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  • Blog Post: This blog has moved... notice #2...

    For various reasons, the biggest being my desire to play around with .Text, I've moved my blog to my own server at http://blogs.duncanmackenzie.net/duncanma following the 3 leaf model when they moved, I thought I should post this notice a couple of times...
  • Blog Post: This blog has moved...

    For various reasons, the biggest being my desire to play around with .Text, I've moved my blog to my own server at http://blogs.duncanmackenzie.net The first post over there shows the app that I wrote last night and then used to copy all of my posts and categories over from this blog to the new location...
  • Blog Post: Oh man... I guess this isn't new, but I'm impressed...

    I installed MCE onto my main home computer recently, which happens to have a modem that supports caller id.... and I was just sitting in front of it tonight watching a recorded episode of “ The Dead Zone ” when someone called... a nice transparent message floated up telling me their name...
  • Blog Post: Just saw a concert... already have the live CD...

    It is like bootleg concert recordings but the quality is better and I had to pay for it :) Tonight my wife and I went out to a Jewel Concert , which was great... although our position on the grass gave us a better view of one of the main support poles on the stage than of Jewel herself... and at the...
  • Blog Post: Somewhere inside me... an audiophile just died.

    I am a closet audiophile, with all the usual history.... did the 'music man' thing for plays, moved up to music guy for bar bands, blah, blah, blah... spent way too much time worried about the alignment of my high-end tape deck, etc... but at some point my obsession with all things audio related slipped...
  • Blog Post: Tried the "new" Napster tonight...

    Hmm... pretty cool so far, guess I'll see when I decide to start moving music around to my MCE box, my laptop, my Rio device... etc... found the Cake song I wanted though :) [Listening to: Short Skirt/Long Jacket/Album Version - CAKE - Comfort Eagle (03:24)]
  • Blog Post: DirectX Drum Machine in C#

    A version of this code appeared recently on MSDN Belux , and it was so cool I asked Ianier Munoz if he'd mind turning it into a column for my Coding 4 Fun series.... lucky for me, he said yes and here we are You have got to check this one out...
  • Blog Post: Another interesting product from Roku

    I was pretty impressed with the first Roku offering , a HDTV focused media player that included "art packs" to use your HDTV flat panel as artwork... not that I have one of those flat LCD or Plasma displays... but the idea was appealing. Now they've come out with the Soundbridge (a networked audio device...
  • Blog Post: Digital Media and Media Center Topics

    I'm getting back into my column writing, and I'm looking for topic suggestions... I actually have a long list of ideas already, but I'm always interested in hearing what you folks want to read about! So... suggest away! Feel free to include topics related to the Media Center edition of Windows XP as...
  • Blog Post: New Coding 4 Fun Column up on MSDN

    The latest 'issue' of my Coding 4 Fun column has been published to MSDN; Duncan Mackenzie describes how to control a serial-port–connected LCD panel using Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET. It is probably worth mentioning that I have hidden a CRC16 class in the code...
  • Blog Post: I think I've found a music service I can use...

    I'm going to buy an album as download-only today, from www.buymusic.com , and I hope it all works out as good as it sounds (no pun intended!). My biggest worry when downloading music from the various sites is that I won't be able to fit the DRM requirements into my digital music lifestyle. I listen to...
  • Blog Post: New Dancers... but still no 'Master Chief'?

    Ok, maybe a night of Halo with my coworkers has skewed my perspective on this topic, but come on... wouldn't that just be the coolest... maybe the little alien guys, the chief, Cortona (not sure on the spelling for that one)... Ah well, the update seems pretty cool, even without the Chief... http://EraBlog...
  • Blog Post: Hmm... interesting side affect of Google AdSense

    Now, it is helping me to find things! The blog page on my personal site has become stuck in DVI/HDTV/Component Video land after one of my posts, all of the ads are about HDTV related stuff... but, this just appeared and it looks pretty cool. Not the most visually appealing device, but I'm thinking that...
  • Blog Post: I am definitely going to need more HD inputs on my TV

    I have been drooling over this for that last few weeks... inner monologue: it doesn't do anything that I really need, and if I ever get around to hooking my current music system up with something better than S-Video, I could probably replicate its functionality in a pretty short period of time......
  • Blog Post: Digital Destiny

    Was it fate, or mere coincidence? Today, I checked out a little online message board where MSFT employees sell/trade various used items (computers, appliances, furniture, baby clothes... whatever) and someone was selling one of those new Samsung DVD players with DVI out... yep, the very same one that...
  • Blog Post: They had me... and then... they lost me

    I don't know if it is just me, but there are some times when a new product comes out and they have me from the moment I see the ad; the price is right, the features are exactly what I am looking for, etc... Well, that happened this weekend... I have been pondering on getting a progressive scan DVD player...
  • Blog Post: Laziness .NET -- the Professional Edition

    Back in June I published a column showing you how to make a simple Pocket PC remote for Windows Media player. I didn't know it at the time, but some of my readers have sent in links to a professional version of the same idea . Built using the .NET Framework 1.1 and C#, Zerama looks amazing... everything...
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