Vincent A. R

Vincent A. R
HP’s MediaSmart Server Hits The Mark

A misconception surrounding HP’s new MediaSmart Server is that it is aimed at the greenhorn. That’s mainly because the server ships with Microsoft’s Windows Home Server, an application the software giant is marketing to non-technical users, leaving HP guilty by association. The Dealerscope Lab recently reviewed the MediaSmart Server. While it was a pleasure to use and fairly easy for a technically proficient user to install, a neophyte would need user training and will find setup difficult. That’s not such a bad thing since most advanced home networking and computer devices require some type of professional installation, integration and user training to optimize the product

Windows Home Server

About three years ago, Microsoft launched Media Center Edition (MCE), an operating system with an interface designed to centralize digital media and make it easily accessible. But the initial MCE GUI did not integrate well with consumer-based products and was frustrating to use. With that said, the past couple of years have been a different story. Microsoft has made tremendous strides with Media Center applications, greatly improving upon integration and compatibility issues. Microsoft is still trying to improve the home networking, and file management and access experience. About a year and a half ago, whispers started floating around that Microsoft was developing a new home