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10 Foot version of Media Center Health Monitor coming soon

I have spent a fair amount of time on Health Monitor (to much!) and thanks to some good feedback I have added a number of function, including a 10 foot version.The two foot version monitors your system and there is an addin for Windows Media Center for you to be…

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Xbox video-on-demand confirmed for UK

Microsoft have confimded that it’s Xbox Live Video on demand service has is coming to the UK. It’s been something I have been waiting to come to the UK (along with the Zune) for some time and it’s great to see Microsoft rolling it out to the UK. The HD…

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Vote in The Media Center Show Awards and win!

As mentioned on the award show page there is a prize draw for anybody that leaves there email address when voting in The Media Center Show Awards. So here are some of the prizes up for grabs From Embedded Automation – mControl 2.0 Home Automation software for Windows Media Center…

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Looking for Beta Testers for "Media Center Health Monitor"

For a while I have been working on a small program that gives me a little piece of mind when working with Recorded TV in Media Center. A while back I had a problem with Recordings not working due to a corruption in Recordings.XML, I only noticed the problem a…

The Media Center Show No.133 – Tranquil PC

By Ian Dixon (16.2mb 47mins 16sec)  Vote for the show on Podcast Alley Direct Download Link – Subscribe via iTunes – Subscribe via RSS I have two interviews this week recorded on location in Manchester. James Senior from Microsoft UK talks about the "Windows Vista After Hours" events hosted around…

The Media Center Show No.133 – Tranquil PC

By Ian Dixon (16.2mb 47mins 16sec)  Vote for the show on Podcast Alley Direct Download Link – Subscribe via iTunes – Subscribe via RSS I have two interviews this week recorded on location in Manchester. James Senior from Microsoft UK talks about the “Windows Vista After Hours” events hosted around…

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How to get Windows Media Center receiving premium HD cable content without CableCARD

I just read an interesting article on Hometoys.com about how to get Premium HD cable content in to Media Center without using CableCARD. The solution uses an undocumented feature of Motorola Set Top Boxes (specifically the QIP6200-2 in this case) to get the content. The RF output connection (the ‘F’…

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Delay on UK Shipments of Extenders till February

As Chris Lanier pointed out the V2 extenders have been delayed to late December / January. This is disappointing, when they were unveiled in October there was a lot of buzz about these products and that fact they they would be available for Christmas. In the UK there are STILL…

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mControl Developer Program

Embedded Automation have released details of the mControl Developer Program. The mControl Developer Program allows developers to extend the functionality of mControl by getting the mControl Driver Development Kit (mControl DDK) and creating devices using the .NET framework. This is great for adding protocols to mControl that are not natively…

Media Center meets Piano

Ever wish your Media Center PC was installed in a piano? No, me neither but that is on sale on ebay.This Media Center/Piano hybrid is a full Media Center PC with 26 inch LCD and the old Media Center Remote keyboard in place of the piano keys (I hope they…

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