Who says there are no second acts?
Last year, I reported with great remorse the demise of The Green Button, a six-year-old user community specializing in Windows Media Center.
For reasons I didn't understand (and still don't), Microsoft had acquired the site years earlier and then abruptly decided to shut it down. The only saving grace was that many of the user forums were moved to The Windows Experts Community, ultimately landing in the Windows Entertainment and Connected Home section.
Much as I treasured The Green Button as a resource, I didn't make that move myself. I didn't like the look or format of the Experts Community, and the whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth.
So imagine my delight in discovering that The Green Button has been reborn. Once again there's an active place to ask questions, share information, discover new add-ons, read reviews, and vent frustrations (because, let's face it, Windows Media Center can be frustrating).
Much like its predecessor, the new Green Button offers active forums on all things WMC: software, tuners, extenders (like the Xbox 360), Windows 8, and so on.
It's also newly partnered with Ceton Corp., makers of the InfiniTV series of tuners, so you'll find some just-added forums devoted to Ceton's apps and hardware.
Suffice it to say, if you're a Windows Media Center user, you'll definitely want to bookmark this site. And spread the word, because the more people who join (or rejoin) the community, the better it will be.
Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at firstname.lastname@example.org, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums. Sign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.