Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Tivo Bloatware & Some Ideas for Performance Improvements

Anyone who has been on the Tivo forums lately knows there are numerous complaints about the 7.3.1 (aka KidZone) update slowing down their machines.

My slow down problems began all the way back in the days of 7.1. Some of you might remember my 7.1 rants! Things got a little better for me with 7.2.2, but now things are unbearably slow once again.

In the beginning, my Series2 was noticeably "snappier" than either of my Series1 boxes. Now, after several software "upgrades" to my Series2, my wife's Series1 seems like a speed demon by comparison.

The Tivo software is becoming a big, poorly coded, and bloated hog like Microsoft Office and Windows. No matter how fast chips get, my computing experience is no different than it was 10 years ago because of bloatware. I recently installed OpenOffice (a free, open source alternative to Microsoft Office) on my father-in-law's PC and was amazed at how fast it was. It is a testament to good programming.

I think it would be a great idea if Tivo added an "uninstall" feature that would allow users to remove unwanted modules. Also the ability to stop certain services would allow even greater control and performance improvements.

It's time for Tivo to focus on performance! I would gladly trade in some of latest bells & whistles for SPEED! C'mon Tivo!


Fr. George Cooley-Basler said...

You tell 'em, Dolf! I don't know why we're all worrying about Iran, Venezuela, and Darfur when the goddamn Tivo updates are what's really messing up our lives!!!

Jeff G said...

Ever since the last update my Tivo is slower than shit! I can't believe they would release something like that. I pay a premium for the Tivo because its supposed to be better than a generic DVR. Well, right now, it aint better! In fact, it sucks. I'm glad I'm not alone with this problem.