Check out the Java TivoDemo for a TiVO box with the TiVo Home Media Engine (HME).  I think it's great eBay is looking at the living room and ten foot presentations of their service. For you see...

I'm a fan of eBay although not a heavy user (I'm cmozen with 11 items bought or sold since July 7, 2001 and 100% Positive Feedback :-).  Our most recent purchase was bedding for one of my children which was discontinued by the retailer but matched items my wife found on clearance at the retail store (Pottery Barn Kids, if yer interested).  We were up pretty late and bidding was fierce down to the last few seconds -- very addictive and compelling.

So...an open appeal to the eBay development team (especially Dan Theurer) and others who build solutions using eBays toolset...

Take a look at the Media Center Software Development Kit (SDK), especially Media Center Add Ins.  I think it would be super cool to have an alert in Media Center (and all Media Center Extenders connected for that matter) telling me I've been outbid, an item I've been looking for has just been posted or an auction where I'm the seller just ended or was 'Bought Now'.  In fact, a good chunk of the work might already be done in the Web Services Client Add In sample which can be found in C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Microsoft Windows XP Media Center SDK\Sample AddIns\WebServiceClient\ once you have downloaded and installed the offline version of the Software Development Kit.

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