Tivo’s HME SDK (by Jeremy Zawodny)

Pretty exciting news from TiVo…

Tivo’s HME SDK (by Jeremy Zawodny)

I’m glad to see TiVo trying to do some new tricks and opening things to the developer community. They’re going to need every trick in the book to fight the onslaught of competition that they’re going to get hit with.

I’m really interested in writing some apps with this SDK. I just need to find some time to do it…


Got Telnet working to my TiVo Series 1!

Yesterday, I took the A drive out of Series 1 TiVo and put it in my PC , booted Knoppix, and did a backup using “dd” (mfstool would not work for me, presumably because my TiVo Series 1 has two drives and mfstool probably needs to see both to do a proper backup…?) piped via nc to a (cygwin) nc listening on Nicole’s computer which wrote the 13 GB backup file to my Maxtor OneTouch II external hard drive (this roundabout way of doing the backup was necessary because my drives all use NTFS, which Linux cannot write to. Then I used the TurboNet CD (burned from an ISO that I downloaded from silicondust) and ran /nic_install/nic_install turbonet and setup the TiVo to use a static IP. After putting the drive back in the TiVo, I am able to telnet to the TiVo. 🙂 Oddly, there was no “ls” command so I had to download a copy of busybox for Series 1, and then I did mount -o remount,rw /dev/hda4 / to remount the root drive as writable and then I did a mkdir /devbin and copied all of the busybox binaries into that directory. Unfortunately, the “ls” is not color and I am addicted to color so I will have to find a better version. And then I’ll have to setup a Series 1 cross-compiler, so that I can compile all of my favorite programs for it…. And I’ll have to setup one of my BEFSR41’s, so that I can have both of my TiVos networked via my WAP54G… And then TiVoWebPlus, mfs_ftp, etc., etc…..

The other big problem is that although the networking is working, the daily “call” over the TurboNet is still failing with “service unavailable” so I will have to figure that out. Hopefully now that I have a bash prompt, I should be able to find some clues in the error logs in /var/log

Big and Powerful Upgrades

Il Postale

Il Postale is a great little Italian-American bistro at Washington and Murphy in Sunnyvale.

We’ve enjoyed the grilled artichoke with dijon mustard aiolo and the carpaccio with lemon dijon mustard as appetizers and I really enjoyed their capellini tossed with rock shrimp, parmesan, and spicy Roma tomato cream sauce topped with grilled prawns, grilled sea scallops, and sun-dried tomato pesto. But their most incredible dish is the beef braciola.
Thin Beef Steak rolled and stuffed with Prosciutto, Provolone Cheese, Spinach, and Italian Herbs and a Red Sauce. Served with Soft Herb Polenta & Vegetables. Simply amazing.

The atmosphere is nice, but simple and non-pretentious and the prices are reasonable.