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Tech Savvy Furniture for Your Home

Tech Savvy Furniture for Your Home

Posted on 20 May 2017 by sam

In the age of home automation, convenience and comfort are high priorities to many homeowners. If you’re looking to trade your squeaky desk chair or beat-up work desk for something a little more sophisticated, look no further. Modernize has a few ideas for updating your space with the latest and greatest high tech furniture pieces.

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Best Home Theater Projectors

Best Home Theater Projectors

Posted on 19 March 2013 by sam

The San Francisco Chronicle gets a little help from CNet as they show of 4 of the best projectors of the moment. The BenQ W1070 stands out as being pretty good at an affordable price

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BYOPVR reviews the Scythe Shuriken Rev. B

BYOPVR reviews the Scythe Shuriken Rev. B

Posted on 20 July 2012 by sam

Does the Shuriken Rev. B deliver quiet performance in any case?

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MS-Tech MC-380 HTPC Case Review

MS-Tech MC-380 HTPC Case Review

Posted on 26 June 2012 by sam takes a look at this low budget ATX case.

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Maximum PC Gives Glowing Review Of BeyondTV

Posted on 08 September 2006 by

Looks like Maximum PC has a big media PC center ladened issue coming up that speaks very highly of BeyondTV in a PVR software review

“The bottom line is that Beyond TV is, hands down, the best PVR software we’ve tested for the PC”

“SnapStream’s Beyond TV is the closest thing to a Tivo we’ve tested”

“…unlike MythTV, Beyond TV is easy to install and configure on any Windows machine.”

So I think it’s safe to say that Maximum PC ♥s Beyond TV.

(and apart from the glowing review of Beyond TV, it has some great tips on building your own HTPC so if you aren’t already a subscriber, pick up a copy at your local news stand)

I can’t wait to get my mitts on a copy of the magazine… hopefully byopvr gets at least a passing mention in the resources section of the article!

Silverstone LC20M HTPC Case Reviewed

Posted on 08 June 2006 by

Silverstone LC20M HTPC Case Revewed over at Short Media.

“A media centre must be “at home” in the living room. To accomplish this, it needs a case which is small, elegant, and quiet; it should blend in with other audio / video equipment and be as silent as possible whilst still offering adequate cooling to the beefy PC components housed within. The item we’re looking at today is part of Silverstone’s attempt to meet all those demands in a fairly standard form factor PC.”

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Nvidia DualTV MCE Dual Tuner Card Review

Posted on 30 May 2006 by

Finally there’s a comprehensive and reputable review of Nvidia’s DualTV MCE dual tuner card penned by SpHeRe31459 over at the newly redesigned HTPCnews!

There’s a lot of information to soak in as Sphere’s review of the DualTV is very thorough as usual. There’s also lots of yummy pictures for those of you with shorter attention spans 🙂

Join the discussion about the Nvidia DualTV tuner card review(s) in the forum!

A Non-Techie’s Adventures with Computer-Based PVRs

Posted on 08 May 2006 by

A Non-Techie’s Adventures with Computer-Based PVRs is a followup review/overview of BeyondTV and to a lesser extent SageTV from Diane Kristine’s previous DIY PVR article

“Want TiVo-like technology without the subscription fees … even without the TV? A few months ago, I described my attempts to set up my computer as a Personal Video Recorder (PVR), but I hadn’t yet decided on the software I would use with my brand-new TV tuner card. Since then, I’ve tested the rudimentary PVR software that came with the card, then tried Sage TV and Beyond TV before deciding to purchase the latter.”

Tom’s Hardware Reviews SageTV 4.1

Posted on 04 May 2006 by

Tom’s Hardware reviews SageTV 4.1

Some interesting discussion in the byopvr forum regarding the review Not everyone agrees with the reviewer’s findings.

Upcoming Review: Vbox Cat's Eye USB ATSC/HDTV Tuner

Upcoming Review: Vbox Cat’s Eye USB ATSC/HDTV Tuner

Posted on 08 March 2006 by sam

Quick heads up: The BYOPVR pot is simmering and the review of Vbox’s USB HDTV/ATSC tuner review is almost ready (it just needs a garnish)! Look for it tomorrow.

In the meantime some links of interest to whet your appetite (an appetizer if you will)

PCAlchemy Cat’s Eye USB 3560, Firefly Remote, BeyondTV SE Bundle
PC Magazine Building a PVR article used a Vbox Cat’s Eye USB HDTV/ATSC tuner and seemed to like it.
As did ExtremeTech’s Dual-Core HDTV Media PC/HTPC build (they used both the vbox Cat’s Eye 150 PCI card and the USB 3560 in their configuration).

Of course as soon as one review nears completion, another one piques my curiousity. VBox Announces Cat’s Eye eDTA-164, A Dual-Tuner PCI Express card