[access-uk] Re: xp pro and media center

The advantage of media center systems from a home entertainment
perspective is the appropriate connectivity, EG move tv in and out than
home office type connectors and usually a remote control. In theory
there's not much on a media center machine that you couldn't do on other
MS operating systems it just makes it easier, no need to buy additional
software fiddle around etc. Also they usually try to be more esthetic
and suitable for locating in the lounge rather than an office, a
keyboard that folds up out of site, physical buttons for volume control
and so on.  There was a podcast on Blind Cool Tech of a media center
system in use with JFW running fine a few weeks ago see
http://www.blindcooltech.com/ and use the quick nav key j to jump to
line 1308

Adrian Higginbotham
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-----Original Message-----
From: Ray's Home [mailto:rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: 27 October 2005 08:37
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: xp pro and media center

Andy, although I'm not George, can I maybe clarify a little for you here
on what Windows Media Center is?

Really, its XP under another name, but with the difference that the
emphasis is on media access, be it audio, video, organising of same,
access to electronic information on things like schedules etc. all
bundled together in 'Media Center' and the way it presents and organises
all things media.  Its not hardware, it just runs on a PC like other
flavours of Windows.  Also, I think it has integrated scheduled
recording of TV programs and maybe audio too.

It used only to be bundled with computers, but, and I may be wrong here,
I think it can be bought in a consumer edition now.  Doubtless someone
will correct me if I am wrong.

When you think about it it could well turn out to be a solution for us
as we cannot see the often very menu driven and visually opperated
hardware media centres there are about.  You would imagine that if JFW
got the scripts, and the other access softwarehad a bit of a rewrite, it
should be possible for us to access this Media Center version of
Windows.  Then again, maybe its not as simple as that.
Ray

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Andy" 

| Hi George.
| 
| So the Microsoft Media Centre is a completely different animal.  Am I 
| right in thinking then, that xp pro just has additional funtuality, 
| whereas, Windows Media Centre is a new piece of hardware.  Like a 
| music centre/video/dvd/tv device?
| 
| Please excuse my ignorance here George, but I cannot find anything on 
| the internet which describes what a Microsoft Media Centre is, what it

| looks like and so on.
| 
| Best wishes.
| 
| Andy
| 
| 

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