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Add AirPlay to Your Classic Stereo with an Old Apple TV – TidBITS

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/09/19

[Wayback/] Add AirPlay to Your Classic Stereo with an Old Apple TV – TidBITS which has a good description including a list of needed parts:

  • Second- or third-generation Apple TV
  • Power cable
  • TOSLINK Digital-to-Analog (D/A) Converter
  • Pair of RCA Cables

These are only needed the first time to setup the Apple TV 2nd or 3rd generation:

  • HDMI Cable
  • Remote

Note that the Apple TV 4th generation or Apple TV 4K devices won’t work: they lack a TOSLINK interface.

You can work around this by using an HDMI audio extractor [Wayback/]. Some can provide S/PDIF / TOSLINK output, others can directly do line out (so you do not need the above TOSLINK D/A converter):

Usually the Apple TV 2nd or 3rd generation solution is way cheaper, as they go for very little money on second hand sites.


Posted in Apple, Apple TV, Hardware, Home Audio/Video, iOS, Power User | Leave a Comment »

appletv – How can I show a read-only version of Google Calendar on Apple TV 4th generation? – Ask Different

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/05/14

Two calendars and three weather frames.Based on [WayBack] appletv – How can I show a read-only version of Google Calendar on Apple TV 4th generation? – Ask Different there is one choice that might work on Apple TV 3rd generation and 4th generation:

This is the only practical solution I dissected from [WayBackHow to surf the web and use Safari on Apple TV – Macworld UK: Here is how to browse the internet and watch web services on your Apple TV.

Installing requires a few steps as described at

Limiting to only Apple TV 4, another solution is also possible:

However the last solution is not a real web browser, so it does not allow a layout I’m using for the calendar, or actually two calendars:

  • weekly calendar on the left so my brother sees his detailed activities for the upcoming days
  • monthly calendar on the top right for an overview of the past and upcoming weeks
  • three weather frames on the bottom right with two weather radars from different sources and a weather overview for the upcoming days

The reason I need this is because my brother is mentally retarded having problems with abstract concepts like relative time and scheduling. Like me he is also easily distracted and not good at repeating tasks. So looking at a schedule at least once a day is tough for him.

He is very good at concrete topics, especially ones he can put to practice right away like “will it rain on my way to work”. That makes him look at this web page in the first place.

Currently this calendar is shown on a monitor by a Raspberry Pi attached to it.

But I might go for the Apple TV 3 route later on.


Posted in Apple, Apple TV, Development, iOS, iOS Development, Mobile Development, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Rebooting Apple TV 4k and 4

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/02/28

Every now and then, when an Apple TV falls asleep with an app running, it wakes up without the app showing actual content on HDMI.

I’ve seen this quite a lot with the NPOStart app, but other apps suffer from this as well.

It happens more often with an Apple TV 4k than with an Apple TV4.

When this happens, the TV thinks there is no HDMI device connected to that source any more.

The solution is to reboot the Apple TV without active screen output:

If the remote refuses to connect, then you have to pull the plug and reinsert it; either the power or HDMI plug will do.

Luckily this workaround I did not have to reboot my TV, as the only two ways to do that is to pull/reinsert the power plug, or to perform a [WayBack] How do I perform a Factory Data Reset on my Smart TV? | Samsung Support Australia.


Posted in Apple, Apple TV, iOS, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Signal messaging downloads

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/23

I forgot about the announcement that Signal had also become available on the Desktop, but it is via [WayBack]

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Debian based x64 Linux:

$ curl -s | sudo apt-key add -
$ echo "deb [arch=amd64] xenial main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/signal-xenial.list
$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install signal-desktop

I like the mix of echo and tee to update the [WayBack] /etc/apt/sources.list.d folder with the signal-xenial.list file.

These links will always give you the latest download filename:

The files you get there will be relative to the path so will be similar to:

You can get the sources at



Posted in *nix, Android Devices, Apple, Debian, iMac, iOS, iPhone, Linux, Mac, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, MacBook, MacBook Retina, MacBook-Air, MacBook-Pro, MacMini, macOS 10.12 Sierra, Power User, Windows | Leave a Comment »

Chris Bensen: Sync a Shared Google Calendar with Calendar in iOS or macOS

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/04/06

[WayBack] Chris Bensen: Sync a Shared Google Calendar with Calendar in iOS or macOS

Cool: configure a shared Google Calendar to show up in the Calendar in iOS or macOS


Posted in Apple, Google, GoogleCalendar, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Power User | Leave a Comment »

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