16.7ms in the life

A sample in the life of a Media Center developer

So, the last several months have been fairly busy, what with Vista shipping (woohoo!), vacations,...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 03/21/2007

Thoughts on software complexity

If you've ever tried to create a software application of any decent size, you have probably realized...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 06/03/2006

Where's Peter?

... working, working, working. That, in short, is why there have been no updates in so long. Between...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 06/01/2006

Media Center Technical Discussion 1: Tuners and TuningSpaces

The Media Center TV experience driven by a flexible, multi-standard engine that works with any...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 04/03/2006

Media Center Technical Discussion Series

One of the more popular subjects for users who email me is how to get Media Center to do something...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 04/03/2006

VoodooPC's 8TB Media Center PC

From Engadget: When we heard that VoodooPC was planning a media PC with 16 drive bays and a maximum...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 03/02/2006

Tripod sings about romantic love

I saw this the other day... definitely worth a viewing. WARNING: If you have a girlfriend/wife/S.O....

Author: PeterRosser Date: 02/24/2006

Using exported DLL functions

Now and then it's necessary to use "private" or "internal-only" functions in DLLs that you did not...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 02/22/2006

Captioning Support Sucks

Looking back at the bugs we've fixed over the last several months, we certainly have had a good...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 02/19/2006

DVB Guide issues - "cannot schedule recoding because guide data cannot be accessed"

We have been getting reports about Guide problems from DVB users across Europe and the world,...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 02/16/2006

A Brief History of ATSC in Media Center

In the beginning there was NTSC in Freestyle (Media Center 2002), and it was good. Media Center...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 02/03/2006

DISH Network & ATSC channels

I have been working on a fix for the ATSC channel number assignment issue currently impacting Rollup...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 02/01/2006

Fix coming for ATSC minor channels guide bug

If you use ATSC with Media Center, and have mapped minor channels to listings, you probably noticed...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 01/30/2006

Fix for ATSC after uninstalling Rollup 2

In some cases you may find that ATSC (HDTV) no longer works after uninstalling Media Center Rollup 2...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 01/24/2006

DVB Radio "No TV Signal" Workaround

I am currently investigating a fix for two DVB Radio issues identified a workaround for those...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 01/22/2006

Classy & Easy Thank You Notes

If you are truly lazy, but still want to show your gratitude, you can always do what I do. Instead...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 01/09/2006

Silly Little Contest Results

I'd like to thank all of you who submitted entries--even the person who felt it necessary to email...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 01/09/2006

16.7ms = free software (a silly contest)

Sometimes being obtuse is it's own reward, but this time there's something in it for you if you know...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 01/05/2006

Windows Insomnia: Why Won't My Computer Go To Sleep?

One of the issues I am investigating for a fix relates to the auto-suspend feature in Windows. The...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 01/05/2006

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It was a nice month, but the break is over and I've returned back to work. Christmas...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 01/04/2006

The holidays and MceRepair

As time permits, I've been working on the next version of MceRepair, but with the real world taking...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 11/21/2005

Toshiba Tecra 3 image restore dialog

Precious... (sorry for the quality, it's from my camera phone) UPDATE: "a while" == 1.5 hours...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 11/02/2005

Visual Studio 2005 Shipping on my Birthday

You know I'm a geek when something like that gives me even a little bit of a thrill. November 7th......

Author: PeterRosser Date: 11/01/2005

Tell us about your Rollup 2 (and KB908250) problems

Are you an MCE user experiencing problems since you installed Rollup 2 and/or KB908250? I want to...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/28/2005

IEEE 1394 vs. UDCP

I have been exchanging a couple of emails with Ray Maker, a fellow 'Softie, regarding whether IEEE...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/27/2005

Recording over 1394 (Firewire) in Media Center

There has been some recent effort to pry open the 1394 interface in various STBs (set-top boxes),...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/26/2005

The procedure entry point GetRequestedRuntimeVersion could not be located in the dynamic link library mscoree.dll

Symptoms Aaron Stebner blogged this a few days ago, but some folks are still running into it, so...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/25/2005

MceRepair 0.2

I've posted an update to MceRepair at http://www.pegasi.com/MceRepair_0.2.zip, which adds additional...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/22/2005

DRM Business Rules in Rollup 2

To clarify the somewhat vague statement I made about "business rules" for DRM changing in Emerald...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/21/2005

Anonymous comments enabled

I guess no matter how many hours I stare at a monitor every day, in some things I'm still a noob. I...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/21/2005

Tool to set your EPG download time

After all that about QWORDs in the registry from managed code, I went ahead and just finished a...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/21/2005

Getting a QWORD from the registry using C# and P/Invoke

From time to time you need to use really, really big numbers, like when describing, say, the time of...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/21/2005

DRM in MCE Rollup 2

I was posting to TheGreenButton.com and thought I'd save myself typing the same thing again, since...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/20/2005

PC Video Outputs

I am seeing a pattern of confusion regarding S-Video and video resolutions with a lot of users in...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/20/2005

MceRepair 0.1 (alpha)

Having gotten a little fed up with manually re-registering MCE files when MedCtrRO.exe fails, I have...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/20/2005

Dealing with the COM+ Patch

Last week the COM+ folks released a critical update that has some unfortunate side-effects for...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/18/2005

Update Rollup KB908250 for Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

We finally shipped the Rollup QFE, which fixes some ugly issues with Rollup 2, especially in...

Author: PeterRosser Date: 10/18/2005