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'[OT] Wii and accessories'
2008\09\30@204254 by Xiaofan Chen

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Firstly I am not a gamer but I need to do more exercises
yet have some funs when doing that. I played a bit
of table tennis and badminton but seldom. So that
is not good enough. The badminton court downstairs
(I live in 11th floor) is usually full.

So I am thinking of buying a Wii (bundle with Wii Sports)
for that purpose and my wife supports that. She likes the Active
Life Outdoor Challenge as well (better than Wii fit
in her opinion). She may want to play other games
as well like racing. We intend to buy one more
sets of Wii Remote+Numchuck and Wii Play. The
total bundle will be about SGD800 or US$560.

It is rather expensive here. If I am a gamer, probably
I would buy an Xbox 360 for cheaper price. And if I
am in Blue Ray, I would buy a PS3.
http://www.qisahn.com/nintendo-wii-consoles-c-2_8/nintendo-wiiwii-sports-local-set-p-296

Do you have a Wii and what do you do with it?
Do you like it?


Xiaofan

2008\09\30@233330 by Marcel Duchamp

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Xiaofan Chen wrote:
> Firstly I am not a gamer but I need to do more exercises
> yet have some funs when doing that. I played a bit
> of table tennis and badminton but seldom. So that
> is not good enough. The badminton court downstairs
> (I live in 11th floor) is usually full.
>
> So I am thinking of buying a Wii (bundle with Wii Sports)
> for that purpose and my wife supports that. She likes the Active
> Life Outdoor Challenge as well (better than Wii fit
> in her opinion). She may want to play other games
> as well like racing. We intend to buy one more
> sets of Wii Remote+Numchuck and Wii Play. The
> total bundle will be about SGD800 or US$560.

"Numchuck"? As in... martial arts weapons?  Cool!
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Fully tongue-in-cheek:
http://www.partiallyclips.com/index.php?id=1557

(no, I don't think it exists but would probably sell well if it did...)



'[OT] Wii and accessories'
2008\10\01@001340 by SM Ling
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> So I am thinking of buying a Wii (bundle with Wii Sports)
> for that purpose and my wife supports that. She likes the Active
> Life Outdoor Challenge as well (better than Wii fit
> in her opinion). She may want to play other games
> as well like racing. We intend to buy one more
> sets of Wii Remote+Numchuck and Wii Play. The
> total bundle will be about SGD800 or US$560.

I think you can get hacked version with accessories at the same price
as an "authorised"  set from "authorised" distributors.  For hacked
version, you may try XinTianDi at Ang Mo Kio Center. Or XiaoChun at
Jalan Besar (but be more careful with these shops).  The parallel
importer is able to add accessories and services with profit because
of the inflated "authorised" set.  Parallel importing is totally legal
here and even encourage to beat monopoly in Singapore.  (I paid the
"authorised" set as I could not wait)

Get the wii-fit as well, skip the wii play.  The strength training and
Yoga training is quite good to keep fit (wii fit).  The 3 ninetneno
games (sports, play and fit) are more than enough for me.  I think I
loose a kg or so with wii, I know of a guy who lost 8kg over 2 months
doing the strength training alone.  The difficulties for me is I could
only get 5-10 minute each time I turn on then my kids shall hog it for
the rest of the day.

If you do not mind jogging, there are many races here to help you to
stick to your training routine.  With the races, you can also get to
run on interesting routes which are normally not opened to the public
.  I managed to run on the F1 track during the Bay Run 08.

Cheers, Ling SM

2008\10\01@074303 by Xiaofan Chen

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On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 12:13 PM, SM Ling <spam_OUTsm.ling11TakeThisOuTspamgmail.com> wrote:
>> So I am thinking of buying a Wii (bundle with Wii Sports)
>> for that purpose and my wife supports that. She likes the Active
>> Life Outdoor Challenge as well (better than Wii fit
>> in her opinion). She may want to play other games
>> as well like racing. We intend to buy one more
>> sets of Wii Remote+Numchuck and Wii Play. The
>> total bundle will be about SGD800 or US$560.
>
> I think you can get hacked version with accessories at the same price
> as an "authorised"  set from "authorised" distributors.  For hacked
> version, you may try XinTianDi at Ang Mo Kio Center. Or XiaoChun at
> Jalan Besar (but be more careful with these shops).  The parallel
> importer is able to add accessories and services with profit because
> of the inflated "authorised" set.  Parallel importing is totally legal
> here and even encourage to beat monopoly in Singapore.  (I paid the
> "authorised" set as I could not wait)

In the end, I bought an authorized set this afternoon. Paying
SGD710 (after comparing 7 shops in Funan IT Mall) for the following.
1) Wii Sports Official Singapore version with 3 months warrantee
by Maxsoft. Listed price is SGD499 but many shops sell for SGD519.
2) Extra set of Wii Remote (plus Wii Play is SGD79) and Numchuck (SGD39)
3) Active Life Outdoor Advantage (my wife's favorite) (SGD109).

I was paying by cash so that the shop gave a bit of discount.
SGD710 is about US$500. I think it is much cheaper in US.

It was tempting to buy the mod version but I think I do not
want to play many games. Even my wife will probably
borrow a few games from her friends and play a bit.

> Get the wii-fit as well, skip the wii play.  The strength training and
> Yoga training is quite good to keep fit (wii fit).  The 3 ninetneno
> games (sports, play and fit) are more than enough for me.  I think I
> loose a kg or so with wii, I know of a guy who lost 8kg over 2 months
> doing the strength training alone.  The difficulties for me is I could
> only get 5-10 minute each time I turn on then my kids shall hog it for
> the rest of the day.
>

I was thinking of buying the Wii Fit but in the end my wife
did not like it.

I hope I could lose 5kg with Wii in a year. Back in 2006, I lost 3 kg in the
first 6 month by exercising but gained back the 3kg (or a bit more) after
3 months in Cleveland. The gym in the apartment was not good. Last year
I was in Cleveland for 1.5 months but I managed not to gain weight by
exercising in the gym in the hotel.

Xiaofan

2008\10\01@105107 by William \Chops\ Westfield

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On Oct 1, 2008, at 4:42 AM, Xiaofan Chen wrote:

> I was paying by cash so that the shop gave a bit of discount.
> SGD710 is about US$500. I think it is much cheaper in US.

I paid about $400 for a vaguely similar system.  Plus shipping and  
local sales tax for a total of about $465.  But I couldn't just go  
into a store a buy what I wanted; Wii's are still scarce in actual  
stores in the US, and I had to do some pre-order bundle by mail things.

I like it (and my kids like it.)  It's clever.  And it's relatively  
consumer friendly; plays GC games without add-ons, uses SD card for  
saved-game storage, built-in wireless networking, wireless  
controllers, etc...

BillW

2008\10\07@030041 by Clint Sharp

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In message
<.....a276da400809301742x33bfca6bo19081094c1e04aabKILLspamspam@spam@mail.gmail.com>, Xiaofan
Chen <xiaofancspamKILLspamgmail.com> writes
>Do you have a Wii and what do you do with it?
>Do you like it?
Love my Wii, my daughter plays Wii fit as does my partner and I, we all
play Mario Kart (which is *very* addictive when played against other
people).

 It's not so much a graphics engine as a PS3 or XBox 360 but the
gameplay more than makes up for that. In fact it's getting more use than
my PS2 ever did.
>
>
>Xiaofan

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2008\10\07@070101 by Marc Nicholas

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You must consider the additional cost of duct-taping your TV.
http://www.wiihaveaproblem.com/

:)

-marc

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 8:42 PM, Xiaofan Chen <.....xiaofancKILLspamspam.....gmail.com> wrote:

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2008\10\07@082024 by Alan B. Pearce

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>You must consider the additional cost of duct-taping your TV.
> http://www.wiihaveaproblem.com/
>
>:)

Hmm, that made for an interesting lunchtime ... ;)))))

Gives a whole new meaning to 'hang on to your ... '

Now where can I get a sword wielding robot that can guard my house ...

2008\10\07@094717 by Jeff Findley

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"Clint Sharp" <EraseMEpiclistspam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTMIT.EDU> wrote in message
news:5DCRNjA7Rw6IFwtMspamspam_OUTclintsmc.demon.co.uk...> > In message
> <
@spam@a276da400809301742x33bfca6bo19081094c1e04aabKILLspamspammail.gmail.com>, Xiaofan
> Chen <KILLspamxiaofancKILLspamspamgmail.com> writes
>>Do you have a Wii and what do you do with it?
>>Do you like it?
> Love my Wii, my daughter plays Wii fit as does my partner and I, we all
> play Mario Kart (which is *very* addictive when played against other
> people).
>
>  It's not so much a graphics engine as a PS3 or XBox 360 but the
> gameplay more than makes up for that. In fact it's getting more use than
> my PS2 ever did.

The Wii is a system that my wife and kids, all the way down to our 7 year
old, love to play.  The controllers are easy enough to learn that they can
pick them up and almost immediately start having fun.

The online store is a neat idea, with lots of classic NES, SNES, and etc.
games available for purchase by downloading.  The Wii will also play
GameCube games if you plug in GameCube controllers (open the door on the top
to reveal the sockets), so you can buy cheap games at the used game stores.
We have not done much of this since we already have a N64 and GameCube at
home, so we have enough "classic" games to keep us happy.

The web browser, a ported version of Opera, is adequate for casual web
surfing on the living room TV, but it's not too good at delivering all forms
of streaming content.  The video streaming isn't quite up to snuff (hulu.com
won't work).  It's good enough for YouTube, but not much else.  Audio
streaming is o.k. but not stellar.  I don't think it supports more than
regular stereo sound.

You have to note that it's not a machine that hard core gamers will
appreciate as much as an Xbox 360 or even a PS3.  There is no high
definition video output.  The controllers may be easy to learn, but I don't
think they're precise enough for hard core gamers, who are used to dozens of
buttons and control sticks on a more ergonomic controller.  To them, the
blocky Wiimote is likely to be considered a toy.  Turn the Wiimote sideways
and it's direction control (digital) and a/b buttons reminds you of the
original NES, not a 21st century hard core gaming machine.

Jeff
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A wise person avoids it. -- Einstein



2008\10\07@095325 by Jeff Findley

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"Marc Nicholas" <RemoveMEgeekythingTakeThisOuTspamgmail.com> wrote in message
news:spamBeGone75a911ca0810070400l31185d5es4d662e1979d6145fspamBeGonespammail.gmail.com...> > You must consider the additional cost of duct-taping your TV.
>
http://www.wiihaveaproblem.com/

Use the wrist straps!  Early deliveries of the Wii had Wiimote wrist straps
which weren't strong enough.  The Nintendo website has info on this and will
replace the old style wrist straps for free.

And keep back from the TV!  The Wii simply isn't suited for four players in
a tiny apartment sized living room if you're playing any type of Wii game
which encourages large movements (like the Wii Sports games which come with
the Wii console).  I've heard reports from co-workers about flying Wiimotes
(forgot to fasten the wrist strap) and Wiimotes hitting other people in
heated Tennis matches.  But our house hasn't had any such incidents yet.

Jeff
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A wise person avoids it. -- Einstein



2008\10\07@184146 by Xiaofan Chen

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On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 9:52 PM, Jeff Findley <TakeThisOuTjeff.findleyEraseMEspamspam_OUTugs.com> wrote:
>
> "Marc Nicholas" <RemoveMEgeekythingspamTakeThisOuTgmail.com> wrote in message
>> You must consider the additional cost of duct-taping your TV.
>> http://www.wiihaveaproblem.com/
>
> Use the wrist straps!  Early deliveries of the Wii had Wiimote wrist straps
> which weren't strong enough.  The Nintendo website has info on this and will
> replace the old style wrist straps for free.

The Wiimotes we have have wrist straps and jackets (to have better grips).
And Wii will always remind you to fasten the wrist straps.

> And keep back from the TV!  The Wii simply isn't suited for four players in
> a tiny apartment sized living room if you're playing any type of Wii game
> which encourages large movements (like the Wii Sports games which come with
> the Wii console).  I've heard reports from co-workers about flying Wiimotes
> (forgot to fasten the wrist strap) and Wiimotes hitting other people in
> heated Tennis matches.  But our house hasn't had any such incidents yet.
>

So far we have no accident with Wiimotes. But once my Numchunk
controller did fly away from me when I was playing Wii Sports Boxing game.
Since Numchunk is always attached to the Wiimote, it is not that
dangerous but still we need to be careful.

Xiaofan

2008\10\07@220233 by Xiaofan Chen

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On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 9:46 PM, Jeff Findley <jeff.findleyEraseMEspam.....ugs.com> wrote:

> The online store is a neat idea, with lots of classic NES, SNES, and etc.
> games available for purchase by downloading.

I bought the game "Defend Your Castle", kind of a silly game.

And I am not so sure if it is a good idea to play NES/SNES game on
a large screen Full HD (1080p) or HD-Ready LCD TV.

>
> The web browser, a ported version of Opera, is adequate for casual web
> surfing on the living room TV, but it's not too good at delivering all forms
> of streaming content.  The video streaming isn't quite up to snuff (hulu.com
> won't work).  It's good enough for YouTube, but not much else.  Audio
> streaming is o.k. but not stellar.  I don't think it supports more than
> regular stereo sound.

I bought the Internet Channel (Opera). Wii is quite a poor
Internet browsing machine. The Chinese support is broken.

How do you do Media Streaming through Wii? Do you
use the free service from Orb? I am not comfortable with
services like Orb.

> You have to note that it's not a machine that hard core gamers will
> appreciate as much as an Xbox 360 or even a PS3.  There is no high
> definition video output.

Yeah, that is a disappointment.

My friend got a PS3, the graphics are superb. It is also a very
good BlueRay player. He is not a gamer either so he does not
want to buy any games for PS3. Still he can download some
game demos for free.

I do not see game demos for Wii, I only find NDS demos.

I tried out some Flash based free games for Wii but I
have yet to find a good one.

Wii does not even play DVD. But this is not a problem
for me. I have a Philips DVD player (capable of Divx)
as well but I seldom use it as I do not really rent
DVDs or buy DVDs.

> The controllers may be easy to learn, but I don't
> think they're precise enough for hard core gamers, who are
> used to dozens of buttons and control sticks on a more
> ergonomic controller.  To them, the blocky Wiimote is likely to
> be considered a toy.  Turn the Wiimote sideways
> and it's direction control (digital) and a/b buttons reminds
> you of the original NES, not a 21st century hard core gaming
> machine.

How about the Classic controller? Maybe Logitech or other
companies can come out some good solutions later.

There are quite some plastic only Wii accessory (kind of
Wiimote adapters). Not so sure if I am going to buy any
of them. So far, I am enjoying Wii Sports.

Xiaofan

2008\10\08@085125 by Jeff Findley

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"Xiaofan Chen" <EraseMExiaofancspamgmail.com> wrote in message
news:RemoveMEa276da400810071902v52011623l28ca1bdf33897bbcEraseMEspamEraseMEmail.gmail.com...> > How do you do Media Streaming through Wii? Do you
> use the free service from Orb? I am not comfortable with
> services like Orb.

I used Winamp Remote to do this (looks like some flavor of Orb).  It worked
fine for streaming audio, but I didn't like the user interface very much, so
I stopped doing this.  I'm currently working on building a dedicated PC for
the living room out of old PC parts.

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BlueRay is definately a plus for the PS3, especially with the high cost of
current stand-alone BlueRay players.

> I do not see game demos for Wii, I only find NDS demos.
>
> I tried out some Flash based free games for Wii but I
> have yet to find a good one.
>
> Wii does not even play DVD. But this is not a problem
> for me. I have a Philips DVD player (capable of Divx)
> as well but I seldom use it as I do not really rent
> DVDs or buy DVDs.

DVD players are so cheap these days, I don't think this is a problem.  Cheap
ones are "everywhere" in the US for $30 USD or less.

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We don't have any Classic controllers since we have not bought any classic
games which would use them.  Also, we have several GameCube controllers,
which work for GameCube and some of the classic games that you can download.
Compatability with GameCube games is a plus since those can be found cheap
these days.

> There are quite some plastic only Wii accessory (kind of
> Wiimote adapters). Not so sure if I am going to buy any
> of them. So far, I am enjoying Wii Sports.

I don't have any of these either.  They don't appear to be necessary for
most games.  Mario Kart comes with a plastic steering wheel, but people I've
talked to say that's not really necessary either.

Jeff
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2008\10\10@033040 by Xiaofan Chen

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On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 8:51 PM, Jeff Findley <RemoveMEjeff.findleyspam_OUTspamKILLspamugs.com> wrote:
>> How do you do Media Streaming through Wii? Do you
>> use the free service from Orb? I am not comfortable with
>> services like Orb.
>
> I used Winamp Remote to do this (looks like some flavor of Orb).  It worked
> fine for streaming audio, but I didn't like the user interface very much, so
> I stopped doing this.  I'm currently working on building a dedicated PC for
> the living room out of old PC parts.

They say Xbox 360 works well. PS3 can do it as well but not as good as
Xbox 360.

But I agree that maybe a dedicated PC would be easier. The problem
is that they are not so cute as Wii. Xbox360 and PS3 have the same
problem with PCs or Macs in terms of high power consumption. Wii
consumes much less power than Xbox 360 and PS3.

On the other hand, some people say the old Xbox works very well
for this task. I might want to look for some 2nd items.

But I am eying something like Asus EEEbox. It looks like Wii
actually. But I am not so sure if it is powerful enough with the
Atom CPU. It runs XP so software is quite easy to configure.

Xiaofan

2008\10\10@093853 by Jake Anderson

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Xiaofan Chen wrote:
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eeebox is fairly expensive for whats in it I feel
www.intel.com/Products/Desktop/Motherboards/D945GCLF/D945GCLF-overview.htm
intel atom 1.6ghz board for ~$90 Australian in a mini-itx form factor .

still it will be much better when they marry it up to a chipset that is
equally as power friendly as the cpu.

then you can do something like this
http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/r2d2pc/
which looks loads better than anything off the shelf ;->


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2008\10\10@100820 by Xiaofan Chen

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On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 9:38 PM, Jake Anderson <RemoveMEjakeKILLspamspamvapourforge.com> wrote:
> eeebox is fairly expensive for whats in it I feel
> www.intel.com/Products/Desktop/Motherboards/D945GCLF/D945GCLF-overview.htm
> intel atom 1.6ghz board for ~$90 Australian in a mini-itx form factor .

I agree that EEEbox is not cheap. Maybe if they take out Windows XP,
the price will be a bit cheaper. Still I would not say it is too expensive.

Take note EEEbox has a faster CPU (N270), not the N230 used
in the board you mentioned. Most of other Atom based desktop
comes with N230. N270 is dual core. It is not as powerful as
the N330 used in the D945GCLF2 board though.
http://www.intel.com/products/desktop/motherboards/D945GCLF2/D945GCLF2-overview.htm

> still it will be much better when they marry it up to a chipset that is
> equally as power friendly as the cpu.

That is true. I think they will. In that case, I expect many other equipment
to use Atom instead of ARM9/ARM11 class processor for Windows CE,
Windows embedded and Linux.

> then you can do something like this
> http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/r2d2pc/
> which looks loads better than anything off the shelf ;->

Actually the R2D2PC on the page seem to use cheap
plastics and not really very cute IMHO...

Xiaofan

2008\10\10@102232 by Lucas

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The eeeBox is a little overpriced for it's capabilities, IMHO.  It depends
on what your looking for.

I've put together a few HTPC's (for friends and family).  The last two being
mini-ITX form factors.
The two motherboards that I've used were the J&W 708G-SP128MB ($174CDN) and
the Jetway NC62K GF8200 ($164CDN).
The Jetway includes and DVI to HDMI adapter, which sticks out a bit so it's
not the best for certain installations.
The J&W uses a SODIMM instead of a regular DIMM, something to watch out for.

The case I've used both times is the Apex MI-008 which includes a 250W power
supply ($47CDN).
I use an AMD X2 5200+ for the processor ($75CDN).
Then there's the HD ($56), memory ($40-$50), BluRay reader ($132CDN), etc...

Overall, the cost of the box is under $550 for hardware only, add OS +
CoreAVC or Cyberlink + remote (at least MediaPortal is free!).  It's more
expensive than the eeeBox but it has way more horsepower.

As Jake Anderson pointed out, there's the Intel Atom motherboard, and it is
really inexpensive.  The difference between the eeeBox and the Intel
motherboard though is that the eeeBox has a DVI connector, whereas the Intel
board only has VGA.  The boards play SD content without a problem, 720p is
OK, but they can't do 1080P.

As for the Wii, my kids really enjoy the few games that we have.  I wouldn't
trade the Wii for any other console due to the fact that the controls are
more natural than the ol' thumb-sticks.  There also seem to be more
younger-kid friendly games out there as well.

Lucas

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2008\10\10@114137 by Jeff Findley

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"Xiaofan Chen" <xiaofancSTOPspamspamspam_OUTgmail.com> wrote in message
news:spamBeGonea276da400810100030u61700661sa222c5ce241b8191STOPspamspamEraseMEmail.gmail.com...> > On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 8:51 PM, Jeff Findley <KILLspamjeff.findleyspamBeGonespamugs.com> wrote:
>> I'm currently working on building a dedicated PC for
>> the living room out of old PC parts.
>
> They say Xbox 360 works well. PS3 can do it as well but not as good as
> Xbox 360.

Too pricey for me.  We already have a Wii for the kids, so another game
system really isn't needed for us.

> But I agree that maybe a dedicated PC would be easier. The problem
> is that they are not so cute as Wii.

I'm sticking mine in an old Sony 50 CD changer case.  The case is tall and
wide, but wasn't deep enough, so I grafted the motherboard/PS portion of an
ATX PC case on the back.  It looks cobbled together, but you won't see the
PC part of the case when it's all done.  I've got a serial port driven VFD
and keypad input module I hope to use to replace the Sony VFD and hook into
the existing keys on the front of the unit.

When it's done, it ought to look just like a piece of audio equipment.  The
downside is that it will draw a lot of power when it's running.  It will
also have only S-video out, but that's o.k. because I don't have a high def
TV yet.

> On the other hand, some people say the old Xbox works very well
> for this task. I might want to look for some 2nd items.

True, but I've already got all the parts for mine and I'm having fun hacking
up the cases to make this look nice.

> But I am eying something like Asus EEEbox. It looks like Wii
> actually. But I am not so sure if it is powerful enough with the
> Atom CPU. It runs XP so software is quite easy to configure.

Looks like an excellent solution for a flat panel high def monitor with DVI
input.

Jeff
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2008\10\10@115756 by Tamas Rudnai

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Another Wii problem: It could shake your screen too much :-)

http://www.youtube.com/experiencewii

Tamas



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2008\10\10@125242 by Clint Sharp

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<TakeThisOuTa276da400810100030u61700661sa222c5ce241b8191.....spamTakeThisOuTmail.gmail.com>, Xiaofan
Chen <TakeThisOuTxiaofancKILLspamspamspamgmail.com> writes
>But I am eying something like Asus EEEbox. It looks like Wii
>actually. But I am not so sure if it is powerful enough with the
>Atom CPU. It runs XP so software is quite easy to configure.
Watch out for the free virus they ship with. You could also look out for
a Dreambox or other 'open' DTTV/DVBSat receiver, they run Linux and can
be made into quite nice front ends for things like MythTV etc.
>
>Xiaofan

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2008\10\10@215244 by SM Ling

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>> But I agree that maybe a dedicated PC would be easier. The problem
>> is that they are not so cute as Wii.

Let us know if you have success with streaming video on Wii.  I think
I tried Orb??? last year when I got my Wii, but the resolution was not
good and the streaming wasn't smooth.  My wireless router could be the
problem, but have yet to try it with the new router.

I wanted a Eeepc to replace a DVD player that had a lost remote.  It
is a weird Korea made, and now it can only play (when the disc is
loaded), stop (by eject or power off) or eject through the front panel
control.  Sometime I am quite amazed with the intelligent of these
designers.  They can build such a complicated machine but the only way
to control is through a remote, furthermore it is a consumer product.
This is not a joke, a real product.

>> On the other hand, some people say the old Xbox works very well
>> for this task. I might want to look for some 2nd items.

Yes, it is basically a pentium machine, it can be made to run window
media center.  One of my friend hooked his up through the power-line
modem (as it is more reliable than his wireless) to support the
crucial service of streaming Catanonese drama to his mother and
in-laws.

For the time being, my streaming method is through flash-key plus
short leg work, and the media center is a 12" laptop.

Cheers, Ling SM

2008\10\10@222828 by Xiaofan Chen

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On Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:52 AM, SM Ling <.....sm.ling11spamRemoveMEgmail.com> wrote:
>>> But I agree that maybe a dedicated PC would be easier. The problem
>>> is that they are not so cute as Wii.
>
> Let us know if you have success with streaming video on Wii.  I think
> I tried Orb??? last year when I got my Wii, but the resolution was not
> good and the streaming wasn't smooth.  My wireless router could be the
> problem, but have yet to try it with the new router.
>

I have not tried Ord but I feel I would not like it. I am reluctant to
register another user name and password. And it is said the video
quality is not good.

> For the time being, my streaming method is through flash-key plus
> short leg work, and the media center is a 12" laptop.
>

We have currently the Western Digital Mybook World Edition
500GB NAS running Linux as the file server and printer
server. It works fine and we can play media through it.
The router is the Linksys WRT54G running Tomato firmware.
So it is ok to have the wireless connected Desktop and notebook
playing media through the NAS.

Still I'd like to let Wii or EEEpc or similar which is hooked to the
42" HD Ready (not full HD) LCD to play the media instead of the
4 PCs and 2 mobile devices (my wife's Nokia E71 and her brother's
HP iPaq 210 PDA which has wifi and 4 inch 640x480 VGA screen).

Xiaofan

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