DEV CON, Plymouth Guild Hall, 30th May 2015 – NEWS

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For all you SCI-FI fans in the South West, remember that DEV CON is taking place at the Plymouth Guild Hall from 10:30 AM on 30th May 2015. This is the premier SCI-FI convention in the South West and well worth attending.

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Windows 10 is not Media Center friendly – NEWS

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It has been announced this weekend that Windows Media Center will not be available or supported in Windows 10.

First there was this FAQ from a Microsoft Community article:

Is Media Center supported in Windows 10? No. Persons who need to use Media Center should consider carefully before upgrading from their previous version of Windows. The Windows 10 upgrade will automatically remove any installations of Media Center.

So what are the alternatives if I need Media Center? Your best option is to continue running your existing version of Windows with Media Center.

  • Windows 7 editions that include Media Center will continue to be supported until January 2020.
  • Windows 8 Pro with Media Center will continue to be supported until January 2023.

Then there was an article on ZDNet saying similar, quoting a senior Microsoft Executive source.

Finally, the preview build actually detects Media Center and gives you a stark warning.

No Media Center

This is really disappointing news for some, who still find Windows Media Center to be one of the best ways to stream content.


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Windows 10 – free upgrade.. ..coming soon! – NEWS

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It seems that the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for qualified new or existing Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users will be launched shortly in the UK (currently rumoured to be 29th July to coincide with a global release schedule). I got an update/reminder via my Hotmail account this morning. The free upgrade offer is available for a year, so don’t wait too long before ‘taking the plunge’. I am also pleased to report that once your device has been upgraded to Windows 10 Microsoft will continue their support of the product for the supported lifetime of the OS. It seems there is no limit on the amount of devices that can be upgraded per account, they just need to be running Windows 7 or 8/8.1.

You can signup for this offer, via Hotmail verification, here.

Some of you may be thinking, why are you mentioning Windows 10? Not very retro.. ..true, but Windows is still the dominant platform for emulation etc., so this new version will be worth taking a look at. I hope to post a review soon after it’s release.


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Horror Channel back on FreeView in the UK! – NEWS

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The Horror Channel is the UK’s original channel dedicated to the dark side of cinema and television. With an eclectic mix of ground-breaking and genre-defining content including niche, cult and box office smash movies along with fantasy, sci-fi and supernatural series, you’ll be entertained and terrified.

I feel sure that many of you, like me, are really pleased that the Horror Channel is back on Freeview here in the UK.

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