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electronics geek hate [Sep. 23rd, 2004|08:18 pm]
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So, last night my DSL went out. Apparently "scheduled maintenance" but it didn't come back until I called them at 9am to tell them it was still out. Apparently they had "some issues" with finishing it up.

Also I woke up early to meet the satellite installer-- who showed up, and within about 5 seconds told me "no satellite for you" and spent the next 10 minutes basically laughing at me for deigning to think I might be able to put a dish there. Of course, he did this by looking and not by any experimental means.

Of course, had I known the requirements list he was using (30' of clearance in a particular 60 degree arc or so) before I bought the dish, instead of being told "sure, you can shoot through a small opening between trees" by best buy) I wouldn't have wasted my time. I even explicitly asked before going through the whole thing.

So if DirectTV is listening: Train your sales reps better and find installers with better attitudes.

Now I have to wait for someone else (such as TiVo!) to come out with a generic HD DVR. Or maybe Comcast will realize that there's a demand for this stuff. Grrr.

Side note -- I like the new livejournal entry interface.

[User Picture]From: muppetaphrodite
2004-09-24 06:15 am (UTC)
More satellites, man. More satellites.

Seriously, though - sorry to hear it. ;) I can't believe it's 2004 and our television dreams can still be thwarted by a single ill-placed tree or unfortunate balcony placement. Whatever happened to the future?
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2004-09-24 06:45 am (UTC)
Ironically part of the problem is you already need to see 3 satellites to get HD to work, so adding more will only make it worse (provided they add content as well, and this isn't just for better coverage).
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[User Picture]From: dfjdejulio
2004-09-24 03:29 pm (UTC)


You into ham radio at all? Is putting up a radio tower anything close to a realistic option?

DirecTV really does need to improve their pool of installers. I know someone who's been jerked around by a dish installer for well over a full month now. Keeps getting rescheduled. They suck. If only the DirecTiVo weren't so excellent...
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2004-09-24 03:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Tower?

No, it isn't, given restrictions placed on me by my landlord (they have a specific set of sattelite tv clauses).
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