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Permalink to this day Tuesday, March 29, 2005

I have a new living room Media Center. Here are the specs:

  • SilverStone LC03 case
  • Intel P4 3.0
  • Asus motherboard w/digital out
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 200 GB (ATA) & 300 GB (IDE) Seagate drives
  • ATI ATSC tuner
  • ATI Radeon x600 graphics card
  • 2 NTSC tuners (unsure brand and model)
  • Gyration keyboard and mouse
  • DVD burner

My feedback is really all about the case. It looks fine. But I hate how you have to open up the hinged covers to watch a DVD and plug in devices. I'd rather the case manufacturers find an elegant way to always make those connections and drives available. Personally, I wouldn't buy a case that hides critical inputs behind covers. I also found it really hard to add an extra internal hard drive so I'd like to see the internal layout revisited.
10:40:19 PM  Permalink to this item []

Bruce Yehl is having some problems with his MCE not recording.

Yes, I agree that very vague error message is lame. I'm sure while we were designing it we thought that we need a very friendly error message because if the error message was 'error 0x09839 dshow graph is corrupt' you'd be equally upset. While I can't make any promises, rumor has it that error message is being improved in a future release to achieve the proper balance between telling you too much and too little.
9:36:11 PM  Permalink to this item []

A lot of people have been linking to the Media Player 10 FAQ and commenting that it now supports RSS. After the fifth post on this I finally clicked through to see what the fuss was about. And after comparing and contrasting it with the Media Center 2005 FAQ I get it. Unlike our team, WMP actually updates their FAQ and so it is important that you can be notified when new questions are answered.

Take away: We should improve our MCE FAQ.
9:28:33 PM  Permalink to this item []

Does MSN Remote Record for MCE not support OTA ATSC??
8:50:38 PM  Permalink to this item []

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