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This book provides a central, readable, and detailed guide to upgrading, maintaining, and enhancing TiVo systems. Most of the procedures described in the book can be done by anyone who is comfortable with opening and upgrading their computer system. Hacking the Tivo explains how to install new hardware, freely obtain the software used in upgrades, and how to upgrade TiVo from any Linux or Windows PC. This book also contains other chapters that provide detailed operating system and hardware upgrade information for...

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Overview

This book provides a central, readable, and detailed guide to upgrading, maintaining, and enhancing TiVo systems. Most of the procedures described in the book can be done by anyone who is comfortable with opening and upgrading their computer system. Hacking the Tivo explains how to install new hardware, freely obtain the software used in upgrades, and how to upgrade TiVo from any Linux or Windows PC. This book also contains other chapters that provide detailed operating system and hardware upgrade information for more experienced users who are comfortable working with system software and operating systems. The book explains how to obtain the operating system source code, how to build and enhance the operating system, and how to log in on and use the TiVo as a computer system. In addition to the valuable content within this book, with its purchase comes a CD that includes the following: •Utilities for backing up and restoring TiVo disks. •Utilities for creating and blessing new disks for the TiVo. •Utilities for cloning existing TiVo disks. •A utility for enabling backdoors on current TiVo Series 2 systems. •Pre-packaged sets of Linux utilities for Series 1 and Series 2 TiVos. No more searching the web and rolling your own. •Pre-packaged cross-compilers that produce TiVo binaries on Linux systems. Both Series 1 and Series 2 compilers are included. •Popular TiVo-side servers such as TiVoWeb, an FTP daemon, and a Telnet daemon, ready to run on Series 1 and Series 2 TiVos.

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Ask anyone who owns one: TiVo will change your life. And that’s before you discover just how much more it can really do. There’s a full-fledged Linux computer in there, and its potential is nearly unlimited. Ready to void your warranty? Get out your Torx screwdrivers, get Hacking the TiVo, and let’s get going.

First, there’s backdoor mode, which enables nifty features like Advanced Wishlists. (It extends the basic TiVo wishlist feature with complex searching. Want to record only Star Trek: The Next Generation shows with Wil Wheaton in them? No sweat.) In most TiVos, backdoor mode merely requires a secret code (thoughtfully provided here); newer machines require some messing with hardware (also covered in detail).

That’s just the beginning. TiVos use standard-issue PC hard drives, so adding capacity is a (relatively) simple matter of adding or swapping hard drives. You can put your TiVo on your home PC network and display your instant messages -- or even Caller ID info -- right on your TV screen. You can use your Palm PDA as your TiVo remote control. There’s even software that lets you schedule TiVo recordings from anywhere, using your web browser.

That software, TiVoWeb, is on the accompanying CD-ROM. So is pretty much every TiVo software add-on and hacking tool you're ever likely to need, from closed-captioning software to backup/restore tools. And you thought your TiVo was just an appliance. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592001118
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/30/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

William von Hagen has been a Unix system administrator since 1982, working on and maintaining computer hardware, operating systems, and system software. In that time, he has worked as a system administrator, systems programmer, software developer, development manager, computing facilities operations manager, writer, documentation manager, and content manager. He has been a Linux fan since 1993, and has used almost every commercial Linux distribution on the x86, PPC, and SPARC platforms. Bill is an established writer, having written three computer books, including "Hacking the TiVo" (Premier Press, 1592001114). He is well-known as an expert on PowerPC Linux systems (such as the TiVo), having written articles and reviews on this subject for Linux Format magazine (UK) and a column on this topic for Maximum Linux magazine. He has written articles for publications including Linux Magazine, Mac Tech Magazine, Mac Home Magazine, Mac Directory, and many others.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1 - Know Your TiVo Chapter 2 - TiVo Tips and Tricks Chapter 3 - Exploring Your TiVo Hardware Chapter 4 - The Hacker's Toolchest of TiVo Tools Chapter 5 - Backing Up and Restoring TiVo Data Chapter 6 - Expanding Your TiVo's Storage Capacity Chapter 7 - Connecting the Universe to Your TiVo Chapter 8 - Working With Your TiVo from Windows and Macintosh Systems Chapter 9 - Linux and the TiVo Chapter 10 - Getting and Installing New Software for Your TiVo Chapter 11 - Other TiVo Hacking Resources

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2003

    Tivo for Beginners

    this book is only recomended to people who have extremely high knowlege of computers. Such as programming. Got it as a gift and returned it due to difficulty

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