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Friday, 29 August 2008

Autonomic Controls release Mirage Version 2.0

MCS Version 2.0 Now Available
Integrate iTunes and Media CenterAutonomic Controls Media Control Server allows custom installers to integrate iTunes, Media Player, and Windows Media Center with AMX, Crestron, HAI, NuVo and RTI systems.
Introducing PolyTune™MCS 2.0 is available with Autonomic Controls' exclusive PolyTune™ technology which enables a standard Media PC to serve multiple independent streams of audio. Each 5.1 or 7.1 sound card yields three or four independent streams of music. Add additional sound cards for more.
Solves Purchased Media ProblemsMedia Control Server automatically combines ripped and purchased Windows Media and iTunes libraries into a single controllable collection putting an end to the hassles associated with DRM content protection. Your customers can simply enjoy their music without regard for where or how they purchased it.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Twitter Vista Side Show Gadget released

Ikanos Consulting have released a Twitter Side Show Gadget:

The Twitter Gadget from Ikanos Consulting allows you to set your Twitter status, check up on your friends, and dig into friends’ timelines, all from your Windows SideShow(tm) device. Features include status settings, friend pictures, friend timelines and status pre-sets. This is not a Sidebar gadget. It is for Windows SideShow devices only.

Download here

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Easy access to Vista system folders

Not Media Center related but a very useful list of shell commands which is handy as I still can't find my way to some of Vista's system folders when I need them.

Type (or paste) the shell command in the Start Search or into the Run dialog (Start Menu, Programs, Accessories) and press Enter.

  • shell:AddNewProgramsFolder - Opens the Install a program from the network location.
  • shell:Administrative Tools - Opens the Administrative Tools section of the Control Panel.
  • shell:AppData - Opens the hidden location C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming
  • shell:AppUpdatesFolder - Opens the Installed Windows Updates location in Program and Files.
  • shell:Cache - Opens Internet Explorer’s temporary internet files folder.
  • shell:CD Burning - Opens the location where files are stored temporarily before Windows Vista burns them.
  • shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder - Opens Programs and Features in the Control Panel.
  • shell:Common Administrative Tools - Opens the Administrative Tools section of the Control Panel.
  • shell:Common AppData - Opens the hidden location C:\ProgramData
  • shell:Common Desktop - Opens the Public Users Desktop folder location. C:\Users\Public\Desktop
  • shell:Common Documents - Opens the Public Users Documents folder location. C:\Users\Public\Documents
  • shell:Common Programs - Opens the Start menu shortcuts location.
  • shell:Common Start Menu - Opens the location of the shortcut links in your Start Menu.
  • shell:Common Startup - Opens the location where shortcuts to programs that are set to start when Vista boots up are saved.
  • shell:Common Templates - Opens C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
  • shell:CommonDownloads - Opens the Public Users Downloads folder location. C:\Users\Public\Downloads
  • shell:CommonMusic - Opens the Public Users Music folder location. C:\Users\Public\Music
  • shell:CommonPictures - Opens the Public Users Pictures folder location. C:\Users\Public\Pictures
  • shell:CommonVideo - Opens the Public Users Video folder location. C:\Users\Public\Videos
  • shell:ConflictFolder - Opens the Sync Center Conflicts location.
  • shell:ConnectionsFolder - Quickly open Network Connections.
  • shell:Contacts - Opens your username's Contacts folder location.
  • shell:ControlPanelFolder - Opens the Control Panel.
  • shell:Cookies - Opens one of the folders where Internet Explorer saves cookies.
  • shell:Cookies\Low - Opens the other folder where Internet Explorer saves cookies.
  • shell:CredentialManager - Opens the hidden C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Credentials
  • shell:CryptoKeys - Opens the hidden C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Crypto
  • shell:CSCFolder
  • shell:default Gadgets - Opens the default Windows Sidebar Gadgets location.
  • shell:desktop - Opens your personal username's Desktop folder location.
  • shell:downloads - Opens your personal username's Downloads folder location.
  • shell:dpapiKeys - Opens the hidden C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Protect
  • shell:Favorites - Opens your personal username's Favorites folder location.
  • shell:Fonts - Opens Vista's Fonts folder location.
  • shell:Gadgets - Opens your user account's Windows Sidebar Gadgets that you saved location.
  • shell:Games - Opens the Games folder from the left Start menu button location.
  • shell:GameTasks - Opens the hidden C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
  • shell:History - Opens Internet Explorer’s history of websites visited.
  • shell:InternetFolder Opens the 32 bit Internet Explorer.
  • shell:Links - Opens your personal username's Links folder location.
  • shell:Local AppData Opens the hidden C:\Users\username\AppData\Local
  • shell:LocalAppDataLow - Opend the hidden C:\Users\username\AppData\LocalLow
  • shell:LocalizedResourcesDir
  • shell:MAPIFolder
  • shell:My Music - Opens your personal username's Music folder location.
  • shell:My Pictures - Opens your personal username's Pictures folder location.
  • shell:My Video - Opens your personal username's Video folder location.
  • shell:MyComputerFolder - Opens Computer window.
  • shell:NetHood - Opens Network Shortcuts folder location.
  • shell:NetworkPlacesFolder Opens the Network Places location.
  • shell:OEM Links - Opens the links placed on your computer by your computer manufacturer location.
  • shell:Original Images - Opens Windows Photo Gallery Original Images folder location.
  • shell:Personal - Opens your personal username's Documents folder location.
  • shell:PhotoAlbums - Opens the Slide Show folder location for your username's Pictures folder.
  • shell:Playlists - Opens the Playlists folder location for your username's Music folder.
  • shell:PrintersFolder - Opens Printers in the Control Panel.
  • shell:PrintHood - Opens the Printer Shortcuts location.
  • shell:Profile - Opens your main username folder location.
  • shell:ProgramFiles - Opens the Program Files folder.
  • shell:ProgramFilesCommon - Opens the Common Files folder in Program Files.
  • shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86 - Opens the Common Files folder in Program Files (x86).
  • shell:ProgramFilesX86 - Opens the Program Files (x86) folder.
  • shell:Programs - Opens the Start menu's Programs shortcuts location.
  • shell:Public - Opens the Public User folder.
  • shell:PublicGameTasks - Opens C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
  • shell:Quick Launch - Opens the Quick Launch shortcuts folder location.
  • shell:Recent - Opens Recent Items location.
  • shell:RecycleBinFolder - Opens the Recycle Bin folder.
  • shell:ResourceDir - Opens Vista's Resources folder location.
  • shell:SampleMusic - Opens the Sample Music folder in the Public Users folder.
  • shell:SamplePictures - Opens the Sample Pictures folder in the Public Users folder.
  • shell:SamplePlaylists - Opens the Sample Playlist folder in the Public Users folder.
  • shell:SampleVideos - Opens the Sample Videos folder in the Public Users folder.
  • shell:SavedGames - Opens your personal username's Saved Games folder location.
  • shell:Searches - Opens your personal username's Searches folder location.
  • shell:SendTo - Opens the Context menu's SendTo folder location.
  • shell:Start Menu - Opens the location of the shortcut links in your Start Menu.
  • shell:Startup - Opens the location where shortcuts to programs that are set to start when Vista boots up are saved.
  • shell:SyncCenterFolder - Opens Sync Center from the Control Panel.
  • shell:SyncResultsFolder - Opens the Sync Results for the Sync Center.
  • shell:SyncSetupFolder - Open the Setup new sync partnerships in the Sync Center.
  • shell:System - Opens the System32 folder location.
  • shell:SystemCertificates Opens the SystemCertificates folder location.
  • shell:SystemX86 - Opens the SysWowxx folder location.
  • shell:Templates - Opens the Templates folder location.
  • shell:TreePropertiesFolder
  • shell:UserProfiles - Opens the "C:\Users" location.
  • shell:UsersFilesFolder - Opens your main username folder location.
  • shell:Windows - Opens the "C:\Windows" location.