‘Back Row’ project attempts to mimic Apple’s Front Row for Windows

“Apple FrontRow provides a basic media experience including Music, Photos, DVD, and Video. They don’t even match the functionality provided by the initial MCE (Microsoft Windows Media Center) release,” Casey Chesnut writes for brains-N-brawn. “Lack of TV recording is the biggest missing feature. Its only ‘innovation’ is the 6 button remote control. To get a good idea of its UI and its feature set I looked at the short videos on Apple’s website and the press release video at news.com. This work was done by reverse engineering from the videos, I have never touched an iMac (or an iPod) in person … nor would I ever want to. If I can’t program it … then what’s the point?”

Chesnut provides screenshots comparing Apple’s Front Row to his “backRow” along with some videos of “backRow” in use via – naturally – Windows Media Player in his full article here.

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MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, Macs can be “programmed” – just not by Chesnut. You’d think Chesnut would want to touch and learn how to program the Mac, since Windows is the preeminent example of a Mac derivative. He’d probably be able to make a better copy of Front Row if he actually tried it, instead of just looking at online videos. The irony, of course, is that Chesnut is making an Apple Front Row derivative to run on the Mac derivative Windows. Mac users sit in the front row of the innovation train, Windows users sit in caboose’s back row. Microsoft’s Windows is the Velvet Elvis to Apple Mac’s Mona Lisa.

You want the real thing? Get a Mac. You want a backwards, upside-down, several-versions-old fake Mac on ugly hardware that also runs viruses, spyware, adware, and other assorted malware? Get a Windows PC.

Related articles:
Mac enthusiast Web site offers Front Row, Photo Booth to all Mac users – November 01, 2005
Apple’s brilliant, deceptively simple Front Row software has a bright future and raises questions – October 28, 2005
Apple’s Front Row hits torrent sites, video showing application running on Mac mini – October 25, 2005
Analyst: ‘media companies will call Apple to strike deals, Front Row is Media Center done right’ – October 12, 2005
NY Times’ Pogue: Apple’s iMac G5 with sleek, virus-free, spyware-free OS earns place in living room – October 20, 2005
Apple’s new iMac G5, iTunes 6, iPod video designed to bait Hollywood – October 13, 2005
Apple’s Front Row with Apple Remote and iMac G5: media center done right – October 12, 2005
Apple’s Front Row with Apple Remote and iMac G5: media center done right – October 12, 2005
Apple introduces new thinner iMac G5 with built-in iSight video camera, ‘Front Row’ media experience – October 12, 2005

25 Comments

  1. “I have never touched an iMac (or an iPod) in person … nor would I ever want to.”

    So, basically I’m an unqualified idiot on this subject but I’m love with my blatant stupidity. I read press releases and watch web videos, hop on a soap box and spew oral dysentery to anyone dumb enough to follow along.
    – Mental Casey Chesnut, Outpatient-at-large

  2. ok, he’s never touched an imac to see frontrow in person, he says it doesn’t compare to windows media center, but copies it. why? if frontrow is inferior to wmc then why make a copy of it? i’ve heard of penis envy, but this is a whole new class: frontrow envy.

  3. it was just a guy with a little bit of time trying out some cool new tech on windows and was able to get a prototype of front row put together in a short time. what’s wrong with that? he probably learned a lot of stuff about programming and did a pretty good job. stop the hate, its just for fun.

  4. “ok, he’s never touched an imac to see frontrow in person, he says it doesn’t compare to windows media center, but copies it. why?”

    And he made a very poor copy at that. From his article:
    “the main menu starts out as colored panels because video playback is where i have video driver problems.”

    Gee driver problems on Windows, imagine that. Why not save everyone the grief and GET the real thing? He’s probably uses Mac OS X skins on his PC too. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

  5. This guy can’t even create a decent website – and I’m supposed to think his programming is any better? And, his grammar and punctuation are even worse.

    Is it only me, or did the site take forever (over 5 minutes) to download? Not a very professional presentation, IMHO. I’d also like to know where the FrontRow images came from (copyright, anyone?) if he’s never touched an iMac in person?

    Goes to figure, though, his Windows buddies are impressed, at least it appears so from the comments on his site.

  6. “If I can’t program it … then what’s the point?”

    The point is to USE it and enjoy it, idiot… to take advantage of someone elses higher and way better skills… I can’t program on a Mac either, but I have a great time using it… Hey! I bet you drive a car, right? But you didn’t design and build it, so why are you using it?… That’s the point.

    (and you obviously can’t build or design a website either, that’s why you take advantage of other peoples skills and you use something that somebody else has designed or built, or programmed, or whatever…)

    God! people are idiots out there!

  7. If I can’t program it … then what’s the point?”

    i think that should read “if i don’t know how to program it”

    and yeah his website sucks, “backrow” is the ugliest thing i’ve seen. you think people would want that as their media center control? i guess if you don’t know any better ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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