Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th May 2012 20:23 UTC
Internet Explorer "Microsoft is currently testing a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 on its Xbox 360 console, according to our sources. The Xbox 360 currently includes Bing voice search, but it's limited to media results. Microsoft's new Internet Explorer browser for Xbox will expand on this functionality to open up a full browser for the console. We are told that the browser will let Xbox users surf all parts of the web straight from their living rooms." So, when did browsing on your TV turn into something that isn't useless?
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RE: Usufulness
by ephracis on Fri 11th May 2012 10:33 UTC in reply to "Usufulness"
ephracis
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2007-09-23

There's downsides and upsides to having a browser on a TV. Here's my story:

I read this article on my TV and now I am writing this reply from the comfort of my couch.

I have a 42" TV located about 3 meters from my couch. I have the zoom set at 175% in the browser and have increased the DPI in Windows 7. Screen resolution is set to max so my HD movies look as good as they can.

So, here's the backside:

Some applications don't care about DPI or let me change font settings (photoshop, winamp, foxit for example). I can most of the time see the content, but the font in the chrome is unreadable.

Some website lock down the font size. LinkedIn do this. It is also a problem whenever I stumble upon website that use Facebook comments for their articles. When I zoom in the website their articles get larger but the text in the Facebook comments stay at the same small, unreadable size.



A few years ago I used my PS3 as my main "media experience" on the TV. I really tried to make it work, but it never cut it. The browser was horrible, slow, didn't have tabs (only windows). The music player didn't have a search function, it couldn't play all my video files (like my HD mkv files) without me having to do some serious conversion or try to find a DLNA compatible server with on-the-fly conversion.

I gave up, I took some spare parts and built a cheap computer, hooked it up to the TV and installed Windows 7 on it. I have a bluetooth keyboard and mouse which works fine in the whole room (even at the dinner table which is located in the other corner of the room). I can write documents, surf the web, watch movies, listen to music, even do some web programming when I feel like it. All with comfort.

That's my experience.

Now, off to continue through the day's RSS feed with a cup of coffee.

Cheers!

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