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Media Centre for Wii
Media Centre for Wii

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spend your money elsewhere, 30 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Media Centre for Wii (CD-ROM)
When this product was announced, I was thrilled: finally an application for the Wii that turns it into the one thing it was falling short in: a media centre.
I saw it announced on several boards and checked the manufacturer's website. I was happy to see that they had experience building such programs, so I got confident and ordered it as a pre-order.
I received it only a few days after it was released and tried installing it.
Installation went fine, then I started scanning designated directories. And I waited... And waited...
Then I waited some more. The application crashed and died. Upon restarting the application, all directories I had entered in the application for scanning had vanished, so I had to enter them again.
Started scanning.... And waited....
After several attempts, I deinstalled the software and reinstalled again.
Scanning.... Crash...
I left the software to rot on my desk for a couple of days and emailed support at x-oom.
Several days later I discovered there was an update available, so I downloaded and installed it. Upon scanning a single directory with only a few pictures in them, so as not to upset the Media Server too much, I realised I was seeing a progress bar that had never been there in the first place. "Great," I thought "It's finally working." By then my frustration of support never mailing me back had disappeared: they probably had fixed my issues but forgot to mail me about it. Happens...
By then I had grown confident and tried to add a folder of music files. That's where I met an old friend of mine: the Eternal Wait soon followed by his close relative, the Horrific Crash.

It's several weeks later now, a couple of more attempts and even more updates from my silent friends at X-oom. When the software DOES add media files, it's slower than my dead grandmother. I can not delete testdirectories I added. New directories cause it to crash on scanning.
It is obviously a MySQL database, but why does it have to be so slow? It's sure not putting every single media file in the db, is it? I have been a programmer for the past eleven years, but this piece of %&%^&!* would have gotten me fired. I can not fathom why this does not work, the task it has to perform is no rocket science but it fails miserably in every aspect.

Overall: STAY AWAY! Spend your money elsewhere, buy your wife some flowers, give it to the homeless, but do..Not..Spend..It..On..This..Piece...Of... You know...
Discovered Orb and it worked first time. Should have done that right away.
Bye X-oom, it could have been so great.

Edit on March 20 2008:
I finally found out what makes it crash so often upon scanning files: when scanning for movie files you can select what kind of movie files to look for, .avi, .mpg and a third one which I can not remember right now. If you scan a directory that does not contain one of the selected filetypes, Media Centre -will- crash. Uncheck all filetypes that are not in that directory, then let it scan that directory. Media Centre will finish its scanning and it will add those movies to the database.
It's a simple error that should never have gotten past quality control.


Maisy's Farm [DVD]
Maisy's Farm [DVD]
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £14.97

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maisy's farm, 19 April 2005
This review is from: Maisy's Farm [DVD] (DVD)
Maisy's farm, featuring all of Maisy's friends in a couple of stories that will keep your toddler entertained for hours.
My two year old, who is not simple to entertain, loves Maisy no end. He will put the DVD in player himself, turn on the TV and sit on the couch with the RC for hours on end. He is even learning new words from watching this DVD.
Maisy rules for my little boy. Highly recommended...


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