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Would you believe, TiVo?
The primary hard drive in my Vista media center (Dell XPS 410) died a hard death, so I got a new drive and started rebuilding. Well, it turns out that my Vista DVD is pre-sp1, which means the SATA driver I needed wasn't there. I tried getting one from Dell downloads, but it didn't work. I got to the point in setup where it SAID it was copying files, but nothing happened - overnight. Since I have only a small amount of time late at night for personal projects, after the second day my wife was ready ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 1, 2008 10:28 PM

Vista MCE running FIOS-TV!
Okay, the Verizon installers came out and set things up today. They ran a short coax cable from the outside box (where my fiber terminates) into a splitter, then disconnected my DirecTV lines and connected the cables they used to get to the STB's. Kind of interesting - they had to use special splitters that actually have circuit boards. This is not simply a video signal, it's IPTV. Every connection got tested and retested, and the signal was so strong they had to put an inline widget to reduce it ......

Posted On Monday, January 29, 2007 8:40 PM

Vista RTM on MSND Subscriber downloads - Thursday!

A bit earlier than the announced date (by Friday)… just 3 more hours for my download to complete!

Posted On Thursday, November 16, 2006 8:05 PM

XBox 360!
Woo hoo!  My XBox 360 arrived today!  Maybe by Christmas I'll get to try it :).  The controllers are smaller than I expected, but feel nice and solid.  I like the way the headset fits on the wireless controller - I hate wires.

Posted On Monday, December 12, 2005 11:01 PM

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