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Podcast 83, what do you think ?


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Haha, Funny one AJ. :-)

Yes it's April Fool's Day today. I saw a couple attempts to hoodwink me. http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010/04/01/hp-announces-new-bling-line-of-home-servers/
http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010/04/01/windows-home-server-backup-database-hard-copy-bdhc-add-in/
http://usingwindowshomeserver.com/2010/04/01/monopoly-windows-home-server-edition/

Tranquil Driver Pack http://www.wegotserved.com/2010/03/29/tranquil-pc-release-network-driver-pack-for-windows-home-server/

Drashnas PC Restore CD with drivers built in. http://files.breakinghomeserver.com/X-Files/ClientRestore/1.2/

UWHS, How To: Get your drivers http://usingwindowshomeserver.com/2010/03/30/where-to-locate-hardware-drivers-with-windows-home-server/

Tranquils SuperStor http://usingwindowshomeserver.com/2010/03/29/exclusive-review-of-the-tranquil-pc-sqa-superstor-windows-home-server-and-sqa-ex/

Replace you ram, by Timothy Deleo and me, http://usingwindowshomeserver.com/2010/03/28/ex470-memory-upgrade-on-a-friday-night-video-edition/

Dave's ram upgrade, http://homeservershow.com/upgrade-the-ram-on-your-ex470-or-ex475-for-the-hp-3-0-update.html

Kevin Royalty on RanAs Radio http://usingwindowshomeserver.com/2010/03/25/runas-radio-interviews-kevin-royalty-about-whs/

Poca Podcatcher addin http://homeservershow.com/new-windows-home-server-add-in-for-downloading-podcasts.html

ASUS giving HP LX195 a run for the money, 2 drives, 6 USB, 2 eSATA http://mswhs.com/2010/03/31/another-asus-ts-mini-home-server-review/

FirePlay addin update http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010/03/31/fireplay-for-windows-home-server-add-in-updated-2/

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My kidneys thank you for the reprieve this week!!!

Couple of comments. First with the left over donation money I would like to see you pick a charity that is close to you in some way Dave and give it to them. It sure beats giving the guys a stinkin

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Great show as always guys. Couple of things on Sage TV vs. Media Center. The draw to Sage is that it is more flexible than Media Center in terms of the file formats it works with both on the client/server and on the extender. Any MC user quickly realizes how hampered MC is and how uneven the support is on the PC vs. an extender. You want unified guide data and to be able to watch your recordings anywhere well then you need an extender model. You want better support for large film libraries and Blu Ray well then it's the PC model. Also the only viable extender currently available is the Xbox 360. All the third party extender OEM's jumped ship in the last year or two and even if you can find them it's they're not worth getting because they don't support h.264.

Sage on the other hand let's you have a unified guide and access to all your TV recordings regardless of which client or extender you are on. It also supports place shifting. So you want access to all your recorded TV then take your Sage extender with you and plug it into the Internet and a TV and you're golden.

On the plus side for MC you have a gorgeous interface and a much more approachable system in terms of set up. Sage requires a bit more knowledge to get going. Media Center is also the only platform that supports cable card. So if you want record those premium protected channels then this is the system for you. And with Ceton and Silicon Dust (the makers of the HD Homerun) expecting to ship brand new cable card tuners later this year, MC has a big check on the plus side of it's score card. MC also support commercial skip via programs like Show Analyzer and DVRMS Toolbox. I don't believe Sage support Comm. skip but I could be wrong on that point.

So you can see both systems have strengths and weaknesses and neither one emerges as a clear winner. The best choice is the one that best meets your needs and suits your families entertainment consumption habits.

A note on HTPCentric, the show Adam Thursby form Entertainment 2.0 does with Jere Jones that John mentioned. While they'll cover Sage TV the show is not dedicated to that platform.

Thanks again for a great podcast.

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Great show guys. I love the creating a hard copy backup link. I am making mine on punch cards instead if printing them though :)

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Love the tons of ink backup solution, too. Punch cards may be a problem, though - hanging chads and such. ;-)

Every so often, I'll hear one of the guys talk about Media Center PC's. Are you talking about an actual Media Center Edition 2005? What's the scoop on them? How does performance/features compare with Media Center in Windows 7?

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Another great show, Totally agree on not having external drives, the only thing I could think of being good is if your PSU in your WHS, blows up(highly unlikely) taking your entire system with it, the external drives will probably be protected.

Great idea to include top post in the forums.

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I have only listened to about 20 minutes but I was shocked with some of the comments about MC/Xbox. While the UI may be first rate, the overall experience is horrible or I have really high expectations. What is the value if you can't play blu-ray images? I have pretty much given up on MC/Xbox. I will begin looking for a solution that can play dvd and blu-ray images or file structure, doesn't require W7 to be running, and hopefully, the full DVD controls work (ie fast forward, chapter skip, etc.).

Anyone know if anything can meet my requirements? I plan to look at Sage but haven't researched it yet.

Anyone watching Butler/Duke. I am amazed it is this close. Go Butler!

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Is the only thing lacking for you the playback of backed-up movies? Did you try the My Movies or MediaBrowser plugins? Also, the built-in Movie Library will play back DVD structure, just not Blu-Ray.

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