Bah Humbug, The Grinch Stole My Shows

Well it’s the holiday season again and for most people that means lots of shopping, work parties, eggnog, singing carols, and wearing horribly awful sweaters. Unfortunately, I tend to notice the other (and much more disappointing) side of the holidays; the end of the season. Just as we’re getting settled into our routines of watching […]

PopBox Delayed and Downgraded

I wrote previously about a new set top box device that I was looking forward to, the PopBox from Syabas. Upon it initial announcement this little box sounded like it was going to be the great new end-all device for the home theater. Well as we get closer to its imminent release, Syabas has announced […]

Back to the Future on Blu-Ray, Finally!

Is anyone else as stoked as I am to hear Back to the Future is finally coming blu-ray!? As others recently reported, Universal Studios is finally giving us this classic trilogy in full HD goodness. What is even better though, is that they are apparently doing quite a bit to actually make the release worth […]

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Home Theater PC Build, Pt. 1

So the majority of the parts of come in for my home theater PC build. I’m still need to get some more memory for it and some form of remote. A number of people have mentioned the Logitech diNovo Mini to use as a remote as well as a bluetooth keyboard and mouse if needed. […]

Sony Annoys Me!

This will be a rather short rant, but Sony has officially annoyed and pissed me off! Playstation 3 owners have been damn near begging and pleading with Sony for a firmware update that adds support for MKV files for…..well since the PS3 was first released basically. All of their pleading has been in vain and […]

Mvix Ultio Pro Media Center

Well it would appear as if set-top boxes are popping up left and right around here. The sad part is that they all only differ slightly, but none get it all correct. That said, the Mvix Ultio Pro Media Center comes pretty close from my initial impressions. It will stream your media from across the […]

New Shows and Services

I’ve been caught up with a few mini-projects the last week or so, as well as a new show. As I mentioned before, I am researching and picking the specs for my new HTPC build. For pricing reasons, I’m now considering reusing an old Athlon X2 CPU, mobo, and ram to drastically cut down on […]

HTPC and Bitstreamed Audio Guide

It seems that one of the biggest struggles we face in the HTPC arena is getting our high definition audio codecs properly passed from our home theater PC to our ears with the absolute best quality possible. Typically this has been done via multi-channel LPCM over an optical connection to an AV receiver. Now that […]

Psycho Killer Clowns

Hollywood has plagued us with two major trends over the past decade: increasing prices inversely proportional to the amount or quality of offering and a complete lack of imagination demonstrated by a seemingly never-ending release cycle of (usually sub-par) remakes. Now I know a lot of people out there (mostly in the “Hollywood biz”) are […]

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