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Many questions – MSAS, playing WAV files and what to develop Media Center apps with

I’ve had lots of questions recently and no time to really get answers and post them up here.  If I haven’t answered you question it’s because I don’t know the answer and haven’t had enough time to get to the bottom of it yet. First of all I had a couple of questions on MSAS which…


This week’s questions (actually last week’s): More on HTML and add-ins

How are HTML apps and add-ins associated with each other? (Can HTML apps trigger add-ins to be launched?) HTML and add-ins can both be part of the same application, that is each is a different entrypoint of the application. The association takes place at registration time, when both would be registered as one application. An…


Media Center PC’s are getting cheap!

Betanews reports that Gateway/eMachines will be offering a new Media Center PC for $599!  The specs are pretty impressive for such a cheap computer: AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 1GB DDR SDRAM 200GB hard drive ATI Radeon Xpress 200 8 in 1 media reader Rewritable dual-layer DVD drive CD-ROM drive Wow.  No mention of a TV…


This weeks questions – always on top and registering add-ins and HTML together

I’ve decided to take all the questions I get by email and answer them on Fridays in one post, so do please continue to email me any questions you have.  That said, here’s this weeks questions: How can I keep the Media Center window on top so I can work on other things?  In Media…


How to disable a Media Center add-in

Jason over at Digital Media Thoughts sent me an email about his new article on The Powers and Perils of a Platform.  Jason talks about the trouble he had when a Media Center “plugin” went bad and couldn’t be uninstalled.  It’s not clear if it was an HTML application or a managed code add-in, but based…


David Burnett on digital photography

David Burnett talks to the New York Times on what cameras he uses and why he mainly shoots digital now – he’s another Canon 20D user.  The article is interesting, but the audio slideshow is much more interesting.  He explains that he uses a number of different cameras depending on the type of photo he’s going…


Questions answered

I’ve had a couple of questions by email that I should answer (note I’ve paraphrased some of these): What fonts should I use for my HTML Media Center application and can I use Flash?  The SDK is where to go for design guidelines for HTML applications (the short answer is to use a sans serif…


Yes, I’m still alive.

Sorry I haven’t had much (anything) to say for a while.  I’ve been terribly busy on a number of things that it won’t take a genius to guess about. So what’s been going on?  Well, I’m very excited about the XBox 360 and it’s built in Media Center Extender.  There will definitely be one of…


Back at work

No, I haven’t forgotten about this blog.  I’ve just got back from a long and exhausting holiday and now I’m back at work and catching up on what I’ve missed.  I’ll have some photos to share and a few stories to tell once I know what day of the week it is – jet lag…