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Leo Laporte's Guide to TiVo with CDROMby Leo Laporte
Synopses & Reviews
Written by Leo Laporte - one o9f the most widely recognized voices in consumer technology today, along with Gareth Branwyn, a veteran "Wired" magazine writer, editor, and book author, this is a fun, light-hearted, easy-to-following guide to all things TiVo. This book covers everything from the simplest remote control trickery, to upgrading hardware, to hacks that give you even more control over your television destiny. Besides not reading like the Federal Tax Code, this book is different from the competition in that we don?t cover every single software and hardware hack available. We only focus on (and clearly describe) the hacks, upgrades, and improvements that most TiVo users are likely to perform. We focus on the things that will make life with your TiVo worth living ? things such as adding a CallerID display to your television, adding a new hard drive, remote control hacks that anyone can perform and adding Web capabilities.
You probably bought your TiVo so that you would never have to miss another baseball game, soap opera or Thursday night sitcom again. It's great at what it does and is much friendlier than your VCR. But did you know that your TiVo is capable of so much more than recording your favorite programs? That is why Leo Laporte, a top voice in consumer technology, and Gareth Branwyn, of Wired magazine, got together to bring you Leo Laporte's Guide to TiVo, a fun, light-hearted and in-depth look at TiVo and all that it is capable of. In this easy-to-follow guide, you will learn remote control trickery, how to upgrade your TiVo hardware, how to add a CallerID display to your television and how to add web capabilities. Take control of your television destiny with Leo Laporte's Guide to TiVo.
About the Author
Leo Laporte has made it his mission to help people master technology since 1984, working as an author, speaker and radio and television broadcaster. He hosted two shows on TechTV and is currently a regular contributor to television programs such as "ABC's World News Now" and "Live with Regis and Kelly."
Gareth Branwyn is a well-known technology journalist and self-proclaimed "reluctant geek." He is writer and editor for Wired, ID and Esquire magazines, and he has written many books on technology topics including Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots and Mosaic Quick Tour (the first World Wide Web book ever published).
Table of Contents
I. TiVo TWEAKING (WARRANTY-FRIENDLY FUN).
1. Which TiVo Is Right for You?
TiVo Buyer’s Guide.
Series 1 Stand-Alone TiVo.
Series 2 Stand-Alone TiVo.
Series 1 DirecTV with TiVo Combo Unit.
Series 2 DirecTV with TiVo Combo Unit.
Series 2 DirecTV HD TiVo.
Other Devices with TiVo.
TiVo Buying Tips.
Which TiVo Service to Buy?
Home Media Feature.
Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS).
Universal Remote Control.
A/V Wireless Transmitter System.
Wireless Phone Jack.
Cable Organizing Systems.
Wired/Wireless Networking Components.
You Say You Want a TiVolution?
2. Getting the Most Out of Your TiVo.
Understanding How TiVo Works.
DirecTV DVR with TiVo.
TiVo’s LBLs (A.K.A. “Little Blinking Lights”).
TiVo Central (or DirecTV Central).
Now Playing on TiVo (Now Playing).
Watch Live TV.
Showcases and TV Guide (Showcases).
Pick Programs to Record.
TiVo Messages and Setup.
Setting Up Your New TiVo.
Media In/Media Out.
Mini-Tutorial on Audio/Visual Tech (or “How to Be an A/V Geek in Minutes!”).
Common Cable/Connector Types.
Other Cable/Connector Types.
Basic TiVo Troubleshooting.
Remote Control Issues.
How to Hook Up More Than One TiVo.
A DVR by Any Other Name….
Now the Fun Can Start….
3. DIY Network Programming.
TiVo Viewing Habits.
Instant Replay (Not Just for Sports).
Fun at the Coliseum (Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?).
”My TiVo Thinks I’m Gay” (and Other Funny TiVo Suggestions Tales).
Thumbs Up for iPreview/TiVoMatic.
WishLists, Advanced and Otherwise.
Enabling Advanced WishLists.
Permanently Enabling Advanced WishLists.
Using Advanced WishLists.
Season Pass Management.
The Semi-Soft Padding Hack.
Other Types of Padding.
Quality Versus Quantity.
Selective Manual Auto-Record.
Funky Space Figurin’.
Turning Your TiVo into a Channel-Changing Robot.
Using “0” in Title/Category Searches.
Live TV: Bad/Now Playing: Good.
Playing The Man Who Fell to Earth: The Home Game.
4. Remote Control Freak.
Found a Peanut.
Controlling Other Devices with Your TiVo Remote.
Remote Control Shortcuts.
Area-Specific Button Functions.
Text-Entry Screens (Search by Title, WishLists).
Undocumented Control Tricks.
A Word About Code Classes.
Select-Play-Select (SPS) Codes.
Miscellaneous Remote Tricks.
TiVo: Save My Place!
My Peanut’s Gone Rotten.
Universal Remote Controls.
Universal Electronics (UEIC) Remotes.
PC Control of UEIC Remotes.
More Remote Control Alternatives.
Universal Remote Buying Tips.
They Can Have My Remote When They Can Pry It….
5. I’m Your Backdoor Code.
Backdoor Codes in Software Versions 1.3 to 3.0.
How to Enable the Code.
Backdoor Codes in Software Versions 3.1 to 4.0.
I’m Gonna Yank That Drive Right Outta My Box….
TiVo Log Files.
Scheduled Suggestions in To Do List.
Enter the Node Navigator.
Change Fast Forward Value for Speed1.
Change Fast Forward Value for Speed2.
Change Fast Forward Value for Speed3.
Scheduled Suggestions in To Do List.
Scheduled Suggestions in To Do List.
Clips on Disk.
Sort the Now Playing List.
Free Space Indicator.
Complete Code List.
Thumbs Up for Team TiVo!
Hittin’ the Hard Stuff.
II. HARDWARE HACKING (MACHINE-MONKEYING MADNESS).
6. Touring Your TiVo: The Hardware.
Getting on TiVo’s Case.
Look at All Them Cool Shiny Parts!
The Not So Central Processing Unit.
Random Access Memory (RAM).
Video Decoding and Encoding.
Edge Connector (Series 1 Only).
The Back Panel.
Other Miscellaneous Parts.
That Concludes Our Tour. Please Exit the Part in an Orderly Fashion..
7. TiVo Hacker’s Toolbox.
Anti-Static Wrist Strap.
Other Miscellaneous Tools.
Computer Repair Kit.
Serious Hardware Hacking Tools.
8. Upgrading Hard Drives.
What Kind of Geek Do You Think You Are?
My TiVo Done Left Me.
It Came from a Kit.
To Replace or to Add? That Is the Upgrade Question.
Replacing a TiVo Drive.
Adding a Second TiVo Drive.
DIY Drive Upgrading.
Upgrading: It’s the Right Thing to Do.
9. Networking Your TiVo.
Networking Your Series 2 TiVo.
Wired TiVo Networking (S2).
Wireless TiVo Networking.
Networking Your Series 1 TiVo.
Wired TiVo Networking (S1 Stand-Alone).
Wired TiVo Networking (S1 DirecTV DVR).
Wireless TiVo Networking (S1 Stand-Alone).
Have Your Machine Call My Machine.
10. Quick ‘n’ Dirty Serial Networking (Series 1).
Some Hardware Required.
Open the Serial Port Doors, Hal!
Don’t Blow the Dismount!
Talk to Me, TiVoGuy!
Establishing a Comm Session.
11. Adding a CacheCARD (Series 1).
Cold, Hard Cache.
Installing the CacheCARD: The Software.
Over a Serial Network.
Over an Ethernet Network Connection.
Installing the CacheCARD: The Hardware.
12. Dark Hardware Hacking Arts.
If a Modem Fries in Cyberspace, Does Anybody Hear It?
Options for Modem Replacement and Repair.
Series 1 Modem Fixes.
DIY Modem Replacement.
Series 2 Fixes.
Pump Up the RAM (Stand-Alone Series 1 Only).
Enabling Caller ID in Hardware.
The Don’t Call It Hardware for Nothin’.
III. SOFTWARE BASHING (PLAYING WITH YOUR PENQUIN).
13. Touring Your TiVo: The Software.
From Ones and Zeros to Tickles and Gooeys.
Mini-Tutorial on the Linux OS.
TiVo and Linux, Sittin’ in a (Directory) Tree.
The Bash Shell.
Tcl (and iTcl).
Media File System (MFS).
Too Much Information!
14. Accessing Your TiVo’s Linux Bash Prompt.
Talking to TiVo via Ethernet.
Opening TiVo to the Net via Serial Network.
Opening TiVo to the Net via a Hard Drive Connect.
What’s That IP Addy Again?
Pinging Our Song.
Telnetting into Bash.
Setting Up an FTP Server on TiVo.
Sending It over Serial.
Transferring It While Upgrading Hard Drives.
It May Already Be Installed!
Get It the Way TiVo Does.
Using Your Built-In Command-Line FTP.
Transferring a File.
Installing Bash’s Little Helpers.
Learning More About Bash.
15. Home Media Feature.
What Is the Home Media Feature?
Who Needs HMF?
Setting Up Your TiVo on the Network.
Wired Network (via Ethernet).
Wireless Network (via WiFi).
Networking TiVos for Multi-Room Viewing.
Installing TiVo Desktop Application.
Working with Music and Photos on TiVo.
”Publishing” Music on the HMF Music Player (Mac).
Playing Music on Your TiVo.
Using The HMF Digital Photos Viewer (Windows).
Using The HMF Digital Photos Viewer (Mac).
Viewing Photos on Your TiVo (Windows and Mac).
Commercial Third-Party Applications.
Picasa Digital Picture Organizer.
Adobe Photoshop Album.
Free Third-Party Applications.
Using JavaHMO (The TiVo Side).
Other Free Third Party Apps.
16. TiVoWeb (Series 1).
What Is TiVoWeb?
How to Install TiVoWeb.
Firing It Up.
Searching, Scheduling, and Recording Shows.
Canceling Scheduled Recordings.
Undeleting a Recorded Program.
Adding Other TiVoWeb Modules.
TiVoWeb on Startup.
The Future of TiVoWeb.
17. Other TiVo Apps.
TiVo Control Station (TCS).
TPOP (TiVo Email).
Deep Geeks Are Doin’ It for Themselves.
On the Web.
Upgrade Kit Suppliers.
Discussion Groups, Blogs, Portals.
TV-Related Web Sites.
B: Common Linux Commands.
C: About the CD-ROM.
Contents of the Disc.
Installing and Using the CD.
Copying the Unix Binary Files.
Using MFS Tools.
Using the Applications on the CD.
What Our Readers Are Saying
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