Why I Don’t Cover Zune

Several people have asked me why I have not covered any of the Zune leaks and stuff.  The main reason that I don’t cover it is because their isn’t much to say and the last thing Microsoft needs is yet another device over-hyped (read: UMPC) and then it doesn’t sale well. I’ve always been under the impression that Zune is more like Portable Media Center v2.5.  This has been showing more and more by the latest news.  It’s made by Toshiba who currently makes a Portable Media Center (Gigabeat), it’s UI mockups look like Portable Media Center that I have … Continue reading Why I Don’t Cover Zune

Home Automation and mControl Post Coming Soon

For those of you who had interest in mControl and Home Automation I’ll have a good post about setting up INSTEON switches/dimmers with mControl later this week.  I got a dimmer and controller in yesterday, and setup it up with mControl.  It’s working great and I’ll have a full review and helpful getting started information to follow.  If anyone has questions about mControl, feel free to post and I’ll try and field them in the post or comments.  Now, back to learning Pre-cal (I hate calculus/algebra, give me some geometry or something to do already).  =) var dc_UnitID = 14; … Continue reading Home Automation and mControl Post Coming Soon

The Media Center Show #71

The Media Center Show #71 | 17th August 2006 (46min 18secs) MP3 – 15.9MB (Download Here) This week Ian Dixon talked with Christoph Buenger CEO and Founder of Scendix Software, the developers of applications like mceWeather, mcePhone and the award winning application mceAuction. var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

Schedule Recordings And Get Recommendations From Your Cell with UGuide

UGuide has launched in beta for Media Center users to try out.  UGuide can be used to view your program guides directly from Media Center on your cell phone (Java-enabled only).  Not only can you view it, but UGuide also can send daily personalized recommendations to you and allow you to remotely schedule recordings! Search: Find exactly what you want to watch or recordRecommendations: Receive daily recommendations for programs that closely match your TV viewing preferencesRemote PVR Recording: Schedule recordings on your Windows Media Center PVR… from another room or another cityTV List: Quick and easy navigation that helps you … Continue reading Schedule Recordings And Get Recommendations From Your Cell with UGuide

Yougle: YouTube Meets Google Video

Yougle | Google Video and YouTube Via Media Center | You should already know that you can search and browse YouTube via Media Center, but the developer is not stopping there.  Currently in beta, Yougle from Push-A-Button Software combines YouTube and Google Video into a single Media Center interface.  Free software, but please donate if you like it. var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

Slickest Media Center Plug-In Yet; HeatWave!

Nearly a year ago I blogged about a James @ MCExtended tapping into a whole new style of Media Center development.  No Hosted HTML here, James was using undocumented features in a few of Media Center’s dynamic link libraries that allowed him to integrate the plug-in directly using the true Media Center interface/rendered.  The project died out only a few weeks later after James had talks with Charlie Owen about the downsides of using his new development methods. Anyway, HeatWave is now back and just as cool as ever.  This weather plug-in uses Managed DirectX to present it’s UI and … Continue reading Slickest Media Center Plug-In Yet; HeatWave!

View IP Based Cameras With mceNetCAM

mceNetCAM (The Green Button Community) | Another great plug-in for Media Center has been updated, mceNetCAM which allows you to view IP Based Network Cameras within Media Center.  Be sure to check out the list of currently supported cameras on the developers website.  It can be downloaded here. var dc_UnitID = 14; var dc_PublisherID = 11967; var dc_AdLinkColor = ‘6699cc’; var dc_adprod=’ADL’;

S1Digital and Autonomic Controls Partner to Provide A/V Integration Support for Media Center

S1Digital LLC, a leading manufacturer of Media Servers based on Windows Media Center Edition, and Autonomic Controls, Inc., the exclusive provider of AV integration software for Windows Media Center Edition, have entered into an OEM agreement to provide custom installers with a two way control protocol for S1Digital Media Centers. New York, NY. June 30, 2006. S1Digital LLC and Autonomic Controls’ have partnered to provide custom integrators with two-way, IP based control of S1Digital Media Centers. The control protocol is now available as a pre-installed option across the range of S1Digital’s Media Centers and is designed to ease the integration … Continue reading S1Digital and Autonomic Controls Partner to Provide A/V Integration Support for Media Center