The Media Center Show #179 – Mike Garcen live!

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This week I am talking to Mike Garcen from MissingRemote.com, we recorded the interview live and we talk about TV Tuner cards, CableCARD, Bluray and a whole range of topics. I also have all the Windows 7 news coming out of Microsoft’s PDC including the first look at the new version of Windows Media Center.

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Show Times:

00:50 Coming up this week
01:52 Email: DVD library
03:20 EndadgetHD review Embedded Automation’s mPanel
04:07 Media Center Update and CableCard Issues
04:50 TheDigitalLifestyle.com Wikis
06:19 HP Cutting MediaSmart TV Lineup?
07:03 Windows 7 at the PDC
09:36 Details of Windows Media Center in the PDC Build of Windows 7
11:38 Platform updates for Media Center in Windows 7.
12:05 Site Problems
12:49 Welcome to Mike
14:14 Becoming an MVP
16:00 Mike’s first system
22:03 Mike’s blog on MissingRemote.com
26:16 Online content
29:48 What TV Card to use?
35:02 CableCARD
42:25 Extenders
48:00 Bluray on Extenders
51:00 TV Standards
57:54 Bluray on Windows Media Center
01:04:30 Thanks to Mike


Music by Ian Dixon

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The Media Center Show #178 – Tranquil PC

Checkout the all new TheDigitalLifestyle.com website with forums, blogs, podcast and wikis plus new social networking features!

 

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This week I am talking to David Thompson of Manchester based Tranquil PC about their new Windows Home Server the SQA-5H, its is a Intel Atom powered cube based server with space for 5 drives and plenty of innovations including a one touch backup button that backs up the shares to an external drive. I also talked to David about their Windows Home Server based Music ripping box. I have email, news items and news of the updated website

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TheDigitalLifestyle.com Upgrade

So after an hour or so of IIS/Application pool issues I have got the updated TheDigitalLifestyle.com up and running. The site has been upgraded to the latest version of Community Server and it has a new look that should make navigating around the site much easier. All the content from the old site has been ported over which includes all the forum content, the forum layout is a big improvement and I am looking forward to getting more content in to there.

One new area for the site is the Wikis, there is a wiki for Windows Media Center, a wiki for Windows Home Server and one for Media Center Addins. Having a wiki for addins means that the community can contribute to the addin review section, which I aim to build up in to community created and maintained database of Media Center addins. It’s open to all users for contributions on any Media Center application.

The site also has a new social aspect ,once you are signed in you can Friend Request other users and then from the home page you get a Friends’ Activity list, so you can keep up with your friends on the site (and via RSS). Hopefully this will increase the sense of community around the site and help build some relationships.

Also joining TheDigitalLifestyle.com is UK blogger Simon May, I will be working with Simon on some community project in the coming months and Simon will be blogging and reviewing Media Center addins. So checkout Simon’s new blog and first addin review

The is going to be a new podcast called “The Custom Installer Show” and you will be able to find out more details in the coming weeks. Another new section of the site is the Groups section and I will explain more on that over the next few weeks.

So take a look at the new content and please contribute to the Wikis especially the addin Reviews. Let me know what you think about the new site and if you have any suggestion for other new feature let me know

TheDigitalLifestyle.com new roundup

 

The latest Home Server from Tranquil

I last looked at Tranquil’s Windows Home Server last year and was very impressed with the quality of their device and today Tranquil have announced the SQA-5H , their 2nd generation Windows Home Server. A couple of weeks ago I visited Tranquil to chat…

Video: A quick look at the Gyration Air Mouse

Gyration’s new Air Mouse is a compact mouse that features MotionSense so you can pick up the mouse and control the pointer in the air.One nice feature is has is the ability to control specific Media Center functions with gestures. The mouse is small and…

The Media Center Show #177 – GridSearch

Listen Here (mp3) This week I am talking to Jonathan Bowes about GridSearch , Gridsearch is a new visual way to search through video files that will make finding any scene in a movie very simple and just a few button presses. Have a look at the video…

EventPhone – Control Media Center from an iPhone and EventGhost

EventPhone is an EventGhost Client for the iPhone/iPod Touch, it’s a native iPhone application that allows you to control Windows Media Center and other Windows applications like Windows Media Player and iTunes. The application is by Melloware the developers…

Details of the Media Center updates

I mentioned the two updates for Windows Media Center that were put out on Windows Updates this week and Microsoft have released details of the update. On my test system the TV Pack update was installed and then cumulative update has been offered as a…

Add-In Update: KeepVault for Windows Home Server releases new version

KeepVault for Windows Home Server has released a new version of its online backup service. Version 2.30 is available immediately . The new version adds the ability to see exactly how much space you are using and the ability to delete files from your online…

Video: How to get rip a CD with Windows Media Center

This is my 3rd “How to" video and it looks at how easy it is to rip a CD in Windows Media Center and how simple it is to browse your music collection from the Media Center UI. The video is aimed at new users of Windows Media Center as anybody that has…

Asus launches touchscreen Eee desktop

Asus are launching a new all in one touchscreen PC that could have some interesting uses around the home. It’s not quite up to the spec of HP’s TouchSmart , its more like the spec of a EEE PC but with a 15.6 inch screen it would make a nice device for…

HP confirms Nvidia flaw hits desktops

HP’s Slimline Desktop PCs make good Media Center system so some of you could be effected by the Nvidia fault that has been hitting some laptops. The problem manifests it’s self by the PC either not booting or displaying video and HP are offering to replace…

Windows 7 to be called Windows 7!

I was speculating about the name of Windows 7 last week and today Microsoft surprised me by announcing the final name as Windows 7 (interesting seeing as the version is actually 6.1). Mike Nash over on the Windows Vista blog says : The decision to use…

The Media Center Show #177 – GridSearch

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This week I am talking to Jonathan Bowes about GridSearch, Gridsearch is a new visual way to search through video files that will make finding any scene in a movie very simple and just a few button presses. Have a look at the video demo for a guide on how it works. I also have your email and a round up of the weeks news

I am looking for community submitted reviews of Media Center addins if you would like to review an application please email me ian [at] TheDigitalLifestyle.com

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This show is sponsored by mControl – Home Automation for Vista Media Center

Show Times:
00:50 Coming up this week
02:30 Email: Tuner Problems
04:02 Forum Post: Getting started with Media Center
05:47 End of the road for Ricavision?
07:12 Velocity Micro Announces the Release of the CineMagix FuzeBox
07:39 Details of the Media Center updates
08:15 Windows 7 to be called Windows 7!
09:33 Asus launches touchscreen Eee desktop
10:59 How to get rip a CD with Windows Media Center
11:22 UK Windows Media Center / Digital Lifestyle Meetup
12:19 Welcome to Jonathan Bowes
13:20 Link to videos
14:30 How it works
22:00 What content works with it?
22:30 Download a demo
27:45 Future plans
28:00 Gridsearch Forums
30:00 Thanks To Jonathan

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Music by Ian Dixon

Technorati tags: Windows Media Center, podcasts

TheDigitalLifestyle.com News Roundup

A slow news week but some interesting stories, Ricavision disappearing along with it’s long delayed Sideshow remote was a big disappointment but not unsurprising and this weeks podcast featured Brian Binnerup developer of My Movies of one of the most popular applications for Windows Media Center.

Updates for Windows Media Center out next week

In next weeks batch of updates from Microsoft there are two updates for Windows Media Center. One update is for TV Feature Pack and one for the release version of Media Center, watch out for them appearing on Windows Update on Tuesday. More details on…

Velocity Micro Announces the Release of the CineMagix FuzeBox

Velocity Micro have announced the release of their CineMagix Fuzebox . Fuze is a hybird Media Center system that is part Media Center and part custom application. They have a video demo on their site and you can see the video I look of Fuze back at CES…

My Movies for Windows Home Server Available Now

Over the weekend I mentioned about My Movies for Windows Home Server and today Brian Binnerup has officially released the Windows Home Server addin , this is a server version of My Movies designed for Windows Home Server. It has features like folder monitoring…

Entertainment 2.0: Episode 6

Well, after a bit of a break, the Entertainment 2.0 podcast is back and just in time for your weekend! Take me along to the ballgame, park or where ever else your travels might take you. Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking with Ned Wiley…

The Media Center Show #176 – My Movies

Listen Here (mp3) This week I am talking to Brian Binnerup developer My Movies of one of the most popular application for Window Media Center. This week Brian released details of the new Windows Home Server version of the My Movies which includes features…

End of the road for Ricavision?

Chris Lanier noted that the Ricavision remote had been delayed again but it looks worse than that. CEPro are reporting that the company has “essentially gone”. I was impressed the Sideshow Remote Ricavision showed off at CES in January but the remote..

What will Windows 7 be called?

I was reading Ed Bott’s blog post about Windows 7 final name and as yet there seems not to be to much speculation on what the next version of Windows will be called. As Ed points out Windows 7 shouldn’t be called Windows 7 as its real version number is…

KeepVault for Windows Home Server: Custom Data Plans and Discounts for HomeServerShow Listeners

Keepvault has announced custom data plans to meet Windows Home Server users’ needs. Follow the link to learn more and find about about discount plans for HomeServerShow.com listeners as well as thedigitallifestyle.com subscribers. Dan Reynolds, Marketing…

The Media Center Show #176 – My Movies

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This week I am talking to Brian Binnerup developer My Movies of one of the most popular application for Window Media Center. This week Brian released details of the new Windows Home Server version of the My Movies which includes features like automated disk copying. It also works as a meta-data provider for other applications like Microsoft’s DVD Library,Niveus Movie Library, Open Media Library, Media Portal, and soon XBMC

I also have your email and a round up of the weeks news

I am looking for community submitted reviews of Media Center addins if you would like to review an application please email me ian [at] TheDigitalLifestyle.com

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Show Times:

00:50 Coming up
01:29 Email – DVD Ripping – DVD-WMV.com
02:48 MSNBC News Beta for Windows Media Center
03:56 PCMag.com’s guide to Media Center TV Pack
04:30 moreTV: remote recording
04:55 Freeview HD arriving Autumn 2009
06:20 KeepVault for Windows Home Server: Custom Data Plans and Discounts for HomeServerShow Listeners
07:05 UK Windows Media Center / Digital Lifestyle Meetup
08:50 Welcome to Brian
09:08 What is My Movies
10:18 MCML Coming soon..
12:00 My Movies usage
15:09 Windows Home Server Addin
16:30 Automated Disk Loader
19:10 Streaming
23:53 Protected DVDs
27:43 Blu-ray
34:24 Local copies
39:40 How to get it
40:00 See you next week

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TheDigitalLifestyle.com news roundup

 

Another busy week on TheDigitalLifestyle.com, the server decided to fill all the available disk space causing it to go down on Friday just I was travelling back from Microsoft, fortunately Richard Miller sent me an email and with the EEE PC and Internet Connection Sharing I was able to sort it out from the M40 motorway, andway here is a roundup of the posts from the last week or so:

UK Windows Media Center / Digital Lifestyle Meetup

Would you be interesting in meeting like minded enthusiast at meetup next year? I am planning a event in the UK for Windows Media Center, Windows Home Server and other digital lifestyle products enthusiast to meetup share tips and stories,see some of…

My Movies for Windows Home Server

One of the most popular Media Center applications is coming to Windows Home Server, My Movies for Windows Home Server works as a server for My Movies client applications and includes a fully automated Disk Copier. It also works as a meta-data provider…

Freeview HD arriving Autumn 2009

Freeview are planning to launch a HD service in the UK next year starting with Granada (my local region). In the press release Ilse Howling, Managing Director of Freeview said "With Freeview on PS3 and Media Center and HD just around the corner,…

moreTV: remote recording

Olcay Buyan sent me details of a new Windows Media Center application for Germany called moreTV. The addin is a Vista Media Center application for their remote recording server that is already available for STB. The app adds extra services to Media Center…

Media Center MVP for another year

Microsoft have let me know I have the honour of being a Windows Media Center MVP for another year. It’s great being part of the such vibrant and lively community and the reason why I keep doing the blog and the podcast. As I said when I got renewed last…

The Media Center Show #175 – The Mark Of Excellence Awards

Listen Here (mp3) This week on the show I am talking to Roland Graham from CEA about the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of excellence award , this is an award presented by CEA’s TechHome Division to honour outstanding achievement in custom home…

PCMag.com’s guide to Media Center TV Pack

PCmag have an interesting article on Windows Media Center TV Pack, it highlights the features, the pitfalls and how to install TV Pack.  Adam Thursby points out it has some good information on how to get CleanQAM working well. Checkout the rest of…

MSNBC News Beta for Windows Media Center

There is a new MSNBC addin for Windows Media Center user in US and Canada, I haven’t been able to try it myself but according to Brandon LeBlanc on The Windows Experience Blog it gives you quick access to the latest election news, top stories and weather….

CEA Opens Nominations for 2009 Mark of Excellence

The Mark Of Excellence awards are not something I have have talked about before on the blog but seeing how a lot of the entries relate to Windows Media Center I thought it was worth a mention. There are some interesting categories that will be interesting…

New home for my Media Center system

I am not the most tidy of people and when building up a Media Center system over a period of time the cables and components have got a little messy so to help with the WAF I bought a new cabinet. I am currently using Windows Home Server, a home brew Media…

dBpoweramp’s RipNAS Essentials for Windows Home Server

dBpoweramp has released RipNAS essentials for Windows Home Server users. As the name might imply, RipNAS enables CD ripping directly to your WHS. Even HP’s MediaSmart Server! From dBpoweramp.com: RipNAS Essentials™ is an ideal companion to any Windows…

Windows Home Server and Media Center—All in one box

I often wish for an all in combination box of Windows Media Center and Windows Home Server, Adam Thursby and Philip Churchill both spotted a project to build a combined box based on two motherboard. It has two Micro ATX boards, one for Vista and one for…

UK Windows Media Center / Digital Lifestyle Meetup

From my Blog on TheDigitalLifestyle.com

Would you be interesting in meeting like minded enthusiast at meetup next year?  I am planning a event in the UK for Windows Media Center, Windows Home Server and other digital lifestyle products enthusiast to meetup share tips and stories,see some of the latest hardware and show off some of the interesting projects the community has been working on. I am sure we can get some free food together and maybe some swag too.  The sessions could range from the basics for newcomers to advanced topics like home automation and maybe even linking Media Center with Robotics. It could also be an opportunity to give some feedback to Microsoft, what we like and what really bugs us!

So I want to know:

  • Would you come?
  • Where should it be?
  • What would you like to see shown off?
  • Would you like to show off some of your projects?
  • What kind of products should we focus on?

Either leave a comment on the post on TheDigitalLifestyle.com or send me an email Ian at thedigitallifestyle dotcom and if there is enough interest I can start planning it.

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