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Unified whole-house media system: Implementing the server

by pcchan on Aug.31, 2010, under Tips and How-Tos

As I mentioned yesterday I will start off my whole-house media system implementation guide with the server. It is the most important component of the whole system and the only piece that requires some technical expertise. Read on for everything you need to know.

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Battle of the living room: Unified set-top device gaining attention with possible new Apple TV

by pcchan on Aug.29, 2010, under Product spotlight, Tips and How-Tos

On the front page of the San Jose Mercury News yesterday the main article was about how everyone is trying to come up with the fully integrated set-top box for your TV and the possible new Apple TV (maybe call iTV?) announcement this coming Wednesday in San Francisco. The article mentions some of the complexities and challenges in coming up with such a unified device but fails to mention that such a system already exists, even with whole house distribution.

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Unified whole-house media system: A demostration

by pcchan on Aug.15, 2010, under Tips and How-Tos

Before jumping into the implementation details I think it would be good to see what the end result looks like. If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video is worth at least 10 thousand words. I made a video to show what I can do at my main TV in the family room using just a small inexpensive media center extender set-top box from Linksys talking to my media PC upstairs via wired or wireless ethernet:

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Unified whole-house media system: An introduction

by pcchan on Aug.10, 2010, under Tips and How-Tos

Just as the unified field theory is the holy grail of science, the unified whole-house media system has been the dream of consumer electronics and computer companies as well as A/V enthusiasts. For many years now everyone has been trying to unite the home computer and disk server with the TV and DVR in the family room but most solutions just fall short. The main challenge is that there are just too many pieces to the puzzle:

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HD movie trailers on the PC without QuickTime

by pcchan on Sep.23, 2009, under Tips and How-Tos

Most experienced PC users will avoid iTunes and Quicktime like a plague. That’s because these 2 Apple programs have been reported to slow down your PC, bombard you with annoying pop-ups, try to install additional software on your system if you’re not careful, collect data about your usage, and is damn near impossible to completely remove once installed.  In short, they are probably the most malware-like non-malware programs there are. Of course for Apple computer users and iPod/iPhone owners they don’t really have a choice (gee what else is new). For more detailed complaints from other people you can check out this link from an actual iPod owner.

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Give your Windows Mobile phone the HTC Sense UI treatment

by pcchan on Sep.11, 2009, under Product spotlight, Tips and How-Tos, Xperia

Those of you who have been following my blogs know that the HTC Sense UI on HTC’s new Hero Android phone is generating quite a bit of attention in the mobile world. For those of us not willing to migrate to Android or wait for HTC to officially release a WinMo version of Sense UI, the good news is that we can still give our WinMo phones a bit of the Sense UI treatment by using a program called Spb Mobile Shell 3.

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Best video format for playback on the Xperia X1

by pcchan on Sep.08, 2009, under Tips and How-Tos, Xperia

Those of you who had been following my blogs know that I’m a huge fan of 800×480 (WVGA) screens on phones and that’s one of the main reasons the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is my phone of choice. One of the best ways to enjoy the WVGA screen is to watch videos on it but like most other Xperia X1 owners I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to convert my videos for optimal playback on the X1.

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