Stuntman And Lover Of Cheese

by Dan Bostonweeks

Bloop Bloop -- Welcome Tivonaut

Well, I’ve finally gone and joined the modern age. Last night I hooked up my newly arrived Tivo. It came pre-modded with 280 hours of recording space (dependent on the quality level of course). Setup was so simple, and that’s why I’m not doing the get a PC and a video capture card and put some PVR software on it. I just want it to work. Yes, I am a gear head, but I don’t want to futz with it, I’ll spend my futzing time on other cooler projects. Last night was spent setting up a few Season Passes (the first being the Simpsons of course) and getting the hang of recording and using it with live TV. There is still more to setup, but so far I’m very happy with it. The fact that I don’t have to get Comcast’s sucky digital cable interface (slow and too much button pushing) to get on-screen guides now makes it so worth it. By far the coolest thing was being able to hook the Tivo up through the house broadband connection. Initially I had to use the POTS line to do the first download and configuration. After that was running I just plugged in the USB to wired Ethernet adapter and the Tivo switched over to the Ethernet for connecting to the Tivo service. There was even a new message telling me it happened. Overall I’d say it’s a great piece of technology. Well rounded and fairly complete, this will get much love at my house.