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    Visting San Francisco this weekend

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    I decided last week to take a last minute trip to San Francisco this weekend thanks to a promotion from United Airlines which meant my ticket only cost me $5 :-) While I'm in the area I though it might be fun to meet some local Media Center users / developers...
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    Stardust probe crashes to Earth

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    Oops. That's a shame, I hope they can still salvage something from the project. Don Brownlee came to Microsoft a couple of months ago and mentioned the project and described how the probe was supposed to get back - parachutes and then caught be helicopter...
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    Portable Media Centers available, WMP 10 available and MSN Music Store

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    Well what a week it's been. First off let me apologise for not updating for a while. I'm sure many of you will have guessed that I've been pretty busy for the last few weeks and you'll here more about that soon... Portable Media Centers finally hit retail...
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    iMovie removes Apple's FairPlay DRM from iTunes Music Store songs?

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    It's not the first time that Apple's FairPlay DRM has been circumvented, but it appears that by importing a song into iMovie and then exporting it the DRM gets removed . There's no word on whether a loss of quality is involved. Quite how Apple will get...
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    Addendum to my Canon i9900 printer review

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    I've had my Canon i9900 for a while now and I've noticed the colour output isn't what I'd expect. Initially I suspect there was a setting I needed to adjust and I experimented trying to fix it, but to no avail. I contact Canon and they had me tweak all...
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    Cheaper internet access

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    I've been a Comcast customer for almost 18 months and I've generally been happy with the service. I know that DSL is cheaper, but as I don't have a land line it's not really an option. I've heard that many people have gotten deals from Comcast by calling...
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    Back to school with Dell and Gateway?

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    In another example of companies using the same stock photos for their websites, Dell and Gateway are both using the same girl to promote their back to school deals.
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    Looking for a thermometer to connect to a PC

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    My officemate and I were talking about this this morning. We'd like to be able to use a PC to measure the temperature outside. Ideally this would be a serial connected device with a probe that could easily be placed outside. Google found us some, but...
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    Limitied DVD copying to be legal in the future?

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    There's a story that's light on details from Reuters that suggests that limited DVD copying will be ok in the future. Microsoft, Disney, IBM, Intel, Matsushita and Time Warner have agreed in principle to make legal backup copies of next-generation video...
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    No time to rip all your CD's?

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    LoadPod will do it for you! (Assuming you have an iPod and at least 50 CDs and are willing to pay $1.50 a CD and live in an area they service - which now includes Seattle). I can certainly see the appeal, ripping a lot of CDs takes a long time. I've...
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    Cool computer

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    Completely frozen solid! More photos here
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    MLB.com content will be available on Portable Media Centers

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    I'm going to have to create a “Portable Media Center” category for all these posts :) I missed this on Friday, but Microsoft and MLB.com have announced that MLB.com content will be available to play on Portable Media Centers later this...
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    Preorder a Portable Media Center

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    Amazon.com have got a Portable Media Centers page up with lots of info. Plus you can now preorder two models. First, the Samsung YH-299 20GB Portable Media Center - 20GB, 3.5” LCD and USB 2.0 And secondly the Creative Labs 20GB Zen Portable...
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    Sneak preview of Samsung's Portable Media Center

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    There's a sneak preview of Samsung's Portable Media Center over at Sorobangeeks.com . It's in French, but the specs seem to be 20GB hard drive, 3.5” screen for 500Euros. Pretty nice looking! You can preorder the Samsung and Creative Labs Portable...
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    Walt Mossberg likes the new HP Media Center PC

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    Walt Mossberg likes the new HP Media Center PC it seems. This is the same PC I mentioned yesterday . “In my tests, the Personal Media Drive worked well.“ “I also tested the Media Center features of the H-P m1000 and found them...
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    What do you say when you store a TV show on your hard drive in Media Center

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    I was just having a discussion with a PM on this, what's the verb you use when you store a TV show using Media Center? Is it “recorded” - I recorded a show? Is it “taped” - I taped a show? It's not tivo'd - I Tivo'd a...
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    Pc Magazine reviews HP's newest Media Center PC

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    PC Magazine have a review up of HP's newest Media Center PC, the m1000 series. The cool thing about this new model is not that it comes with a 3.6GHz CPU, but that the PC has a slot in the front of the case to insert a removable drive - a 160GB removable...
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    Long time without a post

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    Well I've been really busy and haven't had much time to write anything new. I've added a new category to my blog - books , which if I get right won't be included in my main feed or on the blogs.msdn.com page. I'm going to post updates on what I'm currently...
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    What's a typical day for me?

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    As you know I test Windows XP Media Center edition - specifically the area of extensibility (which includes all the public APIs and the SDK) and the OnlineSpotlight area. I thought I'd write a bit about what a typical day is for me. What I test and how...
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    DVR users watch more ads?

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    According to a study at MediaPost DVR users actually watch more ads. "Most importantly, the research concludes that DVRs "recapture" TV commercial exposures that otherwise would have been "zapped" by non-DVR viewers. The study estimated that 51...
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    Meta-blogging

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    This is me blogging about Bruce Sterling blogging about him being here at Microsoft today . I just got back from seeing him talk, mostly about how to secure his parties but also anything else on his mind. I got a copy of his latest book The Zenith Angle...
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    Record set for most naked people on a rollercoaster

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    British students have set a record for the most naked people on a roller coaster... Read the story @ BBC News .
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    Canon i9900 review

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    I've always had good experiences with Canon printers so I was excited earlier this year to hear they would be releasing a new wide format bubblejet printer - the i9900 . I'd been thinking of buying a wide format printer for a while, but was waiting for...
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    New Media Center application - TVTonic MCE

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    TVTonic have made available a Media Center version of their application. Installing it lets you watch four channels they stream over the web - News, MoviePick, Cartoon Cow and Rawdio. Once installed it's available in More Programs inside Media Center...
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    New Media Center PCs from Sony and Alienware

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    I've spotted pictures of some new Media Center machines... First from Sony, the new Vaio Desktop R Series Looks like a very nice machine to me, although it's still looks like a PC. Next, Alienware are back in the Media Center market with their DHS series...
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