16.7ms in the life

A sample in the life of a Media Center developer

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    DRM in MCE Rollup 2

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    I was posting to TheGreenButton.com and thought I'd save myself typing the same thing again, since it's good info, even if I am restating/repackaging existing opinion. The following is a response to people who thought for some reason that Rollup 2 was...
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    16.7ms = free software (a silly contest)

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    Sometimes being obtuse is it's own reward, but this time there's something in it for you if you know what "16.7ms" is referring to. I'm curious enough to see that I'm willing to shell out my own hard-earned cash to the first non-Microsoft employee that...
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    Media Center Technical Discussion 1: Tuners and TuningSpaces

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    The Media Center TV experience driven by a flexible, multi-standard engine that works with any compatible tuner (including a good number of analog tuner cards and all BDA digital tuner cards) to create portable recordings viewable on any Windows XP machine...
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    A Brief History of ATSC in Media Center

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    In the beginning there was NTSC in Freestyle (Media Center 2002), and it was good. Media Center supported the #1 market and proved that computers could do a great job recording television, pausing Live TV, and organizing recordings. With support for one...
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    MceRepair 0.1 (alpha)

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    Having gotten a little fed up with manually re-registering MCE files when MedCtrRO.exe fails, I have created a new command-line utility to automate the task. MceRepair.exe will: Repair the ACLs to get COM+ Services working again ( see KB909444...
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    MceRepair 0.2

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    I've posted an update to MceRepair at http://www.pegasi.com/MceRepair_0.2.zip , which adds additional error logging in case of problems. If you tried 0.1 and it failed, 0.2 may work for you. If not, at least you will have more complete information with...
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    Recording over 1394 (Firewire) in Media Center

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    There has been some recent effort to pry open the 1394 interface in various STBs (set-top boxes), most notably that of timmmoore's STB package that goes to extraordinary lengths to hook into Media Center's experience. The state of the world today, at...
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    DRM Business Rules in Rollup 2

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    To clarify the somewhat vague statement I made about "business rules" for DRM changing in Emerald (Rollup 2), the changes were to include the new COPP (Certified Output Protection Protocol) support in the release and to support the new version of the...
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    Fix coming for ATSC minor channels guide bug

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    If you use ATSC with Media Center, and have mapped minor channels to listings, you probably noticed that the listings from the .1 channel are duplicated across the other minor channels (if the callsigns are similar enough). This results in a display like...
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    Media Center Technical Discussion Series

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    One of the more popular subjects for users who email me is how to get Media Center to do something that cannot be done (or is hard to do) from the UI. Since I have not been able to talk about my current work much (Windows Vista and unannounced other stuff...
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    DVB Guide issues - "cannot schedule recoding because guide data cannot be accessed"

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    We have been getting reports about Guide problems from DVB users across Europe and the world, hopefully in time for the next Rollup release (external date not yet announced, but should be late Q1 to early Q2). The problem typically manifests itself when...
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    DVB Radio "No TV Signal" Workaround

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    I am currently investigating a fix for two DVB Radio issues identified a workaround for those affected. If you are getting a "No TV Signal" blue overlay when tuning to a DVB Radio station, particularly a low-bitrate station like BBC World Service, or...
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    The holidays and MceRepair

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    As time permits, I've been working on the next version of MceRepair, but with the real world taking up so much of my extracurricular time it's been a slow row to hoe. Here's what's in it so far: Detects and reports your installation status, including...
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    Windows Insomnia: Why Won't My Computer Go To Sleep?

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    One of the issues I am investigating for a fix relates to the auto-suspend feature in Windows. The way it's supposed to work is you set a time in the Power control panel (Control Panel --> Performance and Maintenance --> Power Options) that controls...
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    Captioning Support Sucks

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    Looking back at the bugs we've fixed over the last several months, we certainly have had a good share of captioning issues, especially with regards to the size of the codebase compared to the "video" code. Surprisingly, we don't hear from users a ton when captions don't work properly, but maybe that's because a minority of the users actually use them in the first place. I'm not usually so negative, but I'm just annoyed at captioning today. The following is a poorly thought-out rant on the subject. ......
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    DISH Network & ATSC channels

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    I have been working on a fix for the ATSC channel number assignment issue currently impacting Rollup 2 users. The scenario is that if you have any channels in the 9000s (like DISH Network) and you have ATSC channels, they will get assigned numbers in...
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    Tool to set your EPG download time

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    After all that about QWORDs in the registry from managed code, I went ahead and just finished a small application that allows you to edit the time that MCE goes out to download guide updates. You can get from http://www.pegasi.com/MceDlTimeEditor_0...
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    PC Video Outputs

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    I am seeing a pattern of confusion regarding S-Video and video resolutions with a lot of users in the community, so this posting is for those of you asking things like "why can't I get HD over S-Video" or similar questions. If you want anything above...
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    VoodooPC's 8TB Media Center PC

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    From Engadget: When we heard that VoodooPC was planning a media PC with 16 drive bays and a maximum capacity of 8 terabytes... [ Read full posting on Engadget ] Sounds pretty cool--maybe I'll get one here to "test" with ^_^.
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    So, the last several months have been fairly busy, what with Vista shipping (woohoo!), vacations, and plannng the next rev. I worked long hours alongside my fellow eHomers, we shipped, and I took off a couple of months to find myself in Mexico and decompress...
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    Fix for ATSC after uninstalling Rollup 2

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    In some cases you may find that ATSC (HDTV) no longer works after uninstalling Media Center Rollup 2 from your computer. The issue is caused by a schema change in the Tuners registry key. Today I identified a workaround to get your ATSC back up and running...
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    Silly Little Contest Results

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    I'd like to thank all of you who submitted entries--even the person who felt it necessary to email me a large picture that had, at best, a tangential relationship to the posited question and probably should not have approached within 100 nautical miles...
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    Toshiba Tecra 3 image restore dialog

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    Precious... (sorry for the quality, it's from my camera phone) UPDATE: "a while" == 1.5 hours (YMMV)
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    Visual Studio 2005 Shipping on my Birthday

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    You know I'm a geek when something like that gives me even a little bit of a thrill. November 7th... not just an election day or my birthday, but also the VS2005 public ship day. ^_^. I'm installing it now on my primary and backup dev boxes at work now...
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    The procedure entry point GetRequestedRuntimeVersion could not be located in the dynamic link library mscoree.dll

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    Symptoms Aaron Stebner blogged this a few days ago, but some folks are still running into it, so I'll speak to it a bit. If you get an error dialog with the message " The procedure entry point GetRequestedRuntimeVersion could not be located in the...
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