Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Youtube now has free & rental movies

Youtube now has free and rental movies. Goto .

Thursday, May 19, 2011 service is a scam

This service & their box is a scam. Stay away from this crap at all costs and customer support at its absolute worst. 

Where do I start with this colossal fail...

  1. Poor quality and buggy software on the box, that crashes all the time.
  2. Horrible buffering issues even on a 20Mbps comcast internet account. Their servers simply can not handle the load.
  3. Box required constant reboots and authentication to get it to work.
  4. Crappy remote that barely worked. Only a few buttons on the remote were useful.
  5. Horrendous customer support, that never picks up your calls or responds to emails.
  6. When the box went bad(no audio) they refused to replace it even though it was under warranty. Lost money and time trying to reach them.
So the watchindia service is a FAIL... FAIL... FAIL.... pissed me off big time. I hope this prevents other people from paying for this crap. 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

My new fanless build

Its been almost 2 years since my last htpc build, and I've got upgradeditis (a.k.a strong itch to upgrade a perfectly good htpc). My wife and 4 year old are very much used to the media center and I've not paid a cable/ satellite bill in almost 2 years (very happy, saved thousands!!!).

My new fanless htpc...
This time around I wanted the following features,
  • Silent system (absolutely no fans!!!)
  • Support for Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio (HD audio formats found on blu-rays)
  • SSD Hard Drive for the OS
  • Bigger 2TB Hard Drive (Allows for more HD recordings on the DVR)
  • Lower power consumption

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Windows 7 autologin

While using an htpc keyboard/ mouse use should be minimal. So if the htpc reboots it would be useful to have windows 7 login automatically. Follow these steps to allow autologin in windows 7.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Checklist to troubleshoot bluray stuttering on WHS

If your bluray rips/ HD files stutter when played from the WHS, but not from a local drive, then use these as a checklist.