A Brief History of Video Compression

Some of you who know me know that I used to write software for digital movie recording and playback, with some hardware assisted magic.  It's been a while since I've been active in that space, so I'm a little rusty when it comes to the recent history of compression standards for dealing with high quality digital video.

Using OpenSolaris As A TiVo Backup Device

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Sometimes, TiVo Really Guesses Right

A buddy of mine recently asked TiVo to record the Presidential Address to the U.S. Congress.  When that happens, TiVo sends you an email message confirming what it decided to do with your request.

Turns out, TiVo really knows what my buddy likes.  Check this out:

Controlling TiVo from OpenSolaris with Galleon

I have been looking for ways to use my OpenSolaris-based media server at home to serve as a content backup for the TiVo.  I found an open source Java application called Galleon, and managed to get it to work on OpenSolaris.  I'm writing this to describe what I did to get it working.  First, a brief explanation of what Galleon is.

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