Category Archives: opinion

time warner navigator is absolutely terrible

So here I go again. Maybe I’ll rename to “teh rant blog” or something similar. This was going to be a full post, but I’m bored/impatient. I’ll start by saying that Passport wasn’t great. It wasn’t lousy, but I think there are better solutions out there. I had that software for several years on my 8300/8300HD and was relatively happy with it.This new Navigator software, however, is one of the worst pieces of software I have ever seen/used (worse than Windows ME). Here are just a few of the “features” that Time Warner has provided with their “upgraded” software package:

  • while watching a recorded show, the live channel is not recorded – at all – wtf?
  • on series recordings, you can only choose 3, 5, or 7 episodes to keep. what if I only want to keep 1?
  • no play option on shows which are currently recording – why can’t I start the show I want to watch late?
  • every time power is lost to the box it requires a reinitialization and software check which takes about fifteen minutes at best
  • no longer able to “record” the two shows I am switching between. my 8300HD had this with the Navigator upgrade and I was very happy with it. Why doesn’t my 8240HDC have it?
  • why only 3 fast-forward speeds? I used to love the 4th ffwd for getting through shows or getting back to a point I wanted to see
  • the playback freezes consistently – especially when watching and recording at the same time.
  • slow, slow and did I mention slow? it can take 5 seconds just to load the menu/list view.
  • searching for shows is terrible. passport did it so much better

this is just the beginning of my complaints. I’ll add as I notice more. hopefully TWC-NEO is at least listening – although I doubt anyone there cares. chime in with your annoyances if you like.

</end rant….for now>

samsung glyde = worst phone ever

i’ve neglected reviewing my most recent phone, the samsung u-940 (glyde) for verizon, because i really wanted to like it. the slide-out qwerty is great. the form factor is great. the size is great. unfortunately, the functionality is shite. it is by far the worst electronic device i have ever owned. my nose hair trimmer performs better on a regular basis.

phone #1, the touchscreen decided that no matter where i touched, front or back, right or left corner, i was touching the bottom of the screen [vertical]. and sometimes, all i had to do was look at it and the bottom menu bar and back button would be pressed back and forth for as long as i could bear to look at it.

phone #2, took it out of the box and experienced flickering and ghosting on the screen. how sweet is that?!?! a Factory Refurbished Unit that barely works. quality control at its best, VZW. better yet – the VZW store had no other FRU units – so i’m stuck with broken phone #1 (which i will be charged for if i don’t send it back in time) or broken phone #2, until FRU #3 arrives in 5 days. Wow, Sweet, Glad i decided to re-up my contract for this piece.

i had really high hopes for this phone as it should have been every bit as good as the f700. unfortunately, VZW has to slap their own UI on every GD phone they put out which not only makes them all slower, but also annoys every power user that ever existed (don’t care if we’re only .01%). it’s enough to make me want to pull my hair out every time i try to pick up a new device. here’s to hoping i can get a decent working phone when the next FRU shows up broken – the crackberry curve is about the only decent set they have right now…

so, if anyone ever asks you to use a glyde, politely tell them no, and then punch them in the face for insulting you. seriously…

</end rant>

stone brewing

in my mussels post, i mentioned taking a tour of stone brewing. so i thought i should actually follow-up and write about that. in early april, while i was in san diego, i talked my family into checking out the stone brewing co., although it wasn’t really a hard sell.  we decided to head up on a friday evening after checking out wild animal park (which, again, could be a post unto itself). long story short about wild animal park – you need at least a day to get through it, maybe two. lions and tigers and gazelles, oh my!

stone bourbon barrel aging

anywhoo – back to the beer. we got to stone about a half hour before the tour began, so we checked out their assorted gift shop items (glasses, shirts, hats, beer) and news articles until the [free] tour began. you had to “sign up” ahead of time because the tour is limited to 25-30 and you need a pass to get on the tour.

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useful progress screen

i’m in the process of installing wubi, at the recommendation of ben, and noticed a very useful progress screen:

very useful

it actually tells you what is giong on and how much time is left, for reals. the time estimate even seems accurate and in tune with the progress bar, what a novel idea. i wish more software installs were like this one.

segway tours of san diego are the way to go

do you like san diego? how about segways? if you answered yes to both questions, check this out: Segway Tours in San Diego – Adventure for everyone!

nick, dad, and i on segways in sd

i had the opportunity to take this tour with my family in early april and let me tell you, it was a blast. it can run up to around two hours, but the tour guide will customize it to your liking if you ask nicely.

you get the chance to see lots of downtown including a trip through petco if there’s not a game in progress, a scoot by the uss midway, gaslamp, and many other attractions. definitely a unique and fun way to see downtown.

none of us had ever been on a segway before (‘ceptin the guide, natch) but everyone caught on quickly and made it through the tour with little incident. no need to be afraid as it’s nearly impossible to tip the little guy over. even at a max speed of something like 12mph, you feel like you’re flying at a decent clip especially when compared to the slowpoke pedestrians on foot.

so, if you are going to san diego, call up Kenny at anothersideofsandiegotours to set up something nice for you.

extremely brief review of forgetting sarah marshall

laugh-riot. go see it. now. it won’t make you think, but it will make you laugh.

that is all.

xbox unlock the achievement [hooray for charity]

congrats to xbox uta, but shame on the sites that are just trying to just get click revenue. by burying their “achievements” without giving hints, they are merely trying to get click traffic to their deep link pages. even minor hints would be helpful, but a handful of sites are just trying to get new visitors to click through every possible link in their site to get an achievement. i think it’s a traveshamockery to dissolution advertisers with all these clicks when they could at least point users in close to the right direction.

oxmonline.com, capcom.com, gaygamer.net, stickskills.com, tqcast.com, gearlive.com, etc., i am specifically looking at you – i won’t give them the honor of linking to them because they don’t deserve a link after barely participating. this is for a charity and they should at least follow along with the others and either claim that they will post new achievements daily, or give a hint or two about where/when they will post their “achievements.”

and, don’t forget to check out xuta on twitter @ http://twitter.com/UTA_Scav_Hunt [cheers]

this is my friday rant. if you disagree, sorry, but i disagree with you. that is all.