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Connect your Xbox360 to your Mac

February 17, '06 Comments [3] Posted in Gaming | Tools
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CIMG4585 (Large)It just keeps getting better. Now there's a compatible UPnP server for Mac OSX that is tailored for the Xbox360.

Note the screenshot of my Living Room TV to the right showing my three systems:

Sure it shows your Pictures from iPhoto and music from iTunes, I'd expect nothing less. But it also supports Shoutcast Streaming Radio via iTunes which is slick.

Now there's just no reason for a Mac household not to get an Xbox360. The company also has a number of other nice looking products for the PSP and iPod, including a Windows-based managment tool for PSP Media.

The only complain I have now with the Media blade on the Xbox360 is that it assumes that your family has only one machine. I realize that is the 80% 95% case, but the interface currently "associates" the XBox with a specific machine, so I have to go over to the System blade to desociate a remote PC and connect to the Mac. My wife will never go for this, so I'll just keep the main PC associated all the time and she'll never know there's other PCs. However, because of this little snafu I'd have to say that WAF is low for this interface in a multi-PC house.

I wonder if there's an "aggregating UPnP server/router" that would collect all three of these sources and present a single unified union of the available media.

Sigh, now I need to de-dupe my 6500 MP3s. The ID3 tags are out of control and I've got dupes all over. At least the MP3s from the CDs I had ripped by RipDigital are pristine. I freaking love those guys.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Google Toolbar Beta, the Toolbar API and a ComputerZen Google Toolbar Button

February 17, '06 Comments [5] Posted in XML | Tools
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ComputerZenToolbarButtonDare isn't feeling the new Google Toolbar "T4" Beta. I'm loving it. It's brilliant that they're actually building community around a toolbar. Very cool. Their API, while Google-like in its obscurity (it's functional, and pragmatic, but pedantic) isn't hard to write to. It's all XML and URLs. 

However, on the whole, the new Toolbar is a winner, and it's even more useful than before. I can't wait for a FireFox version.

Google Toolbar Custom Button InstallerTheir Button API, called the Simple API, is basically a button manifest. So, since I started blogging really so I could Google my historical-self, I made a ComputerZen button for the Google Toolbar. It took about 10 minutes.

If you've got the new Google Toolbar, you can now:

Add the ComputerZen Button with one click! 

You'll not only get to my site in a single slick, you also get a specific search for my site, and a populated dropdown of ComputerZen's Feed. Shiny.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Browsing the Web from your Xbox360

February 17, '06 Comments [0] Posted in Gaming
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I'm happily browsing the web from my Xbox360 this evening thanks to Anthony Park's clever MCE Browser.

It requires that you have Windows XP Media Center Edition and, in my case, that your Xbox be able to connect as an extender.

Currently you can only navigate by tab/shift-tab-ing your way from link to link using the channel-up and channel-down buttons. I'll need to remap my Harmony 880 remote.

You can't use a keyboard (yet) but he's planning on it for the next version. For now, you can visit your favorites. But, the fact that I can view cnn.com and my other main news sites is pretty cool. It's nice to browse the 'net on a 37" LCD in my living room. This, along with Newsgator MCE Edition gets me a lot of what I'd want from my Xbox360. 

There's lots more fun at MoreMCE to try with the Xbox360's extender.

Now, I'd like to figure out how to get Writely and Numsum to work in MCEBrowser, and then I'd have poorman's Word and Excel.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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NCoverExplorer and integrated code coverage marches on

February 16, '06 Comments [0] Posted in ASP.NET | NUnit | NCover | XML | Bugs | Tools
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Grant and Jamie continue to innovate the TestDriven.NET/NCoverExplorer package.

New features include color customization, coverage tolerances, removing of assemblies from the results and a revamp of the statistics page.

SharpDevelop2 (starting with revision 1057) now supports code coverage in the IDE and VSTS has nice integrated coverage (VSTS Quality Tools Blog).

I'm glad that Code Coverage may finally reach the masses. Go get/download/update/upgrade your TestDriven.NET.

UPDATE:  Jamie says be sure to update your copy of NCover while you're at it. He says:

There are some very important fixes in the latest NCover v1.5.3 release.

In the previous version a spawned process would cause a hang. The common case seemed to be when an XmlSerializor object was instantiated (I think causing 'csc.exe' to spawn). Another fix was for a bug that caused yield statements to throw an InvalidProgramException. You can find the gory details here and download here.

UPDATE #2: Just so there's no confusion:

If you want to use this tool, you have two choices:

  • If you CANNOT install .NET 2.0 then:
  • If you CAN install .NET 2.0 (even if you're not developing on it) then:

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Hanselminutes Podcast 6

February 15, '06 Comments [3] Posted in Podcast | ASP.NET | XML | Tools
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HanselminutesMy sixth Podcast is up. This episode is about the Linksys WRT54 router and alternate firmware.

We're listed in the iTunes Podcast Directory, so I encourage you to subscribe with a single click (two in Firefox) with the button below. For those of you on slower connections there are lo-fi and torrent-based versions as well.

Subscribe to my Podcast in iTunes

As I've said before this show comes to you with the audio expertise and stewardship of Carl Franklin. The name comes from Travis Illig, but the goal of the show is simple. Avoid wasting the listener's time. (and make the commute less boring)

  • Each show will include a number of links, and all those links will be posted along with the show on the site. There were 15 sites mentioned in this fifth episode, some planned, some not. We're still using Shrinkster.com on this show.
  • The basic MP3 feed is here, and the iPod friendly one is here. There's a number of other ways you can get it (streaming, straight download, etc) that are all up on the site just below the fold. I use iTunes, myself, to listen to most podcasts, but I also use FeedDemon and it's built in support.
  • Note that for now, because of bandwidth constraints, the feeds always have just the current show. If you want to get an old show (and because many Podcasting Clients aren't smart enough to not download the file more than once) you can always find them at http://www.hanselminutes.com.
  • I have, and will, also include the enclosures to this feed you're reading, so if you're already subscribed to ComputerZen and you're not interested in cluttering your life with another feed, you have the choice to get the 'cast as well.
  • If there's a topic you'd like to hear, perhaps one that is better spoken than presented on a blog, or a great tool you can't live without, contact me and I'll get it in the queue!

Enjoy. Who knows what'll happen in the next show?

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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