Lothar’s Build Log R0.2.3


Well, it’s time for another update.  I have to be honest with you.  I started this build at the beginning of July (right after my trip to Atlanta) and at that time I really didn’t think I would still be working on it today.  As you may have intuited from my recent guide on Installing Ubuntu and Mythtv , I […]

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Dear Microsoft — What the heck is going on with Media Center?

Chris Lanier recently summed up the poor misguided path of Media Center since becoming a part of Windows Vista: Media Center’s number one problem has been failing to define itself in the market. Enthusiasts and power users want features not currently provided by Media Center, most of which Microsoft has shown little interest in actually implementing, and they want it […]

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Niveus Brings Unified Search to Media Center


– Niveus Media, Inc. announces beta availability of the new unified Niveus Search, which enables easy retrieval of content accessible across the local network and Internet. The patent-pending Niveus Search offers Windows Vista ® Media Center users an easy-to-use, 10’ interface that provides an all encompassing scan of both the Media Center and Internet sources. No longer do Media Center […]

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XBMC ‘Atlantis’ Beta 1 released

Media-Portal is not the only open source HTPC program on the block, XBMC, perhaps known for their great looking skins, is another major contender in the arena. XBMC has evolved into a multi-platform software that supports Windows, Linux and Mac. Do keep in mind XBMC supports a lot of stuff but if you are looking for TV tuning you will […]

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AnandTech: Understanding 8-channel LPCM over HDMI: Why it Matters and Who Supports it

Well AnandTech showed up with a nice little why proper HDMI audio support matters article. The article has some good graphics to show how the flow of protected data works. One nitpick is that they seem to use "protected audio path" synonymously with support for bitstreaming the advanced audio codecs, which isn’t accurate. They also spend all their time talking about audio from Blu-ray discs […]

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Are Media Center Appliances In Our Future?

Chris Lanier recently got a tip that suggests just that! It certainly makes sense that Media Center could be crammed into any sort of device including TVs, Extenders, kitchen ‘puters, automobiles and even fridges. The large UI is a natural for remote & touchscreen navigation. Chris’ article is pretty vague because the information he has at this time is pretty […]

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CntrStg at CES 2009 – Improves Communication Between Companies and Influential Bloggers

Austin, TX —Sept. 17, 2008— The 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, marks the launch of CntrStg, (www.cntrstg.com, pronounced “CenterStage”), an independent blogger lounge designed to promote focused discussions and improved communication on the topics that matter most to both bloggers and technology companies. Not only will CntrStg be the single place for bloggers […]

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Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem

Ben, of EngadgetHD fame, has posted a quick note about a new DRM plan that is supported by many of the major industry players. When you start to get NBC, Fox, Microsoft, Besy Buy, and Sony involved you realize that they are pretty serious about what they are going to propose at CES. Ben mentions that this DRM package is […]

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