Our VCR burned out in a power failure a year or so ago, and we just haven’t had the time or inclination to go buy a replacement. The VCR spent its life as a time-shift mechanism, allowing us to tape things we know we’d want to watch and then catch those programs at our convenience, and with the added bonus of fast-forwarding commercials.
Being cut from nerdish cloth, I’ve enjoyed the few episodes of Battlestar Galactica I’ve managed to catch, but since the show airs at 11 pm on Friday nights, even my most valiant efforts to stay up late enough to catch it tend to meet with abject failure. And that state of affairs could no longer be allowed to stand.
So we decided that instead of buying another VCR, let’s get with the times and go the PVR route. We are now blessed with a Cox Tivo-knockoff.
Of course, Cox’s superb customer service managed to extract its customary pound of flesh.
We called Cox and told them we wanted to swap one of our cable boxes for a PVR. Sure, no problem, just bring the cable box to a Cox store and get a PVR.
We went to the store and performed the swap. Asked the guy if there’s any kind of setup required. Nope. Just plug it in.
Plugged in the box, and it displayed an error message about not being authorized, and to call a phone number shown on the screen. So we did. The number was completely automated, and told us that the authorization would take “up to two hours” and to call customer service if the box hadn’t been authorized at that point. Okie-dokie.
Two hours later the box was nowhere closer to being authorized, so we called customer service, and they flipped whatever switch was necessary to bring the box to life. Reading between the lines of what the customer service rep said, that automated authorization process has about the same chance of working as chanting “Authorize Thyself” to the box while dressed in a druid robe.
Posted Monday, 06 February, 2006 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.