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    Many questions - MSAS, playing WAV files and what to develop Media Center apps with

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    I've had lots of questions recently and no time to really get answers and post them up here. If I haven't answered you question it's because I don't know the answer and haven't had enough time to get to the bottom of it yet. First of all I had a couple...
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    This week's questions (actually last week's): More on HTML and add-ins

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    How are HTML apps and add-ins associated with each other? (Can HTML apps trigger add-ins to be launched?) HTML and add-ins can both be part of the same application, that is each is a different entrypoint of the application. The association takes place...
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    Media Center PC's are getting cheap!

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    Betanews reports that Gateway/ eMachines will be offering a new Media Center PC for $599! The specs are pretty impressive for such a cheap computer: AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 1GB DDR SDRAM 200GB hard drive ATI Radeon Xpress 200 8 in 1 media...
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    This weeks questions - always on top and registering add-ins and HTML together

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    I've decided to take all the questions I get by email and answer them on Fridays in one post, so do please continue to email me any questions you have. That said, here's this weeks questions: How can I keep the Media Center window on top so I can work...
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    How to disable a Media Center add-in

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    Jason over at Digital Media Thoughts sent me an email about his new article on The Powers and Perils of a Platform . Jason talks about the trouble he had when a Media Center "plugin" went bad and couldn't be uninstalled. It's not clear if it was an HTML...
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    David Burnett on digital photography

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    David Burnett talks to the New York Times on what cameras he uses and why he mainly shoots digital now - he's another Canon 20D user. The article is interesting, but the audio slideshow is much more interesting. He explains that he uses a number of different...
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    Questions answered

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    I've had a couple of questions by email that I should answer (note I've paraphrased some of these): What fonts should I use for my HTML Media Center application and can I use Flash? The SDK is where to go for design guidelines for HTML applications...
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    Yes, I'm still alive.

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    Sorry I haven't had much (anything) to say for a while. I've been terribly busy on a number of things that it won't take a genius to guess about. So what's been going on? Well, I'm very excited about the XBox 360 and it's built in Media Center Extender...
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    Back at work

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    No, I haven't forgotten about this blog. I've just got back from a long and exhausting holiday and now I'm back at work and catching up on what I've missed. I'll have some photos to share and a few stories to tell once I know what day of the week it is...
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    Media Center keyboard shortcuts

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    All the keyboard shortcuts for Media Center for those times when you just don't want to use a remote control are documented here . Update: If the page doesn't display, try again later, it's propagating around servers or something like that I'm told
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    iPod your BMW

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    The ability to install an iPod in a BMW has been around for a few months now and I hadn't given it much attention or thought until now. Mainly because I now have a car that the technology supports. So here's a mini review... Installation: No idea if it...
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    MSN Video Download

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    MSN Video Download apparently went live today with a choice of two membership types Premium and Basic. Premium is $19.95 a year and has more content than the free Basic membership. Not wanting to commit myself to a membership yet I signed up for the Basic...
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    Canon SD500 first impressions

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    I've always owned Canon cameras and was looking around for a new small digital camera and decided on the Canon SD500 . I haven't had a small camera for a few years - the last being a Canon S100 (the original digital Elph/Ixus) which I enjoyed using. My...
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    MSN Remote Record

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    MSN Remote Record is live and out of beta. In simplest terms it's a way of browsing the same TV guide as your Media Center PC uses and then remotely instructing your Media Center PC to record something. Pretty clever stuff. There's a small download for...
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    Emailing me with tech support requests

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    I get a lot of emails asking for help with people's Media Center and I can't answer them all. Feel free to email me with things you'd like me to write about, but please understand I can't answer all the emails or provide tech support for you. If you have...
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    Intel Barebones Media Center PC

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    This is pretty cool if you're looking to build your own Media Center PC. Intel have started producing barebones systems in a case that wouldn't look out of place with other A/V equipment. All you need to add is a CPU (an Intel P4 of course), hard drive...
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    Update for Media Center Extender for Xbox now available

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    There's an update for MCX for Xbox available on Xbox Live now that will allow you to play back CGMS-A content (HBO etc...). You should get prompted about the update next time you log into Live. If you don't have Xbox Live you can request the update here...
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    Installing applications on Media Center

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    In response to an emailed question from Mike Kaltschnee about how to install applications on Media Center I thought I'd provide my thoughts on the subject. First, do you really need to install something? Let's tackle what do if you just want to create...
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    OT: Photo from this weekend

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    I won't make a habit of this, but I wanted to share a picture I took this weekend at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. I love how it's come out. Here's the techincal details: Canon 10D with a Canon 17-40mm L lens. Settings were ISO 400, lens was...
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    What's in a name?

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    Quite a lot it seems. I own a few domain names. Most I've had for several years and they've always been with the same registrar. Three of them need to be renewed in a few days time and I thought I'd shop around for a better deal on renewing the registration...
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    Sony will offer an upgrade to Media Center 2005

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    If you've got a Sony Media Center PC and want an upgrade to Media Center 2005, you'll want to click here .
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    17th Century Blog...

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    I started reading Samuel Pepys diary earlier this year and I've read about half of it so far. Pepys wrote a diary in 17th century England. His diary is one of the leading historical accounts of the time and I've really enjoyed reading it so far. I was...
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    Improving "My Pictures"

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    eHomeUpgrade talks about how to improve the My Pictures experience in Media Center . There's some good ideas there. Some that I've thought of before and would like to see and some that I haven't. They noticed that a slideshow always starts with the same...
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    Got an Extender? Got HBO? You'll want this update.

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    Now you can watch copy protected TV on your Extender. Update for the HP model. Update for the Linksys model. Just in time for the holidays. Enjoy everyone.
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