How to make the most of Gadgets ! Wii, XBOX 360, PSP, iPod etc etc

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Found 12th Mar 2008
I have a few gadgets that I love but I want to make sure I am getting the best out of them. I tend to use them for only what they are supposed to do.

What I am looking for are other ways in which people on here are using their gadgets. I want to make sure that I am using these items to the best of their ability

I have the following:

iPod Video
PSP with v3.92 Firmware (latest, I think)
XBOX 360
Nintendo Wii

Some of the things that I am doing.....


Plug the iPod into the XBOX 360 to play my music.


Using PSP Video 9 to convert Films to watch on the PSP


Streaming Video, Music and Pictures via my wireless network.

Nintendo Wii:

Using the email function.


Nothing but games!


Great idea for a thread, I can't help with those I'm afraid but I might be able to add some of my own ideas later.

Get an original XBOX and install XBMC! Awesome - much nicer than the 360 for media streaming and very cheap now
PS2 will run Linux - all sorts of emulators etc available for both...

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Get an original XBOX and install XBMC! Awesome - much nicer than the 360 … Get an original XBOX and install XBMC! Awesome - much nicer than the 360 for media streaming and very cheap now :)PS2 will run Linux - all sorts of emulators etc available for both...

I used to have XBMC and it was very good but now the 360 has Divx play back there is very little that it does not do (for me anyway).

Some XBOX 360 owners may be interested in ]This Thread I posted a while back.

It'll upscale to 1080i/720p if you modify to NTSC and run through a component cable - that's pretty funky...
Youtube is now available, XBMCLyrics makes every song into karaoke, music shuffle, party mode, coverflow (like iTunes) and xTV with the worldwide TV script installed streams TV from all over the world... Stick a 1TB drive in there!
360 is cool but XBMC is the media device to have!

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Check this out for all you Nintendo Wii owners.

]100 Cool thing to do with you Wii

Some of them are rubbish and you would never do it but there are enough good ones to post it.

I personally add usb gadgets to my wii, i got a little usb fish aquarium connected on mine, i just leave the wii on standby and have my fish swim around when i watch TV

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BBC iPlayer now on Nintendo Wii

Last month we made BBC iPlayer available on Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch devices, the first of many mobile platforms that we hope to support.

The theme for this month's iPlayer release is "iPlayer in the living room"- i.e. watching BBC on-demand programmes on your big-screen television set.

Today, most people watch iPlayer programmes on their computer. That's great - you can watch your favourite BBC programmes curled up in bed with your notebook PC, or on your study desk while you check your email, or (if you downloaded our programmes) on the plane or away abroad on holiday.

But have you tried hooking up your computer to your TV set?

iPlayer programmes, particularly downloaded programmes, look great on a TV. The video quality is usually even better when iPlayer programmes are played back on a TV than on your computer screen. Most newish computers, particularly notebook computers, have an S-video output, which, with a suitable S-video to SCART cable, can connect to most modern TV sets. If you have an LCD or plasma TV, chances are that it will have a VGA input which will give even better picture quality when connected to the VGA output of your notebook PC.

If you have a Nintendo Wii, it's already connected to your TV, and now you can play BBC iPlayer programmes directly on your Wii.

On your Wii, you'll first need to install the Internet Channel, which costs 500 Wii points, or approx. £3.50 (unfortunately there's no alternative to having to buy the Wii Internet Channel for iPlayer web site access at this time - but later we hope to be able to get iPlayer on Wii without this purchase being needed). After you've installed the Internet Channel, browse to [url][/url], find your favourite programme, and hit Play. The programme should play immediately.

For a smooth playback experience on Wii you'll need an internet connection that can give you 1Mbps or better. If you're experiencing buffering issues, try turning off any P2P or other downloads that are running on other computers around your home.

iPlayer on Wii is still in beta, and over the coming weeks we'll tweak the video encoding rates and playback window size to get the best possible video quality.
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