Archive for the 'TiVo' Category

Playing with the TiVoHD and misc.

August 23, 2008

I’ve been playing with my TiVoHD. It has had a big impact on my life as it played a role in reacquainting me with old friends.

I used the TiVo desktop to move an HD recording of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to my server. I was able to watch it on my 30 inch monitor in my basement. Nice. Although my flagship machine manged this with no problem, another machine I have choked. This is very annoying. It is a 1.6 GHz dual core and it chokes on everything. It’s kind of useless. I’m not sure if it is the computer or if it is the fact that it’s running Vista. The flagship machine runs XP.

Anyhow, I like the idea of being able to watch HD shows down there. I’m not sure that it needs to be on my best computer though. I’m thinking that it might be time to build a new computer. As a stopgap, I’m using the quadcore that’s plugged into my HDTV to move the files to the server.

I am also playing with a wireless microphone and I bought a new webcam too. I’ll probably have more to say about that stuff in the future.

I feel like I needed to get some words going here, it’s been more than a little sparse lately.

TiVo: death and life.

January 30, 2008

Last night, our one remaining TiVo died.  It started rebooting and then quit.  I opened it up and tested the drives.  They worked so it’s the board.  I have another TiVo that I had deactivated so I reformatted the drives for that newer box.  I just called TiVo and they switched the service over for me without any trouble.  So my kids will be very happy tomorrow.  My 5 year old has completely mastered TiVo.  She watches TV entirely differently from a normal human being.  When she sees something funny, she’ll rewind the scene 4 or 5 times before continuing the show.  Crazy.  When the TiVo broke, she brought down the remote and put it on my desk (thinking that the TiVo was entirely self contained in the remote).  Someday, it will be.

I had hacked both of my TiVos with significantly bigger drives.  I felt quite nostalgic as I did it again this evening.  The new/old box sports 2 160 GB drives that were limited to 132 GB in the old box.  Now they are free to be used at full capacity.  This will give me well over 300 hours of programming or I should say give my kids that much.  I’m only going to put a few documentaries on it for downloading to my computer for watching while I walk on the treadmill.

My main DVR for my HDTV is a stupid cable box.  Someday I’ll get a TiVo Series III for that TV too, maybe this summer.  After 4 years of happy TiVoing, why quit now?