Apple TV, Harmony Remote & Xantech Xtra Link

March 27, 2007

Apple TVI’m as much of a gadget geek as the next blogger, but even I get fed up with clutter after awhile.

The last go-round configuring my media center ended up with only the TV, speakers, and a Xantech Xtra Link sensor out in the room, and all of the componentry stashed in a closet behind.

A Logitech Harmony 880 remote replaced the box o’ remotes, and communicates with the gear in the closet via the Xtra Link (an infrared remote extender).

Naturally, when I hooked up the Apple TV, it got wired into the closet too, with an IR emitter stickied to the front of it over the IR window.

After getting the basics working, this made the next order of business adding it to the Harmony 880, which is where things began to go a bit awry…

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Logitech MX Revolution & OS X (Review)

March 1, 2007

Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Laser MouseIf you’re a Mac user, most Logitech peripherals are like having the world’s greatest dog follow you home — he’s smart, friendly, and knows how to bring you beer from the fridge — except you just can’t housebreak him.

The MX Revolution mouse is typical of that. It’s comfortable, ergonomic, has some very well thought-out features and a reasonably good recharging system — but their OS X driver is almost biblically bad.

Fortunately, there’s a way to fix it.
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