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Comment Re:Compustick (Score 1) 81 81

I already laid one cat5e Ethernet cable all the way from my master phone socket to my PC upstairs when I got FTTC broadband installed. I don't care to repeat the experience. :-) It was a nightmare drilling a hole through the floor and now that we've got it done I'm not in the mood to drill any more.

Frankly, given the (rather depressing) answers here, I'm thinking the best option is me buying a laptop. I use WiFi to copy data between it and my PC, plug the keyboard/mouse into it on my coffee table, and use one of the various wireless audio/video options for casting the laptop to the TV.

Comment Re:Compustick (Score 1) 81 81

Based on this review, actually, I think I'll give the Compute Stick a miss. The fundamental problem is that it tries to cram a whole PC on a USB stick, with predictably dodgy results. I have a whole fully-powered PC sitting upstairs - I just need to forward its video/audio downstairs, and my keyboard/mouse input upstairs!

Comment Re:I wish! (Score 1) 81 81

- Wireless HDMI (can be expensive to get low latency, doesn't do anything for peripherals)
- Wireless USB hub (can be expensive last I checked, no clue how good it actually is)

I'm starting to think that using these two in tandem is the best I'm gonna get. Ideally there would be a product that bundled them up into one high-quality WiFi connection, but I'm not seeing such a product sadly.

Comment Re:OBS (Score 1) 81 81

Otherwise, why not just use what you already have and set up network shares on the PC?

Because I'm thinking of more interactive things that just video, in addition. Like browsing the web and doing email stuff. Maybe even some Visual Studio development. It can just be nicer doing that in the living room on a comfy sofa with the TV than in the study.

Comment Re:Have you looked at Roku? (Score 1) 81 81

There are some issues in what you want to do. Some free video sites go to great lengths to prevent you from watching them on a TV

This solution would involve streaming the video from the PC onto the TV. If it can be streamed onto the PC, it could be streamed onto the TV. I'm not really seeing the problem there.

Basically I'm looking for a solution that would be just like plugging a laptop into a TV, but instead, it's wirelessly connecting a desktop (probably using WiFi).

Comment Re:It seemed too good to be true... (Score 2) 248 248

The UI in 10 does look nice

That just goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As far as I can tell, EVERYTHING has become a monochrome "white-on-dark" or "black-on-white" mid-90's style WordArt icon, to the point where you can't tell some of them apart. They look butt ugly. Why UX people these days think that removing colour from the icons/glyphs, an important visual clue as to the icon's meaning, is beyond me. I'll keep my colourful Windiows 7, thanks. It doesn't run on a mobile phone, but I don't need or want it to.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Wireless PC-to-TV solution? 1 1

jez9999 writes: I have a slightly unusual requirement. I don't want to use some console like an Xbox, Steam Machine, etc. I just have a desktop PC which I use for most of the stuff I do (gaming, video, work, etc.), and it's upstairs. From time to time, I'd like to use it downstairs.

Is there a wireless solution that will let me take control of the PC from downstairs, using the TV (HDMI) as the screen, and the TV's speakers to replace my desktop speakers? Ideally there would be a wireless transmitter in the PC, and a downstairs wireless receiver box into which I could plug the keyboard, mouse, and of course, the TV via an HDMI cable. Obviously Bluetooth wireless peripherals won't do for this as there's no line of sight between downstairs and the upstairs PC, and besides, I prefer wired peripherals anyway which I can actually plug in to something (no battery recharging needed).

Comment Re:All your data r belong to us! (Score 1) 255 255

This is exactly the instinctive worry I had about Windows 10, and why I probably won't be touching it with a barge pole.

They abuse the Windows 7 update system to spam a free upgrade to Windows 10 in the system tray (it took me a registry hack to remove the damn thing!) - what's the catch? Looks like the catch is, your data won't be safe, they'll serve up advertising in distracting Metro Live tiles, and they'll ruin the user interface into the bargain by designing it for mobile phones.

Glad I'm sticking with Win7 and Linux. I won't switch unless I'm absolutely forced to.

If you didn't have to work so hard, you'd have more time to be depressed.