Things have been incredibly busy at work lately- so much so that I haven’t had any time to post here. I’l try to get better about that.
In other news, friends over in the eHome team are celebrating. Is it Vista related? Almost . They’re celebrating a major milestone – 20 million Windows XP Media Center PCs have now been sold. Some might recall that just last April, the stat was at 10 million. Talk about a ramp rate. By comparison TiVo has just over 2 million stand-alone units out there (which I also own and enjoy).
Speaking of Vista, I’ve started getting questions on when the right time is to buy a PC for Vista. My father is still hobbling along on the Windows XP PC he bought 5 years ago right after the launch of XP (and he’s never reinstalled). The hard drive is starting to go, but we’re using chewing gum to keep it going. My neighbor’s PC also just died and he’s hobbling along on an old PC of mine right now. Buying a new “Vista-ready” PC is pretty easy when you see the logo, and I expect there will be some pretty amazing deals this holiday season.
Which brings me back to Media Center. Friends over in eHome-land told me that they worked will all the Media Center PC manufacturers to make sure any MCE PC sold this holiday season will be Vista Premium-ready. So if you have to buy, look for the Vista logo, or just get an MCE PC.
One last comment on Vista for home users- I’ve noticed that if you connect a Vista desktop to a UPS, the PC will run in “Balanced” mode, just like a laptop. At first I thought this was a bad idea, but then I realized that for the overwhemling majority, this is fine- and a more energy friendly way to do things.
I’ll write more this weekend- thoughts on using a TiVo Series3, and taking Flight Simulator X (Final release) for a whirl.