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bio website granitewizard.homeserver.com
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Long time developer - going back to the days when Ford was President.

Jun
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awarded  Popular Question
Nov
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awarded  Yearling
Dec
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awarded  Commentator
Dec
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comment Fileserver, home backup solutions
I'd wait before ditching the idea of WHS V2 ("Vail"). Steve Ballmer himself said he was going to 'look into' the situation. If I were a betting man, I would say that there is likely to be SOME version of DE (Drive Extender) in WHS but perhaps without the features that home users don't use that were apparently causing problems in Server 2008 and Aurora.
Nov
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awarded  Yearling
Nov
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answered Upgrade RAM or CPU
Oct
14
answered Why are the hard disks on a Windows Home Server always active?
Aug
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awarded  Scholar
Aug
30
accepted Windows 7 Media Center PC not displaying MKV files properly
Aug
30
comment Windows 7 Media Center PC not displaying MKV files properly
I just unboxed a new Win7 PC with the nVidia ION chipset and the first thing I added was Divx - got the 'partial letterboxing'. Uninstalled that and installed Shark 007. Same video plays perfectly. I'm 'accepting' this answer.
Jun
9
answered How is the processing capacity of modern devices compared with that used decades ago?
Jun
2
answered NAS vs. Windows Home Server
May
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answered Suggestions for Backup solution
Mar
10
comment Windows 7 Media Center PC not displaying MKV files properly
I'll give it a shot tonight. I'd tried the shark codecs some time ago but I think that was back when the HTPC was still a Vista box. I don't like going through the Xbox because when I hit 'skip' forward or backward I get the 'bufferring' message. I've been wanting to "go native" on this for a while.
Jan
26
answered What hardware combination should I consider for a 20TB file server?
Nov
30
asked Windows 7 Media Center PC not displaying MKV files properly
Nov
25
comment Help Please! Home Network Design
Yes. My WHS machine is the primary "source" for playing video files (.AVI, .MKV, etc) on my HTPC hooked up to a 47" LCD. I'm currently using a copy of Vista Ultimate that I got in a promotion but I'm upgrading to Windows 7 which has native H.264 support. I use Windows Media Center for the interface (rather fond of it) and just noticed a neat new feature on a test PC - it bookmarks your place if you stop watching a video before it's done. That was about my ONLY complaint with the old version. Oh - and most of my usage is via an IR remote.
Nov
25
answered Help Please! Home Network Design
Nov
24
comment What version of Windows should I use for a home server?
Drive pooling is wonderful for managing gigabytes of media files. No more wondering "which disk is (name of whatever you're looking for) on?"
Nov
16
comment Windows Home Server? What do i need to know before I buy it?
For true hobbyists there are always a lot of alternatives. Still, I've never seen a package that so efficiently and effortlessly combined everything from LAN-wide backups with bare-metal restore capabilities to website hosting. SOMEday I'll get around to playing with linux!