mceBackup Update

Now that I have almost finished my music project I want to get back in to some Media Center development and am itching to try out the new Vista development models. I was amazed to see what mceBackup is still be getting frequent downloads (sometimes over 20 a day!) I thought I would create a 10 foot version of my backup tool.
 
First off is the decision of what development platform to use. Do I go for HTML for use with XP and Vista or go for one of the rich platforms like WPF of Media Center Presentation Layer?
 
At the moment I am leaning to WPF as the design tools will run on my laptop, but I am not 100% sure yet.
 
I was wondering if anybody had any feature suggestions for a 10′ backup tool, and any recommendations for the development modal?

The Windows Media Center Show #64 – Chris Anderson

This week on the show Chris Anderson editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine and author of the Long Tail Blog. Chris will be explaining what the Long Tail is and how if effects Media Center users.

Chris Anderson 

Plus your email

See the variety of equipment and setups that Media Center users have posted,the pictures are on my site HERE and there is an RSS feed for the pictures

Send your questions and feedback to mailto:isdixon@gmail.com(feel free to send your questions in mp3)
or you can send your questions and comments in to the show Skype Line “MediaCenterShow


Don’t forget your to check out Media Center Show Gear

The forums are at Iandixon.co.uk/forums

Show Times:
00:40 Coming up this week
01:00 HDMI connections to Media Center
03:00 Troubleshooting XBOX 360 PC Setup issues
03:46 A Message from Onevoice
04:31 Welcome to Chris
05:05 What is the Long tail
06:53 What drives the Long tail
08:50 An example of the Long tail
12:50 Rights
15:40 The Long tail and Windows Media Center
19:00 YouTube.com
20:30 “The end of the monopoly of the hit”
23:29 Filtering and searchin
25:15 The Long tail book
28:17 Pre-order the book
29:00 See you next week, send in your email
Music by Ian Dixon (new CD very coming soon!!)
Media Center Communicator

 

Paul Thurrott has trouble with Vista Media Center, I want your thoughts

I don’t normally comment on Paul Thurrott’s posts thought I would on this one.
Paul posted a article called "Windows Vista’s Media Center Not Ready for Prime Time" (hasn’t he used this already?)
He talks of how slow Vista Media Center is and how some of the UI is still XP based.
Well as its a beta I am sure its not 100% ready, thats why its still beta software. From my experience I found the performance OK but the stability not quite there. Thats why I haven’t upgraded my main machine to Vista yet.
 
He does say how he likes the right to left menus and the thumbnail based TV section.
I would like to hear how other listeners / readers are getting on with Vista and will do an update on the show

The Windows Media Center Show #63 – Niall Ginsbourg

The Media Center Show #63(MP3 – 14.1mb- 40mins 59secs)
LISTEN HERE

The Media Center Show with Orb Networks

This week on the show is Niall Ginsbourg talking about his Big Screen Photos application. A Flickr application for Windows Media Center, developed using the latest .net 3.0 technologies (with a great Vista Media Center style UI)
We will be talking about the application and how using XAML has made for a rich application UI.
You can download a beta from HERE

Plus your email

See the variety of equipment and setups that Media Center users have posted,the pictures are on my site HERE and there is an RSS feed for the pictures

Send your questions and feedback to mailto:isdixon@gmail.com(feel free to send your questions in mp3)
or you can send your questions and comments in to the show Skype Line “MediaCenterShow


Don’t forget your to check out Media Center Show Gear

The forums are at Iandixon.co.uk/forums

Show Times:

00:39 Coming up this week on the show
01:15 Dual Monitor fixes
03:47 TV Quality Issues – Microsoft DVD Decoder Checkup tool
05:48 Developing with PHP and Media Center – The Green Button, interviews with Casey Chesnut,Stephen Toub,Charlie Owen
07:25 mceAuction 2.0 wins an award
08:10 A Message from Onevoice
08:53 Welcome to Niall
09:13 Background on the application, viewing Flickr photos on Media Center
11:01 The development technologies, WPF .NET 3.0
12:34 XAML
15:00 What is Flickr
17:21 The UI
20:00 Features
21:50 Keyboard access
23:00 Supported platforms
24:00 Extenders
25:29 Picture Resolution
26:00 Why use WPF over Media Center Markup
29:37 Beta version is ready for download
30:19 Lite and Pro versions
31:33 Release dates
32:00 Media Center Sandbox
33:35 The PVR Project Update (See this interview)
36:55 Thanks ton Niall – Please send Niall your feedback
37:48 See you next week

Music by Ian Dixon (new CD coming soon!!)

Media Center Communicator

The Windows Media Center Show #62 – Eric Voetberg (Microsoft)

The Media Center Show #62(MP3 – 16.4mb- 47mins 4secs)
LISTEN HERE

The Media Center Show with Orb Networks

This week on the show is Eric Voetberg a Program Manager from the eHome team at Microsoft. We will be talking about the development process for Vista and Eric’s area of expertise in Media Center Online Spotlight and More Programs.

Plus a whole host of tips via the email

See the variety of equipment and setups that Media Center users have posted,the pictures are on my site HERE and there is an RSS feed for the pictures

Send your questions and feedback to mailto:isdixon@gmail.com(feel free to send your questions in mp3)
or you can send your questions and comments in to the show Skype Line “MediaCenterShow


Don’t forget your to check out Media Center Show Gear

The forums are at Iandixon.co.uk/forums

Show Times:

00:45 Coming up this week
01:10 PMC Question
02:09 Update on clock syncing
02:36 Alternative to XP’s clock syncing client  http://nettime.sourceforge.net/
03:23 Dual Monitors with Media Center
04:41 Upcoming shows
05:37 A message from Onevoice
06:29 Welcome to Eric
06:47 Eric’s background
09:03 Application prototyping
11:00 Picking features
14:00 Developing with Vista Media Center
14:50 The Full Fidelity Experience (c) Charlie Owen
15:48 Online Spotlight
18:00 Online Spotlight redesign
21:20 More Programs
24:00 Re-design of the Vista Media Center start menu
26:50 Balancing the end user experience
31:50 Dogfooding Media Center
35:00 New Online Spotlight applications
37:02 WPF Applications
39:58 Vista timetable
41:35 CES
42:34 Thanks to Eric
42:50 See you next week

Music by Ian Dixon (new CD coming soon!!)

Media Center Communicator

The Windows Media Center Show #61 – AMD Live!

The Media Center Show #61 – AMD Live!

The Media Center Show #61(MP3 – 15.8mb- 46mins 12secs)
LISTEN HERE

The Media Center Show with Orb Networks

This week on the show I am very excited to be talking to Teresa de Onis, AMD brand Manager and Orb’s Ian McCarthy about AMD Live! and what it means for Media Center users.

I also have your email in to the show, please keep it coming!
See the variety of equipment and setups that Media Center users have posted,the pictures are on my site HERE and there is an RSS feed for the pictures

Send your questions and feedback to isdixon@gmail.com (feel free to send your questions in mp3)
or you can send your questions and comments in to the show Skype Line “MediaCenterShow


Don’t forget your to check out Media Center Show Gear

The forums are at Iandixon.co.uk/forums

Show Times:
00:41 Coming up this week
01:09 – Email PMC Questions
03:20 HD Satellite on Media Center
04:48 Net Time – net time /SETSNTP:address, Time Servers
05:30 XBOX 360 Extender tips
06:30 Big Screen Photos (XAML Browser Application) for Windows® XP and Windows® Vista® Media Center (Beta 2)
07:35 Favorites for Vista Media Center
08:27 A Message from One Voice
09:14 Welcome to Teresa de Onis
09:50 What is AMD Live!
10:37 AMD Live! Entertainment Suite
13:36 Ian McCarthy’s take on AMD Live!
15:00 How AMD picked there software partners
18:55 What you need to get the software
22:36 Cool and Quite
26:00 Hardware requirements for AMD Live!
26:52 Away Mode
29:57 Software Requirements
31:09 TV Cards
33:40 Future plans
34:24 Set Top Boxes
40:16 Availability
42:00 Thanks to AMD and Orb

Music by Ian Dixon (new CD coming soon!!)

Media Center Communicator

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