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GNC-2010-07-23 #595 It’s a Hoax Mom!

Posted by geeknews at 1:27 AM on July 23, 2010

Sorry Mom you got sucked in by a long running hoax. Special show recording times for next two shows will get started about 6pm EST or 3pm PST hope you will join me for a early live recording. A lot of positive things happening at RawVoice more when I can but for now I have to sit on it.. Thanks to all the long time listeners and all the new viewers this grand experiment continues to grow beyond belief!

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GNC-2010-07-09 #591 Hollywood’s Funny Accounting

Posted by geeknews at 1:15 AM on July 9, 2010

Quick week for many of you, thanks to everyone that called in to the hotline to leave comments. Wait till you see how Hollywood does their accounting no wonder they can claim they are loosing money. Did you notice the mini format change? First big change in over 500 shows not a really big deal but lets see your reactions!

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Onkyo Receivers Adding Windows 7 Support

Posted by Alan at 2:14 PM on July 1, 2010

Onkyo, one of the world’s leaders in A/V receivers, made a big announcement on June 29, 2010.  Their new receivers, the TX-NR3008 and TX-NR5008, are now, not only DLNA certified, but also Compatible with Windows 7.  This means they support the Windows Play To feature.

So, what does all of this mean?  In Microsoft’s own words this is what it means:

Play To allows you to seamlessly play music, video, and photos through your home network to any network media device that carries the Compatible with Windows 7 logo.

If you haven’t used Play To, it’s pretty simple.  From any PC on your network you can open Windows Media Player or Windows Explorer, right-click an audio track, and choose “Play To”.  If you don’t see the Play To option then you can download the plugin HERE.  A Play To icon also appears above the Now Playing list in Windows Media Player.  This does require Windows 7.

My guess is that we will be seeing many of these Windows 7 and networking features added to home theater devices in the near future.

GNC-2010-06-25 #587 On a Roll!

Posted by geeknews at 12:51 AM on June 25, 2010

Mom always said don’t count your chickens before they hatch but, I am real happy with the last two shows. It is great to be home. One a second note, I get serious in talking about looking ahead with the show, as I want to advance the shows potential. Through the end of July will be hoping to offset some of the upgrade costs associated with moving forward with donations to the show details within but hope you will consider helping me reach a very big goal.

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Big Screen EPG for Windows 7 Finally Released

Posted by Alan at 5:25 PM on June 22, 2010

If you have been using Windows Media Center for a while then you may remember Big Screen EPG for Vista MC.  If you aren’t familiar with this program, let me first point out that EPG stands Electronic Program Guide.  In a nutshell, this is the guide data that your DVR (in this case your PC) uses for shows, channels, times, etc.  They have been rather slow to get out a version for Windows 7, but it has finally arrived.

Media Center, of course, comes with guide data that updates regularly and, in general, is pretty good.  Big Screen EPG is more of an enhancement than a necessity.  It does add a fair amount of flexibility though.  Per their website:

► Import EPG Data from one or more XMLTV Based Sources

► Comes with an Easy to use Configuration Tool – providing Setup Wizards and intuitive Customization Functionality

► Intelligent Unique Program and Series Detection Features – allows more Reliable and Powerful Scheduled Recording in Media Center

► Automatic Series Matching and Image/Metadata Import – with an inbuilt database of over 20,000 shows

► Import Logos for all your Channels

► Runs when you’re not around using the Inbuilt Scheduled Task Management Helper

As far as price, it’s a great deal at $19.95 for a 2 year license that allows you to install it on up to 5 PC’s.  It’s compatible with IPTV sources as well.  The controls and setup wizards allow for an incredible amount of control.  And, the interface is simply beautiful.

In short, it’s a worthwhile add-on for your HTPC.  Again, not necessary, but, given the price and the great interface and controls, it’s certainly worth the small fee they are asking.

Why Microsoft Needs to Make a DVR…NOW

Posted by Alan at 3:44 PM on June 21, 2010

All of the recent buzz around Google TV has overshadowed a major Microsoft announcement regarding Windows 7 Embedded.  And that’s a shame for several reasons.  First, Google TV, while useful, is little more than a glorified search.  Yes, it’s useful to be able to search for a show, not only through TV channels and on-demand, but also throughout the web.  Second, Windows 7 Media Center is much more powerful and flexible than any DVR on the market, including TiVo.

Yes, Microsoft went down this road before, but they were a different company back then.  They were under investigation by the Justice Department for monopolistic and anti-competitive behavior.  And, by all accounts, when Bill Gates approached the cable companies about putting Media Center on their DVR’s he scared them off by trying to strong-arm them.  This was in the days of XP also, and that took a lot of processor power and would have made the DVR’s cost-prohibitive.

But, now we have Windows 7, which is light enough to run on today’s low end netbooks.  The new embedded is also completely componetized, meaning manufacturers can use only the parts of it they want.  It has Netflix built in, as well as internet TV, pictures, music and a wealth of plug-ins available, including Hulu.  It supports multiple tuners – not just the 2 that cable and satellite providers seem to think is acceptable.  And those tuners work every bit as well at recoding your TV shows as any DVR on the market.

Yes, you can plug a computer into your home theater, as I do, but let’s face it – this is not something the average user is going to be able to handle.  It may not be especially difficult, but it’s not easy enough for my mom and dad either.  There’s tuners to install and setups to do.

So now; with Roku coming on strong (although it’s not a DVR), TiVo’s latest release receiving rather bad reviews, Google TV not yet out, rumors of a new Apple TV, and cable DVR’s being severely underpowered; is the time for Microsoft to build, or hire a third party to build, a DVR.  They need to approach those cable and satellite companies again and have less of an attitude this time around.  Most of all they need to advertise the heck out of it.  They need to show their interface everywhere and let people see just how much their current DVR doesn’t do.

They waited too long to release the Zune and they lost out.  If they want to win the battle for our living rooms, and they’ve made overtures about this for years, they need to act quickly and decisively.

GNC-2010-04-06 #565 Simply a Monster Show

Posted by geeknews at 1:38 AM on April 6, 2010

Simply a Monster show and for good reason pile of content, great audio feedback and a pile of email from the audience. Big announcement has to be pushed to next show, due to us waiting on final approval of what we have to share. We do an iPad data dump tonight and only tonight!

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GNC-2010-02-02 #548 Ground Hog Day in Honolulu

Posted by geeknews at 1:39 AM on February 2, 2010

I take a little time during the show tonight to say thanks to my family for their support of the show. I also have a lot to say about podcasting models and the realities of sponsorships in the real world. Plus a great deal on technology as you come to expect. The chance to win an iPad continues. Big Thank You to the show sponsors as well.

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GNC-2010-01-28 #547 Win a iPad Listen to Win

Posted by geeknews at 8:12 PM on January 28, 2010

I will give away a iPad on 2-11-10 to one lucky listener.. Listen to win. Headed for Honolulu very early tomorrow morning regular show on Monday and then a early show on Wednesday due to trip to Chicago. I go on a major rant tonight on the iPad classic Todd.

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GNC-2010-01-21 #545 Tornado Warning Excitement Today!

Posted by geeknews at 8:35 PM on January 21, 2010

Excitement in Florida today with Tornado Warnings and all. Lots of great Technology News and Information. Lots of hints on some upcoming videos that I will be releasing in coming days.

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