9 Sep 2000 johnm   » (Journeyer)

Zaitcev talked about the TiVo's "30 minutes T/S buffer" being too small. I'm not entirely sure what he means by "T/S buffer", but I'm guessing that he's talking about the way it will record up to 30 minutes of Live TV when you haven't told it to record anything in particular. In fact, you can increase this if you try hard enough.

Okay, you guessed it, I'm a proud new TiVo owner. I chose it because it runs Linux and you can do silly things like drop extra hard drives in and get a bash prompt on its serial port. One day I'm going to remember to take my Palm Pilot cradle home so I can use a terminal program on that serial port. Or I guess I could finally get around to buying a computer with a keyboard...

This personal TV / digital video recorder stuff is way cool. It took about a day for us to realise that the thing was indispensible and we should have got one months ago. I think I will end up watching less television: no more sitting there glumly surfing around thinking there must be something worth watching somewhere.

There's no way I can ever get home by 6pm when it's on, but now I can watch the BBC World News every night regardless. Bliss. I wish it had more British news though...

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