Convergence, Not Even Close

Bill Gates idea about convergence are great.  But I don’t see it happening any time soon.  My biggest problem is the current software.  Of course in my case Windows Media Player.  The player does communicate with other parts of the OS or even other parts of the player.  In specific the Help File. The Help Files should _know_ your problem and bring up a solution.  The current help docs in WMP do just about nothing to really help.  Sure, they tell you the the error text in most cases, but the users have no idea what the hell it means. Example:  … Continue reading Convergence, Not Even Close

DVR-MS 2 WMV Release Candidate!

The long awaited DVR-MS 2 WMV RC has been released! This is a great application that builds right into the Media Center interface. Select any of the recorded TV's on your hard drive and via the remote change encoding options and start the encoding. This is amazing! If you are looking into getting a Portable Media Center when they are released look into this program. If also has the other great uses of course. Since DVR-MS files are MPEG-2 video it's still rather large in file size. WMV is the opposite and still maintains great video and audio quality.   … Continue reading DVR-MS 2 WMV Release Candidate!

Will Microsoft Support Third Party Formats?

Let’s face it Windows Media is the best and nothing else can top it!  Okay, maybe there are a few other codec’s that offer some good features. Don’t get me wrong, but Windows Media does have it strong points.  Not only does WMV offer great streaming, but the video quality is superb and audio is too.  But, after 10-15 posts a day in the WMP newsgroups relating to people not having the correct audio/video codec’s installed i think Microsoft needs to do better. I’m not saying that “they” should support playback (i.e. don’t call MS if you have problems with … Continue reading Will Microsoft Support Third Party Formats?

Windows Media Video High Definition

Like high quality video?  How about high quality audio?  You are the prime candidate for Windows Media Vidoe High Definition films.  This up-and-coming format can produce stuller video and audio playable on Windows XP PC’s.  As with any new technolgy there still are some problems with it.  There are two major problems facing playback of this content right now.  (1) That great technolgy known as Digital Right Managment (DRM).  The addition of DRM to these films puts “so” much stress on the processor for decrypting the protection that “most” processor’s don’t have the power to display the video smoothly.  Of … Continue reading Windows Media Video High Definition

The Green Button Launch!

Today is the day.  We (TGB) launch our new site after the admin’s ran into more than a few problems with InfoPop hosting the site.  Without notice they (InfoPop) decided to upgrade the forums to the latest version that they liked to call “Eve”.  If they had only told everyone in advance that might not have been a problem.  But after there “upgrade” many members could connect, login, or post on the site.  The new forums are Powered by InstantForum.NET v3.4.  A large improvement over InfoPop “Eve“ platform. Anyone intersted in Windows Media Center should check out the new site and … Continue reading The Green Button Launch!