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AppleTV updates: Linux bootloader released, internet radio improved

by Brad Linder, posted Apr 30th 2008 2:33PM
atv-bootloaderThe Unofficial Apple Weblog picked up on two interesting tidbits related to the Apple TV today. First up, the latest software update from Apple includes the ability to listen to internet radio streams. You'll need to connect your Apple TV to a computer with iTunes, and that computer will need to have some streams saved in a playlist.

But the much more exciting news (if you happen to be a big nerd) is that hackers have figured out how to load Linux on an Apple TV. That means if you're a fan of the Apple hardware, but not so much the Apple TV interface, you might be able to turn your box into a MythTV FrontEnd, or even load a port of XBMC, the media center suite originally developed to run on converted Xbox video game systems.

You can find out more about the Linux bootloader at the atv-bootloader page.

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Enabling 30 second skip button on a Comcast TiVo remote

by Brad Linder, posted Jan 30th 2008 6:57PM
Steve Garfield's Comcast TiVo remoteIn every generation there is a chosen key combination. It alone can stand against the commercials, the boring bits, and the forces of TV darkness. It is the hidden 30 second skip button on the TiVo remote control.

While no TiVo unit comes with a 30-second skip button, there's almost always a secret code that will let you turn one of your TiVo buttons into a commercial skipper. For a while it looked like there was no working code for the new Comcast TiVo remote controls, but Chunky Monkey at the AVS forums has posted a method that will reportedly work.

All you have to do is hit the following keys:
  1. Rewind
  2. Slow
  3. Fast Forward
  4. Play
  5. 3
  6. 0
  7. Advance
Now the button with the right arrow under the fast forward button will advance 30 seconds whether you're watching live, recorded, or on-demand programs.

[via TiVo Lovers]

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5 easy TiVo hacks

by Brad Linder, posted May 11th 2007 9:56AM
TiVo Series3People have been hacking their TiVo recorders as long as there have been TiVo boxes. You can add more storage, enhance your networking experience, or make your TiVo remote control a bit more useful.

While some of the more advanced hacks require some technical know-how and some modifications that could potentially leave you with a dead PVR, there are plenty of beginner-level hacks. Our buddy Dave Zatz has compiled his top 5:
  1. Program your TiVo remote control to add a 30-second "commercial skip" button.
  2. Add an extra hard drive or replace your existing hard drive with a larger one (or pay someone to do it for you).
  3. Transfer video to your TiVo box.
  4. Remove the DRM from TiVoToGo programs you've moved from your TiVo to your computer.
  5. Stream AAC, WMA, OGG and MP3 files to your TiVo.
Zatz's article has all the steps you need to take to perform these hacks.

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