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Our Halloween 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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Unusual Halloween in that we were into Day 2 without power (or Internet) after Sunday night’s powerful storm. Luckily we had two generators. So Teischan could ready with lights. Had to put the generators away before we went trick-or-treating.

Earlier in the day we weren’t even sure whether they would be having trick-or-treat because of the widespread power failures. Alton town got power back just in time.

Nice weather, probably the best we have had in ages. Not cold — and yes, we have had snow. Lot of people out. I think many just wanted to get out. Also there had not been school that day or the day before, i.e., Monday. That is unusual for what was a rainstorm — with no snow at all.

A good Halloween. Teischan made out like a bandit. We visited two neighbors — both without power (same as us). We were the only ‘treaters’ that had visited. So, they gave Teischan large quantities of goodies. Well, you can see her haul.


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Reasons 147 To 148 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#147. The bloody Genie actually did IT. It recorded the same movie twice and even created a folder to store the 2 copies of the movie! I had discovered this bug on July 2. See #51. This time I didn’t spot the duplicate. But, I noticed I had a new folder. Same movie twice. How stupid can you get.

#148. Discovered today that Genie being on doesn’t really help with the no response from remote controller for 4 minutes problem. The TV has to be on too! Amazing.


Reasons 144 To 146 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

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#144. This morning, while having my coffee (in bed), I decided to continue watching the Smithsonian ChannelThe Real Story: The Da Vinci Code‘ documentary I had been watching the day before [I a Da Vinci code buff (as you might expect)]. I selected it from the LIST and hit resume. Screen went black. Nothing. I tried FF. Nothing. Just another black screen. No video. I hit 202, went back to watching CNN and then hit LIST again. Selected the show. No RESUME! As if I had never watched the show. Only option was PLAY. So I had to FF. Bloody Genie ‘piece of unmitigated garbage’ Mini.

#145. I discovered that fiddling with the battery cover on the Genie Mini remote is equivalent to PREV! I kid you not. I just pressed it out a bit. Did NOT even open it wide enough to see the batteries. I then pushed it shut. It immediately went from CNN to CNBC! It did a PREV.

#146. This evening, yet again, I am trying to work out how many programs I have recorded. I went through all the damn menus. There is an HISTORY that tells me that I have recorded 360 programs in 31 days. But not how many I currently have in my LIST. How stupid can you be. Idiots. Morons.


Reasons 141 To 143 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

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#141. Last night, and I am not kidding (since this is no joking matter), I had a nightmare that DirecTV was overcharging me! What is scary here, is that, as I talked about in this post, I rarely, if ever, have bad dreams let alone a nightmare. So DirecTV really is getting to me.

#142. My nightmare came true! Just as they did last month, #9, they charged my credit card BEFORE they sent me a billing statement for the month! That has to be illegal. I don’t know of any other company that does that. But, f*ing DirecTV is above the law.

#143. Deanna told me tonight that she is so fed up with the slow response times with DirecTV that she has stopped turning on the TV! DirecTV is damaging the whole industry.


Reasons 138 To 140 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

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#138. During the last two nights I have noticed that scrolling down any of the lists, PLAYLIST or TO DO LIST, has become very jerky and erratic. Yet, another damn irritation.

#139. All the movie channels about 540 (or thereabouts) are getting juggled. I hate this. You get to know a sequence of Channels and these F*kers change it. Can’t even read the GUIDE in that region. Every other line is ‘this channel is being moved … ‘ damn message. Damn DirecTV.

#140. Went to Boston for the day to meet some folks. Would you believe it … what the f*k was following me as I walked the beautiful Boston harbor waterfront. The bloody, damn, F*ing DirecTV bloody blimp flashing annoying bloody messages. It really ruined my afternoon. Bloody blimp. Bloody DirecTV.


Reasons 132 To 137 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

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Click to ENLARGE. Today's stupid bill from DirecTV. They are idiots. Maybe I should take it back. They are imbeciles on drugs.

Click to ENLARGE. Today’s stupid bill from DirecTV. They are idiots. Maybe I should take it back. They are imbeciles on drugs.

#132. Today is a month since I had “Direc F*ING TV” installed. By far the worst decision of my long life. It has been, as chronicled here, on a daily basis, nothing but an unmitigated nightmare. There has not been one single bloody positive. There has NOT BEEN a SINGLE F*ING day without a problem. DirecTV, easily, is the worst company in the world.

#133. I check my bill on a regular basis because I know that they will try to sneak in something. Yesterday it said my balance was $0.00. Today, this. How stupid. Do you think I will get this as a credit against my bill. Don’t be stupid. 

#134. Just yesterday and today, I have had 46 hits on my post on how to fix the ‘No Sound‘ problem on the Genie HR 34! 46 hits in 2 days. The idiot installer, who I think was on drugs, told me that he had never heard of this problem. Well it is a known problem, but DirecTV tries to deny it. The installer really was a piece of work. They are all out to screw you from the get-go.

#135. The lack of PROGRAM INFO by DirecTV is beyond a joke as I have already mentioned at least 3 times, #123, #118, #23. Last night I noticed to my intense chagrin that DirecTV does not list episode numbers with TV series like ‘Four Weddings’ or the new ‘Wedding Island’. The kids like these wedding programs. With a new series like ‘Wedding Island’ using episode numbers is such an easy way to make sure you have recorded all the shows that have been broadcast. Bloody DirecTV. No episode numbers. They are so stupid.

#136. Yesterday morning when I turned on the TV and Genie ‘the garbage’ Mini I just could not, and I mean could not, get bloody CNN, Channel 202. Nothing. F*ing thing was just dead. I had to use bloody channel up/down and then go back to 202.

#137. The stupid Genie now will not turn on downstairs using just the Genie start-up button on the remote. Have to use the programmed ‘start Genie & TV’ button — even if the TV is already on. Stupid.


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

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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. 


Reasons 125 To 127 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

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#125. I know for a fact that they are not clever enough, but it is as if the f*ing Genie Bloody Mini has a built-in counter to keep count of how to beat its own despicable damn records for interoperability. Yesterday morning a new record for MUTE — 5 bloody attempts. #124 & #117. Guess what. This morning 6. I kid you not. F*ing 6 attempts to turn off the bloody sound. No! Don’t even dare tell me it is the damn batteries. PREV works, first time, each time. Turning on the sound — using the same f*ing MUTE f*ing button. Twice. Same as yesterday. So six (6) f*ing times to turn it off but it comes on in two. The Genie Mini is a piece of unmitigated garbage

#126. So now that I finally worked out how to use the FAVORITES, I am trying to use that. So hit the ‘UP Arrow’ this morning to access Favorites. You guess it. F*ing NOTHING. Nada. Not even a bloody flicker. That Genie f*ing Mini is FRIGID. It responds to very little. Piece of garbage. I really am going to find a way to sue bloody DirecTV for this. The Genie is a lemon. No question. It finally worked on the second attempt.

#127. As somebody who started programming in 1969, and have a B. Sc. (Hons) in Computer Technology (1974), and M. Sc. (Distinction), from the University of London (1979), in Computer Science, and as a ‘he writes code in pen‘ programmer and microcoder for IBM, I do know a few things about software. This is 2013 — though DirecTV and the Genie seem from the 1970s. Favorites should be coordinated, heuristically, with PREV, i.e., it should contain some acquired, learnt logic. Oh, NO. This is f*ing DirecTV. Favorites is totally DUMB — just like the company and all that work for it. So when you access Favorites the ‘selection’ box is always in the middle. If I designed FAVORITES … the selection box would predict where I will most likely go next based on PREV. So if I had been watching CNN and then used FAV to go to CNBC … when I next pressed FAV it would have CNN selected. Doesn’t mean that this will be the case every time but it is better than always selecting the HISTORY channel which is what I have as my 5th pick — and as thus is in the middle of the FAV box.


Reasons 123 To 124 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

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#123. The deficiency of program information and the inconsistency in how it is ‘structured’ is beyond a joke, especially when it comes to movie descriptions. The other day I realized that it didn’t include any rating information for some movies. #118. Today I realized that while it does it for ‘many’ there are movies where the info does not include the names of the main stars! Yes, I know that they, sometimes, include a ‘cast & crew’ tab. But, when scanning through the program I just want 3 names at the start — and they do do this with some movies. It is the inconsistency. With DISH all movie information was always consistent — started with the stars, included a rating.

#124. I was one day out! On Monday I predicted, #117, that I will set a new record for the number of pushes to get mute to work by Tuesday. Well, it didn’t happen Tuesday. It happened today, Wednesday. Monday’s record was 4. This morning 5. Yes, 5 solid, hard, pushes of the mute button before the sound ceased. But, on trying to turn it back on — just 2. This is crazy. The Genie Mini is a piece of garbage.


Reasons 120 To 122 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

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#120. Having serendipitously seen DirecTV information clip on how to set up FAVORITES [#98] I have been trying to populate this pop-up window. At the bottom of the FAVORITES pop-up window it says press enter to add the channel being watched into the list. That does NOT work. You have to press the Green button. If I had not seen that ‘informercial’ I would not have known that. It is amazing that DirecTV would display invalid information — but that is par for the course.

#121. I am beginning to ‘lose’, i.e., get a dead, black screen, more and more channels on the Genie Mini. #116. Yesterday morning [Tuesday] I lost CNN, MSNBC and CNBC. Not good. Indications are that the Genie, just 3 weeks old, is on its way out. Amazing.

#122. The fluctuating audio volumes is getting crazy. It kind of goes from a 3 to 10 when you stop a recorded movie. Then on the Genie Mini you can hardly get any volume on recorded shows.