So, the folks at The Inquirer have done it again. An article about MCE, without knowing the first thing about the product. Below are some nice quotes from the aritcle. Oh, ya. These are the same guys who had an article last year about how MCE was scrapped. Not 3 weeks later MCE 2004 was released, so don't read into, or believe any of this trash.
"In fact, since MC05 is just a tweaked version of XP Home" - Wrong. MCE has always been a superset of XP Pro. I don't see that changing.
"...also comes with Media Center 10" - Media Player 10, Likely
"There will be no upgrade path available unless your manufacturer says so" - Different from MCE 2004? Nope
"we return to the fact that it is based on XP Home," - Again, Nope.
"The PC will not connect to a domain and will not allow you to do any of the other tricks that XP Pro offers" - Nope.
"One other thing that surprised me is the wireless support...." - Shocking. Its XP. I wouldn't take this guys word for anything.
"The fact that it only supports 802.11a or g was the shocking bit. Notice that there is not 802.11b on that list." - This guy got a list? Did he read it, from the looks of the article I would say not.
"Overall, it looks like Media Center 2005 is a step forward" - Although your reporting is another step back.
"The DRM in the older MC PCs is scary" - Please
"The way MS implemented DRM is simply inexcusable, they caved into the draconian money grubbing ways of the content providers at your expense" - CGMS-A, right? HBO implemented it, right? Nothing to do with MS or MCE.
"I can't recommend Media Center in any way, shape or form" - Wonder why? Maybe that you have no idea on earth what you are talking about could have something to do with it.
[On wireless subject] "While the cost of a g part is next to nothing, if you have an non-upgradable MC04 box, or an older media center extender, you are SOL." - Since when are these PC's non-upgradable? Since when are there "older" Media Center Extenders?
"Oh well, if you buy a first generation product, things like this are what you tend to get." - He must be talking about .11b WiFi routers, which have been around for how long?
[On "movie finder" subject] "they do make it seem like it will support non-MS services" - Since when is MS the backbone for the feeds sent into MCE. The guide comes directly from Zap2it.com! I have no idea about the "movie finder", but just another case of bad reporting.
Microsoft Media Center 2005 DRM is draconian