Sean Portnoy

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as an online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

Sean Portnoy is a freelance technology journalist; currently, all work that Sean does is on a contractural basis. Sean has also written corporate communications documents for CA.Sean does not accept gifts from companies he covers. All hardware products he writes about are purchased with his own funds or are review units covered under formal loan agreements and are returned after the review is complete.

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With Power Pack 2, Windows Home Server Finally Embraces Media Center

With Power Pack 2, Windows Home Server Finally Embraces Media Center

[Update: Thanks to the reader who pointed out that Windows Home Server doesn't load on your Media Center PC, but will communicate with it through the Media Center Connector app.]When Microsoft first released its Windows Home Server (WHS) OS, it seemed like a strong linkage between it and Windows Media Center would be one of the first things the company would have wanted to include.

March 24, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Could the latest LaCie LaCinema Classic HD streaming media device be The One?

Could the latest LaCie LaCinema Classic HD streaming media device be The One?

Unless Apple decides to make Apple TV as irresistible as it's made the iPod and iPhone, it's still anybody's game when it comes to the streaming media device that could capture the living rooms (and the HDTVs installed within) of the masses. There are cheap streamers, slightly less cheap streamers with wireless connections, Blu-ray players with streaming capabilities, and hard drive-based solutions.

November 29, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Pioneer's Project ET networked entertainment concept phones home (theaters)

Pioneer's Project ET networked entertainment concept phones home (theaters)

After bailing out of the plasma HDTV market, Pioneer seemed destined to selling Blu-ray players and A/V receivers, but it has a bigger idea in mind with its Entertainment Tap (or Project ET) networked concept player. At its heart, it's a streaming media box that plays files from your networked PCs on your HDTV as well as offering online services like Netflix's on-demand video.

September 12, 2009 by in Enterprise Software