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March, 2004

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    Installing Windows XP Service Pack 2 will upgrade Media Center to Media Center 2004

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    If you've got a Media Center PC running the first version of Media Center and didn't get an upgrade to Media Center 2004 then don't worry. When you install Service Pack 2 for Windows XP you'll be upgraded to Media Center 2004. See here for more info...
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    Scooby-Doo dancer for Plus! DME

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    This caught my attention today, there's some Scooby-Doo related goodies for Plus! DME and Windows Media Player available to download here
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    Hello World - Media Center Dialogs

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    The Media Center API has a function to displays dialogs, similar to the ones Media Center uses itself. An HTML application can take advantage of these to ask the user a question, or simply display a notification. Here's a simple example of how to create...
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    Using FindService and PlayMedia to change the TV channel in Media Center

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    If you've used the MSN TV pages on Online Spotlight in Media Center you might have noticed buttons on some pages to tune to MSNBC or to The Weather Channel. The page uses the Media Center API FindService to find which channel MSNBC is in your particular...
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    New Media Center Online Spotlight application - ESPN Motion

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    If you haven't visited Online Spotlight on your Media Center recently, there's a new reason to - ESPN Motion. It's in the News/Sports section and delivers video highlights of recent sports. There's a small download and install required so it can download...
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    Canabalizing a MP3 player for it's Microdrive

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    It's been all over the web (well at least the digital media parts of it) in recent weeks about new portable MP3 players shipping with removable Hitachi Microdrives that can be used in anything with a compact flash socket - notably there's been a lot of...
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    Puzzle Hunt (or how to spend a weekend at work without working)

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    I spent almost every minute I was awake this weekend on the Microsoft campus; other than closing some bugs Saturday morning I didn't do any work at all. I spent the rest of the weekend taking part in Puzzle Hunt 7 (Alice in Puzzlehunt). The Puzzle Hunt...
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    Star Wars on DVD (at last)

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    This is the DVD set I've been waiting for since I first started buying DVDs (which was about six years ago, when the number of released DVDs in the UK was about 20). I'm sure there will be another boxed set in the future with all six films, but I can...
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    Curious about which version of Media Center you have?

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    When the subject of which version of Media Center someone is running there is often some confusion - this is because the version of the Media Center software and the Windows XP version are different. To identify the version of Media Center you are running...
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    Musing on an iPod

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    I gave into temptation last week and ordered an iPod. It arrived yesterday much to my delight. I went with the middle of the road model, the 20GB one, with all the accessories, it's actually not that much more expensive than the mini iPod, plus it looks...
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    Movieoke

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    I'm surprised nobody thought of this sooner. It's karaoke for movies, just think of all those famous clips you could recreate in you're own style. Endless possibilities. It could be easy for DVD's to add this as an extra feature, they already have subtitles...
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    The "Broadcast flag"

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    Here's an interesting article on the the MPAA's "Broadcast flag" and what it could mean for the future of digital recording broadcast TV. I'm in favour of preventing wide distribution of copyrighted works, but I'm really not in favour of not being able...
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    iRiver Portable Media Center

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    See iRiver for the details.
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    Microsoft Speech Server launch

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    John has a couple of posts on the Microsoft Speech Server launch. That's the team I worked on for almost three years before joining the Windows Media Center team. It's pretty exciting to see it finally get launched :-)
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    More on the "Broadcast flag"

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    I touched on this subject last week . Yesterday the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) annouced they are suing the FCC... "The FCC's digital broadcast television mandate is a step in the wrong direction because it would make digital television cost...
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    Digital Media Thoughts

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    Short plug for Jason Dunn's new site - Digital Media Thoughts , it's off to a good start and if the success of PocketPC Thoughts and SmartPhone Thoughts are anything to go by it should be a good source of news.
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    Portable Media Centers to arrive later this year

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    If you've been waiting to find out when you can get hold of one of these devices there's a bit of info about that here . For those who haven't heard about Portable Media Centers yet, they are handheld devices with a colour display and built in hard drive...
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