This is so friggin sweet:
there are 4 components to the /mobileRecord service
- labs.Zap2it.com – where TV guide data is downloaded from.
- /mobileRecord client application – this will be setup and running on your MCE PC. it downloads guide data daily and listens for recording requests from the /mobileRecord messenger bot.
- /mobileRecord messenger bot – this is a bot that is always signed into the MSN Messenger service. it’s address is MobileRecordBot@hotmail.com. it will access the /mobileRecord client app running on your MCE PC to retrive guide data, and will submit recording requests to it as well.
- any Messenger instant messaging client – this is how you will interact with the /mobileRecord messenger bot to schedule a recording. it might be Windows Live Messenger on a desktop, or MSN Mobile on a Smartphone or PocketPC. NOTE since MSN Messenger now works with Yahoo Messenger … it should just be a matter of time until Yahoo Messenger clients can communicate with MSN bots too. right now, the bots still appear offline to yahoo users. this limitation might just be because of the bot provider that i’m using?
if you just want to try out a demo of the bot without installing the client or registering at Zap2It, then just add the bots IM address (MobileRecordBot@hotmail.com) to MSN Messenger and start chatting with it. it won’t have recent TV guide data, nor will it let you actually schedule a recording … but it will let you get a feel for how the bot works, so you can determine if you want to actually install it and get it setup.
I always figure out that I want to record something when I’m out, or at work. This is so gonna be useful. Awesome job Casey (the guy who did all this at BrainsNBrawn)!! I salute you with high *L33T0h* honors.