Found this out while evaluating SP2/SP3 models as a "cheaper than a Cintiq" method of getting into all-digital drawing.
But please explain to me the incredible amount of high level management dunces that would not have survived the promotion past middle management if the Peter Principle had been applied to them.
That would fall under the Dilbert Principle
I'd expect to just have to enter the times by hand in that case, not to have a completely useless device.
The Archos TVPlus DVRs were like this. While they defaulted to a (now defunct) subscription TV listings service, you were always just one keypress from a standard "set it yourself" date/channel/time-on/time-off/quality menu. I never actually used the subscription service because of this.
Also, these boxes recorded standard MP4 AVI files with PCM audio that you could easily offload through the USB port (possibly over Ethernet/wifi too). Pity they never made a set-top HD version.*
(then again, the above may explain why they didn't...hmm)
*(their "Internet Tablet" series PMPs could behave like a PVR and record 720P (if I recall correctly) when docked in an extra-cost "DVR station", but no set-top version existed)
Unfortunately it seems the real "Big Bus" was scrapped. Maybe some goofy automotive-reality show could attempt to re-create the thing.
I've even ridden these NYC-Montreal through the notorious Adirondack Northway, but haven't felt any need to use the seat belts. The cupholder, power outlets and WiFi, however...
You have a message from the operator.