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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Now offering Logo Wear!

Jonesware T-Shirt from Jonesware on Square Market

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Paracord Survival Bracelets thru Square Market

Handcrafted from Wayne, Maine, are these sturdy paracord survival bracelets available from the Square Marketplace.

on Square Market

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

France Holiday 2013

This year's big holiday is 3 days in Paris and a couple of weeks in a rented house in Provence. The plan is to write something in my journal/blog everyday, edit and post when I get back. In the meantime, various musings, posts, etc. are on a Facebook page here:

Its is nice that the house has internet access. Stay tuned.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Microsoft Windows Media Center FAQ

I've been using Microsoft Windows Media Center since the beginning when it was a standalone OS that OEMs got to create media center PCs.   In general the setup of wmc is fairly straightforward.   Getting the TV tuners to work consistently is not.   Things that used to work, stop working, etc.   This post is a random collection of things I've learned while debugging various issues that might be of use to someone else.

There are alot of posts on the web around wmc issues, this list here is general things that I've learned.   Overall, the easiest thing to do when you run into Media Center issues that just don't seem to get resolved, a fresh install on Media Center is the way to go.

  1. go to control panel
  2. turn on Windows features on
  3. select Media Center to uninstall
  4. restart the system
  5. go to the \ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome directory and deleted everything under eHome to cleanup various tuner issues
  6. go back to control panel
  7. turn Media Center back on
  8. restart
  9. run Media Center and do the necessary

Q: I have a cablecard setup and now I can't get anything but ClearQAM?
A: I found it usually is caused by a firewall issue; need to go into your firewall and unblock UPnP discovery and unblock SSDP.

Q: I'm running the 'Set Up TV signal' in wmc and it hangs on getting setup information; one progress dot and nothing else?
A: usually caused by mcupdate not running; while Media Center is hanging, go to \windows\ehome and run as admin 'mcupdate.exe -u'

Q: What's the system you've got running?
A: An old Lenovo Thinkcentre running Windows 7 64-bit with a Hauppauge DCR-2640 USB dual tuner and cablecard running on Comcast.   7 gb of RAM.

Q: My Xbox360 no longer connects to Media Center?
A; Refresh the extender from the extender options in wmc or delete the connection on the Xbox and recreate the extender connection; get the number, etc.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Hingham Library Stroll

Hingham Library Stroll

A simple walk to the library and back, in Hingham, MA; taking a few photos along the way.  Nice touch that the photos are synced with the track as you walk along.   The walk talks us about an hour.

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