Accessing Local Files on Apple TV

Note: Please see a more recent post on Apple TV hacks. ATVFiles is an application (or plugin) that lets you browse part of the ATV file system using the Apple Remote. This allows you to navigate to files that do not normally sync to the ATV. ATVFiles allows you to play any of your media (with the proper codecs installed) right from the Apple TV interface. Note: These steps assume that you’ve already enabled SSH on your Apple TV using the procedures in this post: Hacking The Apple TV to Enable SSH. The first step is to download the ATVFiles […]

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Browse The Web on Apple TV

Update 12-11-10: Also see this post on hacking AppleTV with a patchstick. Note: Please see a more recent post on Apple TV hacks Once SSH is enabled on your Apple TV, the world is your oyster. Note: These steps assume that you’ve already enabled SSH on your Apple TV using the procedures in this post: Hacking The Apple TV to Enable SSH. CouchSurfer is a web browser created to work on the Apple TV. To get CouchSurfer, point a browser on your Mac to Brandon Holland’s site for the download. By the way, this guy has done some great work […]

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Hacking The Apple TV To Enable SSH

Note: Please see a more recent post on Apple TV hacks. After lots of research and some experimenting, I have finally hacked my Apple TV. I read about the several ways to hack the Apple TV by cracking the case and pulling out the hard drive, but I didn’t want to go through this hassle and also void the warranty. Then I read about folks who have found a way to install software on a flash drive, called a “patchstick.” This method allows you to insert the patchstick into the USB port of the Apple TV and reboot. The patchstick […]

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TuneWiki, Synchronized Lyrics For Your iPhone

The first iPhone application I’d like to highlight is a whimsical one. TuneWiki is a free and easy to use music player that allows you to play songs from your iTune library on an iPhone or Touch and see synchronized lyrics. I’m not a particularly big fan of karaoke, but TuneWiki essentailly turn your iPhone/Touch into a portable karaoke player. My interest in this application stems more from sometimes wanting to know the lyrics to a particular song while I’m listening to it. Also, this strikes me as an interesting and good use of a wiki community. The TuneWiki wiki […]

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Jailbreak and Unlock Your iPhone?

Development for the iPhone has really taken off since Apple’s release of the SDK (Software Developer Kit). However, if you’d like to take advantage of developers who have released applications for the iPhone not officially blessed by Apple, you may want to Jailbreak your iPhone. And, if you’d like to use your iPhone with a service other than ATT, you may want to unlock it. Fortunately, there is a relatively easy way to do this. The good folks over at iJailbreak have created a cool little installer that does all the work for you. It about 3 minutes to both […]

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The iPhone Has Landed

I did it. I bought one. I have been feeling angst about buying the iPhone since before they were introduced. It just seemed like too much money. But when Apple announced the 16GB iPhone, along with the promise of the SDK for developers, I decided to go ahead and get me one. It’s beautiful. It arrived last weekend. The activation process was simple, easy, and all done from iTunes on my laptop at home. This should be a model, studied in business courses throughout the world, on how to make the customer experience a pleasant one. Since I was already […]

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