Ok, I have been playing with the AOL-TV for a while (probably too long), and I have been thinking of things to use it for, besides just as something to occupy my mind.
Well, there is the obvious use, setting up a media center. (MP3 through mpxplay)...
but for this to work well, it would be convienient to have the remote working (hey, who ever wrote the keyboard program, ya mind posting your source???) as then you could jsut hook it up and leave it. no need to change the channels, or get the kbd mapped for that..
it would be really nice (and also, im guessing, very hard) to set it up as a video editing console (graphic overlays) so you could essentially do your own video editing, real time... umm.. i dunno if i am making sense here.. use the aoltv to take in video, and output the video with text overlays... it would be fun.. home video editing... for those of us without a tv in/out card on our computers...
anyway... that would be very hard, unless there are a lot of linux programs out there for that, which run on 8mb of ram...
doubtful, but the AOL tv seems to handle that pretty well with the included software
might be fun if ya got a power inverter for your car, and put the aoltv under your seat (trim it down a bit..) again, it would be an mp3 player for about... $15... and just run it with a tape adaptor... would need a cable to convert between RCA and the 1/4" jack.. but thats simple... dunno offhand what kinda draw the AOL-TV has though.. might kill batteries in your car too quickly..
and finally, as an emulation center.... like.. SNES
just for giggles.. i know it cannot run mame.. too bad...
but it does run SNEESE.
and you CAN hook up an SNES pad via the parallel port.
and use a util like SNESKey to interface with it
and a menuing program like GLaunch is great for game selectoin.
so you wouldnt need a keyboard.. load dos up, have it automatically load SNESkey and Glaunch
and away you go
NES would work as well.. but i couldnt find an emulator that supported sound...
but a lot of people are opposed to emulation...
SO, if any of you have another good use for a AOL-TV, i would REALLY like to hear your ideas,
its got a ton of limitations, but overall... its got hope
btw, anyone manage to get a USB mouse working in DOS?
the fun dos games require a mouse for the most part.. or at least the games i have sititng around
i mean, since its quite hard to get a NIC working on these things, there has to be some other useful function..