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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Creating a web page that's designed for Media Center (part one)

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    Previously I wrote about creating a MCL file to point to a web page so it could be viewed in Media Center. This time I'm going to explain how to create a web page that is designed for use in Media Center. Web pages for Media Center need to be designed...
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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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    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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    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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    This blog has moved!

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    This blog has moved to http://www.michaelcreasy.com please update your bookmarks and subscriptions!
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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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    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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