Aereo Wrote:1. How does one enable SSH to the AppleTV? Is a hardmod required, or would my patchstick from Boxee have enabled it?
The patchstick installing Boxee and/or XBMC should have enabled it unless you changed the settings in the patchstick creator program (installs SSH by default)
Aereo Wrote:2. Once SSH is enabled, is it possible to connect to the AppleTV via an SSH-combatible Mac FTP client such as Transmit? If so, what can I expect to place in the server, username, password, port, and initial path columns?
Username and password are both "frontrow", server is just the ip address of your aTV, port is the standard port for SSH/SCP, initial path is ~ by default, you could make it ~/Movies if you wanna get to the films directory right away.
Aereo Wrote:3. Would SSH allow me to change skins? Place media on XBMC?
Yes, SSH/SCP (secure shell/secure copy) will let you run a terminal on the aTV (SSH) or simply upload files and manage existing files (SCP).
Aereo Wrote:4. What is the most common way to get your media (music, movies, TV shows, all non-DRM) onto XBMC on AppleTV?
It varies, many users like to use AFP but I personally favour FTP because it's more open than AFP. SMB is also a possibility. But to enable all of these you are going to need either an intel Tiger machine (10.4.8+) or an aTV 1.0 recovery image to get the binaries from.
Further information is available at http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/