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Visting San Francisco this weekend

I decided last week to take a last minute trip to San Francisco this weekend thanks to a promotion...

Author: mcreasy Date: 09/20/2004

Stardust probe crashes to Earth

Oops. That's a shame, I hope they can still salvage something from the project. Don Brownlee came to...

Author: mcreasy Date: 09/08/2004

Portable Media Centers available, WMP 10 available and MSN Music Store

Well what a week it's been. First off let me apologise for not updating for a while. I'm sure many...

Author: mcreasy Date: 09/03/2004

iMovie removes Apple's FairPlay DRM from iTunes Music Store songs?

It's not the first time that Apple's FairPlay DRM has been circumvented, but it appears that by...

Author: mcreasy Date: 08/04/2004

Addendum to my Canon i9900 printer review

I've had my Canon i9900 for a while now and I've noticed the colour output isn't what I'd expect....

Author: mcreasy Date: 08/04/2004

Cheaper internet access

I've been a Comcast customer for almost 18 months and I've generally been happy with the service. I...

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/28/2004

Back to school with Dell and Gateway?

In another example of companies using the same stock photos for their websites, Dell and Gateway are...

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/27/2004

Finished reading: Quite a lot ;-) & Currently Reading Flatland by Abbott

The Republic - Plato Described as the foundation of western philosophy it's extremely well know....

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/27/2004

Looking for a thermometer to connect to a PC

My officemate and I were talking about this this morning. We'd like to be able to use a PC to...

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/19/2004

There's a story that's light on details from Reuters that suggests that limited DVD copying will be...

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/14/2004

No time to rip all your CD's?

LoadPod will do it for you! (Assuming you have an iPod and at least 50 CDs and are willing to pay...

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/13/2004

Cool computer

Completely frozen solid! More photos here

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/13/2004

MLB.com content will be available on Portable Media Centers

I'm going to have to create a “Portable Media Center” category for all these posts :) I...

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/12/2004

Preorder a Portable Media Center

Amazon.com have got a Portable Media Centers page up with lots of info. Plus you can now preorder...

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/08/2004

Currently reading: Gogron by Peter D. Ward

Gorgon by Peter D. Ward I'm only about a quater of the way through and haven't gotten to the main...

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/06/2004

Finished reading: The Life and Death of Planet Earth by Ward & Brownlee

The Life and Death of Planet Earth by Ward & Brownlee I bought this a couple of weeks ago when...

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/06/2004

Sneak preview of Samsung's Portable Media Center

There's a sneak preview of Samsung's Portable Media Center over at Sorobangeeks.com. It's in French,...

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/02/2004

Walt Mossberg likes the new HP Media Center PC

Walt Mossberg likes the new HP Media Center PC it seems. This is the same PC I mentioned yesterday....

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/02/2004

What do you say when you store a TV show on your hard drive in Media Center

I was just having a discussion with a PM on this, what's the verb you use when you store a TV show...

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/01/2004

Pc Magazine reviews HP's newest Media Center PC

PC Magazine have a review up of HP's newest Media Center PC, the m1000 series. The cool thing about...

Author: mcreasy Date: 07/01/2004

Long time without a post

Well I've been really busy and haven't had much time to write anything new. I've added a new...

Author: mcreasy Date: 06/30/2004

Currently reading: War and Peace by Tolstoy

War and Peace by Tolstoy Famous enough that I really don't really need to give a description of it....

Author: mcreasy Date: 06/29/2004

What's a typical day for me?

As you know I test Windows XP Media Center edition - specifically the area of extensibility (which...

Author: mcreasy Date: 06/07/2004

DVR users watch more ads?

According to a study at MediaPost DVR users actually watch more ads. "Most importantly, the research...

Author: mcreasy Date: 05/26/2004

Meta-blogging

This is me blogging about Bruce Sterling blogging about him being here at Microsoft today.I just got...

Author: mcreasy Date: 05/21/2004

Record set for most naked people on a rollercoaster

British students have set a record for the most naked people on a roller coaster...Read the story @...

Author: mcreasy Date: 05/21/2004

Canon i9900 review

I've always had good experiences with Canon printers so I was excited earlier this year to hear they...

Author: mcreasy Date: 05/21/2004

New Media Center application - TVTonic MCE

TVTonic have made available a Media Center version of their application. Installing it lets you...

Author: mcreasy Date: 05/13/2004

New Media Center PCs from Sony and Alienware

I've spotted pictures of some new Media Center machines...First from Sony, the new Vaio Desktop R...

Author: mcreasy Date: 05/13/2004

Read RSS feeds on Media Center with NewsGator

I haven't actually tried this yet, but it's a really cool idea - a version of NewsGator for Media...

Author: mcreasy Date: 05/13/2004

Travelling with tech

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently got back from a two week holiday in China (there's a long...

Author: mcreasy Date: 05/12/2004

I'm back and Media Center is going to Australia, Austria, Italy, The Netherlands and Switzerland!

I'm back from a couple of weeks holiday in China (actually I've been back for almost two weeks, but...

Author: mcreasy Date: 05/10/2004

Last post for a while

This will be my last post for a few weeks as I'm taking some time off and won't have much in the way...

Author: mcreasy Date: 04/09/2004

Apple's Fairplay DRM allegedly cracked

/. is reporting that Apple's FairPlay Digital Rights Management (DRM) has been cracked. This means...

Author: mcreasy Date: 04/05/2004

DVDFile.com reviews Media Center and Secondhand Lions

DVDFile.com is the place I visit most often for news on DVD releases and reviews. Today they've got...

Author: mcreasy Date: 04/02/2004

March 20th to the 21st was "Alice in Puzzlehunt weekend" in Washington State

I mentioned the Puzzlehunt before and how some puzzles invovled calling Pizza Hut and another...

Author: mcreasy Date: 04/02/2004

Star Wars on DVD (at last)

This is the DVD set I've been waiting for since I first started buying DVDs (which was about six...

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/31/2004

Microsoft Speech Server launch

John has a couple of posts on the Microsoft Speech Server launch. That's the team I worked on for...

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/24/2004

Puzzle Hunt (or how to spend a weekend at work without working)

I spent almost every minute I was awake this weekend on the Microsoft campus; other than closing...

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/22/2004

iRiver Portable Media Center

See iRiver for the details.

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/19/2004

Installing Windows XP Service Pack 2 will upgrade Media Center to Media Center 2004

If you've got a Media Center PC running the first version of Media Center and didn't get an upgrade...

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/19/2004

Portable Media Centers to arrive later this year

If you've been waiting to find out when you can get hold of one of these devices there's a bit of...

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/18/2004

Scooby-Doo dancer for Plus! DME

This caught my attention today, there's some Scooby-Doo related goodies for Plus! DME and Windows...

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/18/2004

More on the "Broadcast flag"

I touched on this subject last week. Yesterday the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) annouced...

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/10/2004

Canabalizing a MP3 player for it's Microdrive

It's been all over the web (well at least the digital media parts of it) in recent weeks about new...

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/10/2004

Using FindService and PlayMedia to change the TV channel in Media Center

If you've used the MSN TV pages on Online Spotlight in Media Center you might have noticed buttons...

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/09/2004

Curious about which version of Media Center you have?

When the subject of which version of Media Center someone is running there is often some confusion -...

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/09/2004

New Media Center Online Spotlight application - ESPN Motion

If you haven't visited Online Spotlight on your Media Center recently, there's a new reason to -...

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/05/2004

The "Broadcast flag"

Here's an interesting article on the the MPAA's "Broadcast flag" and what it could mean for the...

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/04/2004

Movieoke

I'm surprised nobody thought of this sooner. It's karaoke for movies, just think of all those famous...

Author: mcreasy Date: 03/04/2004

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