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    Was Nice box, now video server

    Dany Rego mused:

    > I would say that a device like that wouldn't be
    > all that usefull for FULL MOVIES, but for VIDEO
    > FILES, whether downloaded, or perhaps recorded
    > with a PVR.

    You obviosly don't have kids. Or speak a different
    language. My wife will often play movies in a "native"
    language - we have LOTS of movies that the audio
    is only in French, but I'd like to watch them with her,
    so I need subtitles. If I'm not around, she turns them
    off. Also, many videos have special features (games,
    quizzes, bonus material) that my kids enjoy watching.

    > I currently have a central server in the house which
    > runs Windows XP Media Center Edition (which is
    > EXCELLENT!!!), and that records all of my TV shows.
    > From there, I use a modded XBox to view those TV
    > shows, along with other video clips I have downloaded
    > off the 'net. I do that because the media server is on
    > the top floor, and my main entertainment center is in
    > the basement.

    Well, excellent must have greatly different meaning in
    your world. MCE is ok, but still Windows. IMHO, there
    is lots of room for improvement.

    > These types of "media" playing devices are coming fast,
    > and I can easily see them replacing my squeezebox in the
    > near future (sorry, but it's true!). In fact...I was going to
    > buy a few more squeezeboxes, but for the $$$, I can get
    > full media players that interface with MCE, and serve up all
    > sorts of stuff to my TV/Stereo.

    They are definitely coming. If you are into letitng what Tivo/MS
    tell you to save, sure. Last time I checked, there was no longer
    a commercial PVR that didn't have a monthly cost associated
    with it. My Squeezebox still does many things that the extenders
    don't do - like control some of my other devices. I've almost
    got my squeezebox turning off my reading light at night
    and checking the status of my daughter's bedroom light via x10.

    > Don't get me wrong...I love the squeezebox, but it's quickly
    > becoming a dinosaur!
    > Danny Rego

    Want to sell it? I seem to recall the term dinosaur being placed
    upon mainframes as well. IBM has release 3 brand new mainframes
    in the last couple years alone. Since I don't have any intention of
    letting Microsoft off my desktop, I don't think my sb will be going
    anyway. I still have parties where the primary mode of "general"
    entertainment is music. And with my SB the only thing hooked up
    to whole-house audio distribution, it will stay that way for some
    time to come.


  2. #2
    Michael Scott

    Was Nice box, now video server

    Quoting PAUL WILLIAMSON <pwilliamson (AT) mandtbank (DOT) com>:

    > Since I don't have any intention of
    > letting Microsoft off my desktop,

    I keep Billy on a shorter leash than that. I won't let MS out of the VMware
    sandbox that runs on my Linux machine. :-)

    - Mike Scott
    - mscott (AT) pyewacket (DOT) org

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