Microsoft Surface Computing

Just as I prepare to leave for the airport I saw the press release on Microsoft’s new Surface Computing product. It looks a fantastic user interface and at first it expected to be used in public places like Casinos. I can see that when the product becomes more mainstream that it would be great in … Continue reading

Off on holiday

For the first time in a long time I am going on holiday (vacation for US readers!) so there will be little if any posting, I will not be completely disconnected, I am taking my Samsung Q1 UMPC with me. I am looking forward to switching off for a while, and putting my faith in my Media … Continue reading

The Media Center Show – Coming Soon

Listen Here The Media Center Show is taking a break and will be returning June 14th and when it returns there are a ton of great interviews coming up. From the Media Center world we have in-car Media Center PC systems, Microsoft’s Jessica Zahn, Sony on their XL3 plus shows on UMPCs, Windows Mobile and Home … Continue reading

New AOpen miniPC

As I blogged about Apple discontining their Mac Mini yesterday and I said forget about the Mac and look at AOpen’s min pc. Well today I read on Engadget that Aopen are launching a new Santa Rosa based mini PC As Chris Lanier points out in the comments Apple TV is Apple’s Media Center type device … Continue reading

Mac mini to be dropped?

I am not one to normally report on Apple stuff but this may be of interest. There is a report that Apple are going to drop the Mac mini. This was touted as Apple’s Media Center type device. It’s interesting to see that Apple have either no interest in this sub $800 market or that … Continue reading

Music in 5.1 DTS surround sound

As readers may know last year I bought a Denon AV receiver and it’s connected to my Xbox 360 via optical cable and matched with Mission speakers . I love watching movies in 5.1 surround sound and also live music concerts are great too. But recently I got the new remastered and 5.1 mixed Genesis … Continue reading

The Media Center Show #109 – Jason Alinen

By Ian Dixon (19.7mb 56mins 07sec) Direct Download Link  – Subscribe via iTunes – Get the RSS feed HERE This week on the show MCE Integration’s Jason Alinen returns to the show to talk about Media Center integration and his companies Ice House Media Center Jukebox. I have an update on the prize packing (including … Continue reading

Media Center Components Database

Chris Lanier pointed to a new web site called Media Center Components that aims to create a list of components that play nicely with each other. You can upload a system component list (or manually enter the information) and rate your system this is them stored in a database. It looks like a good idea, when … Continue reading

New Media Center PCs from Niveus, Interset and Exceptional Innovation

Over on CE Pro there are two posts about new Media Center systems coming out. Niveus are planning to come out with a lower cost Media Center system designed to fill the gap left by left by HP discontinuation of it’s Digital Entertainment Center (see this story from CE Pro), designed for multi dwelling units … Continue reading

The Media Center Show Prize Giveaway

Just a quick reminder that on this weeks Media Center Show (show 108) I am giving away a great prize pack The Media Center Show Prize Pack includes: A signed copy of "Using Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center" A Windows Live USB Memory Stick A Microsoft Wireless USB Mouse A Vanishing Point shirt To win … Continue reading