Oh, the horror!

I would have thought that nothing could trump the sadness of the election, that nothing could prevent November 3, 2004, from going down as “the day we lost to Bush, again.” TiVo has a funny way of surprising you, though.

November 3, 2004, will now be known as “the day our TiVo blew up.” We turned it on this morning to watch the election results, and it was dead. Well, fragmented and horrible. We first checked that it wasn’t our cable. Nope — the other TVs were getting the signal just fine. Then we rebooted. Twice. Everything was OK for a minute or two, but as soon as we went back to live TV, it got crunchy again.

Not having time to deal with it, and hoping that by clearing off some dead weight and rebooting again, we left for work. When we got home, TiVo was still screwed up. We then called Tech Support, who pronounced it dead at 9:00 p.m. CST.

Worse, though, is the fact that we were repeatedly told by TiVo that this is to be expected. That’s right — they’re not at all surprised to find out that their product blew up after less than 18 months. Why do you think they only warrant it for a year? Sure, we may have a defective product, but they’d be happy to sell us a new one. For $200. Or a refurbished one for $80, plus shipping.

New lesson: do not buy a TiVo.

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