ReplayTV, quit Replaying!!!

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I was just greeted with a lovely SPAM e-mail from ReplayTV, promoting their PVR software and offering me a whopping 20% discount on it. What's the problem with this? Where to begin. I know how Replay got my e-mail address, I gave it to them when I signed up for their beta program for their software before it was launched. […]

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HDRadio

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For the last couple weeks, I've been hearing about "the stations between the stations" and "hidden stations on the radio dial".  In fact, the radio commercials are talking about HDRadio.  This got me curious.  What is HDRadio?  How is it different from what I've already got?   So I did a little digging this afternoon.  As it turns out, HDRadio […]

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High definition optical discs and their associated copy protection acronyms

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The next generation optical disc formats, like standard DVD, are encrypted on disc, but unlike standard DVD, also require protected paths from the player to the display. With this comes a confusing new group of terms, many of which betray the idiosyncrasies of the next generation content protection requirements. The confusion has become obvious, especially when otherwise very technically literate websites start producing […]

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Will my WHS Dream Ever Come True?

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By now I'm sure you all have heard about Windows Home Server (or, WHS for short), Microsoft's latest OS idea about bringing a server into your home to provide a central system to store & backup all your files spanning from multiple systems. When I first heard about WHS, I got excited. You see, several years ago, there were some […]

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Concurrent sessions & those who love them

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I was asked recently by some friends, "Why is concurrent sessions so important that you cry about it every time we talk about Vista?" (you can imagine, the friends I speak of are MVPs or MVP-related. For those unaware of the issue I'm referring to, there was a hack for Windows XP that allowed you to have a feature that […]

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MythTV vs TiVo3 Redux

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OK OK….   I got the not so subtle hint to crank up the MythTV bandwagon. The comparison isn't exactly fair as MythTV is a complete media convergence device and a TiVo3 only handles PVR duties.  Here's my non-complete list of features MythTV has that I doubt the TiVo3 has.  Of course, since I don't have a TiVo3 in the house, […]

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To 64…or not to 64

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So you just took advantage of some of the great deals out there for some dual core (or heck, quad core) cpus & motherboards. You took the time, carefully planned, and then assembled your full system. Then you go to make your purchase of Windows Vista, only to be faced with the decision: Should I buy the x86 (32-bit version) […]

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State Of The Website Address

Has it been four months already? It just seems like yesterday I was wondering how we were going to pull this whole website off. I would like to start off by thanking everyone for getting one of the best communities on the net off to a great start. Of course, I have to say that ;).   For those of […]

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Using a Dremel to mod your case

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For Christmas this year, I received a new power supply for my HTPC. But lo and behold, when I opened up my PC to swap power supplies, it didn’t fit. What was I to do? I could have returned the perfectly good power supply and swapped it for a different model which would fit…or I could go to the hardware […]

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HQV Benchmarking the GeForce 7-series

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The HQV Benchmark DVD is probably the best and most objective video processing test available today. Unfortunately there are still subjective comparisons that need to be made to give a final rating. Of course reference images are given to compare against, and if you see something that has totaly failed it is obvious. The less obvious is when the scores allow […]

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