March 2007 - Posts

  • Rebuilding New Orleans After Katrina

    Someone sent me a more realistic plan for FEMA to rebuild New Orleans. 


    For complete description of materials and how to build it please refer to Genesis Chapter 5:14-16

  • MCE Live TV Buffer Manager

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    I've written a small Visual Basic 6 Utility that will allow you to increase the size of the Live TV buffer in Windows Media Center from its default of 30 minutes up to two hours, in 15 minute increments.

    Its compatible with Media Center 2005 and Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate. The MCE Pause Buffer can be found at: or

    It will also be available for download from and, in the near future.


    P.S. This utility may work in earlier versions of Media Center, but I have no way to test this, and don't guarantee compatility.

  • New Blogger on Windows-Now - Doug Knox


    My name is Doug Knox and I'd like to thank Robert McLaws for the invitation to host my blog here on  Some of you may be familiar with me and the work I've done in the Microsoft Communities over the years.  I started out helping users with Windows 95 and moved up through the 9x platforms and into Windows XP and Window Vista.  I've had the good fortune to be able to test and support other technologies such as the ill-fated Windows Powered Smart Display, Windows Media Center (including the new Digital Cable Tuners <aka CableCard>) and a really cool offering from Microsoft called Windows Home Server.

    For now, you can find my previous blog posts at, but they'll be moved over here, as time allows.

    I look forward to spending some time here, helping keep folks informed about what's new and cool and hopefully learning things along the way.

    And you can always feel free to visit my web site at

    Best regards!


  • Remote Desktop Access - Windows Home Server


    Ok, as I've mentioned previously, Windows Home Server allows Remote Access to the PC's on your home LAN, that support being a Remote Desktop Host.  You can also access the Server after you log into the web interface and go to the Computers tab, but...... you only get the Windows Home Server Console, not the full Home Server Desktop.  There are two work-arounds for this.

    1) If you're behind a hardware router, forward TCP/IP Port 3389 to the Windows Home Server machine's LAN IP Address.  This way you can use the Remote Desktop client to access your Windows Home Server's desktop directly. 

    2) On the Windows Home Server (either from the console or via Remote Desktop), open Windows Explorer and go to C:\Inetpub\Remote and locate the rdpload.aspx file.  Open this file in Notepad.  Locate the following two lines:

    MsRdpClient.SecuredSettings.StartProgram = "HomeServerConsole.exe -r";
    MsRdpClient.SecuredSettings.WorkDir = "c:\\Program Files\\Windows Home Server";

    These tell the browser based RDP session to use HomeServerConsole.exe as the "shell", with a command line parameter to tell it not to show the Minimize and Exit buttons.

    Replace the two lines, above, with the following two lines:

    MsRdpClient.SecuredSettings.StartProgram = "Explorer.exe";
    MsRdpClient.SecuredSettings.WorkDir = "c:\\Windows";

    Which tells the RDP session to use explorer.exe as the "Shell", which it normally is anyway. You can make other changes to the RDP settings, such as setting a timeout for idle sessions and others.  Be careful though, if you don't know what you're changing.

    Now, when you access your Windows Home Server from outside your LAN using the web interface, when you select Connect to my home server, from the Computers tab, you'll see the standard Desktop inside your browser window.

  • Version 1 Media Center Extenders - Rebate/Trade-in

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    Jessica Zahn, a Program Manager on Microsoft's eHome team, announced the following on thegreenbutton:

    "People can continue using their V1 Media Center Extenders with an XP-based PC, but for those who plan to buy Windows Vista compatible extenders in the future, there will not be any rebate program for the V1 devices."

    We had been hoping that some accomodation would be made for the early adopters of v1 technology, but sadly, that won't be the case.

  • Windows Home Server Beta 2 - Open to the public!

    Windows Home Server Beta 2 is now open to the public.  See for more information and a link on the right side of the page to apply!