First off, I am still alive . Obviously if you follow this site there has been very little writing of late. Work and family life has just taken control of me of late, not necessarily in a bad way but much of my free time to play around with my tech hobby has disappeared. Kid #3 will be arriving any day now, so I don’t expect things to free up anytime soon, but I still have some articles lined up to publish (first will be my Windows Server 2012 Essentials build which looks like I finally turned the corner and resolved the one outstanding issue I was having).
More importantly though, I have some Dune news worth posting. I spoke with Mike at Duneplayer.com and he confirmed that one final Smart D1 (you can see my Smart D1 review here) run will be done, with approx 1,000 units being produced from some remaining Sigma 8642 chips. He hopes to have stock in about 4-6 weeks, so figure end of August or early September. There will also be a small run of Maxs available as well (probably 100 at most). Now of course some people may be asking why anyone would want a media player running a chip that has been around for what seems like ages. Well, the Dune Smarts are a dying breed of media players that support full BD menus, and imo are the most reliable/stable players on the market. They don’t support Blu ray 3D if that is of interest, but otherwise this will be a great opportunity to get the last stock of Dune Smarts
Additionally, the Dune 3D Max/Pro is still in the works with a realistic target by early next year. Assuming Dune is able to deliver, the new player will provide full BD support (2D and 3D) along with a UI that offers XBMC or the standard Dune UI / jukebox combo.