The Media Center Show Extra #5

Welcome to Show #5.

On this on the all Vista show I will be taking a look at mceBackup 2.0 my backup tool for Media Center, Big Screen Headlines a RSS reader for Vista Media Center and a look at Music in Vista Media Center.

The extra shows are great fun to do and I appreciate your feedback and suggestions.

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Have A Great Christmas and New Year

Just wanted to say to all readers of this blog and listeners of the Media Center Center Show have a great Christmas. I have really enjoyed doing the show over the last year and hope to continue and make the show better in 2007. As ever I do appreciate your suggestions and comments so please keep them coming in

There will be no show next week but there will be a new Media Center Show Extra out next Thursday, see you in 2007!

Media Center EPG Problem

Last night my Media Center was happily working away recording a program, then the next scheduled program didn’t record. Very annoying as I only noticed it wasn’t recording after the program had finished.

Looking at the Recordings screen in Media Center, it had the program as being set to record but the program had already finished.

i.e. it said the program was due to record at 9:30pm but it was 10pm and it hadn’t recorded it.

I restarted the Media Center Schedule services and the recording event disappeared from the list and the next program recorded as scheduled.

So I check the event viewer and on the Media Center event log it said the program didn’t record due to a power failer etc. and in the Application Log was filled with about 50 of the same error:

Event Info: Unexpected exception in QueryWorker.DoQuery()
Process: DefaultDomain
Object Name: Microsoft.Ehome.Epg.Query.TitleQuery

After the Scheduler service had restarted the event stopped being reported and all is ok. Its not the first time this has happened and its getting very frustrating now. Has anybody else got any ideas on what this means and how to prevent it? I did a search on the web and only found it mentioned on a comment on Aaron Stebners blog

Vista Media Center Remotes

Yesterday seemed to be Remote day!

First off where pictures of the Philips remotes. Nice looking remotes and there is even a PC Express Card Remote coming soon for laptops.

via Chris Lanier

 

Then there are the nice Sideshow ones on cepro

 

And we have a winner. The first company to officially announce a SideShow remote control is Interlink Electronics, Inc., one of the preeminent OEMs of remote controls.

SideShow is a new feature of Windows Vista that allows small bits of PC-based data to be displayed on and controlled through auxiliary displays like remote controls and digital picture frames. To use SideShow, users need not boot up the PC. Furthermore users can enjoy SideShow without hijacking the computer desktop

and finally a very nice Ricavision remote on MissingRemote

 

That gives you a 100-meter (or so) operating radius when coupled with the included USB RC6 (IR) receiver and Class 1 Bluetooth receiver. Nice, however, what’s most notable is that sweet, sweet 2.5-inch QVGA LCD display for Microsoft’s promising SideShow technology; a bit of magicking that hooks the remote into a suite of Media Center "Gadgets" allowing you to extract and display information related to your media

 

 One of my tasks at CES is to track done the Media Center remotes and have a good look at them. One good point mentioned by a fellow MVP is what is the point of a side show remote if you running a Media Center extender?

The Windows Media Center Show #88 – Mike Newell (Microsoft)

The Media Center Show #88 – Mike Newell (Microsoft)

The Media Center Show #87(MP3 – 23.0mb- 67mins 07secs)
by Ian Dixon

LISTEN HERE

This week on the final show of 2006, Mark Newell a Program Manager from the eHome team at Microsoft joins me to talk about the history of Media Center, the new look and feel of Vista Media Center and what happens when you submit an error report in Windows.

 

The Vote page is up for The Media Center Show Awards, so get voting now and enter the prize draw

Have you watched The Media Center Show Extra yet? Its my new video accompaniment to the show, new show coming soon

The Media Center Show with Orb Networks

Send your questions and feedback to isdixon at gmail dot com
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
01:30 mceBackup 2.0
02:34 Please leave feedback for mceBackup 2.0 here
04:17 Still time to vote in the Media Center Show Awards
04:29 A new Media Center Extra show out soon
04:51 A message from Onevoice
05:45 Welcome to Mark
06:00 Mark’s background
06:32 The Vision of the Media Center
09:09 In the early days
11:40 Features v ease of use
15:20 How the UI has changed
17:50 The new left to right UI of Vista Media Center
25:30 The new Start Menu in Media Center
28:34 My Music in Vista Media Center
33:00 Albums v Singles
35:09 Viewing music by year
38:33 Most used functions in Media Center
44:00 Tags on Photos
50:00 Mark’s favorite feature of Vista
52:18 What happens when you Send an error report
59:09 What is coming now Vista is complete
01:02 Get your questions in to the show
1:03:00 See you in the New Year
Music by Ian Dixon 

 

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mceBackup 2.0

mceBackup 2.0

I have finally got round to getting a beta version of mceBackup 2.0 out. This is totally new version of my backup tool for Media Center

Features:

  • Backs up TV channel assignment
  • Backs up Scheduled recordings and series recordings
  • Backs up recorded TV to local drives, or networked drives (via UNC paths)
  • Backup up an additional folder
  • Has its own schedule engine for automating backups
  • Displays the status of critical Media Center services
  • Command line and GUI version available, 10 foot version coming soon
  • Works with Vista and XP
  • Can be used to transfer settings from one Media Center PC to another

Requires .net framework 2.0 to be installed

Download the beta

Your feedback will be appreciated please leave comments at

http://iandixon.co.uk/cs/forums/17/ShowForum.aspx

 

Getting it working with Vista was a real challenge with the changes to user access security!

The Windows Media Center Show #87 – Tim Cutting

The Media Center Show #87(MP3 – 23.0mb- 67mins 07secs)
by Ian Dixon

LISTEN HERE

This week on the show Tim Cutting CEO and founder of Niveus Media joins me on the show to talk about Niveus’s latests products including their Cablecard,HD-DVD and rack products. It great to get Tim back on the show they have some great products and Tim has some good information on Cablecard and HD-DVD

The Vote page is up for The Media Center Show Awards, so get voting now and enter the prize draw

Have you watched The Media Center Show Extra yet? Its my new video accompaniment to the show.

The Media Center Show with Orb Networks

Send your questions and feedback to isdixon at gmail dot com
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
01:16 Vista XBOX 360 Extender screen saver problems, see HERE
02:09 Media Center Extender’s and PC spec
03:59 Question on Sky from the forums
05:10 Charlie Owen on Why Our Look & Feel Isn’t Available To Applications 06:30 Big Screen TV– The weekly Nial spot!
07:50 My Movies update
08:15 Vote in the Media Center Show awards
08:40 New Media Center Show Extra out soon
08:45 New Version of mceBackup out soon
10:00 A message from Onevoice
10:50 Welcome back to Tim
11:15 Recap on Niveus
12:40 Media Server not a PC
16:58 Certification
18:00 Connections and back panel
21:55 what is new?
23:00 Rack version
26:00 DVD server
30:25 Managed Copy on HD-DVD
31:40 Info on HD-DVD
36:00 State of the next gen DVD war
38:00 Cablecard
41:00 Cablelab Certification process
44:00 How it works
48:00 No more irblasters!
52:00 Niveus Cablecard Readiness
54:30 Vista
56:30 Companion Software
1:00:00 Thanks to Tim
1:01:00 Words and Music by Ian Dixon

Niveus

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