Monthly Archives: October 2005

Jon’s HTPC: DVD Catalog & A Quick Note on Audio

This is Part of Jon’s HTPC setup. For more, see: Introduction and Table of Contents DVD Catalog: Meedio also allows me to have a searchable catalog of all our DVD movies. You can search alphabetically, by genre, by studio, by rating, by actor, or by director. All movies have front and back cover art, a… Read more »

Jon’s HTPC: Games

This is Part of Jon’s HTPC setup. For more, see: Introduction and Table of Contents Games: I’m a huge old-school game fan. I’m currently working my way through Chrono Trigger and The Secret of Mana. Again, this is where Meedio shines. Using a plug-in for Meedio I’m able to have a catalog of over 700… Read more »

Jon’s HTPC: The “Tivo”

This is Part of Jon’s HTPC setup. For more, see: Introduction and Table of Contents The “TIVO” Everybody knows what a TIVO is and what it can do, so what’s the advantages to doing it through your computer? Several. First, a TIVO can only record one, or sometimes two, channels at a time. With a… Read more »

Jon’s HTPC: Now For Software

This is Part of Jon’s HTPC setup. For more, see: Introduction and Table of Contents Now for Software: As for the core piece of software, I really can’t imagine using anything besides Meedio Essentials. I have to qualify that argument though… if you are a geek and enjoy tweaking things then there is nothing better… Read more »

Jon’s HTPC: The UI

This is Part of Jon’s HTPC setup. For more, see: Introduction and Table of Contents The UI: The user interface can be whatever you want it to be. I have a wireless Gyro Mouse and wireless Gyro Keyboard that have a 30-foot range. The mouse is great for the living room because you don’t need… Read more »

Jon’s HTPC: The Case

This is Part of Jon’s HTPC setup. For more, see: Introduction and Table of Contents The Case: I guess I’ll start by talking about the case. I designed and built the case with three things in mind. First was silence, second was unobtrusiveness to the living room, and third was easy accessibility. The second and… Read more »

Jon’s HTPC: Features & Machine Specs

This is Part of Jon’s HTPC setup. For more, see: Introduction and Table of Contents Features: Very high “FF” scores (“FF” is Fiancé Friendly) Silent Unobtrusive to the Living Room 6000+ MP3 Music Library (every single tag is correct, and every MP3 has embedded cover art) AC3 Music Library Photo Collection Ability to record two… Read more »

Jon’s HTPC

My friend Jon (the one that bought me the rare mentos) and I were e-mailing back and fourth about Apple’s new HTPC-like software (Front Row), so I asked him to do a little write-up on his home theatre PC setup. I got to play with it a bit last winter while out there visiting, and… Read more »

Apple’s Aperture (and other new products)

Well, Apple has sure been busy lately! A load of new products released last week, and then another load of new stuff again just yesterday. I guess they’re ramping up their line for the holiday season. There were the little things, bumps in the PowerBook line, and bumps in the G5’s (up to 2 dual-core… Read more »

New Cherry Flavor Mentos

It’s been a good month for Mentos! I ran across my first box of Fruit Mentos that included the new cherry flavor last night at The Wal-Market. Mentos has been advertising the addition of the new cherry flavor as “Coming Fall ’05” for a while now. I have to say, they’re pretty good. They’ve a… Read more »

New Load of Apple Stuff

Apple just relased a big batch of new stuff, including the rumored iPod Video, some new iMacs, and a new version of iTunes. You can find the details for all the new stuff on the Apple site. I did want to comment a bit on what some of these new things mean. It looks like… Read more »

Sugar Free Cool Mint Mentos

Continuing in my never-ending pursuit to discover new Mentos flavors, I’ve recently run across a new flavor. Previously, I’d only seen the berry flavor sugar free Mentos, but just the other day, while grocery shopping, I discoverd the sugar free cool mint flavor. They are much better than the sugar free berry! They are also… Read more »

Gmail Adds Auto-save

Gmail just added a really handy feature to their web-based e-mail system. How many times have you been typing a message in Gmail and then had your browser crash, or you accidentally bump the back button, or some other horrible thing happen that made you lose your entire message. Luckily It hasn’t happened a whole… Read more »