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Direct Tivo HD [Sep. 11th, 2004|09:03 pm]
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So, I went to best buy today to attempt to get a DirectTV HD DVR system for my living room, and another receiver for my bedroom. Other than being astoundingly expensive, it went fairly easily. For one, they had the system (it had just arrived on their dock that morning, in fact). I even got an extra $50 off (in the form of free speaker stands, which I was buying anyway) because they misquoted me when they described the price and how the rebates would work.

However, when I brought it home, I hooked up the DVR/sat receiver, and it was sad. The digital output was busted (wiggling the HDMI cable would occasionally get a good picture out). So I went back to Best Buy, and they replaced the thing without a fuss. It was amazing.

Of course, now I probably have to wait a week before someone shows up to install the dish, which is something I can't/am unwilling to do on my own. Especially since it requires bits and pieces (like a tripod) which I don't have at the moment.

Why DirectTV? Because its the only way I can get a Tivo that supports HD.

Also got my auto insurance moved to CA today. Its even cheaper, which is good.

My laptop (the XP one) is telling me that I need to install SP2. I've heard enough bad things about it to be cautions, but I'm afraid that if I don't install it, I'll never get to see any further updates. So, I am torn.

[User Picture]From: dfjdejulio
2004-09-12 02:49 pm (UTC)
We've got the non-HD DirecTiVo, and are pretty happy with it for the most part. Alas, they lag behind in adding features that regular TiVos have, like using folders on the list view and filing individual shows into them. It gets a bit unmanageable when you've got a large number of shows recorded. And, there's no home media option, and the USB ports on the back of my box just sit there, dead. But, the PPV integration is actually nice enough to use once in a while.

I installed XP SP2 on a Virtual PC session on my laptop. I didn't do much with it, but the only thing that appeared to not work was Java. When I tried to install Java 1.4.2, I couldn't get the install to finish. I had no problem installing the release candidate for Java 1.5, though. (It's possible that I could get 1.4 to work with a little more tweaking, but SP2 on VPC is really slow for me right now -- I may give it another try after I have the VPC7 upgrade in my hands.) Anyhow, this is one of the things I like about having multiple virtual machines with different OSes, it's inexpensive to run experiments like this.
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[User Picture]From: denorae
2004-09-12 04:46 pm (UTC)
Cheaper car insurance is good. It practically doubled for me when I moved to Florida... maybe it will go down a little for LA. hopefully. good luck with your tivo!
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From: hartmans
2004-09-12 08:45 pm (UTC)


I think I'll echo jaltman's thoughts that SP2 is a significant step forward. This is mostly based on talking to people at MS and to Jeff. From a usability standpoint it seems more stable. Reasons software fails seem to fall into two categories: requiring firewall exceptions and sketchy design of the software. I've mostly taken it as an opportunity to find out what software I need replacements for. However you should take the fact that I'm not a heavy Windows user into consideration.
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2004-09-12 11:26 pm (UTC)

Re: XP SP2

Ah, thats good information.

I'm not a heavy windows user either, which is one of the reasons I don't want to wind up being sad after I install it.... I guess I'll try it on my laptop and find out.
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[User Picture]From: ryanov
2004-09-13 02:06 pm (UTC)


I installed it at work. Nothing really happened, 'cept it started asking me about a lot of my programs. "Are you sure this thing is OK to run?" etc. Seems alright to me.
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