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ITT: software that nobody ever used
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I did. Quite comfy, actually.
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My laptop back then had a button specifically to launch it. Despite that, I still never used it, and only ever launched it accidentally.
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>>82015708
It would have been to launch WMP actually. For whatever reason, your Windows was configured to launch WMC, though.
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Itt: zoomer fake nostalgia
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>>82015720
Probably. It was the button marked av mode.
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Did people really use hardware like this?
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>>82016192
looks fake
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>>82015428
I miss it bros
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>>82016192
Had one back in the day, used to record programs onto my PC since DVRs weren't really a thing (t. 3rd worlder)
Nowadays just use it for software decoding videotapes
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>>82016192
late 90's, early 2kish.

Beign able to watch cable pip while gaming was fucking glorious
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>>82016192
They did. I had one on my desk when I was in IT.
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>>82015428
I used it on my Xbox 360 sometimes to watch videos that were on my computer
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GNU+Linux
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>>82017318
kek. linuxfags in shambles.
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>>82015428
>ITT: software zoomers never used
ftfy
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>>82016192
Im still using one lmao
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>>82015428
I still do, though I'm planning to move to NextPVR now that I no longer need CableCard support.
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>>82015428
>>82016594
this still works on windows 10, but not the tv card option, the tv card only works on earlier versions of windows 10, anyway it's still around and still works, somewhere on the mydigitallife forums
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>>82015428
>had a better ui than vlc
>just werks
why would you not use it?
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>>82016192
I had a USB one
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>itt anons confuse Windows Media CENTER with Windows Media Player
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>>82016192
oh wtf i nearly forgot those existed.
my mom installed on into my shit pc when i was 6 or so and it never really ran well and mostly only obscure shit.
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>>82016192
Had shit ton of these from Windows XP Media Center PCs. Most came from Dell Dimension XPS (P4/DDR2 RAM/PCIe Video Card) Machines that I had laying around in the late 2000s to early 2010s. But never used them.
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>>82015428
Yeah it was comfy. Used to watch TV on my PC, mainly sports sincr modern tv is trash.
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>>82015428
I actually installed it on Windows 10 because I needed it for digitizing VHS tapes. Couldn't find other software at the time to do it. Eventually got OBS Studio to work for that, but the picture wouldn't display correctly in OBS unless I first opened WMC for a minute then closed it.
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>>82015428

I did, quite a bit with the Netflix app.
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>>82016192

Yes.
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>>82016192
they still do, though now a lot of them are external USB devices
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>>82016192
You mean one of these??
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>>82015428
Microsoft should relaunch WMC now that cordcutting and antenna TV is popular
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>>82016192
I had an ATI All-in-Wonder 9800

Graphics card & TV tuner combined; super based, the cards were sadly discontinued in 2008
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>>82016192
I remember being around 12 wanting to buy one, I didnt have money. Later when I was like 15 I forgot about it.
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>>82020228
Yeah it was like 10 years ahead of its time.
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>>82016192
In the pre-DVR era I didn't see the point. I used pic related for a long time and use an old HDHomeRun now.
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>>82016192
zoomers get the rope
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>>82020447
Sounds good to me.
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>>82020329
As >>82017092 said, it was like plex almost. Microsoft could have cornered that so hard and even made a device like an nvidia shield TV that can play network files with a nice ui while also having other streaming services
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>>82015428
Microsoft Store
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>>82016192
Got one in fall 90's to decode Canal+ with pic related.
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>>82015428
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>>82020880
This is actually what my old man did. Had thousands of movies. Also used it to play slideshows with music.
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>>82015428
What are you talking about? MCE was dope and they only stopped making it to sell more xboxes. And Royale best theme
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>>82022675
That shit comes with office, everyone uses it
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>>82017092
This. Windows Media Center was comfy software.
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>>82015428
Is useful if you have a tv tuner card.
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>>82015428
I most certainly used WMC back when I used my XBOX 360 to play media back in the day. It totally was almost unusable... but I did use it, a lot.
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>>82018258
why would someone use it instead of vlc or mpc hc?
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>>82015428
Had a laptop that came with media center edition 2005, didn't really use the software but I loved the hell out of the luna theme
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>>82015428
still use it
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>>82015428
I use windows media center
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>>82016192
I wanted this so bad in the early 2000s.

Anyway, cards like this in the modern era are an easy way to get around HDCP.
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>>82016192
>Did people really use hardware like this?
Yes, I made a shitty Mortal Kombat clone with my friends and used it to capture footage from a camcorder
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>>82024711
looking at that makes me feel warm and comfy
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>>82016192
I had one of these in my PC in college was great for catching the news
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>>82016192
Had one in the mid 2000s, rarely got used.
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>>82015428
I'd pay good money for a smartTV with that UI.
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>>82024711
Peak soul.
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>>82016192
Had one in hopes of using the computer screen with analog video consoles, never used it a lot. It required a lot of power, specially when trying to decode something like the old Canal+ or similar. The video in always looked a lot worse than an actual TV.
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>>82015428
Launched it like three times max. It looked really pretty, but turned out to be entirely redundant and useless.
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>>82022501
awww
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>>82015428
I used it all the time to watch and record over-the-air TV until they quit updating the program guide over a year ago. Now every single time I go to the list of channels to pick one, I get a message saying the EPG is out of date then a message saying they've retired the EPG.
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>>82020251
Based, I had a Matrox Marvel.
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I tried, it was kinda pretty but it just wasn't all that useful.
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Maybe I was born too late, but I don't remember anyone using it. Maybe it was a thing in late 90s, but in mid 2000s none of my relatives and friends used it. As a matter of fact, I only recently learned what RSS is and how awesome it is. We have to go back.
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>>82029015
70% of smartphones run Android, so probably over a billion people use Linux.
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>>82016192
yea, i got one for pirating analog paytv. also a bt878-based card like your picture
those old ones without encoders on them were such a pain in the dick
the one i had didn't even have a sound chip on it, so keeping audio in sync was a manual deal, the video can in raw so required a decent machine to save anything
my computer just wasn't powerful enough for comfortable viewing, so it didn't get much use
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>>82029957
And when Google switch over to Fuchsia, it'll be zero and zero.
But don't worry, you'll still have muh web server and muh top500.
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>>82030332
Microsoft is more likely to make Windows based on Linux than fuschia is to succeed
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>>82015428
Everyone that had home entertainment PCs used to use this. It was the best software for that.
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>>82015428
Did XMBC come from this?
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My first computer had that and also a TV antenna that would let you watch regular TV.
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>>82016192
yes. used it to backup vhs
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>>82031754
Nah XMBC/Kodi was a homebrew for the original Xbox
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>>82029022
you WILL use infinitely scrolling websites and look at ads.
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>>82016192
My dad had one hooked up to his P3-based Windows ME computer back in 2001. He would play live TV in a tiny windowed mode and move it to a corner of the screen, then work on stuff or browse the internet with NetZero.
It was mindblowing to see back then. Video playback in the dial-up era was work.
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>>82029015
>Many computer users run a modified version of the Linux Kernel every day, without realizing it.



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