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ZNF Contest Reminder

Dave Zatz —  October 30, 2006 — 3 Comments

Tomorrow is the last day get your entry in… one Teflon apron and four TiVo coasters are looking for a home. Contest recap: To enter you must email me ( and your subject heading must say CHEF TIVO. Second, tell me either why you deserve or why you want the prize OR offer up a trade of something cool.

One of the pranks I used to play in college was to dial the phone number of one of my friends, who typically was having relationship problems, and as soon as their phone would start ringing, I would immediately put them on conference call and dial their recent ex and then sit back and watch as both people thought that the other person was calling them. In retrospect it probably wasn’t a very nice thing to do, but the results were always unpredictable and hilarious.

Sometimes they’d just start fighting, other times they would actually make up, but most times there would be a certain awkwardness as both parties thought the other had called, but couldn’t figure out why. While it may not have been the nicest practical joke, today Forbes magazine played a similar version of this gag when they invited some of the top technology firms to interact with Hollywood fat cats at their MEET (Media Electronic Entertainment Technology) 2006 conference.

The list of technology experts was a literal who’s who of the geek world. TiVo, Sling, Netflix, Apple, Google, YouTube, you name it, the list went on and on. While many of these technology companies came to court Hollywood into embracing them as business partners, they faced a tough crowd and a hard sell for an industry that hasn’t been forced to make significant changes in the last 30 years. In a nice overview of the conference, Paul Bonds with The Hollywood Reporter, gives a great run down on some of the more memorable recaps.

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ZNF, It’s All Fun & Games…

Dave Zatz —  October 27, 2006 — 2 Comments

First thing’s first… Way back in March, I spontaneously ran a contest to guess the release date and price of the Series3. Aaron, an internal medicine hospitalist from Richmond, VA was the big winner with a 9/15 @ $849 prediction. I offered him a choice of a TiVo-branded wireless adapter or gift certificate from Amazon — he opted for the credit. Nicely done, Aaron!

Next up… Apparently those hosting a TiVo House Party will receive an orange TiVo-ed Teflon apron for their efforts. So this ZNF contest winner gets mine, along with four spiffy TiVo coasters as shown above. But randomly picking a winner bores me, so we’re going to try something different this time.

The rules: To enter you must email me ( and your subject heading must say CHEF TIVO just like that — I have a nice filter set up to collate the entries. Second, tell me either why you deserve or why you want the prize OR offer up a trade (One Red Paperclip-style) of something cool (value of cool object doesn’t matter, unless it really is a house — then you automatically win). Third, you and I will both be comfortable publishing the results of this contest (nude photos of your wife are probably out). Fourth, you have until the end of October 2006 to get your entry in, so you have a few days to think about how you’ll respond.

Never enough time…


Ben over at EngadgetHD has documented the 2 hour procedure to upgrade a stock TiVo Series3 250GB hard drive to something a bit more roomy. If you’d prefer a little more handholding, Weaknees and PTVUpgrade sell both upgraded Series3 units and larger Series3 replacement drives. (As does the TiVo Community Store via PTVUpgrade, with a 15% discount through Sunday.)

EngadgetHD writes: The new challenge in upgrading the drive on the Series3 is the fact that it uses a SATA drive instead of IDE. The next problem that SATA presents is the lack of support by the MFSTool bootable CD or PVTUpgrade CD, some SATA controllers support IDE emulation mode, but otherwise we will have to use a different boot disc. We ordered a Western Digital 500GB replacement drive because we didn’t want to have to solder the power cable to fit a normal SATA drive, plus 500GB drives can be found for around $200 which is much less than the $400 that Weakness charges.