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Onward and upward

Now that I have the HD LCD Television and the DVR/Digital/HD server from, I guess it is time to add a media PC to the mix. As part of this summer's project to upgrade the entertainment center at the Kaelin homestead, I am going to attempt the daunting task of building a media PC from spare parts. Most people travel to exotic locales where sand gets in your teeth, not me, I like to stay home and fiddle with frustrating technology.

I know this will disappoint all of my Linux evangelist friends, but I have decided to go with Windows Media addition. Getting everything wired correctly is going to be headache enough; I don't need the added pressure of trying to figure out Linux at the same time. I'm intimately and infuriatingly familiar with Windows and all its quirks, so I know what to expect more or less.

However, if it all works out, I'm going to have a few audio components to get rid of. Anyone interested in a Pioneer CD-player? It uses a 6 –CD cartridge and is in perfect working order. The cartridge was great two cars ago when I had a cartridge CD player in the trunk. I also have a dual-cassette tape deck from Pioneer. It also works great if you are still using cassette tapes. I'll even throw in four never-been opened blank TDK Gold tapes. Isn't it amazing how music formats have evolved? I still have about 200 vinyl album records. Now the close to 1000 CDs I bought over the years are on their way to obscurity. It's getting hard to keep up.


Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.


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