Things that make Charlie smile

First, I’m a geek to the core so I generally smile at geeky things. Over on On10 Jeff Sandquist who runs the Channel9 and On10 efforts at Microsoft does a video interview showing off how he uses technology in his home.  Definitely cool.  Definitely geeky. Soon Jeff is going to do one of these videos…


HP MediaSmart Server First Look Webcasts

In November HP and Microsoft will be hosting a series of webcasts about the upcoming HP MediaSmart Server, powered by Windows Home Server. Industry experts, including Rob Enderle of The Enderle Group, Rick Doherty of Envisioneering, Paul Thurrott of SuperSite for Windows, and Ed Bott of ZDNet will be participating and providing their perspective on…


The stuff of literature, literally

The first couple of reviews of Home Server are now on Amazon.  Andrew Edney’s book is now in stock and on sale, too, as is Windows Home Server Unleashed.  Windows Home Server for Dummies will be soon. J


Explore the house …

  Hi all – if you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the interactive house on the Windows Home Server web site.  It provides a great walkthrough of Home Server’s benefits within its “natural environs” – part of the effort to educate consumers on what the product is and does.  There is a…


A Pleasant Surprise

I recently got one of the DirecTV HR-20 “HD DVR” set top boxes at home. It has an Ethernet port on it, but I didn’t bother to plug it into my home network until a few days ago. Tonight I was watching TV and I noticed a new menu item in the set top box…



Sonos is creating a lot of buzz today around its new Sonos 2.5 software, which includes enhanced compatibility with Home Server for storing, organizing and streaming zillions of songs around the home.  Great to see a popular solution like Sonos on board the Home Server bus. Also – good overview of a Home Server box from…


Passionate debate

Well, this was certainly interesting to watch over the last few days.  Thanks to any of you who weighed in.  The bottom line seems to be “seeing is believing.” J


Second Life

How cool…the Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo Home Server is featured in the company’s “island” in Second Life.  (Thanks to Phillip and to the German Home Server blog.) Also cool:  Home Server is in a column by consumer tech queen Kim Komando.  It is back in stock at Newegg – still at 93% “5 egg” reviews. Good weekend, J


Roll your own

Lots of buzz and press this week about the availability of the system builder version, in the States and abroad. Thanks for your patience.  What are really fun to see are all the positive reviews on  Thanks to those of you who took the time to write them up!  95% “5 egg” reviews as of now……


Available now: Windows Home Server Toolkit

The Windows Home Server Toolkit is a collection of tools that help you troubleshoot issues with Windows Home Server.  It is available now on the Microsoft Download Center here. A brief overview of the core components: • Error ReportingThe Error Reporting tool collects log files which are useful to Microsoft Support when they are troubleshooting…