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  • Blog Post: eBay Develops TiVO Sample Application

    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...
  • Blog Post: An Introduction to Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

    [Courtesy of my friend and colleague John Canning , who isn't blogging but should be -- especially about his world traveling photographic expeditions...] Here is a resource we nailed for the 2004 version of Media Center and revised for the 2005 version. If you want a great primer on Media Center features...
  • Blog Post: Breaking A Scoble Rule: I'm moving my blog soon (but it will be worth your trouble)

    Robert Scoble has a rule ( The Corporate Weblog Manifesto #12) which states 'Never change the URL of your weblog.' Unfortunately, I started blogging before reading The Manifesto. Yes, I know: RTFM. However, I see this as a definite success story about the power of blogging and the tools used to blog...
  • Blog Post: Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection has Media Center Problems

    I took some time to respond to Thomas' blog this morning at MCE Television and LaCie Big Disk Problems . Thanks for taking the time to post your experience -- we do listen.
  • Blog Post: Ethan Finally Posts YAC Media Center Client

    I've been watching Ethan build this since pretty much day one, and it goes a long way to show how *serious* PMs take their work. Ethan (along with many others) is the primary driver for the Media Center API and this proves he eats what he specs. :-) Check out his Media Center Add-In: YAC .
  • Blog Post: Long Tail TV: Wishlist -- Can You Accomplish with Media Center Click-To-Record...?

    By way of Sean Alexanders' blogroll pointer to Thomas Hawks' reference to Chris Anderson (*really* loving this whole blog thing -- it's replacing my newspaper more and more -- paradigm shift anyone?): Check out the Long Tail TV: Wishlist where Chris states "what I'd like is a dedicated browser plug-in...
  • Blog Post: Back from Holidays and CES and Got A Nice Surprise from Sean on New Online Spotlight Partners

    Well, I was going to blog about these new Online Spotlight partners over the weekend, but Sean beat me to the punch. Check out his blog for details on the Discovery Channel, Yahoo, XM Radio, Fox Sports and TitanTV. I'm so lucky my team gets to work with partners like this on a daily basis -- man, I love...
  • Blog Post: Add In Samples Communicating with Web Services

    Third in a series of responses to Media Center Development: What topic(s) shall I blog about next ? --> Dave Neigler: I'd like to see some samples using addins and html apps to communicate with web services (WSE2) hosted via http.sys (instantiated in a windows service). Since Media Center already...
  • Blog Post: How can I create my own Electronic Programming Guide (EPG)?

    Second in a series of responses to Media Center Development: What topic(s) shall I blog about next ? --> Niels: An idea: In a number of countries (like Denmark...) we don't have tv-guides in MCE2005. So we are forced to rely on the build-in screen to start recordings. And its not very good (have to...
  • Blog Post: How do you skin Media Center to change the look and feel?

    First in the series of responses to Media Center Development: What topic(s) shall I blog about next ? --> Henry: How about telling us a way how to skin the MCE? Officially there is no way to skin Media Center. [We do hear this request multiple times, so I know it's on a spreadsheet somewhere as a...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: Media Center Geek Dinner Tomorrow Night (Thursday December 9)

    Michael mentioned this over at his blog and I have yet to pile on -- if you want the original details go here . Sean tells me I'm in for one heck of a fun ride, so I'm looking forward to this and hope to see you there. Like Mike, I'll be wearing a black Media Center jacket and I think we will be gathering...
  • Blog Post: Combining PlayMedia, onPlayStateChange, PlayState, MediaProperty and MediaProperties

    A common theme in media applications and services running inside Windows XP Media Center Edition is displaying metadata (Track Name, Artist, Album, etc.). Media Center APIs make it pretty easy to get this information without the use of an embedded Windows Media Player object in the HTML page. In addition...
  • Blog Post: Geek Gathering at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Anyone...?

    Just a quick heads up in advance -- myself and several others from the Windows eHome team (makers of Windows XP Media Center Edition) will be at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas January 6 - 9, 2005. Great opportunity to sit and chat about all things Media Center if you will be...
  • Blog Post: Media Center Development: What topic(s) shall I blog about next?

    I'm interested to know what topics you might like for me to cover here regarding developing for Windows XP Media Center Edition in the coming weeks. If you read this blog and want to see a particular topic covered, please provide feedback.
  • Blog Post: Further Scale Demystification...

    Working through some more stuff in purposeful design for the Media Center platform gave me the chance to enhance understanding of the mouse transport and navigation bars... The design template (see the Demystifying Scale in Media Center Hosted HTML Applications post for pointers) is based on 360 x 270...
  • Blog Post: Demystifying Scale in Media Center Hosted HTML Applications

    One of the common areas of confusion I see when working with Online Spotlight partners is the concept of UI scaling for their applications in Media Center. This is a bit of a mind shift for designers and developers familiar with the rest of the Windows world where higher resolutions give you more screen...
  • Blog Post: Using Media Center Dialog, DialogEx, and DialogNotification in HTML

    The Software Development Kit for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 includes several enhancements for creating dialog boxes. In addition to MediaCenter.Dialog ( screenshot ) we now have... MediaCenter.DialogEx ( screenshot ) with support for custom buttons, images and the ability to call an event handler...
  • Blog Post: Media Center Version Detection in HTML

    My name is Charlie Owen and I am a Program Manager with the Windows eHome team (a compatriot of Ethan Zoller ( http://blogs.msdn.com/ethanz ) and Michael Creasy ( http://blogs.msdn.com/mcreasy ). This is my first ever blog, so be gentle with me. :-) I expect most of my posts will be considered Media...
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