Media Center Programs

Aug 04 2009

News - Windows 7: Four Reasons to Upgrade, Four Reasons to Stay Away

I guess I can agree with some of his points, but I personally didn't hesitate to jump on the Windows7 bandwagon. It's faster, more stable and I generally agree with most of the UI changes. So far so good at least, but make your own decisions.

{joomsay link=http://www.pcworld.com/article/169553/windows_7_upgrade.html?tk=rss_news [PC World]}Just when things were going well, I tried to do a little light video editing, only to discover that Windows Movie Maker isn't included with Windows 7. It's now part of Microsoft Live, and it's still in beta. In its present form, it's much less capable than the app that ships with XP. So after ten minutes with Windows 7, I found myself booting up an old XP machine for an everyday task.{/joomsay} 

Aug 03 2009

News - Windows 7 Upgrading RC to RTM success?

I'm sure there's a LOT of you RC users out there (ahem....*cough*) who will be happy to hear this news from a user over at TheGreenButton.com who points out that he was able to successfully complete an upgrade from RC to the RTM with no noticeable damage. I have to say though, if you can...PLEASE just save the hassle and do a clean install. But if you must...

 {joomsay link=http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/t/76972.aspx [TheGreenButton]}Just finished a successful upgrade from Windows 7 RC to RTM. I know many cablecard users are hoping this path works, in order to preserve DRM. Only thing I did was the cversion.ini change (needed step for RC upgrade), and ran setup. Completed flawlessly. Total time for upgrade was about 30 minutes. All settings and DRM preserved. The machine was kept extremely clean beforehand. Only things installed on top of base RC1 were NetTime (time synchronization) and vmcNetflix.{/joomsay}

Jul 31 2009

News - The Windows Anytime Upgrade Experience for Windows 7

One of the cool features of Windows 7 is their low risk anytime upgrade experience--which allows you to buy a low end version of Windows 7 and then if you decide you needed some features which were in a higher version, you can easily pay the fee and upgrade to that without having to fully reinstall. My buddy Brandon from Windows 7 Blog has you covered on a step by step of the entire experience, so check it out if you're curious.

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{joomsay link=http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/pages/the-windows-anytime-upgrade-experience-for-windows-7.aspx [Windows 7 Team Blog]}NOTE: Step 2 and 3 do not happen for people who choose to purchase a WUA product key online. The process of buying a WUA product key automates these 2 steps and takes you directly to Step 4 after the purchase. After making a WUA purchase online, you are given the ability to print out a receipt and are also sent a copy via email. {/joomsay} 

Jul 31 2009

News - Boxee update. More bug squashing (0.9.14.6992)

Those boys at Boxee continue their work. Nothing spectacular in this release, just a slow and steady improvement towards a stable product. Remember, Boxee is free for every platform, so if you haven't yet you should check it out.

General

    * Under some circumstances, digital audio of a video does not work
    * Sound distortion for DTS 2.0
    * OS X: Digital output (”check your settings” error message)
    * Unable to launch Boxee with remote
    * Crash when selecting Settings menu
    * Black screen instead of video playback
    * Dual screen - secondary screen showing white, then crash
    * Windows: Win32 window resize when switching between full screen and windowed mode
    * User/password of an SMB share was sometimes shown in path (media action and info screens)
    * OS X 10.4 (e.g. Apple TV): grainy video problems
    * OS X 10.4: crash if setting render method to software
    * Support for ATI graphic cards
    * Media Library - resolving fails with the error PCRE: Match limit reached
    * Updated Spanish translation
    * OS X: boxeeservice is now silent and does not print out to terminal on focus change
    * Incomplete HTTP transfers causing crashes

Read the full bug fix list here .

Jul 30 2009

News - Info on Upgrading from Vista to Win7

More of an overview than a detailed how-to, Walter Mossberg does cover the several nuances of upgrading your Vista system to Windows7. The most notable item is that you cannot upgrade from a 32-bit to a 64-bit version of the operating system during an upgrade. In my experience on my laptop, the Windows7 "upgrade" took several hours to transfer and keep the data--versus a clean installation on my desktop which took less than 30 minutes. And of course, don't forget to apply the Concurrent Sessions tip if you were using that on Vista, as it will be locked down again upon upgrading.

Walter MossbergIn general, you can only upgrade your current version of Vista to the comparable version of Windows 7. For instance, Vista Home Premium can only be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium and Vista Business can only be upgraded to Windows 7 Professional. This rule has two exceptions. Any flavor of Vista except Starter can be upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate, if you care to spend the extra money. And Vista Home Basic can be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium.
 

Jul 29 2009

News - Windows 7 first look: More than just "Vista, fixed"

Ed Bott is one of the most respected Windows bloggers out there and I've been a long time reader of his. If you are looking for more perspective on the recently RTM'd release version of Windows 7, he's got you covered. No surprise...it's a winner.

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{joomsay link=http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1195 [Ed Bott]}In terms of multimedia, the biggest news in Windows 7 is that it now supports most popular audio and video formats. You can play back MP3 and WMA tracks as with previous Windows versions, but now you can also use built-in Windows code to play unprotected music ripped and saved in iTunes or purchased from the iTunes Music Store in AAC (M4A) formats. You can also play movies captured by digital cameras in QuickTime Movie format. Neither iTunes nor QuickTime is required for playback of either format. Windows 7 also supports playback and streaming of video files compressed with the popular H.264/AVC codec; however, it does not natively support the popular Matroska (MKV) container format (DivX is working on a solution that will add MKV support to Windows 7 via the Media Foundation framework.){/joomsay}

Jul 24 2009

News - SageTV V6.6.1 Released from Beta

After 20 (yes, 20!) beta updates, 6.6.1 from SageTV has officially been released. Some solid improvements if you've been holding out for a stable release...

{joomsay link=http://www.geektonic.com/2009/07/sagetv-v661-released-from-beta.html [GeekTonic]}This cycle has been one of my favorites for SageTV. You can stream a Blu-Ray disk from the SageTV server to your HD200, a very improved channel setup with channel scanning for digital TV tuners, very useful system messages, improved Hauppauge HD-PVR support and more.{/joomsay} 

Jul 22 2009

News - Windows 7 Has Been Released to Manufacturing

It seems like every day we have news regarding this, but this time it looks like it's official! According to Ed Bott, this RTM build is officially the 7600.16385 which leaked to the torrent sites a few days ago...no surprise there.

{joomsay link=http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/07/22/windows-7-has-been-released-to-manufacturing.aspx [Windows7 Team Blog]}As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs. What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM. Then, it goes though all the validation checks required for RTM including having all languages of that build completed. If all the validation checks have passed – sign-off for RTM can occur. Today after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600 as RTM.{/joomsay} 

 

Jul 21 2009

News - When will you get Windows 7 RTM?

 Looks like we're seriously getting close to the RTM build of Windows7, and people are excited at the thought of never having to run Vista ever again! Key dates are August 6th for developers/professionals, and hitting retail shelves on October 22nd!!!

{joomsay link=http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/07/21/when-will-you-get-windows-7-rtm.aspx [Windows Team Blog]}Windows 7 will be in retail stores and shipping on new PCs starting October 22nd. If you pre-ordered Windows 7, it should be delivered sometime around the October 22nd timeframe (depends on the retailer).{/joomsay} 

Jul 15 2009

News - Boxee: new bug fixing version (0.9.14), new web stuff

I haven't tried this out yet to confirm if it fixes the ever annoying crash in Windows on video playback I was experiencing, but this is pretty quick after the last release so I'm remaining hopeful. Also includes a list of new features to add to the ever growing list. Remember it's in public Alpha, so feel free to give it a try.

{joomsay link=http://blog.boxee.tv/2009/07/15/new-bug-fixing-version-0914-new-web-stuff/ [Boxee Blog]}We spent the last few weeks fixing bugs on Windows, Mac, Ubuntu and Apple TV. We had some stability issues related to the Boxee Browser and audio-playback, which caused quite a few crashes. We also put some more work into our website, so if you login you’ll see a whole new dashboard (make sure to try out the find friends feature to see who of your contacts is already using Boxee).{/joomsay}

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