Okay, finally I think I have all the tools and gadgets together now to start my (mobile) multimedia experience (latest on CeBIT).
First I need a Media PC and I think I really found it (finally). If you are a frequent reader of PPCW.Net you know I'm searching for the right one for a quite a long time but German online magazine Golem.de last week revealed information about Shuttles latest project: the "XPC MCE-01" which looks like I can/will place it into the living room:
According to Golem.de, Shuttle will release the XPC MCE-01 at CeBIT next month.
Okay - a Media Center PC is the heart of all and the MCE above looks like it will fulfill my needs - together with Microsoft's Windows Media Center Edition 2005 (which I need to get the full Portable Media Center experience). In addition we will get DVB-T this spring in Munich and I've already "played" with it in Frankfurt where it was launched last fall. Pretty amazing what you can do today via a simple (digital) antenna.
Next are my mobile devices: my Pocket PCs (with WiFi - for sure) as well as my Portable Media Center (Creative Zen) and for sure my Apple iPod gives me the perfect offline access to all/most of my media files while on the go.
However, the recently covered service, provided by Orb gives me the flexibility to access my contents online as well and now it becomes even more interesting since my DSL provider (QSC) is going to launch a new premium high-speed DSL product range: Q-DSL home 1536 and Q-DSL home 2560. The clou is you can change the upstream/downstream availability once a day (for free):
Q-DSL home 1536 downstream/upstream:
- 1024/512 kbit/s
- 768/768 kbit/s
- 512/1024 kbit/s
Q-DSL home 2560 downstream/upstream:
- 2048/512 kbit/s
- 1536/1024 kbit/s
- 512/2048 kbit/s
I think I will opt-in for Q-DSL home 2560 (for a maximum flat fee of 89 Euro per month) with a standard rate of 1536/1024 kbit/s. However, if I'm away from home, like for vacation or a business trips, I can change the upload speed to 2048 kbit/s which will provide enough bandwidth for serious video and audio streaming - from my home PC via Orb to my WiFi equipped Pocket PC or Notebook (I wouldn't use UMTS that much today, thanks to the prohibitive charges). :-D
Yes, finally I'm close to reach one of my mobile data targets - to access my data with any device, anytime, everywhere! The net isn't the computer anymore but my PC is the heard of all. However - the net provides me access to my data - wherever I'm!
I really appreciate the options, technology gives us today. Now it's up to smart companies to package these options to provide a "out of the box" experience for less geeky users. ;-)
Cheers ~ Arne