Well, its been a fair bit of time since my previous site was abandoned. Basically in my free time I work on the HandBrake project and also wrote a piece of software for the AppleTv 1st gen called AtvCloner. While the AppleTV 1 is deprecated it has many advantages actually over the AppleTv 2 and 3.
The AtvCloner app is currently Mac only and is designed so you can hook your AppleTV 1 hard drive to your mac via a pata to usb adapter and re-image the drive to a larger drive, replacement drive or alternatively install a XBMC / Linux variant that is Broadcom Crystal HD enabled via a (fairly) intuitive Graphical User Interface.
For any of you that wondered what happened when my original site went down, basically real life intervened and I was tired of keeping up the site and paying the servers fees etc. . That said there seems to be still enough interest on the interwebs that I felt maybe I could still offer something for those interested once in a while.
I will update this as I have time and its anything relevant, but for now anyone looking for AtvCloner you can grab it from my Dropbox.
AtvCloner 2.0 Snow Leopard through Mountain Lion compatible.
AtvCloner 1.8 Leopard
I will be posting more info regarding the XBMC / Linux info and images for modifying your AppleTv1 to run the fairly well known XBMC / Linux / CHD modded AppleTV 1. Its a bit different but it really unleashes the power of the AppleTv 1. More to come with that.