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Marianne Paskowski

Warning: Do Not Move My Cheese

January 31, 2007 7:42 PM

I know there’s some best seller, self-help , how to get ahead book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” I did not read it. Nor do I plan to. But this is a heads up to all programmers, whether linear or non-linear: Don’t mess with me with your constant schedule changes and “upgrades.” Aren’t you just sick of not finding what and when you expected to find the whatever, either on TV or online? I am.

OK. I got used to “24” airing on Monday, instead of its long-held slot on Tuesday night. So I altered my pre-recording options for my life. Pathetic? Yes.

But online, it’s the wild west. I wasted a good hour today trying to find things on verizon.net, email by Yahoo, and Mozilla Firefox trying to find stuff I needed fast, to write a column. All of those entities upgraded me without my permission. BTW: Nothing was an improvement.

I learned from past experience, never to volunteer for those so-called beta enhancements. And I don’t. So leave me and my toolbar alone. So please vent your own spleen here about how you cope with those unwanted changes. You will feel better and find a supportive ear.


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Comments (6)

Jeff Mulligan:


You might think that you own your software. But the software companies and outfits like them think they own your computer and have the right to change their code without your permission. Check your user agreement, which no one reads. It's right there.

Software vendors, ISPs and anyone who has access to you computer when you're logged on shouldn't change anything without your permission in advance. Because some companies actually add bad things to software to force you to spend more on their services, the industry, led by Microsoft, has adopted the stance that you don't buy a product, you buy a service that they can alter any way they like. Don't like it? Try running your Word software on some operating system other than Windows. They got you. Me too. Everyone.

Without those reflexively pro-business, virulently anti-consumer bozos controlling Congress, we as citizens might have a chance to get legislation fixing the problem. Legislation, after all, created the problem via industry-inspired changes in the Uniform Commercial Code.

Changes won't happen through regulation, at least not until 2009, now that, according to recent news reports, the White House if forcing agencies to accept political officers to vet activities to make sure the agencies don't leave the Republican's troglodytic reservation. Jack Bauer should go after those guys!



There you go again, beefing about the good old business practices that make this country great. You, and most people, don't know enough about computers to know what you need, so inspired capitalists keep your machine up-to-date for you. And you complain?

Marianne Paskowski:

Thanks for depressing me even more. One thing I know for sure, based on what I read, I am not loading Vista. Question to all other readers up here: Has anyone done it yet, I know it just officially came out today. I am gun-shy.


Marianne Paskowski:

You are writing to a blonde. But I know how to defrag? Do you? It helps to a degree. While I appreciate your comments, you are of no help at all, right now. You missed the whole point: Computer programs should work just like email does. Opt in or out. I, nor you, were not given the choice. And that is my beef.


Jim Forkan:

Hi Marianne
I too hate it when programmers move shows around, either to survive in a less competitive time slot or to bolster an already solid or somewhat strong night.
But it used to be even worse. I recall years ago when Fred Silverman was programming chief at NBC. He used to phone in schedule changes from the airport. Result: The network execs, never mind the viewers or TV Guide listings, couldn't keep up with all the fixes.
I too hated Fox's shifting "24" from Tuesday to Monday. But now I like it because "Prison Break" is its lead-in. (What I don't like this season is the "24" storyline -- the weakest yet. And I hate this plot twist that introduces Jack's father and brother as plotters (apparently). I was looking forward to Graeme becoming a great villain this season, but now they've turned me off by making him Jack's brother.)
Now I'm also bugged that ABC is moving "Lost" to 10 p.m. to evade "American Idol."
Then there's CBS, which transplanted "Without a Trace" from Thursday to Sunday. Result: I no longer watch, and that was a drama I enjoyed.
I'm also watching much less of "Law & Order" ever since NBC started toying with that franchise and experimenting with all three shows in new time periods.
Another thing that's irked me about the major TV networks this season -- canceling shows that I was enjoying, like Fox's "Vanished," NBC's "Kidnapped" and CBS' "Smith."
And though they said they'd burn off the remaining episodes online, whenever I went to their sites, all I could find was the first episode of each one (which of course I'd already seen). So now I'm hoping a cable network like Sleuth will pick 'em up, so I can see how their plots ended.
(Speaking of online, I just installed Explorer 7 and it's now taking some adjusting to simply find things that were much easier to get before.)
Ugh! I hate change.
Jim Forkan

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Jim,
I meant to write about my computer problems and somehow digressed into TV shows moving around. Thanks for being the first honest voice I've heard about season six of "24." It's atotal snore.Or to say, one more addiction out of my life.

Be well,

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