September 2009

Popcorn Hour C-200 Unboxing

by Damian on September 16, 2009 · 12 comments

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Almost a month ago Popcorn Hour announced that preorders would begin for their new media player called the C-200. First shipment was supposed to occur on September 4th but got delayed several times, ultimately happening on September 14th. Well, it looks like I was able to get in with the first batch and a few hours […]

By now you’ve hopefully read the release announcement as well as my full review of the new HP MediaSmart Server EX490 and EX495. Once I finished the review, I almost immediately started taking apart my EX495, purely in the best interest of all you readers, of course. The 3rd generation MediaSmart Server utilizes the same […]

Over the past 10 months or so since HP released the EX485 and EX487 MediaSmart Servers, we’ve seen offerings from many other manufacturers entering the market. While most of these other manufacturers are releasing their first Home Server, HP has two generations of the EX-series as well as the LX195 under their belt, and undeniably […]

HP is announcing the release of the 3rd generation MediaSmart Server, featuring upgraded hardware, a ton of new Mac features, better Media Collector and Video Converter, and a whole new user interface. You can read the announcement from HP below, download the Datasheet, and be sure to check out my review. HP Launches New Home […]

MediaMall Technologies, the creator of PlayOn, has a promotion going on where you can purchase a new license for PlayOn at a 50% discount ($19.99 down from $39.99). If you have a PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Moxi HD DVR, NETGEAR ITV2000, HP MediaSmart TV, or other DLNA-compliant device, PlayOn lets you watch Netflix, […]

CableCard Coming To The Masses?

by Damian on September 10, 2009 · 1 comment

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If you are a Media Center enthusiast you have hope that one day the restrictions of CableCard tuners would be lifted, such as having to get an overpriced OEM system and the heavy DRM. Well, hopefully we are getting one step closer. Over at the CEDIA last night Microsoft announced that some restrictions will be […]

As an owner of the original HP MediaSmart Server EX470 one of the features I enjoy is the eSATA port being port multiplier aware. Once my EX470 became full I purchased the Sans Digital TR4M which gave me access to another 4 bays via the eSATA port. Unfortunately, the next gen MediaSmart Server (EX48x) as well as the Acer Aspire […]

Computers have become a mandatory tool when it comes to running a business. The small business office can vary from a single PC used just for basic record keeping all the way up to several networked computers performing many different aspects of the business such as taking orders, providing customer support, software development, maintaining client […]

A few days ago Alex posed the question “How would you change the HP MediaSmart Server?”. As important as hardware is, you need the perfect compliment of software to really get the most out of your system. So naturally this brings up the next question, how would you change Windows Home Server? The next version […]

Building a mini-ITX HTPC

by Damian on September 7, 2009 · 9 comments

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About a week ago I asked the question “What is the perfect digital media player?”. As we wait patiently for the perfect digital media player a popular alternative is an HTPC. Building an HTPC used to be a daunting and expensive task fit for only the bravest of tech geeks. However, with the introduction of the […]