themediacentershow1[1]Welcome to show 250, 5 years and 250 shows since the first show back in XP Media Center days! Taking a look back and forward with me is Windows expert Ed Bott, we look at the longevity of XP, the trouble with Windows Vista and the success of Windows 7. Ed has some interesting views where the technology is heading and in particular the future for products like Windows Home Server, WHS enthusiasts get your email ready!

Ed is always great to talk to and I really enjoyed chatting with him. I also have email and a look at the weeks news including new addins for Windows Media Center and speculations on Google TV

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One thought on “The Media Center Show No.250 – Ed Bott”
  1. I know this is somewhat beyond the scope of the original discussion but while Ed may be correct re. MS’s (and others) long term strategy for using the cloud to provide & store content I’m not sure that it’s something we should look forward to or embrace when/if it arrives.

    Ignoring issues like bandwidth (which, at least in the US, frankly is just not there yet) there is something very comforting about owning the bits – even if that’s not as easy as the alternative.

    1) We don’t have to look that far back for e.g. of content providers disconnecting users from content that they thought they owned either through error, or because the site closed down.

    2) As any Sidekick user can explain, having a single point of failure, esp. when you don’t own it, for your bits is a bad idea. It would be a hard SAF conversation to have when explaining that MS (or whoever) deleted all of the family photos.

    3) Diversity of storage equals survivability of content. This is somewhat related to #2, but with expanded scope. When we don’t really own our content there’s no way to archive (i.e. Library of Congress) it. This is important both for history, but also because it holds content creators accountable (both good/bad) for their work. They cannot erase the work.

    4) Privacy. When you borrow something it’s implicit in the transaction that the borrower can (and probably will) track usage. When the things you own are in the cloud, everything is trackable – not just that you bought it, but how many times it’s been consumed, from where, etc.

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