I just built a box for experimenting with htpc / boxee, and I would LOVE a guide that gives examples of how the get the most out of Boxee. Something like a "A Tivo Lovers Guide to Boxee."
After years and years and years of faithful Tivo use, I'm willing to adapt to Boxee and try to make a transition, but I really need some help with things like locating popular (primetime / mainstream / broadcast network) feeds. I don't have any idea what torrents are or how to use them (or if they're legal, or how to tell which ones are or aren't).
For example, we wanted to watch season 1 of Burn Notice cause we didn't get into the show until season 2. Couldn't find it anywhere, but eventually paid $13 to get it at the Amazon digital media library. Works great and we stream it through FireFox, and it's great. But it's not Boxee. How can I get that content into Boxee?
I assume there are a bunch of "best practice" guides that might be useful. Here's a great example .. it took me several days to figure out how to rip a dvd into my library. I still might not be doing it right. I didn't know I had to set the region on my dvd player, didn't know I had to install some sort of restricted drivers / decoders, etc.
Another example is my video settings. I found the Intel Graphics guide and followed the "Safe" recommendations, and it changed our Boxee experience from "tolerable" to "Quality." My wife went from saying "It's not _that_ bad to saying "This is just like watching TV!" Had I not stumbled onto that guide we might have given up on Boxee. Now I'm struggling with mouse movements and tracking in the menu system of Boxee being really slow. Video playback and streaming are excellent, but menu responsiveness is very weak. Maybe it's my old school ps/2 style mouse. I'll try a USB.
Well, forgive my babbling, but I thought I would share some of my "newbie" experience. I'm not a techno wiz, but I'm no Luddite either. I'm generally an early adopter, but have some pretty high expectations for stuff I try out.
Overall, I'm really excited about Boxee, particularly considering my app still says "Alpha" on it So I understand we're not even in Beta yet. I just need some help using the tool. It's like someone gave me a hammer and told me to build a house without any blueprints.