From The Tips Box: Xbox Controller Hacks, High-Res iTunes Artwork

Readers show us how to grab high-resolution album artwork from Apple, use Xbox controllers with our PCs, and use a vacuum for cat health.

Reuse An Old Xbox Controller on Your Computer

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Tom sent in a tip he found that enables you to use an old Xbox controller on your computer:

Just a little trick I learned from some youtube videos. Basically, your old xbox controller can be used on your computer with a little bit of software and maybe some diy. Here is the link to the complete instructions along with a video explanation. I also found out that if you have a wired xbox 360 controller, you can use the usb adaptor on it instead of soldering a usb connection on.

Things you may need: Xbox controller USB cable of any sort (preferably a useless one) Soldering iron and wire XBCD software Patience

I got my old xbox controller to work and it adds a bit more spice to pc gaming

Grab iTunes Artwork for Music, Movies, and TV Shows

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Matthew wote in with a roundabout way to retrieve blocked high-res iTunes artwork:

It's been a real drag not being able to get at the high-resolution artwork since Apple blocked our attempts (Ex: The Josher Method). But there is a new found way that is available to anyone that owns an Apple TV or possibly a regular Mac! While browsing my Apple TV, I noticed that when a movie, TV show, or song is selected, there is a high-res image of the album/cover art displayed to the left. This got me thinking, it has to be stored somewhere for it to show it. I did some digging and found a folder in the file system for just that purpose. Full-sized art in unencrypted jpg format is "cached" in separate folders on the hard drive.

With a SSH or FTP-enabled Apple TV, navigate to /mnt/Scratch/private/tmp/Front Row/Images

There, folders contain the cover art of all music/TV shows/movies that was selected in the last browsing session!

There will also be the low-res images there, but ignore them. The high-res images will be named original.jpg.

Remove Lily Seeds to Protect Your Cat

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Matthias sent in a tip that removes the anthers (seeds) from lilies to protect your cat from some plant poisoning:

I made this video as it occurred to me that a regular trick I perform with my vacuum cleaner may help many people save time and protect their cats from a painful, unnecessary death.


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