Windows XP – ten years young

The Compaq R3000 laptop (512MB RAM, 60GB HDD) we use as a communal machine in the kitchen is showing its age. It is after all eight years old – well past the normal retirement age for computers that I own. But this little beast has grown on me and I really don’t want to put it . . . → Read More: Windows XP – ten years young

Review: Western Digital TV Live

The Western Digital TV Live (WDTVLive) is a second generation device for playing media on your TV or home theatre directly from a portable hard drive. With the Live version, Western Digital added an Ethernet port which greatly expands its overall utility.

The device comes nicely packaged with the obligatory DC power pack, an infrared remote (with . . . → Read More: Review: Western Digital TV Live

XBOX 360 is not an audiophile music source

Do you play music from your XBOX 360? Have you noticed that it doesn’t sound as good as it should? Does it sound muddy, compressed and just plain dull and lifeless? Do you notice that much of the bass and lower midrange is missing? I saw someone report that it sounds like someone threw a wet . . . → Read More: XBOX 360 is not an audiophile music source

Backup your data. Do it now and do it right.

When was the last time you did a backup of your files? When was the last time you tested it? I mean really tested it? How would you explain to your family/business colleagues/tax department that you lost all the files?

A friend of mine recently purchased a new external hard drive to backup her digital media. Her . . . → Read More: Backup your data. Do it now and do it right.

FLAC audio streaming to XBOX 360 in MCX mode

EDIT: I no longer stream FLAC files to my XBOX 360 as I have decided it is not an audiophile device as its audio quality just isn’t good enough.

For some time, I have been getting increasingly annoyed with the quality of audio being delivered by my XBOX 360 in Media Center extender (MCX) mode on my main . . . → Read More: FLAC audio streaming to XBOX 360 in MCX mode