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August 30, 2004

Welcome to TVHarmony.com

This site is intended to be a discussion of the convergence between computer technology and the home. I've been a technologist and software developer for over 15 years, and while I've always been interested in gadgets and cool electronic gizmos, my interest in this area were piqued about a year ago when my wife bought me a Tivo as a gift, and I soon realized the value of utilizing PC technology in the living room.

I'm an ardent fan of Tivo and after seamlessly connecting it to our family television, it forever changed the way our family watches TV. Since then, we always have something interesting recorded, we aren't wedded to particular times and days when our "must see" shows are on, and we can quickly pick through the list of shows that have been recorded. With two small children, the ability to have a library of Dragon Tales and Sagwa (and the ability to censor Barney) makes it extra useful.

Even though I love Tivo, it became apparent that there were things missing from it that would make the system more useful. It would be great to view those childrens shows in the girls' room and still watch our own programming in the living room. Better yet, it would be great to take them on the road with us for long road trips. It would also be nice to distribute programming from Tivo and other sources to any room in the house without the monthly service charge.

So soon afterwards, I started my quest to build my Holy Grail video system and I've been learning and trying new products ever since. I started out learning Linux and hacking the Tivo, and went on from there building a MythTV box, hacking my Xbox, and trying other products to build a system that fit our needs. While my house is still a work in progress, it's clear that this market is just in its infancy and what little pain I've suffered on the bleeding edge will someday become mainstream.

My hope is that this site will become a collaboration and a way for us to share what works and what doesn't. Feel free to leave comments, send email, or send in your own submissions for posting, which I'll gladly put up on the website.

Thanks for stopping by.

Posted on August 30, 2004

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