Posted by Daniel Tonks on June 29, 1999 at 1:00 AM
New remote review:
I've added my review
pre-programmed remote control.
The SC-595 features an RF transcever for through-the-wall control of up to
10 infared-based components including DVD and WebTV devides plus a really neat button
Three month "new server" anniversary: For anyone who's been following Remote Central since before April,
you'll remember the horrible server we were located on. Slow during the day (often to the point
of 3 or 4kb/sec for users on a T1 connection) with 48 hour weekend outage, it was the third such
outage near the end of March that began my search for a new provider. On March 29th, three
months ago today, I switched Remote Central to service from Superuser
Networks. Since then, things have been a whole lot better (now if only the ad agency
would get their act together). So, anyone looking for a good virtual server should take a look at
Superuser Networks. They've got packages starting from $9.95 per month with no setup fee for
100mb, unlimited transfers, five email accounts and lots more. Please note, I have not been asked
to make this recommendation nor do I get anything for referrals. I say this only because
I am pleased with the service.
Pronto files: A new system CCF file from
Chris Bain, plus an updated one from
Brian Porter. Also available is a new utility from
Jeroen Sonnemans, CCF Panels, which will generate
pages of buttons from codes you drag-and-drop from ProntoUtil. Useful when you're hunting for
discrete codes and don't want to spend the time creating individual buttons and pasting
codes in ProntoEdit. There's still more: IRDatabase by Manuel Duarte,
a program for adding your own IR codes to ProntoEdit's database. I'm quite surprised by the number
of innovative utilities coming out for the Pronto - if you're aware of any others be sure
to let me know!
DVD review: Just one for today, on the 1999 version of Alice
in Wonderland. Expect more this week.
RC5000 Setup tip: Ron Brinksma has discovered an
interesting "feature" in RC5000 Setup (the Marantz version of ProntoEdit). If you add
the line developer = 1 to the [developer]
section of Pronto.ini (located in c:\windows) a new option will be added under the File menu -
Save Configuration in Intermediate Format. This appears to save the current CCF as a
plain readable text file - which should be handy for someone out there... surely? This
same "feature" doesn't seem to work in ProntoEdit.
New cutting-edge remote includes dedicated Netflix button, RF control.