Now whilst it may be up there with the legendary Internet Connected Coke Machine on the list of pointless but cool technology, Howard’s TivoStatus WordPress Plug-in is definitely pretty clever.

For those of you who have no idea what a Tivo actually is, it is a particular brand of Digital Video Recorder, the best known example of which in the UK is the Sky+. One of the advantages that a Tivo offers to a UK consumer over the closed Sky+ system is the all round hackability, allowing the geeks and techies among you to plug your box into a network, and stream much more than just status details!

Just take a look at talk around the Slingbox in the US. With this you can do much the same thing. Fancy watching your favourite UK shows when you are away from home – all you need is find an internet connection and a Tivo recording them all for you, and stream them down onto your laptop. On the other hand, if you’ve got a video iPod and are wondering what to play, take a look at this guide for putting Tivo recordings onto your iPod.

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