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"TiVo Thinks I'm Gay" article

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by kirbylile, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. kirbylile

    kirbylile Now Playing

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    Does anyone have the classic Jeffrey Zaslow article in "The Wall Street Journal" from December 2002 entitled "Oh No! My TiVo Thinks I'm Gay" or a link to it somewhere?

    I want a friend to read it -- he has had TiVo for 6 months now, and is starting to ask me more serious questions about how to use TiVo -- no longer a newbie and starting to realize what TiVo can do.

    Many thanks
    Kirby
    Atlanta
     
  2. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

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    This one?

    http://www.planetdan.net/blog/tivo.html
    http://www.public.asu.edu/~risa1410/neatstuff/profiling.html'


    A slightly different version:

     
  3. kirbylile

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    That's it. Thanks!
     
  4. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    My TiVo KNOWS I'm not gay.
     
  5. MickeS

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    Wasn' t there an episode of "The King Of Queens" that was about this topic?

    I'm not gonna mention Leah Remini.
     
  6. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

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    Read the 5th paragraph of the article I quoted above.
     
  7. LifeIsABeach

    LifeIsABeach New Member

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    Patton Oswald (who is on KOQ) has a routine about that in his stand-up act as well.
     
  8. MickeS

    MickeS New Member

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    D'oh! :eek:
     
  9. jlb

    jlb NCC-1701-D

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    My wife's uncle got TiVO and he called me up for help. The funny thing is, he must have gotten a refurb. He doesn't have any SPs set up yet, but he has tons of suggestions recorded of Children's programming, and almost nothing else. I walked him through a "Clear and Delete Everything". It was pretty funny.
     
  10. rlc1

    rlc1 Frakking idiot

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    "Not that there's anything wrong with that!"
     
  11. stevel

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    I'll recommend "TiVo for Dummies" for your friend. It's a great introduction to how to get the most out of TiVo. I served as technical editor for it, so you can blame any mistakes on me.
     
  12. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

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    Not necessarily a refurb (unless all those suggestions were on the TiVo when he got it) -- TiVo seems to favor children's and family programming with its "default" suggestions, and so if nothing's been given a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, it'll happily keep recording as much of that as possible.
     
  13. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    The last TiVo I got didn't seem to record any suggestions until I rated something.
     
  14. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

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    My brand-new Humax unit seems to have a FOX-fetish. It likes to record FOX programs of all sorts (The Simpsons, King of the Hill) despite the fact that I don't watch them, nor do I watch anything similar.
     
  15. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Before I got 7.2, half or more of my suggestions were preschool kids shows.
    Since, it has been Futurama, KOTH, Daily Show, and some PBS DIY stuff (which is SP on my other TiVo). It even recorded a Bob Hope film on its own (I had previously recorded a Hope-Crosby Road picture).
     
  16. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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  17. drew2k

    drew2k Drew != Drawn

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  18. TiVo Troll

    TiVo Troll Registered Troll

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    Who needs this crap (unless they enjoy it)?

    Personally, I'll never tell!
     
  19. Puppy76

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    Ha! Personally I long ago shut off suggestions. They're just not useful to me. I already know what I like, and I DON'T want repeats of stuff I've already watched.

    Theoretically I'd like it, but honestly a human being would have a hard time picking out suggestions for me. I guess family members could do a decent job (I get a call from my mom from time to time asking if I know about a show, and usually set it up to record)-but a machine?

    EDIT: Also, because I record a couple of what are technically children's shows, it would record all this other junk for me. It did occasionally grab something good-like the News Hour on PBS, but then I don't watch it because of time (even though in an ideal world I'd watch it every day)...so, basically worthless.
     
  20. HDTiVo

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    My TiVo thinks I'm its prior owner.
    :eek: !
     

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