Hacking Windows 7 Media Center

New Host / Open Thread

by @ 1:18 pm on June 12th, 2012 in site news with 26 Comments

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As you may have noticed we’ve been suffering a bit of downtime lately. Unfortunately, our previous hosts’ (vps.net) services have been degrading for quite some time and we’ve been forced to make a change. They seem to have expanded far passed what their actual staffing would allow resulting in poor uptime and support services. I saw the signs and should have made the move sooner.

That said, the actual move was far less frustrating than I suspected it would be (so far). It appears that the bulk of the site is once again functional. However, if you do find something not working properly on the site please drop a line below so I can check it out. It’s been a while since I’ve had the ambition to post a steady stream of updates but I am committed to keeping the site online for as long as possible. With luck that task will be reasonably easier now.

Unfortunately, this also means a bit of the database was lost (actually 2 portions from two separate time periods in the last 30 days) and some comments have been lost. If your comment was lost and you’d like to repost it (contains helpful info or questions yet unanswered) feel free to do so and apologies for the inconvenience.

I don’t have a new theme available at the moment but it’s nice to have one on the front page ready to download and I particularly enjoy this one. You can download the original wallpaper as well right here at Perfect Hue, created by Jason Benjamin.

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DOWNLOAD MOBIUS THEME

Post Open Questions / Tips / Media Center Related Below

Also, feel free to use the comments section below to drop questions, tips or media center related links and such. I’ll try to reply as I see them and as I have time or a fellow Media Center enthusiast may come along and have the answer. Dropping links is fine but they must be Media Center related and if a comment contains 2 or more links it is sent to moderation, please be patient. You can also send an email to mhealy@hack7mc.com and I will do my best to answer them but they frequently fall by the wayside due to time constrictions and the nature of an email inbox.

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