R.I.P. Windows Media Center (2006-2008)

July 7, 2008

Last week I received terrible news from my friends down in D.C., the Windows Media Center that we all enjoyed is no more. Apparently, the Media Center was unable to survive the short relocation to a new home across the street. I guess the greatest things in life are fragile. For those of you who might be thinking that I’m overreacting have probably never experienced the joy of Media Center.

Let me start by introducing Windows Media Center, in which Microsoft integrated their Media Player software with the XP operating system to provide users with a home entertainment hub. In non-dork terms, this means that your normal PC can become a movie-showing, mp3-playing, tv-watching, panty-dropping machine. All you have to do is connect your PC, running Media Center, to an HDTV and a decent sound system.

Our Media Center was setup over the LAN for our townhouse, and we were able to access everyone’s music (ranging from Weezer to Ratatat), movies (Finding Nemo to Koyaanisqatsi), and pictures (drunk college pictures to…drunk college pictures). Granted, there is a lot more functionality to Media Center, but we were pretty content listening to music while random pictures scrolled in the background. Most nights out ended with us coming back and blazing up the Media Center for a late night music session. I especially suggest this if you just spent the last 4hours at a bar listening to Guns ‘N Roses and Lynyrd Skynyrd

Anyways, as a tribute to our lost friend I dedicate this post to Media Center (2006-2008). However, plans are already in works to rebuild the server with a Linux Media Center edition. OpenSource FTW! I’ll update once things go live.


One Response to “R.I.P. Windows Media Center (2006-2008)”

  1. Jared Says:

    How did you go with the Linux media centre? I haven’t been able to find anything that is as simple and works as well as Vista media centre.

    At home I want stuff to just work(tm) 🙂

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