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    Geek dinner tonight

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    A reminder about tonight's geek dinner ... Charlie says he will have some prizes...
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    What would make debugging Media Center applications easier?

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    Right now the method for debugging Media Center applications is pretty much to use Visual Studio both for jscript debugging in HTML apps and managed code for add-ins. I know some people have had some problems getting this working and I'll try and post...
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    Media Center Geek Dinner - Thursday December 9th

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    Charlie and I have talked about this for a while and we've finally got around to doing something about it. If you're interested in Media Center come join us for dinner at Crossroads in Bellevue next Thursday (the 9th) at 6pm. We'll try and look conspicuous...
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    Winter Fun Pack 2004 includes TweakMCE for Media Center 2005 users

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    The Winter Fun Pack 2004 is now available to download . There's a bunch of things included for Windows Media Player 10 such as skins and new power toys. There's a cool looking addin to add your currently playing music to your email signature when you...
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    Tranquil mini Media Center PC

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    Tranquil PC (via mini-itx.com ) have this cool looking Media Center PC available in the UK. It's very small and so has some limitations but the design of it is great. It's using a VIA mini-itx platform so it's not capable of playing HD WMV and only supports...
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    MediaCenter.IsApplicationActive isn't implemented

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    If you've been trying to use MediaCenter.IsApplicationActive and wondering why it doesn't work then wonder no more. It can't be made to work as it doesn't actually exist, it's documented in error. To get the same functionality you can use MediaCenter...
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    Giving the PC the finger

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    Biometrics just seem cool to me. I’ve watched far too many films where access to a computer or a room was controlled with some sort of biometric access control, from retina scanners to palm readers it all just looks cool. Well now my humble home PC has...
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    MSN Remote Record Beta

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    Public Beta of the MSN Remote Record Service. This service enables users running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to remotely schedule TV shows to record on their Media Center Edition-based PCs. Note: This beta is for US and Canada MCE users only...
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    Digital Joy

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    Coming November 7th .;-)
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    AOL Spam stats

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    According to AOL's stats , they've blocked almost a billion bits of spam today. That's a lot of spam. I've probably received between 30 to 40 spam messages today, all of which were blocked from hitting my inbox thanks to spamcop.net with no false positives...
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    Photo iPod

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    Photo iPod Colour screen and everything. Hmm, tempting. Doesn't seem like there's anything else new other than the ability to display photos on it and on a TV by the looks of things. Still I can't say I'm not tempted with it. The 40Gb model would be a...
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    Sample Media Center 2005 Add-in download

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    To try and make things easier for anyone looking to experiment with building add-ins for Media Center 2005 I've packaged up the add-in from my previous post on how to build an add-in (there was an error in the registration file I provided in the post...
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    Cool new Media Center hardware

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    HP have announced a new Media Center PC that would look right at home next to other home entertainment devices. The z500 series (link goes to PDF data sheet) supports dual tuners and most interestingly to me is compatible with the iPod (they say the Apple...
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    Would you like an Media Center add-in sample in VB.NET?

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    I posted an introduction to add-ins earlier this week using C#. I know there are lots of VB developers out there. If you'd like a sample using VB.NET post a comment here and I'll work something out over the weekend.
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    Having trouble getting the Media Center 2005 upgrade?

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    If you've got a Media Center PC and you want to upgrade to Media Center 2005 you need to contact the manufacturer of the PC to get the upgrade. HP have a page set up to order already here . I've heard that it's not as easy as it might be and I confess...
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    EthanZ is blogging

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    Ethan is a PM who works on Media Center and specifically on the extensibility platform that I also work on. You can expect to see a lot more from him soon. Here's his first post on the new version of the Media Center SDK .
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    Media Center is not XP Home

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    It's not XP Pro either. Media Center should now be thought of as another version of XP just like Home and Pro. It's closer to Pro than Home, the major difference is that Media Center 2005 does not support connecting to a domain. The reason for this is...
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    Do you have an HP Media Center PC?

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    If so you can order the upgrade to Media Center 2005 here . If you've got a different brand, check with the manufacturer to see how to get the upgrade.
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    How To Build An Add-In For Windows Media Center Edition 2005

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    How to build an Add-in for Windows Media Center Edition 2005 First, the basics... What is an Add-in? Add-ins are applications written in managed code (.NET Framework 1.0) that run inside Media Center. They have access to the Media Center API as well as...
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    Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (part two)

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    I knew I'd forget a couple of things as there so many new features, here's what I missed: Messenger Media Center now has a built in version of Messenger. You can sign in on the Media Center PC or Extender and use Messenger from the comfort of your sofa...
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    Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

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    Today (October 12th) is the day that Windows Media Center 2005 is launched. There's bound to be a lot of press about what's new in this version, but here's a summary of the highlights... Television HDTV support. Media Center now supports recording HDTV...
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    Something's coming...

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    ...in 80 minutes. I think you're going to like it...
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    Geek dinner

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    i just got back from the geek dinner. I met Robert Scoble and a whole load of other people. Interesting variety of conversation from "Is Google building a browser?" to portable media centers. I met a few people that I need to talk some more with, but...
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    Geek dinner in San Francisco

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    Robert Scoble is going to be in San Francisco this weekend as well so we're having a geek dinner on Saturday (25th) at 7pm at Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers ( 4138 24th St. ). If you're in the area come and join us.
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    Han does NOT shoot first!

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    My Star Wars DVDs have arrived a day early so I'm watching A New Hope right now. The picture quality is excellent, but the film is not the same as the Special Edition version... Greedo and Han now shoot at the same time! After Han shooting first and then...
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