Now that the Xbox 360 is out you've got
to find something to do with your old 2001-style Xbox. You can either give it to the ungrateful neighbor kids, or you
can put it to better use by turning it into a PVR. Xbox Resource Center has a slick guide
to getting MythTV, the open source PVR software, running
on your big black box. Of course, the Xbox has neither a TV
tuner nor the horsepower to encode video at a reasonable rate, so you're actually going to set it up as a front-end to a
copy of MythTV running on your tuner-equipped PC. It's fairly straightforward, but will get you up to your elbows in
Linux terminals and assumes you already have a mod chip in your Xbox, but doesn't everybody?