TiVo Forum Special Member
Registered: Oct 1999
Location: Allen, TX, USA
soundguy, WELL SAID! I think you have captured the essence of what's happening. These attitudes are, unfortunately, becoming pervasive in our culture as we become more and more "hooked" on being able to pay to have nearly everything done for us, combined with the "gotta have it now" concept.
I think another key part of this equation is the "90/10" rule. Even for projects such as this, the vast majority of the time would be spent making everything "A:INSTALL", compared to the amount of time needed to get the hack working in "raw" form. This is time that the original author can save to use for other menial things, such as being with his/her family, having a "life", doing other hacks etc.
In other words, not only is no one getting paid to create these procedures, the authors are in fact using up their own personal time to create FREE software/procedures that they willingly GIVE away for others to share.
For those of you who have never spent personal blood, sweat and tears for a open source project or the like, about all you get aside from personal satisfaction is an occasional "thank you", but for most projects, there are just a bunch of people who want to use it whose only question is "where do I download it from?".
Now, looking from this perspective, it should be easy to see how folks could get rubbed a bit the wrong way by having someone say to them, in effect, "you haven't worked enough nights and weekends to make this easy for me to install, and since *I* don't have time to figure it out, YOU should work more on it so I can spend less time on it. Where can I download THAT version?"
"If you don't have time to read the manual, I don't have time to read it to you"
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