My Vista video makes YouTube Most Viewed

The Vista XBOX 360 extender video that I posted on Tuesday has gone from a couple of hundred downloads on Tuesday to over 10,000 downloads yesterday. Someone also posted it on Youtube and it has made the Most Viewed with over 3000 views.
 
It show how despite a lot of negative comments about Vista there is a great deal of interest in Vista, Media Center and the XBOX 360
 
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The Windows Media Center Show #68 – S1Digital

The Media Center Show #68 – S1Digital

July 27th, 2006

The Media Center Show #68(MP3 – 15.4mb- 44mins 47secs)
LISTEN HERE

This week joining me on the show is Paul Heitlinger from S1Digital. We will be looking at there Media Center PC range, servers and extenders. We will also be talking about there Media Center show room.

The Media Center Show with Orb Networks

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
01:02 New Dual DVB-T cards in the UK, AV forums
01:50 Windows Media Player development
03:24 Using the XBOX 360 as an extender for Vista, see my video
05:39 A Message from Onevoice
06:26 Welcome to Paul from S1Digital
08:28 Simplifidigital , My Movies
09:00 Home Automation
11:00 Products
14:00 PMC
15:09 Media Center Server Edition
18:44 Touch Screen with Media Center
22:02 Squeezebox
25:20 Vista
30:59 Media Center Show Room, Channel 9 Video
37:20 CEDIA
41:19 Download my music at iandixon.co.uk

 

List of new features for Vista Media Center

Matt Goyer has collated a list of new features for Vista Media Center, I think sometimes people don’t realize half the new features in the new version of Media Center
 
  • Support for 64bit machines
  • You can upgrade to Windows Vista Media Center from XP
  • Media Center is included as part of two Windows Vista SKUs
  • No need to buy a Media Center. You can install yourself.
  • Domain join
  • Available worldwide in every locale that we ship Windows to (160 new locales! 15 new languages!)
  • More content on screen in our photos/music/videos/TV libraries Faster perf for the music library

  • OCUR/CableCARD support
  • It was very hard to use a mouse in MCE 2005. We’ve made some big improvements to mouse handling.
  • Likewise, hard to use with a touch screen before, should be better now
  • Run on your Tablet PC
  • New start menu to get you to where you want to be faster
  • Start photo slideshow from Music Now Playing
  • Now playing item on the start menu, should be more discoverable
  • More ways to slice and dice your music collection
  • New music Now Playing
  • Way better queue management
  • View photos and videos by folder or date
  • Mini TV guide
  • TV favorites/most viewed
  • TV categories is now discoverable
  • TV guide is an overlay
  • Easy to get to TV categories
  • Thumbnails in recorded TV library
  • PAL exhaustive channel scanning
  • Microsoft DVD codec
  • Native burning solution
  • Extender platform. Now any hardware manufacturer can integrate a MCX into their TV, DVD player, etc.
  • Tighter integration on start menu for third parties. You’re no longer buired in More Programs
  • Windows Media Center Presentation Layer, now you can build apps that have the same fidelity as Media Center
  • Windows Presentation Foundation, re-use your Avalon code to build Media Center applications
  • Hotstart

Running Vista Media Center on my XBOX 360 (with Video)

Last night I played with the extender function of Windows Vista. This is the first time I have got my XBOX 360 working as an extender with Vista.
Using the latest build of Vista (5472) I setup up the XBOX 360 as an extender. The setup was very simple, it seems slicker that the XP version and maybe a little quicker.
Once up and running it looks exactly like Media Center running on Vista, with the new UI and sounds.
 
I made a little video of Vista Media Center running on my XBOX 360, check out the new mini guide in action as well as the the new sounds
 
 
 
 

The Windows Media Center Show #67 – Ian McCarthy

The Media Center Show #67 – Ian McCarthy

July 20th, 2006

The Media Center Show #65(MP3 – 21.6mb- 63mins 00secs)
LISTEN HERE

This week on the show is Orb’s Ian McCarthy, we will be talking about place shifting with mobile devices and video services like YouTube. Also if you want to beta test the new version of Orb keep listening. I also have a Skype message and email in to the show

The Media Center Show with Orb Networks

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:
00:34 Coming up this week
01:00 Email – Streaming over wifi
03:50 Sky Radio and the EPG
05:28 Skype Message from Rob Finney
07:08 Media Center Expert Blog
07:53 Update for mControl
08:25 Youtube on Media Center
08:55 A Message from OneVoice
09:43 Welcome to Ian
10:11 Hauppauge bundle Orb with TV Cards
13:03 How it works
14:10 Client devices
15:39 Orb and Vodafone on the Register
27:04 Web 2.0 innervation
29:09 Media Center as the connection for the home
30:51 Changes at Microsoft
35:23 YouTube
41:31 Apple Video downloads
47:36 Get on Orb’s 2.0 beta
50:00 Plug ins for Orb
55:00 Thanks to Ian
56:00 Music – Over and Over from my new CD
Media Center Communicator

 

The Windows Media Center Show #66 -Inteset

The Media Center Show #66 – Inteset

July 13th, 2006

The Media Center Show #66(MP3 – 14.6mb- 42mins 43secs)
LISTEN HERE

This week on the show is Jeff Lloyd, president and CEO from Inteset a company specialising in Media Center products for AV installers.

I also have a tip on building Caller ID in to Media Center

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

Sorry no times for the show this week I ran out of time before I had to leave for a short holiday 🙂 , so here are the links talked about on the show this week. Oh and checkout download some of my music from HERE

Caller ID on Media Center 
Media Center Book
Dual Monitor Display Solution
Onevoice
Inteset

Media Center Communicator

 

mceBackup 2.0 update

As I posted before,I am working on a update for mceBackup

Well I say update its more of a complete re-write using .net 2.0 and Media Center Markup Language. Its going to a 10 foot application for Vista that enables you to backup your scheduled recordings all via the Vista Media Center UI (plus other settings)

I have actual got an alpha version of the 2 foot version working, a GUI UI and a command line version, and I tested in on XP to Vista and it worked ok. So you could use it if you testing builds of Vista and don’t want to setup your scheduled TV recordings every time.

Next week I will make the 2 foot version available to download and please feel free to post question and suggestions either via a comment or on my forums

Producing a CD

Now I finished my CD I was thinking on how to sell and distribute it. I know I am not going to sell many (if any) but its something I have always wanted to do. I know Cafe Press do CD distribution and they have the kind of model I want (ie no minimum quantity) but is there a better service around, is there a UK based one?
 
Any ideas?
 
If you want to download some tracks for free go to
 

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