The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 December 2002

The Real truth

Dave Dobbs is sorely vexed with the sore vexation that is RealPlayer:

[J]ust about every time I'm forced to use it because a stream is in ram format it tells me I need to upgrade.

I actually removed the miserable thing from one of our PC fleet today for failing to comply with a "Do not show this message again" request.

I mean, Microsoft's various Media Whatzits are annoying, but they generally shut up when told to.

Posted at 12:26 PM to PEBKAC

Considering the best they could come up with for "computer" is "l'ordinateur," I don't put much faith in their coming up with a reasonable word for "email" any time soon.

Posted by: Vicky at 2:00 PM on 10 December 2002

I'll just bet you meant to hang this on the previous post.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:51 PM on 10 December 2002

Hear, hear! Does RealNetworks really think they'll engender a loyal loving following by making themselves obnoxious? I'll never have another of their products on my system if I can help it. I had a knock-down drag-out getting rid of their last one.

Posted by: Bob Blanchard at 5:33 PM on 10 December 2002

The StartCenter, or whatever it's called, is one of the most appalling examples of user-surliness it has ever been my misfortune to encounter. "But if you enable it, your streams will load faster!" Yeah. And for the 99.88 percent of the time I'm not pulling streams, it sits in the tray and sucks up system resources. We had a notebook that would whine every bootup because StartCenter was not properly enabled, or some such foolishness. Now it's properly gone.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:49 PM on 10 December 2002

I avoid RealMedia files as much as possible anymore. Not long ago I had 'Download and 'Jukebox and all of that cr@p, but now it's only 'Player, and if I don't have occasion to use it by Christmas, it's gone.

And two days later I'll absolutely HAVE to view or hear something in RAM format.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 4:53 PM on 13 December 2002

Rich rewards await s/he who comes up with a one-size-fits-all-streaming-formats utility.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:14 PM on 13 December 2002