On the ideas for using the Telnet connection control, this would work well for any Sling type device so you can see your selections. But, for those without a Sling, a simpler purpose is for remote power downs. The menu system selections shouldn't be changing (as compared to the NowPlaying list). Any place with killer storms, it would give you the piece of mind your harddrives won't crash due to a power outage. Then when you get home from work, you can unplug your priceless TiVo if you don't trust your battery backup with surge protection. Sure you might miss some recordings, but that's a small price for the piece of mind you TiVo is safe. BTW, I didn't get it right using NetCat (nc) but PuTTy in RAW mode works just fine.