Media Center hits the mainstream

more good news on Media Center, Media Center sales have gone through the roof Ed Bott and Chris Lanier are reporting the a big increase in MCE Sales For the week ending August 20, 2005, Media Center PCs accounted for 43% of all desktop personal computers sold in the U.S. retail market, based on data … Continue reading

mcePhone – a new Skype plugin

Christoph Buenger has told me about his new plug in for Media Center "This is a complete Skype-plugin for MCE.  you will be able to place calls, pickup calls, see your missed calls, listen to voicemails and much more without leaving the MCE UI just using your remote control" more info at   it will be … Continue reading

John Hodgson plays with the new MS Media Center keyboard

  John Hodgson had one of the new Microsoft Media Center keyboards While he liked the keyboard he didn’t keep it as it had a few shortcomings and the main problem is the mouse, he said " What a beautiful piece of hardware, with a great feel about it that is completely let down by … Continue reading

Emerald Release Date?

Seeing as there is not much Media Center news I thought I would throw this one in. Emerald, the update for Windows Media Center 2005 will not be realised next week as I hoped , but October as Chris Lanier thought it may.   I am very sure of this (although not confirmed by Microsoft). I … Continue reading

Vista Media Center SKU (again!)

Chris Laniner has a another post about another a report on Media Center SKU. This time its from saying “The biggest news which we have heard is that when Windows Vista ships it will be Media Centre enabled as standard.” This contradicts what Steve Ballmer said about Media Center being part of a premium SKU. As … Continue reading

The Windows Media Center Show #22 – Webguide

The Media Center Show #22 (MP3 – 13.3MB – 38 mins 53sec)LISTEN HERE and the RSS feed is over on the Podcast Network site   On this weeks show I have Doug Berrett developer of WebGuide3 the remote scheduler for Media Center, we talk about what is does, how it does it and future developments.I also … Continue reading

The Grand Prix Show #11 – Pitpass

The Grand Prix Show #11 – Pitpass special August 25th, 2005 by Ian The Grand Prix Show #011(MP3 – 26.6MB – 1 Hour 17min 29sec) LISTEN HERE and the show notes and RSS feed are HERE   Welcome to the Grand Prix Show.This is a special show as Jon is away this week so Chris Balfe … Continue reading

You will need a Media Center PC to stream video to an XBOX 360

Not sure if people have picked up on this already but I was reading J Allard’s interview with XBOX lives Major Nelson ( and he was asked if you will be able to stream video from a PC, the answer was yes, but you NEED a Media Center PC   "J Allard (Expert): Q: Can we stream videos … Continue reading

Build a silent Media Center PC

Digital Home magazine have just posted a great guide on how to build a silent Media Center PC   "Media PCs are the most powerful and flexible entertainment systems around. They’ll record and time shift TV shows, play DVDs or high definition video, manage your entire music collection, put on slideshows of digital photos and … Continue reading

Goodbye Bob Moog

Sad to say, one of the greatest inventors of music instruments Bob Moog has died yesterday. Bob was the inventor of the Moog synthesizer that changed the face of music. Listen to some of Jan Hammer’s 70’s music to hear a Moog sing.   Via Engadget