What Happened to Escient Vision Media Servers?


Not sure the familiarity our audience has with Escient given its CEDIA-based marketplace, but they were known for developing their own linux-based movie and music ripping media servers. The interface was simple but effective, and they definitely had a following. CEPro is purely speculating here based on what they see and have heard, but who would blame them if all […]

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GBPVR New Version – 1.4.7 available


Guess this is the day for the releases of media center applications, first Media Portal and now GBPVR announces a new version with a laundry list of behind the scene improvements. Nothing much on the UI side but a very long list. Head on over to their forums for the full rundown and download instructions. GBPVR There is not a […]

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MediaPortal 1.1.0 BETA 1


MediaPortal is a fantastic open source media center application that has been in development for quite some time. In preparation of a new version they have released an initial beta release which has a wealth of features and improvements. Here’s the short list: Major changes in this BETA are:     * WebEPG is now included as a plugin for TV-Server […]

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Squeezebox Touch unboxed and in the wild


I really love the fact that Logitech bought the squeezebox a while ago but has continued to innovate it. Every time I hear of a great technology being acquired I have fears of Meedio and Yahoo again. Anyhow, some basic pictures of the upcoming product for your enjoyment.   Engadget According to the hapless owner and photographer, however, it’s stuck […]

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Asus shows its Absolute Pitch series motherboards


News of the death of HTPC apparantly haven’t reached ASUS yet who are continuing to roll out boards geared at enthusiasts. Just announced boards that offer a plethora of features are mentioned here, although it is using the 785G chipset…so while they talk up all the crazy audio specifications of the board, we all know it won’t be including 7.1 […]

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20 Terabyte Dual Tower WHS System Shown Off


Do you desire to have 20 terabytes of storage space in your Windows Home Server box? This user from Automated Home shows off how he did it, very unconventionally. It’s unclear why he didn’t just go with a massive rack server as a lot of the AVS folks would do, but he definitely gets creativity points in my book.   […]

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Enjoy ClearQAM while you can

While this wont have an affect on myself as I don’t subscribe to cable, I was really hoping the FCC was going to stick it to the cable companies and not allow them to enable "Privacy Mode".  Now the cable companies will be forcing DTAs on customers when the could have easily used the integrated QAM tuner integrated into newer […]

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Blu-ray Not Overtaking DVD in PCs for long time

This is an interesting report that I didn’t think about until reading, and I partially agree. Outside of the HTPC crowd there really is little demand for consumers to obtain a blu-ray drive in their systems. I think it’s tougher when you factor in that a DVD-Rom drive costs less than $30 these days, and blu-ray is still at least […]

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LG BD390 Blu-ray Player


I can’t possibly be the only one amused by all these low definition features coming from your blu-ray player, right? That being said you could argue you would be paying the same amount with or without the features so might as well throw them in. It will be interesting to see how the field evolves and where the focus migrates […]

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