R.I.P. DirecTivo

Our DirecTivo receiver gave up the ghost last week. For a while there we could boot it up and get a couple of hours of splendiferous entertainment before it reverted to its natural state, or what I like to call The Black Screen of Death. Now that the hard drive is busted we can’t even watch normal TV.

So I had this great idea that may or may not actually work, since the hard drive is on the fritz. I’m going to try to replace/upgrade the hard drive and also install some cool hacking tools to be able to do things like setup recordings over the internet and copy shows to my computer to burn to DVD.

“How the hell will you accomplish that, Zach?” you may be asking, “Your ability to work with electronics ranks slightly above pool cleaner on the overall list.”

Lo and behold, I have found a way. If it doesn’t work, then *shrug* it was broken anyways. I might as well try some Do-It-Yourself action before I go out and buy a new receiver. Here’s to trying.


7 thoughts on “R.I.P. DirecTivo

  1. isn’t that shit under some sort of warranty? if it is propreitary direct tv receiver, and you already pay for service, then they should legally be forced to GIVE you the decoding device for the signal;… right now the 40 hour series 2 tivo’s are free after rebate. life without tivo doesn’t seem possible anymore. must tivo. oh, and the new version of the real tivo software includes all those new features… like transferring data to your computer to burn to dvd etc… but it’s all DRM’s to death. do you know a way to do it so the dvd will play in any dvd player? if so i am going to record good will hunting next time it is on amc so i can watch that joke over and over again forever.

  2. i just stood up after winning a $135 2-4 pot and screamed “FEEL THE WRATH OF MY ACES”. it was awesome.

  3. if vince mcmahon doesn’t have a poker based wrestler within like 3 minutes, well then that fucker doesn’t walk like a gorilla. and he does god damn it. he could be just like JBL, but he’s a texas gambler named redseed larkins. hes a millionaire gambling cheat (mainly in poker tournaments), and he has entered the wwe inner circle and started to pay people to throw fights, GET IT, SO HE CAN GAMBLE ON THE OTHER GUY. THIS DOES 2 AWESOME THINGS: 1) it gives credibility to the wresting because it implies people wager actual money on these fights. 2) it gives credit to the characters because it implies their lives revolve around the fights and they might sacrafice their so called honor for real money.

    whatever, then on an episode you work out that 2 of the wrestlers will play “heads up” to determine who gets the title shot or whatever.

    wait, thats dumb, nevermind. poker wrestler is dumb.

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