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Palm Pre and Sprint Fail!

Palm Pre an iPhone killer? Hardly! Sprint needs to step up their customer service game a bit too!

Boxee Remote for the IPhone/Ipod Touch!!

A new application has been released for the Ipod Touch and the Iphone.  A Boxee Media Center remote control application that in my opinion is CRISPY!!!!  The application which is currently available through the App store on your device can be downloaded for free and gives you control over any Boxee media center you may have running on your LAN.  The performance is great and there is no noticeable lag time in issuing commands. Here’s how it works.


Hava Player Nokia N800/810 Beta

The Beta release of the Hava Nokia N800/810 software is out and it is GOOD.  On May 8th, Monsoon released their TV streaming software for the N800/810 to a group of beta testers for further testing. The results from the group appear to be good.  I got my hands on this software as part of the beta  program and I am very pleased.


Hava Platinum HD

Hava HD is a Ethernet device for streaming your TV signal across your network to your PC. Don’t have a TV in your kitchen,  drop your laptop on the counter and fire up your Hava Player.  The software gives you full motion video and audio along with a software based remote control to control your Tivo, Sat box, or VCR (who has one of those still).  I have played with this some over the past 3 weeks and so far I am pleasantly surprised.  Video and audio on the local LAN is superb and set-up was fairly straight forward.  The kicker for this device over the popular Slingbox is that Monsoon is developing a client for the Nokia Internet Tablet (N800/810).  The software is out for beta testing this week.  More on that later.


How to hack your Amazon Kindle to read all your ebooks and documents including .pdf, .doc, .xls, chm, .lit, etc..

What is a Kindle?
First off, the Kindle is Amazon’s entry into the ebook reader market.  It joins the Sony PRS-505 Reader which has been around for awhile but, it adds a lot of interesting features such as a free built-in wireless connection that allows you to tap into Amazon’s online bookstore from just about anywhere you can access Sprint’s EVDO cellular data network.


MythTv Remote on your N800/N810

Lirc being a pain?  Does your favorite universal remote NOT work with your new myth box. Mythetomer is a remote control application for your N800 or N810 to control your MythTv.  Mythetomer uses your WLAN or Bluetooth to make a connection to your Myth Frontend for full control.  No cables, no hours of configuring key mappings to remote codes and no IR learning. No IR at all.  Software available from Mythetomer website, links available after the “click”.


New TomTom 930 review.

I bought a TomTom 720 for every member of my family for the holidays this year and have received nothing but positive reviews. I kept the TomTom 920 for myself. I know, kind of sneaky.  Anyway, that is why I am interested in any upcoming TomTom upgrades so, when I came across this, I decided […]

How to listen to Sirius online with your Nokia N800 N810 internet tablet.

I’ve had a subscription to sirius satellite radio for the last four months and I can’t say enough good things about it. The best thing about it, besides the lack of commercial interruptions and music selection, is that with the online streaming, you don’t really need to purchase a sirius radio as long as you have an internet connection where you want to listen. This is the case for me.

Over the the last few months I have been able to integrate sirius with MythTV, my Linux and Mac laptops, and now my Nokia N800 internet tablet.

Radio? We don’t need no stinking radio!

I would like to give credit for most of the grunt work to jtyrrell and m00s3computer of the forums. All I did was clean up their instructions and verify the procedure.


A hard drive with a HDMI port? What will they think of next?

Iomega is releasing a new ScreenPlay HD multimedia drive featuring 500 GB of storage and a HDMI port. Now this wouldn’t normally get my attention but, I felt it was worth it due to the format support. Check out this list: WAV, WMA, MPEG-1/2/4, MP3, OGG, AC3, AVI, DivX, XviD and JPEG. Did I […]

Record HDTV from component inputs.

If you arrived here through a google search to find out how to record an HDTV channel from component inputs all I can say is the wait for a device capable of doing this is nearly over. Hauppauge’s much-anticipated HD-PVR looks close to being released.

Hauppauge debuted their HD PVR, which can take a HD signal from its component inputs and transcode it to H.264 in real time for storage on your computer, at CES this year. What this will really allow you to do is bypass any restrictions on recording HDTV programs to your selected device. For me that finally means my full digital cable lineup will be available to my MythTV DVR. Granted this device will sit in the analog hole between your cable / direct tv receiver and your HDTV so, there will be a slight loss of quality due to that and the compression to H.264 but, this should still provide a quality picture. Even with this slightly loss of quality, the promise of opening up all HDTV channels on cable or satellite to any type higher quality recording, has been the holy grail for HTPC for a long time.

Hauppauge had planned to release this unit in Q1 of this year but, like all good things, it will come to those who wait.