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View TiVo Series2 Now Playing lists in Safari Other Hardware
If you have a TiVo Series2 box on the same local network as your Mac, you can view the Now Playing list in any web browser. Safari is the easiest, due to its use of Rendezvous/Bonjour Bookmarks. With the Bonjour Bookmarks enabled in Safari's preferences, you should see the name of your TiVo as a Bookmark in the Bonjour Collection. If you double-click it, it will take you to a page that says "Congratulations! You've successfully connected your TiVo box to your home network" and the URL should look something like this:


Change the http:// to https:// and change index.html to nowplaying/index.html:


When you visit that page, you may encounter a certificate error that you can ignore, and you will be prompted with a login window. Enter tivo as the login and your 10-digit Media Access Key, or MAK, as the password.

You will reach a web page titled Now Playing that lists all the programs currently in your TiVo's Now Playing area. It can be viewed in Classic or Folder mode. You can also download the recorded programs as .tivo files, though they cannot be viewed in Mac OS X.
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Set up an Xbox Media Center using a Mac Other Hardware
I recently bought an Xbox (first generation) to mod so that I could run Xbox Media Center (XBMC) on it. Virtually all the information I found on this project assumed you had a PC, which, as a Mac user, didn't help me much. So once I'd gotten everything working, I decided to put together a small site showing how I did it using my Mac. If anyone has anything to add I'd love to hear from them via the comments.
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Use a wireless mouse as a remote control Other Hardware
I've seen a bunch of hints about using Apple's Remote Control to control your Mac with other applications, or a cell phone as a remote, or ATI's Remote Wonder, etc. So I thought I'd share how I remotely control my Mac. I have a wireless Bluetooth mouse, specifically the Logitech MX900. It has eight buttons, and I use USB Overdrive to control the programming of the buttons, since Logitech doesn't support the Mac with this mouse. Note: I'm not suggesting you buy this mouse, because it was difficult to get it to operate properly with OS X. I had to program it first on a PC before it would work right in OS X, and before USB Overdrive would recognize it.

With USB Overdrive, I can set up the buttons for any specific application. With the mouse being Bluetooth, it also works across my entire house. This hint isn't specifically for this mouse though, as any wireless mouse would work the same, although maybe not as far.

Here's one way I use it, with Front Row. Front Row can be controlled from the keyboard using the arrow keys and others. As such, it's trivial to program USB Overdrive to operate Front Row by matching the mouse buttons to the Front Row keyboard keys. I have my Mac connected to a TV as a second monitor, so I just active Front Row on my mac, then carry the mouse into the living room, and it operates flawlessly. The right and left mouse buttons cycle through the selections, the scroll wheel moves up and down the menus, the middle muse button makes my selection, etc...

I wanted to share this because everyone has a mouse, so everyone has a "remote," too. Sometimes there's no need to buy extra equipment to do something. You can download and try USB Overdrive for free, and if you like it, the cost is small.
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Fix moiré on some monitors with a checkerboard pattern Other Hardware
I had been noticing that my older monitor was blurry in a few spots (in two columns down the screen). I realize now that this was a problem with moiré. To see more clearly how it was working, I opened GraphicConverter and created a black-and-white checkerboard pattern. I saw exactly where it was blurry, and I went to adjust the settings on my display. I tried hitting the 'Auto' button and this fixed the problem, even though this had no effect without the image on the screen —- I guess this pattern gives a better signal so that the display can calibrate properly.

I've created a 1024x768 checkerboard GIF -- this compresses down to an 8KB ZIP file, so that's how I'm making it available.

[robg adds: Here's a macosxhints mirror of the file, in case the above download link no longer works.]
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