter].

4. then type in:
 
cd \ [enter]
 
cd c:\Windows\ehome [enter]
 
start /wait mcupdate -uf [enter]

Wait a bit and Netflix and Internet TV menus should appear when you open Windows Media Center

If the above does not work, please post to http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/t/97522.aspx?
I suggest you watch this thread/subscribe to it via email in case a permanent solution is found so that you can revert your DNS to normal settings.

Redmond WA, January 14, 2011

Wendy Stidmon, MSFT Program Manager, end user beta advocate extraordinaire and champion of the Windows enthusiast community has been terminated. Cause of termination was most likely advocacy for the end user, championing a feedback policy, and engaging the community of enthusiasts.

And no, this information did not come direct from Wendy.  Anyone who has spent time in a Microsoft beta program saw Wendy’s passion and commitment while seeing  the beta programs and enthusiast programs dismantled and deprecated.  It looks to me that the easiest way for Microsoft to silence and disconnect the enthusiast beta community was to cut the communication channel. Wendy was the voice of the community to Microsoft and the conduit to Microsoft for many.

Where Windows Enthusiasts and Testers formerly had a voice in shaping and testing products, yesterday’s termination clearly demonstrates the Sinofsky Syndrome of assuming to know what consumers want, without need of their feedback or participation.

Wendy’s achievements and stature in the enthusiast community are legendary. Formerly the champion of the Butterfly program, by acclamation she was hired by the Windows Beta program (as the result of a “we want Wendy” user campaign). Herding and guiding testers (a daunting task) Wendy has gained the respect and affection of a huge following of worldwide Windows Enthusiasts. All of whom, I am sure, will join with me in mourning the huge loss to the community.

Is Microsoft’s new strategy a one way “take what we give you” imperative? Does Microsoft need the Windows Consumer Enthusiast’s feedback to attempt to regain what has already been lost to Apple? Apparently not.

Wendy, you will be missed and Microsoft has made a huge error in judging the value of its Enthusiast’s community.

For the past few days, every tech site and blog seems to be overly excited about the announcement by LG about the LG Smart TV Upgrader they will be showing at CES 2011 (but likely not to be available until LATE 2011.  According to the specs, this is a DLNA device and some folks are getting excited by this.

Specifications:
Main CPU: BCM7615
DDR 384MB, 1GB Flash
LG Add-on Architecture + Web Browser
AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz
Wi-Fi, Ethernet, DLNA (DMP)
USB: 1EA (USB mouse, external storage)
Input Devices
- Finger Touch RCU
Premium Content
LG Apps
Size: 11cm x 11cm

I just can’t get excited by this device. It’s just another closed system that features its own LG apps. And the press release mentions Premium Content, without stating if it is extra cost. And the price of this device has not been disclosed.  No info on supported codecs, either.

The DLNA functionality is minimal (it is NOT a digital media renderer/DMR) which means Windows 7 Play To will not work. (But hopefully Windows Media Player streaming will).

Hopefully another vendor will show something at CES that will be fully featured DLNA 1.5 with DMR support.

For any of you attending CES 2011, let me know what DLNA 1.5 DMR add-on devices you discover at the show in The Green Button DLNA forum.