[mythtv-users] The best, coolest cases ... please weigh in ...

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Fri Oct 10 12:02:43 UTC 2008

On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 07:30:56AM -0400, Darrin wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 12:34 AM, Brad DerManouelian <myth at dermanouelian.com
> > wrote:
> > >> I'm new to mythtv and the one thing I noticed was that using the user
> > >> interface with a remote would seem to be... well ... what's the right
> > >> word... tedious?  For instance, when I'm scheduling a show from the
> > >> program guide, the default setting is 'do not record this show' or
> > >> something like that.  To access the drop down, you need a key press
> > >> followed by a multiple button presses to make a selection.  On other
> > >> products with similar functionality, the default is 'record this
> > >> showing' with an added menu item for 'do nothing/don't record'.
> > >> Essentially, it would be a lot less button presses to achieve a
> > >> similar function.   Don't take that as a complaint by any means - I
> > >> had always intended to use a keyboard/mouse for my setup, so it's a
> > >> non-issue for me at least.
> >
> >
> > I almost missed the message because I'm not interested in "The best,
> > coolest cases...", but anyway...
> >
> > What you see as the "Default Setting", I see as the "Current Setting".
> > It would be confusing to me to open a recording schedule and see
> > "Record this showing" selected when "Do not record..." is the actual
> > current behavior.
> >
> > Especially when changing to the two most commmon options, "Record any
> > time on any channel" and "Record only this showing" are each just a
> > key press away. (right arrow for one, left arrow for the other) so I'm
> > not sure where you get "key press followed by multiple button presses".
> >
> > The only time I reach for the keyboard is when I need to enter in a
> > bunch of text like creating custom search rules or changing the title
> > of a DVD to match the actual title of the DVD I just ripped. I even
> > edit commercial points with the remote.
> >
> > If it worked the way you thought it did, I'd think it was wrong, too.
> > I'm just pointing out that it's a single key press to get where you
> > want to go. If there are other similar things you find tedious, could
> > you let the list know (preferably in a new thread) so we can either
> > point you to an easier way or simply commiserate and try to think of a
> > better way?
> >
> > -Brad
> >
> My other PVR is more wizard like.  The default selection is Record only this
> showing with several other choices on the same menu such as Record this
> program always on this channel, etc.  Pressing the right arrow key/button
> takes you to the next set of options such as number of episodes to keep,
> etc.  Pressing the left arrow button takes you back to the schedule without
> actually scheduling the recording.  It's really pretty intuitive.  With
> mythtv, I always feel like I'm getting dumped into the middle of the

     Your other PVR also probably has considerably fewer options. It's a 
difficult thing to juggle (power AND simplicity).


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