Daily Archives: July 19, 2013

Reasons 128 To 131 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#128. So I am not the only one getting BLACK (dead) screens with a Genie! #121. This is from DirecTV’s own ‘Technical Forums‘. There is about 4 pages of these problems!

#129. Obviously, and you can find references on the DirecTV Web site, there is a continuous stream of new software updates for the bloody Genie — which is not surprising since it is error riddled. When it was installed it was like installing a Windows XP box. It downloaded software updates non-stop for ‘hours’. But, now I can’t find a way to check if I have the latest software or force an update! The software has not been updated since the day of initial install. I find it hard to believe that they can go for 3 weeks without an update. They have so many problems.

#130. Beginning to realize, that though there is no easy to locate documentation, the MUTE button is used as a kind of ‘CNTRL’ button on the remote and you can hit MUTE + xxx to do some stuff. Haven’t worked out what. This could be the problem with my MUTE. #124. It might be in the wrong ‘mode’. Bloody DirecTV.

#131. The ‘BACK’ key is counter-intuitive at least per my intuvision. I expect it to act a bit like an ‘escape’ key. Get me out of here to where I was before. I am not sure it always does that. I still haven’t worked out exactly what it does but there are many times when it doesn’t do what I thought it would do. 

The Hopkins Center 2013/2014 Program Preview On July 18, 2013. It Was Entertaining & Educational. Glad We Went.

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Margaret Lawrence, director of programming at the Hopkins Center for the Arts,

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This multimedia presentation preview really brought the Hopkins’ published program vividly to life – just like a movie trailer for the upcoming season.

It was very well done by Margaret Lawrence, the Director of Programming for The Hop. She was impressive. I couldn’t find too much about her on the Web but I suspect that she has some thespian in her. Her summaries of each act, done without continually looking at notes or using a teleprompter, were succinct, incisive, insightful and revealing. As some one who has done a ton of public speaking I appreciate those that can present information from memory. Well done.

I learned a lot about performers and acts that I had seen in the Program but was not familiar with.

The British “The Tiger Lillies” was one. They look like a load of (adult) fun.

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The kids were suitably impressed with this DJ Trio: A Tribe Called RedSince I can pass as Navajo among Navajo (albeit when I am closer to 190 than 165) I am quite partial to this music too. It is a standing room only jam. We might go.

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So this was just a start. I won’t go through all the acts in this post. I will hit them sequentially over the weeks.

But some shows are already selling out!

So, you better check the Program and do so quick.


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