Amazon Prime Instant Video on Your TiVo – Or Not.

Good thing I read this first before diving in head-first.

Amazon Instant Video on Your TiVo

At this time, Prime instant videos are only available for streaming and cannot be viewed on a TiVo box.

 

OK… so that said, I still think that Amazon Prime is a great service from the shipping perspective, but I certainly won’t be signing up for this for the video content.

Too bad that Tivo’s support for services such as Netflix streaming and Amazon Prime is either so bad, or as in this case, is just missing.

Fixing the Mac OS X Zoom Button

I love Mac OS X, but there’s been something that has always annoyed me about mac resizing behavior, even back to the days when I started using Macs with System 6.x, and that’s the Zoom button behavior. I get what it’s supposed to do, but I never agreed with it and never used it for that purpose… one of the only things Windows got kinda right was Maximize, so here’s a tip for making the Zoom button behave like a maximize button. The nice thing is that the Right Zoom application can be configured selectively. 

Make the OS X maximize button work like Windows
One very, very common question/complaint from folks who have recently switched from Windows to Mac is “Why does the green button only resize windows and apps?”. It’s a totally valid question – the resizing behavior has always annoyed me too, and I made the switch years ago. Fortunately, there’s a very small and perfectly customizable program called Right Zoom that will change the default behavior and truly maximize programs when you click the green “Zoom” button” (). This tutorial will show you how to use it and set it up to best suit your needs.

Hope it helps.

 

What is the Future of iOS Notification?

One of the more annoying things about iOS is its notification system. Modal alerts are so arcane, intrusive and annoying, I am actually shocked that they are still the standard method of notification in iOS as of version 4…

Looks like there are some underground movements (requiring jailbreaking, of course) to change that. Here’s a little commentary by Sebastiaan de With (@cocoia) that I found interesting:

Cocoia Blog » Getting Notified:

There’s some discussion on Apple-centric and tech news websites about a video that’s doing the rounds with a new approach to notifications for iOS. While the system in the video is really nothing new (there’s been at least one alternative notification system in the App-Store-for-jailbroken-phones “Cydia” since 2010) it is getting a lot of attention, presumably because iOS users are quite satisfied with almost all the interactions of the OS except those dang stacking modal dialogs that interrupt your game of Angry Birds every time you get a text message.

So while I am not a jailbreaker (and never will be), my hope is that Apple and its designers and developers on the iOS team will take notice of this and do something about it in a future version of iOS.

We shall see…

Make XP-Style Alt-Tab the Default in Windows 7

OK, so I’m not sure if this works in Vista but it definitely works in Windows 7.

I have grown very tired of the Aero-style Alt-Tab behavior in Windows 7 (only took 4 weeks to get sick of it!), and I really wanted to revert back to the “classic Alt-Tab” behavior and make it my default. The former is easy. The latter requires a little regedit hack:

  • Create a DWORD called “AltTabSettings” in \HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  • Set its value to 1.
  • Test Alt-Tab combination. The Windows XP-style AltTab behavior should have returned.

Thanks to a comment from “barbudo” on this page for the answer to this mildly-perplexing problem (scroll down to the comments).