Nov 09 2010

News - New Windows Home Server Product Announced

This announcement came as a complete shock to me, but it would seem to be a great move by MS, pulling in the great "home" aspects of Windows Home Server, but building in some of the more enterprise-oriented features of Aurora (Windows Small Business Server 2011), like being able to join an Active Directory domain.  This could turn out to be the "power user's" WHS version, if they keep the feature set right by not taking away the media features or drive extender.  Now, if they would just add some RAID support... 

Domain Join

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials is positioned squarely between Aurora and Vail and will include the following feature set:

  • Server and PC backup, including file, folder and image based restore
  • Centralized storage for file data and easier sharing
  • Console driven administration for easier management
  • Access to your data from virtually anywhere through Remote Web Access
  • Network health monitoring for both Windows and Mac PC’s
  • Active Directory Domain join
  • Support for up to 25 users


Nov 09 2010

News - My Movies now available for iPad

Well, Brian keeps on churning out new improvements to MyMovies to entice you to use it as YOUR movie manager and frontend software in Windows Media Center. This time up he's got a very slick interface for your iPad.
You can use the application as a standalone product by adding titles by barcode, title searches or manual data entry, or use it as a companion to our My Movies software packages for Microsoft Windows, allowing you to keep your movie collection synchronized between clients. By using the application along with My Movies for iPhone Pro, you can use the camera on your phone to scan barcodes and synchronize the added titles on the iPad.


Nov 09 2010

News - The Dead Walk Right into Season 2 on AMC

The dead have been wondering if there really is life after season 1 and AMC has allowed them to walk the earth for another season after only two episodes have aired.  There's a very active discussion going on in the forums about this show, albeit with some dissent among the DirecTV viewers who are loathe to watch the death toll rise in poor standard definition.

In the no-brainer decision of the week, AMC has pulled the trigger on a 13-episode second season for The Walking Dead, which is turning into a ratings monster—chomping on more 18-49-year-old viewers than anything else in the cable landscape. During a time when genre TV programming seems a bit like an endangered species—gone are the Losts and the Battlestars (and the Capricas), to be largely replaced by shows that feel like they're hanging on, week to week—it's nice to see a network, and its viewers, reward heady, expertly done horror.


Nov 09 2010

News - November 9th Blu-ray Releases

No way I was going to recommend "Grown Ups" which was a pretty painful movie IMO--and I consider myself an Adam Sandler fan. Knucklehead and Locked Down look fairly entertaining as well but I haven't had a chance to view them yet. My heart wanted to select "Tremors" as the pick, which is one of my all time favorite gore-monster movies and definitely worth a watch if you happened to have missed it during the 90's.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

I watched this one with a comic book geek who happened to know (and inform me) about the backstory behind the graphic novel of the same name. Had I not known that, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this as much as I did. It's a fairly chaotic movie, but I'm a Michael Cera fan and just watching him in fight scenes was pretty surreal. A fun ride nonetheless as crazy as it felt, definitely worth a rent.

Note:  Warner Brothers, Universal and Fox titles which  have the 30-day Netflix/Redbox rental window imposed on them are noted with ** next to the title.

Nov 08 2010

News - Sagetv gets iPad-iPhone-and iPod Touch Streaming

Brent has the insight on this pretty sweet app for SageTV as far as watching your shows on an iPad or other mobile device. Just another reason why SageTV is pretty awesome given its great community support and development.
SageTV Mobile streaming works much like AirVideo for iPhone does.  It takes recordings from your SageTV System and converts (transcodes) those video files to an iPhone/iPad friendly format.  Part of the process includes determining your connection speed between the SageTV server and the mobile device so that the file is small enough to keep up with a slower connection – much like SageTV’s Placeshifter does.  Watching your shows on the iPad is really nice.  I’ve used my iPad to watch shows throughout the house and it really makes a fabulous, carry-with-you “extender” of sorts.  Better yet, the picture quality of the video on the iPad is very good in my exerience – especially on my home Wi-Fi network.


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