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Have your say on the ‘Connected Home’ dream

It looks like Charlie Owen has taken onboard some of the comments about the disconnectedness (is that a real word?) of some of Microsoft’s consumer products. Eg no Recorded TV integration in the V1 Zunes or no Media Center integration with Windows Home Server. In his post Does This Cover…

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Extenders to launch in the UK soon?

UK users waiting for news of the new V2 Extenders ("Extenders for Windows Media Center") may not have to wait much longer. According to a post on vista.blorge.com there are two models coming from LinkSys and will be prices at £199 and £229 The Extenders are said to be available…

How developers are improving Media Center

Over on my Tech.co.uk blog I have posted an article on how developers are improving Media Center. Readers of this blog will know about the many 3rd party applications for Media Center and how good they are, but over on Tech.co.uk my aim is to enlighten readers about the benefits…

The Media Center Show No.129 – Pete Stagman

By Ian Dixon (18.3mb 53mins 17sec)  Vote for the show on Podcast Alley Direct Download Link – Subscribe via iTunes – Subscribe via RSS  This week Microsoft MVP Pete Stagman joins me to chat about introducing Windows Media Center to his Home Theater User group (HTPCUG.org) and how he got…

EMUCenter 0.5.0

Steven Harding has released a new version of EMUCenter. EMUCenter lets you launch your classic games from your Media Center using Arcade emulators such as MAME. So if you like your arcade games download from his new community site Developers should checkout Steven’s Developer blog for some background on how…

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MVP Developers Impressed with Media Center

Yesterday I attended an open day for MVPs at Microsoft’s Reading Office. As well as having presentations from Microsoft employees on various technologies (Silverlight was a highlight for me) there were presentations by other MVPs. Andrew Cherry (interviewed on show 120) presented an introduction in to developing Media Center applications…

The Media Center Show No.128 – mControl 2.0

By Ian Dixon (17mb 49mins 30sec)  Vote for the show on Podcast Alley Direct Download Link – Subscribe via iTunes – Subscribe via RSS This week Ted Singh from Embedded Automation returns to the show to talk about mControl 2.0, a home automation package written for Vista Media Center. We…

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Refresh Rates in Windows Media Center

In this weeks Media Center Show I will have a couple of emails on refresh rates and Windows Media Center, so I wanted to create a discussion on refresh rates. In the show (out Thursday 18th) one mailer from Sweden asked about a way of automatically switching Vista to the…

Niveus Media Center Companion Review

Niveus Media Center Companion software is something I have been waiting for since I got my Samsung Q1 UMPC. At first the companion software looks like a remote control solution for Media Center but it is more that that. You install the server part of the package on your Media…

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Niveus Media Center Companion – Beta Download

Niveus have opened up a beta of their Companion software. This is a package for controlling your Media Center PC from another PC, eg UMPC. So far this has only been available to Niveus customers. I am downloading now and will have a play Niveus Media Center Companion™ software is…

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