@SYNACK: I agree with what you say, and given the entertainment devices in a modern home I think this new approach is suitable for many households now instead of going down the media PC route.
I still think that a decent media PC is viable, especially if you are starting out with no satellite, internet capable tv/device/Blu-Ray then then it can be a very cost effective and cheap way of rolling all of these into one. Mine, for example, needed a lot of work to bring it up to speed as it had no HD freeview or sat tuners and the graphics card was getting creaky.
It also suddenly occurs to me that I should have included some advice for anyone making a media PC as some new 'gotchas' have sprung to mind. Don't buy an expensive case with displays/screens. You will never use or look at them and your box will live too far away for you to keep going close up to see what is going on anyway. Do try and get a nice low profile HTPC case though as it does look good Make sure your case is fitted for IR. Small wireless keyboards are all well and good but involve a lot of messing around when trying to pause a movie!When you buy a tuner card, whether it be terrestrial or satellite, ensure it is Windows Media Center compatible, and not just Windows. I brought a card which claimed to be HD for satellite but turned out you had to use their own media center (bundled) which was awful.Buy an all-in-one (sat and terrestrial) tuner card if you can. It will save you cash later on.Make sure you fit the best passively cooled graphics card you can afford as well. Not just for video playback, but you may just want to do do 'some' gaming later.
These are all garnered from my own personal experience but I'm sure there will be more to add later, but at the moment, that's it
Poor MediaPC, I agree that they were great and that their time has passed. The advent of smartTVs with DLNA and little android media sticks / RasberryPis has moved the requirement from by the tv to a back cupboard somewhere. I have been using a media server with DLNA and a decent home network for a while now. Its just decentralising it meaning you get your media on any TV rather than just the one.
Personally I just moved the media centre to the back room and using WMP's DLNA sharing but W7's DLNA does not cope with mkv. I had a low power Atom board so banging a few drives in was basically the equivalent of a NAS anyway.
This is one place where Samsung TVs way better, or LG ones as Sony only really supports one video format now, Sony DRM evil++.
Ah not just me then, I came home yesterday to 10 of them on the matt for all my domains expiring this month and a lot of emails from friends who are confused Silly people although I didn't notice the envelope until you pointed it out otherwise I could have had some fun with that
You need to get ZH in the office, so he can install the Woopra console for you then you can see pretty little flags for all logged in members with their location.
You can even chat with them online, and take over their computers . . . - whoops did i just reveal the hidden EG payload?
I'm certain that Pad computing will be a very useful addition to the current ways that we use and interact with information now and in the future. They had them is Star Trek and that show has acted almost as a blueprint for technology with the different props being made real as soon as the technology became practical.
Inkeeping with the theme I am certain that the iPad would be a Romulan design given its closed and secretive nature
One of the big things that I think is important with such devices is the removal of the barrier made by the screen, the pad can be put on a table and seen by several people even seated face to face which would be difficult or impossible with a laptop.
Welcome to the club, my dad was a bit like than then he got some glasses to help with reading and he now swears by them and regrets not admitting it sooner and doing something about it.
I know am wondering who it was that called
Agreed! - I'm looking forward to seeing that stand up at BETT 2010 !!
Looks like a massive area, not as cramped as BETT.
i like the new artwork - cool - can't see the 'edu' very well, just looks like a big sign for "GEEK".
If you're bored, start planning for BETTme
match wasn't that much cop
i bet shaun gets soroche before you get back
Wow looks very nice and that plane looks good
Just to add. I've just been to the loo. When you go in, there are just a series of doors. You enter a door and you are in a whole new room. With a table, chair and loo at one end! A whole room that is bigger than my bathroom at home! And there are about a dozen of these!
Edugeek House here we come
Well done guys, downtime is always a bitch, especially when there's not much you can do about it...
£550 to fix......Bugger.
We are Gods and DB is Zeus. Another way of looking at it I 'spose.
We Gods don't 'buy' PC mags anyway. We take up room in WHSmiths coppin' a free read letting mere mortals push past us to pay for theirs
That's good for another year!
just look like....?
Oh ye of little faith