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HTPC - Can a granny use it?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by WBC, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. WBC

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    Guys,

    Thinking about building a htpcto include PVR capability etc. Not too interested in hardware or build, I can deal with that........

    ....Its all about useability?? Is there a frontend thats foolproof????

    I'm only interested, if I can end up with a solution that won't require constant fiddling and is useable by the wife, kids etc.

    What you think??
    Stace :D
     
  2. CrispyXUK

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    MCE 2005 or Meedio will sort you out mate
     
  3. Skunkpipe

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    My Wife has no problems (she actually prefers if as there's no longer 1000's of CDs in the living room)
     
  4. lisag

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    :eek: Are you suggesting that ALL grannies, wives and children are IT illiterate?
     
  5. sniffer66

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    Only the female ones ;)
     
  6. Skunkpipe

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    nah - mines jsut a bit of a techno-phobe
     
  7. WBC

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    I'm not suggesting that at all, I doubt very few are IT illiterate. It was a generalisation to try to get my point across how I would prefer a solution that doesn't require 24/7 user support.

    All parties in my family are more than capable of using a PC that doesn't mean when someone wants to watch the TV they would like to open 3/4 apps and then configure!!!

    Stace :D
     
  8. Skunkpipe

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    I see you have a modded XBox in you list - have you tried the XBox Media Centre? The look/feel is very similar
     
  9. WBC

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    My xbox is configured with xbmc as its dashboard (Project Mayhem III Skin)

    My wife uses it quite happily and at present its a good solution, it happily access's my NAS boxes for music, photos and movies.

    I'm thinking of an HTPC to give me better hardware for DVD/Music playback than the X. Still thinking about an x360 but that won't give any sort of pvr functionality etc.
     
  10. lisag

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    Fair enough :smashin:
    Not that its any of my business,
    Just a bit bored and thought I would pick a fight :cool:
     
  11. WBC

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    No chance, Ya caught me on a good day!!! ;)
     
  12. Spacecat

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    Forget meedio M8, the TV and EPG was due out last August and is still not working or properly released!!!

    MCE is very very good !!
     

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