Car Head Unit Compatibility with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

I recently had a desperate need to upgrade the audio system in my car, and wanted a good Mango-compatible system. I learnt a lot about Bluetooth and what to look for to get a great in-car experience, which I am sharing here. Please note these are my personal findings and opinions, none of this should…

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Letter to DirecTV: You have a month to show the new TiVo or I’m going to Fios TV

As a happy TiVo customer since 1999 I and a reasonably happy DirecTV customer since 2000 I’ve been anxiously awaiting the new DirecTV TiVo. However its been a while since I’ve heard anything about it, and now I’m pissed. My existing DirecTV HD TiVo can’t do MPEG4, which wouldn’t be so bad except DTV keep…

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Zune Installation in my Boxster

Following the recent success in using a Zune for the kids to watch movies in the family vehicle, I decided it was time to update the music system in my car. I was a very happy customer of a Kenwood Keg which had been professionally installed in my Boxster years ago, but frustrations with that…

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Using a Zune 80GB as a Car Video Player

Following on the theme of trying to make it easier for my kids to watch movies in the car but without the hassle of the pesky shiny discs, I decided to try using a Zune 80GB as a car video player. This is clearly outside its design parameters, because the Zune Car Kit has no…

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Playing Ripped DVDs with Media Center Extenders

At last I have succeeded in getting ripped DVDs to play from my Xbox 360’s Media Center Extender, and here is how I did it. First off let me explain my goals: I want to be able to play my kid’s DVDs via my home network, so they can avoid trashing the shiny discs any…

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Vote for HD DVD

Its November and its time to place your vote. No, not for US Presidential candidates, but for the optical high definition format you want to be the winner in the format war, which of course for me means HD DVD. This holiday season might be the last chance for your vote to be considered by…

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Tide is turning: Paramount declare HD DVD only

An important day in the next-gen DVD format war: Paramount have announced that they are going HD DVD only, an important change from their previous neutrality. “Blades of Glory”, “Transformers” and “Shrek the Third” are the initial announced titles. The press release quotes “market-ready technology” and “low manufacturing costs”. Looks like they figured out that…

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HD DVD: Audio Mixing, and why you don’t need HDMI

There has been much confusion over multi-channel audio and HD DVD, so I thought I would try and explain how this works. As a side-effect you’ll see why you don’t need HDMI for the highest quality audio, and why you certainly don’t need HDMI 1.3 for audio. DVD: The Original Way   To start with, lets…

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Terminator 2 on HD DVD

Thanks to the fact that there is no region coding on HD DVD, you can now get the Director’s Cut of T2 on HD DVD, encoded with VC1. Previously the theatrical version was only available on Blu-Ray in the USA (in 20th Century MPEG2 format). As Canal+ were involved in the original movie’s creation, I…

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Why HD DVD is more technically advanced than Blu-ray

Since forever it seems that there is this idea that Blu-ray is “more technically advanced” than HD DVD. This was based on Sony’s PR as far as I can tell, so now I feel it is necessary to call out the gaping holes in Blu-ray to prove how much more technically advanced HD DVD is…

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