[mythtv-users] Thank You to the Devs

Gary Dawes gary.dawes at gmail.com
Wed Jun 13 11:43:32 UTC 2007

Hear Hear.

Now I can record my TV and watch it on the laptop, I've been banished to the
kitchen table while the wife and the dog cosy up on the comfy leather sofa
watching big brother. even worse, since the wife realised how the channel
change in myth works, and that I usually have atelnet session open to the
box, she shouts to get me to turn the cable box over  cos  pressing three
buttons is  way to much effort!

Only upside is that I'm closer to the fridge for a cold beer.


On 13/06/07, Dewey Smolka <dsmolka at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 6/12/07, Mark Chang <mark.chang at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > I would just like to buck the trend here. I'm here to say a big NO
> > the devs. You have made me able to watch more TV in less time in higher
> > quality than my Tivo could ever have. And you've done it all without a
> > monthly fee. How am I supposed to get any work done? How am I supposed
> to
> > put food on the table for my family? How am I supposed to buy another
> 1TB of
> > Myth hard drive space to store all the HD content you so easily suck
> down
> > OTA for me? I am now obsessed with my Myth box that I am constantly
> tweaking
> > it and messing with it. I don't sleep, I don't eat... I just play.
> >
> I completely sympathize with Mark. These damn Myth developers have
> made it completely imposible for me to watch TV anywhere else, and
> have made it almost impossible for me to even talk about TV with
> anyone else.
> I can't even begin to describe the number of times someone has asked
> me 'did you see such and such an ad during that game yesterday', and I
> have to answer 'no'. And when I say that I don't see ads, they assume
> I'm being Zen, or obtuse. Or just have to pee a lot.
> But they don't seem to grasp that I really just don't see any adverts.
> Sundays in Fall have become just about intolerable. I used to be able
> to avoid things like housework and laundry since it would take all
> bloody day to watch the football games. But now I can get through a
> game without missing a single play in less than an hour and a half.
> Leaving plenty of time for all that mopping and tidying that my wife
> seems to think is so important.
> Even worse, when I go to the shop I have no idea what kind of soft
> drink I should buy anymore. I just don't know which brand fits my
> lifestyle or self image. Has the Pepsi Generation passed me by? Am I
> terribly passe in still wanting to 'Do the Dew' Is Coke still 'It'?
> And I have completely forgotten which beer is 'Beechwood Aged', which
> is 'Cold Filtered', and which is 'Always Fresh'.
> But what's worst of all is the way that Myth has stolen my innocence.
> Yum, touch, and X used to mean quite different things for me.
> And I used to have no idea what it meant to 'grep' or 'chown' or
> 'grok' but thought they sounded exciting and fun, given the right mood
> and the right people. I thought I knew about fscking, but I was wrong.
> Very wrong.
> I never used to care about sales on HDDs (and wouldn't be able to
> parse the acronym). I used to think RAID was something for killing
> roaches. I used to think 100GB was an absurd amount of storage space
> that it would take a lifetime to fill.
> I used to think kernels were something you pooped and ate, that
> subversion was something to admire but not to attach your name to,
> that compling was a boring job for people with blue ties, that
> dependencies had something to do with taxes, and that xmltv was a
> channel I didn't get.
> I used to think that, when buying tech products, bigger numbers meant
> better -- that MPEG-4 was numerically, and therefore factually, better
> than MPEG-2. That a PVR-350 was 200 units better than a PVR-150. That
> 1080i was more (and therefore better) than 720p.
> And that words like 'trusted computing' and 'rights management' were
> good things to have in hardware.
> I used to think that being able to play a random music playlist on a
> seven-disc changer was the bee's knees. I used to think that with 75
> channels, something worth watching must be on. I used to think there
> was no way to avoid the previews for films long gone every time I
> wanted to watch Finding Nemo (which is surprisingly often).
> I used to stay up late to catch the highlights and scores of the west
> coast games on SportsCenter. I used to check out listings to see when
> good films would be coming on AMC. And, long ago, I used to be able to
> say what shows were regularly broadcast on what days and/or in what
> timeslot.
> Damn you, MythTV! You've stolen my collegial banter! You've robbed me
> of my innocence! (although my wife and I still enjoy grepping quite
> frequently) You've denied me the pointless regularity I used to take
> for granted! You've stripped me of my ability to be a good, obedient
> consumer!
> And because of you I've had to, like, learn stuff.
> And that's just dorky.
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