Round up of posts

You can get the RSS feed for my Blog here and head over to for all my content   First Impressions of the Linksys Extender Tonight I had my first play with Linksys’s DMA2100 Media Center Extender, so here are my first impressions. I have been using an Xbox 360 as an extender for … Continue reading

Media Center Extenders top PCPro’s “Ten techs to watch in 2008”

It that time of year to predict trends for the new year and PC Pro have their predictions for the top techs of 2008. In the list are things like Rich Internet Applications, 10 gigabit Ethernet and commercial P2P, topping the list are Media Center Extenders, which is properly the first time I have seen … Continue reading

Ed Bott gets a Media Center Extender and loves it

As the Extenders for Windows Media Center have finally started shipping Ed Bott has got his hands on one.  Ed’s first impressions seem very positive especially for things like startup time and quietness. The unit Ed got is the diskless DMA2100 which looks incredibly small and neat. I am looking forward to seeing the Extenders … Continue reading

DIRECTTV and Sky Media Center hope? – Chris Lanier’s Blog

Chris Lanier has a glimmer of hope that Sky and DIRECTTV maybe coming to Media Center. He found a couple of jobs indicating that development has started. There is nothing official but like Chris I am hoping that some new will be out at CES According to the job posting, Microsoft is working with newly … Continue reading

Zepto Helios TV with Media Center?

I reader sent me a link to Zetro’s latest Helios LCD TV and the interesting thing about this TV is that on the web site it say that you can add the option of a built in "Wireless MediaCenter". A flash demo on the site shows the TV displaying Windows Media Center via a wireless … Continue reading

Update on Media Center Health Monitor

I thought I would do an update on the status of Media Center Health Montior. The Windows Client has been updated to fix a number of bugs and the Web service has been significantly updated. All the pages on the web site have been "Ajaxed"  so the main status page now automatically updates when there … Continue reading

Microsoft start big push for Media Center Extenders

I have a conference call today with Microsoft on Windows Media Center Extenders and managed to get some details: Today Microsoft has started a marketing campaign explaining the benefits of Windows Media Center Extenders, so far the marketing of Extenders has been low key but now with the coming of CES Microsoft appear to be … Continue reading

Media Center Health Monitor Update – Now with Web Service and Alerts

I have added some more features to Media Center Health Monitor . The application now also sends updates to a web service on where you can log in and check the status of all of your Media Center Systems. If you enable the web service on the client software it will send a status … Continue reading

Great Video Demo of Media Center and its possibilities

This video on shows Steve Lindsay from Microsoft showing this Media Center system. He shows off Webguide, his 4 tuner system, Windows Home Server and a custom application for streaming DivX files. What I like about the video is it shows the real possibilities of Media Center using existing components and some ingenuity. … Continue reading

I think it’s time for Vista a “Home Media Suite”

Joe Wilcox posts an interesting article on the problems Microsoft has had with Bundling and Vista. He highlighted that with Windows XP Media Center Edition, Media Center had it’s own identity and that now its integrated in to Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate it is now "invisible" The point: Integration doesn’t need to be … Continue reading