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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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