When I was young (somewhere in the early/mid ’90s), I saw some program (I don’t know which) on PBS and they were talking about some guy (I can’t find the program, and don’t remember names, but I presume it was either Thad Starner or Steve Mann) at MIT who is wearing a computer with a Head Mounted Display and a single hand keyboard, and a computer kept in some sort of backpack. At that point I knew 2 things.
Just had a very frustrating chat with Comcast Customer service. My TiVo Premier has been on the fritz for the last several months. Rather than buy a new one, I decided to give Comcast’s X1 a try. So Barbara took our cable card into the Comcast service office this morning and asked for an X1. They told Barbara that the X1 would have to be professionally installed, so they scheduled an appointment to have the X1 installed on the 10th, and gave us a regular Comcast DVR to use in the mean time. She was told that this DVR would cost us $10/month (as opposed to the $1/month we were paying for our cable card) and that when the X1 is installed it would go up to $20/month because apparently it’s twice as good.
Barbara left the DVR for me to setup when I got home, which because of a GDG meetup I had tonight, wasn’t until about 9:30 pm. After getting home I spent a good 20-30 minutes reconfiguring our entertainment system to replace the new defunct TiVo with the Comcast DVR. Once I got everything hooked up, I went to comcast.com/activate to activate the DVR. I didn’t even get to the point where I could enter in the serial number of the new DVR before I was given the following error message. Continue reading →