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Saturday, November 15, 2003

MSNTV vs. Computer 

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I wrote this to a yahoo group, primarily computer users, about three years ago:

I was assuming the Yahoo group would continue?

Webmasters use different forms of codes when they build sites. Computers can, theoretically at least, download software and/or upgrade browser functions
to cope with these (e.g.: ever been to a site that requests you download RealAudio or Flash?).

Webtv has no capacity to upload/download on the users' side. We can only do whatever MicroSoft gives us to do. New software is distributed by means of "upgrades," periodically. These have, in recent history, been extrememly problematic: releasing features some of us don't need (mp3, InstantMessenger) and have also unleashed frustrating bugs.

One of the worst bugs has been a "cookie dump." It prohibits cookied sites from recognizing our browsers...even sites for which we've signed up and have pass words. Another bug is a JavaScript bug which prevents us from "seeing" JS coding. But this second one is "curable" by reloading (our word for "refresh").

Our little set top boxes have small memories, compared to most modern computers. They can only store so many "gadgets." Fortunately, most of the burden is taken up by our network servers. Another benefit to this is that we never pick up viruses.

I recently hooked up a PC I found last year in the trash to the internet. I hate it. It's impersonal, stubborn, inigmatic, tempramental. I'm always afraid
I'll sneeze and delete some essential file.
I'm afraid of sites online which might contaminnate it. It's a much more awkward medium for me. I have serious memory issues and, learning a new "language" at the age of 45, with Multiple Sclerosis, is very daunting, to say the least.

So I tend to correspond by WebTV rather than puter.

posted by Rogi  # 11/15/2003 09:06:00 AM
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