[opendtv] Re: Over the air updates for STB's

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "OpenDTV (E-mail)" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2004 11:05:02 -0500

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

> > Really, the *only* difference here is that TV is
> > expected to be bulletproof, whereas PCs are
> > expected to be a royal pain. So those who
> > continually profess that TVs should be more like
> > PCs should temper their over-enthusiasm.
> Maybe you are doing something wrong with your PC?

Not at all, but I admit you're one person who comes
to mind, on the subject of making TVs into pretend

I always marvel at those who trivialize the amount
of time and effort that one should plan to devote to
set up a PC set up properly. Even if, under ideal
circumstances, you might get lucky.

The latest example, a co-worker who received a brand
new Dell laptop, wide screen, just this week. She was
all excited about it, wanted to get it set up right
away, and had a paper due at the end of the week.

Well, of course, no such luck. The OS wasn't the
right one, so that was the first order of business.
Then upgrading the OS takes at least one hour *after*
the installation. Then C++ wouldn't install properly.
Then her e-mail account was not installing smoothly.
After just the first couple of hours, the excitement
had already worn off. By the next day, it still wasn't
working completely right, but at least the basics
were in place.

Anyone who has dealt with PCs in anything more than
the most simple stand-alone home installations knows
that these problems are the rule rather than the
exception. And even those simple home systems can
easily become a nuisance. Not exactly the same as
plugging in a TV or VCR, eh?

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