Re: Why doesn't Extender truly 'extend'?
From: EZRyder (EZRyder_at_discussions.microsoft.com)
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2005 09:55:15 -0800
I didn't mean to suggest you guys never respond - I'm happy with the level of
response I've gotten on the questions I've asked. Surprised, even. My point
was that why wouldn't any MVP respond to my LAST set of issues regarding, for
one, the 30-minute rewind time.
I'm looking for something to hang onto here - some reason for living, (with
the MCE/MCX). Throw me a bone. Lie to me. Tell me MS is doing all they can
to address these issues. Tell me a Feature Request, at least, is winging
it's way through Redmond or Hillsborough, or Bellevue or wherever.
Preferably, tell me all these things have been fixed in the latest little
point release, which will be magically Auto-downloaded to my MCE... so I can
KEEP all this stuff I bought, because I PREFER to keep it and not go through
the hassle of returning it or selling it. So I can convince my wife that MS
understands and responds to their customers and WANTS them to be successful
and happy with their products and that they WILL fix ALL of these little
things - because they ARE little things that are easy to fix/implement, for
the most part - as I'm sure you understand.
Sorry if this seems a bit ranty-like. It is. I'm just trying to make this
all work the way I thought it would. Sending it back is not much of an
option, at this point. I can't send the software back. The Extenders are
past their return date. (bought online) And what about the myriad of
expensive cables and splitters and tuners and graphics cards I bought?
Perhaps I'm just like that movie with Michael Douglas where he just gets
pushed off the edge and just goes bezerk. Nothing works the way it's
supposed to, or the features you really WANT in a product are 90% there. For
example, all I want in a convergent cellphone/pda product is the ability to
get my behind-the-firewall Outlook email. The Treo 600 from Verizon was/is
close - it has this stupid app that sits on your desktop and syncs up with a
website that forwards the email to your phone. But this means I have to have
VPN connected all the time, and my PC running all the time, and Outlook
running all the time. There's 3 things now that can go wrong to keep me from
my email - and at least two of them do it every few hours - Outlook and VPN.
Not to mention that Verizon only offers the Treo 600 and not the far-better
650, which addressed all of the issues with the 600. But, I hear Blackberry
has a neat way around this Outlook issue, but using your login credentials to
Outlook Web Access!! Hurray!!! Oh, except Verizon doesn't HAVE a decent
Blackberry, like the 7520. Change carriers? Yes, and then get no coverage
and dropped calls everywhere I go in the country, (esp: Sprint). And what
about the $550 I just spent on the 600?
One of these days, some of these idiots in Product Marketing at various
companies will actually TALK to a REAL user out there and give us EVERYTHING
we want and not just "most" of what we want and figure the rest is not that
big a deal.
Thanks for listening.
"Bob [MVP]" wrote:
> > ... because I can't even get an MVP to respond to my issues here.
> Hmmm... Let's take a look at the original posts you've made,
> and the responses you've received...
> 1. New Install WMC 2005, LCD Display fudges on Media Center, but not
> Dana Cline [MVP] responded.
> 2. Re: Recommendation for Media Distribution
> Barb Bowman [MVP] responded.
> 3. Wired performance with Guide ...
> Todd Bowra [MSFT] engaged in a dialog with you. You stopped responding.
> 4. Going insane - two USB HAUP tuners; both change channel
> Jeff Griffin [MVP] and Bob [MVP] responded.
> 5. Component out to plasma not working / MCX
> Todd Bowra [MSFT] responded.
> 6. Configuring how long live TV records....
> Jeff Griffen [MVP] responded.
> 7. MCE 2005 - a P.O.S.??
> No response from either MSFT or MVP.
> It appears to me that people in this NG have been helpful to you.
> I understand that you're frustrated with the product, and I don't
> blame you at all for venting your frustrations. But I think
> your statement that I quoted above was not justified. Just my $0.02...
> BTW, why didn't you simply return the MCX to the place of purchase
> for a refund, once you discovered that it didn't meet your expectations?
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP Media Center Edition
> "EZRyder" <EZRyder@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:65F1E4F7-81E8-4AA4-B742-6963265850A1@microsoft.com...
> > What's up with the MCX not being able to play wide formatted stuff, and 5.1
> > audio!! HELLO!!!!!??? It's not really EXTENDING all that much, now is it.
> > The PROMISE of this technology - the reason, I, like everyone else here,
> > plunked down a boat-load of cash for a TRUE home media center, is that this
> > was SUPPOSED to be a true home media center, given the MCX. It's a bummer
> > that after all this work and expense, we find out AFTER the fact - because
> > it's very difficult to realize these things BEFORE the fact - MS and LinkSys
> > and articles you read everywhere and the Best Buy people and the HP people
> > don't know CRAP about the details of how this really works in the real world
> > - so we're now stuck with inferior hardware and software and have to go
> > through the hassle of selling all this $%#$ on eBay because I can't even get
> > an MVP to respond to my issues here.