Show Us Your Tech - Mark Pendergrast Edition

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If there's any geek in you at all, you've probably put together a combination of technology that fits your lifestyle and personality, whether it's a modest MP3 player and speaker dock, or an executive server room like Bob Muglia rocks. From Scott Hanselman's crib to Hakan Olsson's big TV, to Ori Amiga's Mesh Mobile, geeks love their tech.

Today we take a look at Mark Pendergrast's house, a 1920s home in Seattle. Mark is Senior Product Manager of Windows Home Server so of course his renovated basement and "Guinness Cam" are tied together through his Home Server. Check it out and tell us whose home setup you'd like to see next.

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    Googleman81

    really enjoyed this, even some of the furniture looked interesting and the 60 inch screen is almost as close as you can get to the movies without going to the movies. the one thing thats still kinda annoying though is the mile long cable chaos necessary to have all this stuff work together, if only something like the power mat technology would already be a lot further in development. Cool

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    boii5

    I liked this. Nice house and setup. I have a similar setup though I gave up all my old tech like stereo receiver and such. I use a HP DEC as my home theatre. Various tuners and HDhomerun units handle DVR tasks. And my Windows Home Server streams TV, movies, music and pictures to any PC and TV in the house (sorry no Macs... yet). Unfortunately, I don't have a basement "Area 51" room like Mark does. My router sits in the pantry and everything else is in a rack enclosure in the garage (aka Batcave). I suspect everyone who works at Microsoft has a "Pendergrast" setup in their homes. It should be a company policy. ;-p

     

    Question: Can two Home Servers work together on the same home network? Will the Console know which Home Server is which?

     

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    TinaIsHot

    This video rocked!  I loved all of the detail and how there was a step-by-step flow around the house.

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    HiDef

    This is quite depressing, especially considering he is a senior PM for WHS. I know people with more technology in their bathroom then he has in his entire house. Obviously Mark isn’t very passionate about technology. The wiring and hardware mounting, or lack thereof, is downright embarrassing. Apparently Mark hasn’t heard of a structured media cabinet or a 19” rack. He should have called in a customer integrator to clean up that mess before giving a behind the scenes tour. At a minimum I was expecting MC clients/extenders throughout the house and a HP TouchSmart PC in the kitchen. And MAC's in an MS home... blasphemy! Not the best promotional material for MS.

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    makutaku

    It seems he has better priorities than to setup his house to show off to arrogant fools like you.  You don't deserve to see one frame of this video. Get a life!

     

     

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