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mysql_connect to localhost on Windows 7 and Windows Vista times out

I’ve been developing PHP websites against mysql on Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and finally decided I needed to start doing my testing and debugging on a client machine instead.  My development machine runs Windows 7 so it is running the same version of IIS as my Windows Server 2008 R2 machine. […]

Viewing Distance Chart

I found a terrific chart published at It is an exhaustive table that includes the following information: 16×9 diagonal measurement (the measurement of your screen or the screen you are considering). Width of the 16×9 screen. Height of the 16×9 screen. Optimum viewing distance for 1080p/i material. Optimum viewing distance for 720p material. Width […]

DVD Library in Windows Media Center

I’m in the process of making my DVDs available from my home theater PC via Windows Media Center on Windows Vista.  I’m testing out AnyDVD from SlySoft (their support policy is changing as of the 1st of the year).  What I want to be able to do is rip my DVDs, HD DVDs, and Blu-Ray […]


This past weekend I was catching up on all things home theater on AVS Forum when I ran across a company (XStreamHD) that is promising to deliver hi-def movies and more via satellite and the Internet to your home.  The information provided by the flash content on their web site is pretty impressive.  Here’s a […]

Launching apps & games from Vista Media Center (VMC), Part 2

In my previous post on this topic, I discussed the basics of extending Media Center to add entries to the menus, specifically Beyond TV from SnapStream Media.  Click here to see that post. Once I had that figured out and working, I figured I’d venture to another application used quite a bit by my family […]

Launching apps & games from Vista Media Center (VMC), Part 1

I haven’t spent much time yet writing about the home theater PC I assembled. I’m using a combination of Windows Media Center (in Windows Vista Ultimate) and Beyond TV from SnapStream Media. There’s a terrific web site providing user and some Microsoft assistance for Media Center at It’s a great place to troubleshoot problems […]

TV antennas

I was sharing with a neighbor information about an antenna a purchased recently and installed in my attic to get over-the-air digital television reception.  I was getting so-so reception with a pair of rabbit ears upstairs on the