Windows 10 drives users to MediaPortal alternative


The release of Windows 10 spelled the end for Media Center. It wasn’t unexpected, users have known it was coming for a while, as Microsoft had ceased developing the service. That didn’t make the loss any easier for the loyal following of HTPC users.

From Microsoft’s abandonment, other businesses grow. MediaPortal, which has been a solid solution for quite some time now is one. Though, other options for Media Center refugees also exist.

MediaPortal announces an influx of new downloads since Microsoft’s latest operating system release. “The Team MediaPortal notices an increase of downloads of both MediaPortal 1 and MediaPortal 2 at the time when Windows 10 update started to be delivered. Besides the raw numbers, there is also a trend regarding download origins: now the United States are on top with 30 percent”, the organization announces.

MediaPortal 1 and 2 are separate versions that bring different things to the user. You’ll need to decide which you’d prefer to go with. The website will describe each. Both are free, though.

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Removing the 140-character limit from Direct Messages

If you’ve checked your Direct Messages today, you may have noticed that something’s missing: the limitation of 140 characters. You can now chat on (and on) in a single Direct Message, and likely still have some characters left over.

While Twitter is largely a public experience, Direct Messages let you have private conversations about the memes, news, movements, and events that unfold on Twitter. Each of the hundreds of millions of Tweets sent across Twitter every day is an opportunity for you to spark a conversation about what’s happening in your world. That’s why we’ve made a number of changes to Direct Messages over the last few months. Today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.

You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter. In a word, nothing. Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today, rich with commentary as well as photos, videos, links, Vines, gifs, and emoji. So, start working on those sonnets.

We’ll begin rolling out this change today across our Android and iOS apps, on, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac. It will continue to roll out worldwide over the next few weeks. If you can’t wait to try out longer Direct Messages, be sure you’re using the latest versions of our apps so you get the update right away. Sending and receiving Direct Messages via SMS will still be limited.

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How the idea came up

The idea of a git file system was conceived out of the need of users to make small changes to the project the developers were working on. Lacking the prior knowledgeneeded in order to use a version control system, these modifications were bringing nightmares to the development team and a solution was needed. Now you have thepossibility of organizing everything into commits yourself with this FUSE file system for git.

See how we’re using it →

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