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Monday, 27.08.07

Q: DVD and external USB 2.0 HDD - does it work?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:53 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

Any Windows Vista Media Center experts here? I've always a couple of ripped DVDs on my Media Center's hard disk drive for two reasons, first I can easily watch these DVDs without doing the DJ and second, maybe even more important, I wan watch these DVDs, wherever I'm in the world thanks to WebGuide4.
However, recently the main HDD of my Windows Vista Ultimate Media Center ran low on storage space and I bought an external USB 2.0 HDD where I've moved all my music, photos and videos to.
While photo and music access worked fine (locally and remote), I ran into a serious problem with the videos. I wasn't able to play the DVDs anymore, neither locally (thanks to the Windows Vista Media Center hack) nor remotely through Webguide4. On my Media Center I got a notification, that the videos cannot be played and on my Windows Mobile devices (as well as my Notebook) I got another weird notification.
No way to play these videos. As soon as I moved them back to the main HDD everything worked fine again.

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Monday, 11.06.07

It's here - Apple Safari Browser for Windows XP and Windows Vista [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:52 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

Boah, today - during the WWDC07 in San Francisco, Steve Jobs announced Apple's Safari browser for Windows XP and Windows Vista PCs which you can download right now in Public Beta 3 from Apple:

I've just installed it on my Windows Vista Tablet PC and as Steve said in his keynote - Safari is amazing fast!

UPDATE: And f*cked up after 5 minutes:

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Thursday, 17.05.07

Hey You - Get a new Madonna Song for Free!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:06 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

Right, you can get Madonna's latest (so far unreleased) song "Hey You" for free and no - I'm not talking about any P2P networks. Inspired by Live Earth - The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis, Madonna has written a new song titled "Hey You," which is available exclusively on MSN, free of charge, for seven days. "Hey You" was produced by Pharrell Williams and Madonna and recorded in London. Madonna will perform "Hey You" as one of the headliners for Live Earth U.K., joining the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, the Beastie Boys and other performers at Wembley Stadium in London on July 7, as part of the 24-hour, seven-continent Live Earth concert series.

As the exclusive online destination for Live Earth, MSN is pleased to offer this song in conjunction with Madonna and is proud to donate 25 Cents for each of the first 1 million downloads to the Alliance for Climate Protection, in support of Live Earth. The download is available in WMA (for Windows Mobiles and Zune player ;-)) and MP3 (for iPods and other devices ;-)). Want to prelisten before you download it - no problem - click here.

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Tuesday, 08.05.07

Some Free Stuff from NewsGator
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:34 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

My favorite RSS Feed solution (yes, it's not just a reader but way more), which runs on my PCs (Outlook), on my Windows Media Center Edition (as a MCE Service) and on my Windows Mobiles (either as stand-alone client or application), NewsGator just updated their web site and pointed out some great new free stuff for you:

  • FREE Browser Toolbar: Subscribe to feeds and even clip web pages with a single click
    Subscribing to feeds couldn't be easier! The NewsGator browser toolbar automatically finds RSS feeds on web pages that you are reading (even ones that aren't marked!). With a click of a button, you can preview or subscribe to the feed so it automatically shows up in your favorite reader. It also lets you save (clip) any web page to your reader even if the page doesn't have a feed, and it lets you see what pages are linking to the page you're viewing with the cool Discussion feature. You can also search NewsGator's huge online database of feeds to quickly add new subscriptions.
  • FREE Desktop Notifier: Get pop-up notifications of your most important feeds
    Once you try NewsGator Desktop, you'll wonder how you ever got your news without it. NewsGator Desktop runs in your system tray (those little icons in the lower-right corner of the screen). You tell it how often you want it to check for news. When there are new stories available, it pops up a small window where you can quickly read, save, or email the article. You can fly through stories with simple keyboard shortcuts (like spacebar to mark a story read and move to the next one). You can decide exactly what feeds will show up here, so only the most important articles will pop up.
    NewsGator Desktop does a second very cool thing – it will synchronize with your Windows RSS store. What does that mean? If you're using IE7, Outlook 2007 or Vista, NewsGator Desktop can make sure the feeds and articles you see in those applications match the ones in your NewsGator reader. You'll never have to mark an article read in two places again.
  • FREE Screen Saver: Catch your news while your PC takes a snooze
    See your news when your PC takes a snooze! You can use the locations feature in your account to specify only the feeds you want on your screen. You can use the arrow keys to move through feeds and articles in the screensaver and the spacebar to go read the story on the web.

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Place-Shift presentation at Salzburg Mobility User Group Meeting
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:23 CET under Digital - Lifestyle

Just in case you are living anywhere in southern Germany or northern Austria and you are interested in Place-Shift, how it works, which options you have and how it looks in reality - the Salzburg (Austria) mobility club user group has invited me to present place-shift during its next meeting - this Thursday:

10. Mai 2007 at 19.00 h
Gasthof Jägerwirt
Kasern 4, 5101 Bergheim
Autobahnabfahrt Salzburg-Nord hinter Fa. Palfinger

So I will have a couple of Windows Mobile Smartphones with me where I will live demo Sling Media's Slingbox, WebGuide4 and will talk and show other options as well. Oh yes - one side note - I will present it in German. ;-)

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