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Journal: TivoToGo Transfers broken.

Journal by faedle

With all the chatter recently about TiVoToGo coming to Mac users, I'm a bit surprised that nobody mentioned the fact that a significant percentage of TiVo users have not been able to use TiVoToGo since a patch in November broke the functionality on a small (but significant) percentage of Series2 TiVos. This problem was discovered within days of the patch's release, and as of today there has been little official response from TiVo.. save a few messages in the forums when things got downright nasty.

The problem is in the TiVo box, not in the implementations of TiVoToGo, and affects both PC and Mac users. For those considering shelling out the US$100 for Toast 8 Titanium, or any other TiVoToGo solution, you might want to read a few forum posts first to get an idea of the scope of the problem...

Personally, I'm appalled that TiVo could break something this bad and then take two or more months to not fix it. And, what's even worse is, if you read the forums it appears that Tier 1 support isn't completely informed of the problem.

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Journal: Submissions...

Journal by faedle

So, I submit (what I think) is a great "Ask Slashdot" about wanting to hear everybody's moving experiences ("Moving Your Geek Cave") on August 15. Here it is, almost a month later, and the submission is still "Pending."

Jeez. Reject it or freaking post it already.

Meanwhile, we get Ask Slashdot "stories" about cleaning pig smells out of equipment. Like, any of us is ever probably going to have to deal with that.

Argh.

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Journal: I think I just did a Bad Thing.

Journal by faedle

I think I just did a Bad Thing. I posted a link in a slashdot story about Scott McCollum, and I suspect that I'll get a lot of hits. Heck, they're already pouring in.

My poor bandwidth bill...

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Journal: Ueberroth __NOT__ for Governor

Journal by faedle
I'm submitting this as a slashdot story, but in the likely event it dosen't get approved, I'll go ahead and write something here. It's also on my livejournal.

I got spam from the Ueberroth campaign this morning. Ugh. Not that it matters, because I'm still registered to vote in Arizona (not here in California). But, I did send off this little letter to Ueberroth's campaign. Maybe something will come of it. I doubt it.

It's very unfortunate that your campaign has chosen unsolicited E-Mail as a way of promoting your campaign. It now has required me to rethink whether or not Ueberroth is going to be sensitive to the needs of the electronic community.

Unsolicited E-Mail is a huge problem on the Internet. It costs mail operators and ISPs like myself millions annually in costs, clogs our systems with mail that is largely unwanted and discarded by our customers, and is generally used to advertise products and services of questionable legality. One of the issues that will inevitably come up during this governor's term is the "SPAM issue".

By choosing to send spam, you have proven to me that you will not be "tough on spam". We need laws that make spammers responsible for the damages they do to systems, and to allow both consumers and business owners to seek damages; and allow our state government to imprison those who use spam to run scams.

As an aside, not only does this show a resistance towards passing tough anti-spam laws, it also shows that Mr. Ueberroth is out of touch with those of us that the media has labelled the "digerati." Without question, none of us likes spam, and the vast majority of us get so much spam in our mailboxes that we are drowning in a sea of penis-enlargement scams, MLM solicitations, and porn website ads that we go through extensive technical measures to shelter ourselves from such unsolicited crap. It does make me wonder how Mr. Ueberroth will vote on other important issues like UTICA, the use of open-source software (and IT methods) in government, and the abuse of the court systems by "industry groups" like the RIAA and MPAA. It sends a very clear message that Mr. Ueberroth is likely either behind the times, or in active opposition of the online community in these areas.

For the record, at no point did I ever release my E-Mail address for the purpose of solicitation. I do not tolerate spam, and this is "polite" compared to the average spammer message I send. I expect to be removed from your mailing list, and further expect an apology for intruding on my personal space.

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Journal: Oh, the insanity.

Journal by faedle
It's a sad day on slashdot when Phil Karns KA9Q gets modded a troll.

No, really. This is one of the guys who's singlehandedly responsible for TCP/IP over amateur radio. He's part of the ARRL's Future Systems Committee (or, at least he was a number of years ago). Argh.

When even the tech community can't tell the differnece between a troll and somebody who knows how to butter his bread, we're in big trouble.

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Journal: Journal on /.

Journal by faedle

I don't ever write much here. Mostly, because I don't comment much on slashdot. Maybe I should start journalling here on things that are /. related.

If you want to read the generic journal, check out http://feedle.livejournal.com.

I've recently started ticking off people who's comments I enjoy as "Friends." If you came to my user account's journal as a result of looking at your "Fans", welcome. You apparently don't suck. *chuckle*

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