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Cable boxes suck. Rogers sucks.

Here’s something I don’t get…

If I buy a cable box outright, with my own money, why is it that Rogers thinks they’re entitled to an opinion about what software options are enabled on it?

For example, cable boxes have the ability to let you hide channels you don’t subscribe to. The manufacturers support this. But Rogers blocks it. They want us to have to flip through pages and pages of channels we don’t care about. Why are they able to do this to us? I know why they want to: because they’re greedy controlling pricks. But why are they able to?

Why are they able to push unwanted firmware changes onto a box they don’t own? Usually, there are laws against that kind of thing. If I hacked into Rogers’ computers and changed all their screensavers so they had to look at pictures of me every day, I’d get years in prison. How is it that they are allowed to do it to me?

If I buy a cable box with my own money, I don’t want their filthy digits grubbing around in it. Is there no way to take back control of a box that I own? Is there no way to keep the rat bastards out?

Sticky snow-blower cable

I’ve had growing problems the last couple years with one of the control cables on my Sears snowblower.  One of those cables like a bicycle brake cable, with the inextensible inner wire, and the incompressible outer sheath.  I’m sure there’s a technical name for cables like that, but I don’t know what it is.  (Update: They’re called Bowden cables.)

It’s the cable that directs the discharge chute up or down.  It became very sticky, so that I could pull the lever to lower the chute, but when I pushed the lever to raise the chute, it wouldn’t go back up by itself.

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