Check Out this Windows 7 Media Center Guide

I came across the How-To Geek’s tutorial for Windows 7 Media Center users and I had to share it with you. In this extensive, “complete guide” to the application, you’ll find a collection of tips, tricks and tutorials for using WMC in Windows 7….

I came across the How-To Geek’s tutorial for Windows 7 Media Center users and I had to share it with you. In this extensive, “complete guide” to the application, you’ll find a collection of tips, tricks and tutorials for using WMC in Windows 7. The guide features everything from getting started with your TV Tuner setup to using add-ins like Boxee and so much more. The article is really long, but definitely worth checking out, even if you’re already a Media Center user. You may be surprised to find something you didn’t know!

For example, did you know you can set up event reminders, use parental controls, connect Windows Media Center to Windows Home Server, read RSS feeds in Media Center, or tweet from Media Center?  Those are just a few of the features covered in this detailed guide. You can read the rest of it here.

Backup Outlook Contacts with New, Free Plugin

SyncFriend is an Outlook plugin that lets you back up your contact list online for safe-keeping. After registering for an account with the service, you can back up your contacts lists to the SyncFriend server while also keeping that list updated o…

SyncFriend is an Outlook plugin that lets you back up your contact list online for safe-keeping. After registering for an account with the service, you can back up your contacts lists to the SyncFriend server while also keeping that list updated on your mobile phone, too.

The SyncFriend plugin creates a menu that appears at the top of your Outlook inbox, where you can access your account information as well as start and stop your syncs. If you prefer, you can choose to just sync a specific contact folder to the service, instead of the whole thing.

Other features of this service include mobile clients, address book de-duping and calendar sync between Outlook and your phone. You can register for a free account here.

Windows Phone 7 Prototype Flicks Photos to TV

A prototype Windows Phone 7 was on display at the recent IFA trade show in Berlin. The phone, an LG Optimus 7, was being demonstrated by LG at its booth, streaming DLNA content to a Wi-Fi enabled TV set. LG had worked with Microsoft to create a custom …

A prototype Windows Phone 7 was on display at the recent IFA trade show in Berlin. The phone, an LG Optimus 7, was being demonstrated by LG at its booth, streaming DLNA content to a Wi-Fi enabled TV set. LG had worked with Microsoft to create a custom media-sharing capability for its GW910 handset which involves sharing media content using a “finger flick” gesture.

This preinstalled feature lets users send files from the phone’s media gallery to compatible devices on the same Wi-Fi network with just a flick of their fingers. It doesn’t require any additional applications in order to work, either. Supported file types include 720p HD videos, high-res photos and music files, all of which can be flicked to a TV set or home theater system.

LG says the feature will be embedded in its upcoming LG Optimus 7 smartphones, arriving later this year.

(via/photo credit: Engadget)

7conifier: App to Customize Your Windows 7 Icon Sets

One of the great things about using Windows is the flexibility when it comes to customization options. Although Windows 7 has built-in support for themes, some users want to go a bit further, customizing everything from the Start Menu to the desktop ic…

One of the great things about using Windows is the flexibility when it comes to customization options. Although Windows 7 has built-in support for themes, some users want to go a bit further, customizing everything from the Start Menu to the desktop icons. With Windows, doing so is easy, thanks to integrated options within the OS itself and a number of third-party programs.

One such program is called 7conifier which customizes your Windows 7 icons sets. I recently came across this app thanks to gHacks and I think it’s really fun. Although you can already customize your icons by right-clicking on them and choosing the “Change Icon” option from the Properties –> Shortcut menu, the 7confier program makes it easier to change the entire default icon set at once.

The program comes with three icon sets out of the box, one dark, one light and the default set, which you’ll need if you ever want to change your icons back to their normal state. However, you’re not limited to only these three sets – 7conifier also includes an icon editing program which lets you create your own sets of icons. Plus, you can download icons from the web to use in the program just by placing them in the “packages” folder. The app supports changing the taskbar and Start Menu icons, too.

7conifier is a free app for use on either Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit systems. You can download it from here.

JetPack: A New Silverlight Theme for Web-Based Apps

Tim Heuer and his team recently released a new Silverlight-based theme that could work for any line-of-business or, really, any other Web-based applications in need of a simply laid out and elegant theme. The new theme, called JetPack, is now avai…

Tim Heuer and his team recently released a new Silverlight-based theme that could work for any line-of-business or, really, any other Web-based applications in need of a simply laid out and elegant theme. The new theme, called JetPack, is now available in a bundle with the three others previously released – Accent Color, Windows 7, and Cosmopolitan – all of which are packaged as a free download here.

The themes can be used for the navigation template provided by the Silverlight 4 Tools installer, notes the download page, or can be used within Visual Studio 2010 and/or Expression Blend 4. You can check out a preview of the various styles in JetPack here.