Building An HTPC For $1000

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Not so long ago, building a HTPC for a thousand dollars was a relatively easy affair. There were not a lot of hardware choices that made sense for the Media Center Enthusiast. Not so anymore my fine furry friend. Not only has the parts available for HTPC specific requirements exploded, the number of PC options have exploded as well. This […]

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Getting my HDTV to work with my PC

A FAQ to help you understand your HDTV options with an eye to HTPC usage. What is my HDTV’s native resolution? Don’t confuse "native resolution" with resolutions an HDTV set can accept. HDTVs can usually accept all formats of digital TV but they are up/down converted to the native resolution(s) of the TV. CRT based HDTVs – (both direct-view and […]

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Streaming your Media Content Anywhere

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    So I'm sure by now you've all heard of Slingbox, that neat little box that connects to your TV and then allows you to stream that content over the internet to any computer you're at. Well, while Slingbox may have been the first to get into the mainstream with this technology, it was far from being the pioneer […]

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Loudspeaker Design Basics

Loudspeaker Design Basics

  Loudspeaker Design Basics Today we will take a look at the basics of loudspeaker design. Specifically, we will cover general concepts, terminology, design parameters, and enclosure styles which are essential knowledge for a successful build. Loudspeaker design is commonly perceived as somewhat of a “black art” and not really approachable by DIY audiophiles. Sure, it is not uncommon to […]

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How to Enable Concurrent Sessions in Vista

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  Ok, so I’m sure you all saw my Blog about how disappointed I was that Vista by default did not support Concurrent Sessions. For those unaware of what it is, Concurrent Sessions allows you to Remote Desktop into a system that someone else is on, under a Different User account, and access the system without kicking the user off. […]

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How to Fix Commercial Skip within Vista

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For those of you unaware, ever since XP Media Center 2005, there has been this fantastic application called "DVRMS Toolbox," which had a bunch of tools to analyze DVRMS files recorded by Media Center and cut/edit/compress/etc. The only feature I use but found difficult to live without is the Commercial Skip Feature. This does exactly what it suggests, it analyzes […]

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Building A Media Server

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    After the initial flurry of activity surrounding your first Home Theater PC (HTPC) project subsides and your significant other is thoroughly addicted to its convenience, it's time to think about phase 2 of the operation.  No, I'm not talking about "Phased Redeployment", but rather about building a media server.  This is a device which will centrally store all media […]

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Holiday Shopping Guide

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2006 Holiday Gift Guide!       It just seems like yesterday I finished paying the bills for last year's presents and now its already time to go shopping again! We here at MissingRemote.com, the caring bunch we are, want to make your life a little easier this season by taking the guess work out of buying presents for the HTPC person in your life. These […]

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