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March 2007 - Posts

  • Recording Broker for everyone...

    I haven't had any issues with it, so I'm going to let it out into the wild... enjoy.

  • LcdWriter for Vista

    There's a new version of LcdWriter; it has the same feature set as the previous version with some notable enhancements

    - The writer/session management is now encapsulated in a windows service, the main reason is to work around UAC restrictions but this has the additional benefit that it is no longer necessary to log in to get the time to display.

    - It is now possible to support alternate sources of status information.  Status information is published to the service using IpcChannel remoting, LcdWriterClient.Writer in LcdWriter.Shared.dll exposes the IFrontPanelDisplay implementing class used to manage sessions.

    - It is also possible for other display types to be enabled.  The display specific logic is encapsulated in a class that implements ILcdWriter.  Other developers can implement this class to enable their non-HD44780 displays.

    While this rewrite was done (and tested) for Vista, it should work on XP if .NET 2.0 is installed.

  • My power toy suggestion

    Ed Bott is asking for what Power Toys MS should create for Vista.  For me the thing that I miss most the ability to drag files and folder paths from explorer into command windows.  Living with UAC is so much harder having to cut and paste paths...

  • Yac client/addin for Vista

    I finally got around to updating the Yac client and addin for Vista.  For those who aren't familar with Yac; it's an application that interfaces with a caller id modem and sends broadcast messages to a configured set of clients with that caller id information.  Now that caller id was removed from Vista, this is more essential than it was in MCE.

    Using these applications you can setup on PC on your network and receive caller id notifications on all of the PCs in you home.  There are two installers, one for use outside of WMC and the other is the addin for WMC (it requires the first to work).

     

    Yac Client

    Yac Addin

  • Some exciting ShowAnalyzer news

    I got an email from Jere (the author of ShowAnalyzer) yesterday he said:

    I just wanted to drop you a note that the next release of SA will be a major improvement for your users.  I had a breakthrough on syncing the audio with the video in DVR-MS files and the end result is that SA is faster and more accurate.

    It's always cool when a great piece of software gets even better.  Jere posted the details on his blog.  I can't wait.

  • EA031407 For XP

    EA031407: 

    - Added CreateTimeout Action - a maximum runtime, in minutes, per action can be set; if the runtime is exceeded the profile will terminate unless the action is marked continue on fail.
    - set WM/MediaClassPrimaryID and WM/MediaClassSecondaryID on wmv files for Zune compatibility
    - Added ComskipAdvanced action allows custom, metadata based arguments to be passed to comskip

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  • DVRMSToolbox for Vista: Version 1.2.0.6

    Version 1.2.0.6
    - Removed [un]registration cmd files and option to run them from the installer.  Installing the addin will register it automatically, uninstalling dtb with unregister it.
    - DVRMSToolboxService's logfile is now named DVRMSToolboxService_###.txt
    - set WM/MediaClassPrimaryID and WM/MediaClassSecondaryID on wmv files for Zune compatibility
    - Set auto recovery options for DVRMSToolBoxService
    - SA Version 0.8.9 included
    - Comskip version 0.79.86 included
    - Added ComskipAdvanced action allows custom, metadata based arguments to be passed to comskip

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  • A bad idea.

    I think I made a mistake linking Early Access to donations.  Maybe the problem is that those who would get in the preferred way don't need an explicit reward.

  • Still no drivers?

    It baffles me that 1 1/2 months after retail release (lets not count the months since RTM) any mainstream, modern piece of hardware would still not have some drivers (I'd accept some beta ones at this point, although that would still be shameful).  Some have blames MS for this issue, but the problem clearly lies with the hardware vendor (Epson in this case). 

  • I'm a format warrior

    I've been thinking about picking up a XBOX 360 HD-DVD drive for a while, but never got around to doing anything about it mainly because I use a DVI cable to connect my HTPC to my television.  Now that the 7900 GS cards (I'm not convinced that the 7600 cards have the hp to do H.264) are getting down to a price I'm comfortable with, I decided to picked up a HDCP compatible one and combine it with a good deal on the 360 drive.  The only trouble I had with getting everything to work was that the USB cable that came with the drive wouldn't work any of the PCs I tried.  I was about to box up the drive, when on a whim tried another cable and it was recognized straight-away; didn't even have to install the hacked drivers that are floating around (XP and Vista).  Even if I get betamaxed, I'm loving it right now :)

  • DVRMSToolbox 1.2.0.5 - Update

    Early Access members should download the newest version of the Vista build of DTb.  Give it a go and let me know how it works for you, I did some stress testing on the service that detects files for the addin and wasn't able to break it.  Enjoy.

    Version 1.2.0.5
    - Replaced CommercialSkipService (COM+ Service) with DVRMSToolboxService (Standard Service); COM+ proved to be difficult to install and unstable, hopefully the approach used in 1.2.0.2 (IPC Remoting to a Windows Service) will prove more stable.
    - SA Version 0.8.7 included
    - Added logging to DVRMSToolboxService, logfile is written to %PUBLIC%\DVRMSToolbox\DVRMSToolbox_####.txt where #### is the process id of the service
    - Made some modifications to how the Remoting Channel is setup, hopefully increased stability.
    - Added CreateTimeout Action - a maximum runtime, in minutes, per action can be set; if the runtime is exceeded the profile will terminate unless the action is marked continue on fail.

@2008 andy vt
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