TiVo Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2003 - Computers - 254 pages

TiVo Hacks helps you get the most out of your TiVo personal video recorder. Armed with just a screwdriver and basic understanding of PC hardware (or willingness to learn), preeminent hackability awaits. This book includes hacks for changing the order of recorded programs, activating the 30-second skip to blaze through commercials, upgrading TiVo's hard drive for more hours of recording, use of TiVo's Home Media Option to remotely schedule a recording via the Web, log in to the serial port for command-line access to programming data, log files, closed-captioning data, display graphics on the TiVo screen, and even play MP3s.

Readers who use advanced hacks to put TiVo on their home network via the serial port, Ethernet, USB, or wireless (with 802.11b WiFi) will watch a whole new world open up. By installing various open source software packages, you can use TiVo for mail, instant messaging, caller-ID, and more. It's also easy to run a web server on TiVo to schedule recordings, access lists of recorded shows, and even display them on a web site. While TiVo gives viewers personalized control of their TVs, TiVo Hacks gives users personalized control of TiVo.

Note: Not all TiVos are the same. The original TiVo, the Series 1, is the most hackable TiVo out there; it's a box thrown together with commodity parts and the TiVo code is running on open hardware. The Series 2 TiVo, the most commonly sold TiVo today, is not open. You won't see hacks in this book that involve modifying Series 2 software.


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The TiVo Shell
Bring the Internet to TiVo
TiVo and the Web
Working with Videos
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Raffi Krikorian currently is the CTO for the Democratic party working on building tools and infrastructure to help amplify the progressive message throughout the United States.Krikorian used to be the director in charge and the software lead at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center. He built a team from 30 academics to over 600 engineers spanning hardware, software, and operations. On September 14, 2016, his team launched the first fleet of passenger carrying, self-driving, and autonomous Ubers into Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Until August 2014, Krikorian was Twitter's VP of Engineering in charge of the Platform, the core infrastructure of Twitter. He managed 500 people who worked on, amongst other things, the business logic, the scalable services, APIs, storage, core libraries, and the internal development model of all of Twitter.Before Twitter, Krikorian used to create technologies to help people frame their personal energy consumption against global energy production (Wattzon - Business Week's "Best Idea" 2008), fueled his television habit through writing "TiVo Hacks" (O'Reilly, August 2003), and also ran a consulting company building off-the-wall projects. At one point, he also used to teach at NYU's ITP (created the class Every Bit You Make) and spent way too much time as a student at MIT and the MIT Media Lab (Internet 0 - Scientific American September 2004).

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