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Skype plugin is here!

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 2, 2008

skypeplugin dmg Skype plugin is here!

Just got an email from Brandon that the plugin has been released. The file image is available here.   It is in DMG format for Macs only.

If you have already hacked your Apple TV to run the ATV Loader, which accesses Awkward TV’s plugin directory, then you can just install it from there. Just select the Skype plugin entry and install. Can’t be any easier than that.

As mentioned previously, the plugin works as a front end for Skype. So you need to already have Skype installed on your Apple TV in order for this to work.

Brandon is providing this plugin without any documentation or instructions for now. So, please proceed with caution. He should have some instructions available soon.

If you like the plugin, we highly recommend that you donate to Brandon. The guy has been doing some good work for our community and deserves some compensation.

Now, go make some calls.

Pizza On Demand: ultimate in Apple TV Hacks

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on January 21, 2008

pizza 1 Pizza On Demand:  ultimate in Apple TV Hacks
If you’ve been waiting for the ultimate Apple TV-related hack, this is your day, my friend.  For today, you can order your favorite pizza with just a few clicks on your Apple TV remote.

Forget game emulator hack, OS X hack, USB drive hack. etc.  Those you can live without.  But ordering pizzas without getting off the couch?  Now, that’s useful.

You can have this features if you install the latest version of  nitoTV plugin.  And we thought those guys couldn’t top the previous version, which bundled five different game emulators.   We were so wrong.

Now we’re in a dilemma.  Should we upgrade to the new firmware next week or should we keep the latest version of nitoTV?  Pizzas or HD rentals?  We’ll pick pizzas for now.

Use your computer’s mouse and keyboard on Apple TV via Synergy

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on November 28, 2007

synergy appletv Use your computers mouse and keyboard on Apple TV via Synergy
Enabling keyboard and mouse on the Apple TV is not new. You can do it by plugging them directly to the Apple TV or you can use connect them via Bluetooth. However, what if you don’t want to physically connect them. After all, you probably don’t want to clutter your nice home theater setting with unsightly keyboard and mouse.

This is where Synergy comes in. This multi-platform open source software allows one set of keyboard and mouse to be used on multiple computers all at once. Based on a client/server model, the server portion of the software gets installed on the computer where the mouse and keyboard reside. Client software is then installed on other computers (Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix, etc.) to receive the server’s input.

Dotcom78 has posted steps on AwkwardTV.org’s Wiki of how the OS X client of Synergy can be installed to be controlled by a master computer. The procedure to get this working is pretty involved so be sure to follow them carefully.

For a look at how Synergy works, you can check out this YouTube video of someone controlling 7 screens with one set of mouse and keyboard via Synergy.

Apple TV’s new remote: the iPhone

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on November 26, 2007

iphoneasremote Apple TVs new remote:  the iPhone

Didn’t we have this discussion a few months back about making an Apple TV remote out of the iPhone?  Well, somebody did it.

A posting on the Romanian blog, Pic Poc, has detailed steps in order to turn your iPhone into a full-fletched Apple remote.   It requires these “simple” steps:

  • install XAMPP (OS X web server)
  • install Brandon Holland’s IR keyboard kext
  • edit  edit /etc/sudoers and /etc/rc.local
  • install the Apple TV remote web app on to your iPhone

Give it a try and let us know how it goes.

Getting around the patchstick creation problem under Leopard

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on November 20, 2007

As many of you are aware, if you have just upgraded to Leopard, you can no longer create patchsticks on your Mac.

According to Maraklov’s wiki post on AwkwardTV.org, the system extensions from Leopard are incompatible with those on Apple TV, which are based on 10.4.x. He is still working on trying to making this work. So, good luck, Maraklov. You have our support.

If you can’t wait for Maraklov’s solution, however, here’s a “duh” way to creating patchsticks on your Mac again: re-install Tiger.

No, I don’t mean re-installing the old operating system over your brand-spanking new Leopard; that would not be wise. What I meant was installing Tiger on another bootable flash/hard drive. You can then boot your Mac up into Tiger then run the patchstick script under that OS. Just make sure you do the minimum install and also update it to the latest version of Tiger first. Oh, and please keep track of which drive is which since now you have a Leopard drive, a Tiger drive and then a patchstick drive. Don’t overwrite the wrong one.

Can’t afford another hard drive? A reader named Vak suggested using Bootcamp to get around booting from another drive altogether.

Here’s how to do it:

  • run Bootcamp
  • allocate some space for the Windows partition (10GB should be plenty)
  • at the end, when asked to insert the installation CD, choose to install later.
  • quit Bootcamp
  • run Disk Utility
  • change the newly created Windows partition to Apple HFS+
  • reboot and insert the Tiger installation CD
  • install Tiger onto the newly created partition. Again, make sure to choose minimum installation

So why not just run Disk Utility and repartition your main drive without Bootcamp? Because Disk Utility doesn’t allow this. You can only do this via Bootcamp or use other commercial utilities for this.

So there you have it. I know some of you are going to say that these solutions are “LAME”. But, hey, they work!

Update:  OK, call me a liar.  You can, in fact, use Leopard’s Disk Utility to repartition your main hard drive without running Bootcamp first.  Thanks, Hugin777, for correcting me.

I apologize for this.  I, myself, am holding off on upgrading so I was not aware of this new feature in Disk Utility.

Detailed Guide for enabling USB storage

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on November 8, 2007

Over at AwkwardTV’s Wiki, a poster by the name of Simplicity has posted a detailed guide on how to enable the USB storage using our very own patch that we published a few months back.

We feel very grateful for him to do this.  We did not ask him for his help; he did it on his own time.  From what we read, we couldn’t have done a better job ourselves.

Great job, Simplicity.  Thank you.

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