Controlling your media center from your mobile phone

6630 controlling MCE
Salling Clicker is this fantastic program that lets you control your presentations from your mobile phone. It will show you a preview of your next slide on the phone’s screen and works very well through bluetooth.

Salling Clicker consist of a small program that you install on your Mac or Windows machine and a client software that you install on your mobile phone or PDA. It can communicate through bluetooth or WLAN.

By default it can control a range of players and softwares on your computer. It can also be extended with third party plugins.

It controls Windows Media Player very well. Because WMP is the basis for Windows Media Center Edition it will actually also control the music module of your media center very well.

According to the forum over at the developer are working on a special module for Windows Media Center Edition as well.

Currently only one client can be connected at any time. If you connect with a new phone or PDA while another is already connected it will automatically disconnect the other one. I would really like to see a possibility for connecting several clients.

Salling Clicker seems like a very well built program, and connecting the devices was extremely easy.

First I tested it by controlling the music in my media center through WLAN and a Toshiba e805 PDA. No problem.

So I bought a cheap USB based bluetooth device and connected it to my Media Center. It installed immediately without having to add any drivers. One minute later, and I can controll my the music in my media center from my Nokia 6630. Nice.

Looking forward to that native MCE support in Salling Clicker!

…and now I have to start playing around with a connection from Salling Clicker to Girder to give myself complete control of my media center from my Nokia…

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Controlling your media center from your mobile phone

Essential listening

Chris AndersonEven if you’re not too interested in media centers, this edition of the media center show podcast is essential listening. Ian Dixon has interviewed Chris Anderson. They talk about the long tail and how it will change the media industry.

There are three things that are driving the long tail content:
– The democratization of production
(cheap production tools)

– The democratization of distribution
(the internet)

– The connection of supply and demand
(the search engines)

…you learn about these issues and a lot more over at The Media Center Show. Listen to it directly in the web page or transfer to your MP3-player.

And while I am mentioning essential listening you should also load your iPod with this little gem:

How to Do Precisely the Right Thing at All Possible Times

This is important stuff — it explains why we’re socially willing to commit nigh-infinite social resources to fighting terrorism, though statistically, terrorist attacks almost never happen…. …it explains why people buy lottery tickets. It explains a great deal about many kinds of human activity. This is both sensible and entertaining audio.”.

Link to article and MP3-clip on BoingBoing.

Loic Lemur and Joi Ito
And if that’s not enough, you find a great little video clip of a conversation between Loic Lemur and Joi Ito over here. They talk about games, creative commons and the media industry. Some very interesting thoughts on the future of media there as well.

There’s a lot of things happening right now and there’s a lot of people out there that is kind enough to share their thoughts!

And when you head out to buy Chris Anderson’s book “The Long Tail” you can support by using this link:
The Long Tail : Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More

The Long Tail : Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More

Essential listening