Short Bits: Zune Mobile, Home Servers, TV Pack, More

Remember when I said you would hear more about Zune on mobile phones before the years end?  Well, now you have.  “Zune software will also be ported to and be more important not just with the hardware but on the PC, on Windows Mobile devices, etc.,” said Steve Ballmer. Missing Remote has had a few great articles over the past few weeks including a Battle of the Windows Home Server Systems and a letter to Microsoft about what is going on with Media Center.  The article ends with a note to Microsoft asking for them to “go back to the … Continue reading Short Bits: Zune Mobile, Home Servers, TV Pack, More

Short Bits: CableCARD, Media Center Show

Ed Bott has a great post on why CableCARD will never be mainstream.   Not only is the process of getting a CableCARD and having it paired a problem, but the lack of troubleshooting information (or rather the need for troubleshooting at all) on the PC side of things means CableCARD is likely to never to mainstream.  Ed’s suggestion to fix this is transition Media Center to a standalone STB type system (which is everyones solution to everything).  I’m not sure that would fix the issues with CableCARD, but the transition away from the standard PC is a whole different topic. … Continue reading Short Bits: CableCARD, Media Center Show

Short Bits: Storage Pack, CE Pro, Media Center Show, More

Microsoft is planning to release a Storage Feature Pack for Windows that will include Blu-ray mastering support among other things.  Sadly this is still very far from Blu-ray Playback support which has its own set of issues. CE Pro has had a number of Media Center posts gearing up for CEDIA.  Julie says that Microsoft’s focus at CEDIA will be the custom integrator channel and not so much on the OEM only TV Pack.  I know a lot of people are waiting for CEDIA because they think Microsoft is going to drop some big news about DIRECTV being included or … Continue reading Short Bits: Storage Pack, CE Pro, Media Center Show, More

Short Bits: Fiji, Media Center Show, Olympics

Mary Jo Foley covers the mess that has been Fiji.  I’ll have more soon, but Fiji will go down in history as one of the worst coordinated projects to come out of Microsoft in a long time. On this week’s Media Center Show Ian Dixon has Automated Home’s Mark McCall talking Home Sever, Media Center, and of course, home automation. This is the first time the Olympics is making a big splash online, and if you have followed any of the press around it there are a lot of players involved this year.  Microsoft is clearly one of the top … Continue reading Short Bits: Fiji, Media Center Show, Olympics

Short Bits: SDV, HP TocuhSmart, Media Center Show

Missing Remote has had several great articles and review this week including an article on SDV and what it means to your CableCARD PC.  In addition to that Mike reviewed TVTonic for Media Center and D-Link’s DSM-330 DivX Connected Extender (non Media Center Extender). Ian Dixon got one of the new HP TouchSmart panels to play with and gives his first impressions and an unboxing video.  If you haven’t had a chance to use one of these new panels yet I’d run out and try and find one locally setup in-store.   It is a great PC and the fact that … Continue reading Short Bits: SDV, HP TocuhSmart, Media Center Show

I’m on The Media Center Show

Last month I did a special live edition of The Media Center Show with Ian Dixon, and today the podcast is ready for download.  It was great to finally get back with Ian, so I hope everyone gives it a listen.  Just ignore me stumbling over the word “Blu-ray” every five seconds.  My apparent inability to talk mixed with some horrible allergies that I was trying to get over led to some interesting fumbles. Anyway, be sure to listen to The Media Center Show #154 for the whole thing.

Short Bits: DVR-MStoWMV, Media Center Show, DSM-750

Public release of DVRMStoWMVHD is up, very cool simple program to convert DVR-MS files to WMV. Ian Dixon has the latest Media Center Show out today, this week it features Dave Evans talking about home theater. Amazon has the D-Link DSM-750 finally available, although it is a bit pricey at $315.  In contrast Buy.com has it for $270 (though sold out).  Now Direct (who I have never heard of) has it for $250.  Also check Reseller Ratings before making a purchase from an online retailer that you wouldn’t heard of. Looks like Blockbuster might be doing a stream set-top box … Continue reading Short Bits: DVR-MStoWMV, Media Center Show, DSM-750

Short Bits: On10, Media Center Show, More

On10 has video interviews with Autonomic Controls as well as Cannon PC that were posted this week.  Cannon PC has even stepped up and now is a Microsoft OEM so they can offer CableCARD. Ian Dixon has a new Media Center Show with Charlie Owen and special guest Ted Singh of Embedded Automation.  Ted is on with a short interview about their new in-wall touchscreen, and Charlie as always is on with development news and platform highlights. I’m trying out some new things in regards to authoring HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs that I hope to post on later.  For … Continue reading Short Bits: On10, Media Center Show, More

Listen to me Live Today

Remember I’m live today on The Media Center Show with Ian Dixon at 1pm PDT.  There will be a live video stream of Ian and the audio from both of us.  In addition there is a chat room all at Live.TheDigitalLifestyle.com.  You will need a free Ustream account if you want to join the chat.  I hope to see everyone there!

Short Bits: $150 Extenders, Media Center Show

Just a few reminders, Amazon is still selling Linksys Extenders at $100 off.  Some are getting that the code has expired, but most others are not.  If you are getting that it is expired, register for a new account and give it a shot.  The DMA2100 is $150 after the discount and the DMA2200 is $200 (both have free shipping options).  This is really a fantastic deal, and while you might not want to replace your Xbox 360 in your living room just yet the Linksys Extenders are perfect for the bedroom (my review of the DMA 2200 is here). … Continue reading Short Bits: $150 Extenders, Media Center Show