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  •  This week on BYOB Michael gives us some holiday news. Mike answers a listener email regarding multi-room HTPC audio and video. Tim talks about his Intel UEFI/Corsair 600T build with some comments from Michael. Tim shares his Windows Phone 7 hands-on experience.  Michael gives a quick review of a Microsoft keyboard.  Announcement - BYOB will be live on uStream on November 27th at 11am PST.  An all Question and answer show so stop in and join the fun.


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    Microsoft releases the Kinect for the XBOX 360 on 11.3.2010


    Michael took a look at The new MacBook Air and was impressed. Here’s a review that mirrors his reaction to the device.



    HTPC and Multi-Room Audio

    HTPC reference build


    Orb Network audio broadcast



     Project: UEFI = Epic Fail

    Tim’s build was going great until he decided to try booting from UEFI.

    Windows Phone 7 – BYOB First Look


    Review: Microsoft ARC Keyboard


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    Hi! Regarding HTPC and multi-room audio, have you considered the Logitech (formerly Slim Devices) Squeezebox? I was listening to the conversation and thinking if he's already got a home server and and wants to control the music from a smart phone then squeezebox is a great fit. The software is free, there's a PC client (no 10 foot interface sadly), there are several smartphone / iPod Touch apps available plus a straight web interface. And there are lots of Squeezeboxes including audiophile, mono, stereo, touch interfaced and entirely headless. You can sync them so they play the same track in every room, or not and they play Internet streams and the cloud as well as hooking-up to your local iTunes library or they'll just play from a folder structure. They cost less than the Sonos and more than the Orb but are certainly worth considering, especially if there's already a server available in the house.
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    Kinect is pretty much as advertised; i.e. my 13 y/o and 8 y/o daughters think the dancing game is great (I concur) while my 11 y/o and 7 y/o Halo/NBA addicted sons think the default games are interesting but jump on the old Xbox360 to play the FPS/sports games iafter a few minutes if the new one is busy being Kinectisized. I'm more impressed with the new Xbox360 slim than the Kinect right now, but I can see some serious applications for the facial/body recognition in terms of playing media and/or home automation. It is quite accurate even when distinguishing between my 7 and 8 year olds who are basically the same height and build. The MS keyboard review piqued my curiosity. While in Korea a friend picked up a keyboard of approx. the same size with a trackball built in for those times when a mouse is critical. Believe it was some sort of RF - not Bluetooth - but it worked great from 20' away using a USB dongle. I'd be all over the MS version, but really am looking for something with a mouse-type device for those emergencies. Not a fan of the trackpad as you mentioned, but beggars can't be choosers.
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    Guy, Love your podcast and wait for it every week. I have few comments on the whole house audio. There is no better solution then Logitech SqueezeBox. 1) You can run SqueezeBox Touch ($299) without a PC as a server using a NAS box. (Enjoy music without a PC) 2) You can run SoftSqueeze with SqueezeServer if you have a PC (Free Solution) 3) You can run SqueezeServer on HomeServer 4) You can buy a SqueezeRadio for ($139) that provides host of feature compared to Orb. 5) All the hardware and software can be controlled using iPhone. 6) You can wall mount SqueezeBox Touch in every room. It can play pictures interface with Facebook etc. 7) There is a large list of Plug-ins available. 8) You can have DRC (Digital Room Correction) applied to every room. Specially your bathroom and your speaker will sound great get rid of the echo etc. 9) It support every service and format out there, native support for FLAC files, so you don't have to tie with Apple or MS. 10) There are plug-ins to support home automation 11) Audiophiles can buy Transporter and integrated it with the rest of the system. 12) Advance users can buy VortexBox and use the existing infrastructure 13) There are IR blasters that you can use to switch on other equipment using your phone etc. There are many possibilities and ultimate flexibility if you are looking for whole house audio, this is the best. I am not an employee of Logitech just a satisfied user.
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