Is Allchin Mistaken?

“According to my contacts at ATI, the OCUR device will be included as part of a “kit” that will be the box and a new PC. The PC is not certified by CableLabs in any way, instead MS publishes a minimum system configuration and the system has to meet these specs in order to be sold with the OCUR device. The OCUR device itself is the only thing that is actually certified by CableLabs. Take care, Anand” __________________ Editor in Chief & CEO, AnandTech, Inc.www.anandtech.com var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

Stop Ignoring Small OEMs, Microsoft

Matt Wright has a bone to pick with Microsoft with how they bring out features in Media Center that can’t easily be accessed by smaller OEMs. For those who don’t know Matt helps run HTPCnews and is a consultant for 2partsfusion and CreatureHTPC (Formally MonsterHTPC).  These are both smaller OEMs that build Media Center PCs and other HTPCs. Matt: Most you all know me, I have been in the HTPC community for years, and I am big proponent of DIY. More recently I am also a key member in the small HTPC system builder 2partsfusion. The announcement that even a … Continue reading Stop Ignoring Small OEMs, Microsoft

MCEBrowser Public Release

MCEBrowser | MCEBrowser is a plug-in for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition which allows you surf the internet using a Media Center remote control. The Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 operating system is required to use this software. Some of the features include: Browse to home page or favorites Scroll around within web pages Highlight and select links within web pages to navigate Zoom in and out for 10-foot style surfing Compatible with Media Center Extender devices var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

CableCARD On Approved PCs Only, Thomas Hawk and Jim Allchin

My (Thomas Hawk) Dinner With Microsoft Exec Jim Allchin | Thomas Hawk got the chance to have dinner with Jim Allchin again a few days ago.  I would encourage everyone to read Thomas’ write-up since I’m only going to cover part of it. Thomas: “Although as a platform Vista has been approved by CableLabs at this point, an important step that will still be necessary for the PC/CableCARD reality is CableLab’s approval for finshed individual OEM PCs as well. Although Vista has been approved, OEMs will in fact still need to get their individual machines certified by CableLabs as well. … Continue reading CableCARD On Approved PCs Only, Thomas Hawk and Jim Allchin

SecurHome Security Recording Software for Media Center v2.0

SecurHome Security Recording Software for Media Center v2.0 | SecurGen LLC, has released Version 2.0 of their highly successful Security Recording Software which allows full video surveillance recording from within Microsoft Media Center 2005. The latest software release will work with all SecurHome systems and is also available in a standalone package for IP cameras in conjunction with most other MCE machines. With the release of the new v2.0 software comes a more intuitive and dynamic user interface as well as many new and exciting software features including export, a setup menu, and sensor alerts. AVI Export – JPEG and … Continue reading SecurHome Security Recording Software for Media Center v2.0

Help Get Christoph Buenger Software In OnSpot!

Christoph Buenger Software | Christoph Buenger has apparently tried several times to get in contact with Microsoft US for adding his applications to the Online Spotlight.  His attempts however have not paid off with his requests going ignored.  For those who don’t know, Christoph Buenger Software devleloper mcePhone, mceAuction, mceContacts,  mceWeather, mceTapiRex, and more!  His applications are also featured on Download.com. Please reply here requesting that Christoph’s products should appear in the US Online Spotlight! var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

The Media Center Show #42

The Media Center Show #42 | 26th January 2006 (1hour 2min 22secs) MP3 – 21.4MB (Download Here) This week Ian Dixon talked with Joe Belfiore, VP of the eHome Division at Microsoft. Ian talked to Joe at CES and they chatted about how Media Center started, where it is now and where it’s going in the future.  Joe is very passionate about Media Center and was good fun to interview.

ATI Windows XP Media Center Edition Encoder

Windows XP Media Center Edition Encoder | This Encoder contains PVR and capture functionality for ATI TV Tuners and All-in-Wonder Cards. It is required for fully functionality of My TV within Windows XP Media Center Edition. The Encoder also allows you to run Windows XP Media Center Edition with an All-in-Wonder card without ATI Multimedia Center. ATI Retail Products All-in-Wonder® 9600 and higher Windows XP Media Center Edition EncoderPosted: January 18, 2006File Size: 1.7 MBWHQL Certified var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

Playing Around With Flickr

I went out with my girlfriend last night so she could get some pictures for her photography class.  Of course, I also brought along my new EOS 350D (eg. Digital Rebel XT) and shot some pictures myself.  I’m just learning how to use the camera and all the functions, but I managed to snap a few that I liked.

Update Rollup 2 for eHome Infrared Receiver

Update Rollup 2 for eHome Infrared Receiver for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB912024) | Install this update for the latest IR support for keyboards and remotes on machines with Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 installed. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. OverviewMicrosoft has released Update Rollup 2 for eHome Infrared Receiver for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB912024). This update is intended for systems running Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. For more information about this update, read Microsoft Knowledge Base … Continue reading Update Rollup 2 for eHome Infrared Receiver