[mythtv-users] MythTV and the "average" user...

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Mon May 19 19:07:08 UTC 2008

On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 12:48:28PM -0400, matt lutz wrote:
> On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 10:10 AM, Colin McGregor <colin.mc151 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > My mother is in the process of recovering from some major surgery.
> > This means two things, I expect to be going to see her in the not too
> > distant future and and am thinking "is it time to pull together a
> > MythTV box for her?".
> >
> > My mother is a retired high school home economics teacher, so, no
> > dummy, but on the other hand, limited computer skills (well, limited
> > technical skills in general, programming the VCR is something she
> > finds frustrating). So, the question is has MythTV with say Mythbuntu
> > reached the point where once set-up a "average" person could run the
> > machine? Basicly I want something that will make life easier for her,
> > not frustrate her...
> >
> > Thoughts? Feedback?
> >
> Colin,
> I have had a working myth setup for a few years now, and it's great.  My
> wife loves it and uses it frequently.  However, there is no way it would
> work without me living in the same house.  Unless you live in your Mom's
> basement, I would vote with 'no'.  Tivo is probably a better investment.

    Have you guys had a Tivo too. You might be giving the Tivo more credit
than is it's due. While you don't have to "set up" a Tivo, you still have
figure out how to work the thing to record what you want. 

    I suspect either option will need to come with considerable hand holding.

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