Waste YOUR time?
What kind of nonsense is this?
I've just celebrated my 8th anniversary on this site and in that time I've read many hundreds, if not thousands of posts in which members made inquiries and expressed opinions about home theater equipment. How the hell is a post that explains in detail problems with my old equipment (and thus provides a clear frame of reference) and asks for advice about new equipment a "waste of time"??? What exactly do you think is the purpose of this website if not to allow a forum for expressing opinions and asking for advice? How about providing an actual, substantive answer when someone asks a question? Otherwise, isn't being a twit and posting an obnoxious non-response the real waste of everyone's time?
I guess that someone like P Smith needs this spelled out for him, but I had not made up my mind altogether about whether or not to swtich back to DirecTV, although I was leaning in that direction. If the problems I had and listed in my original post were unique to the model 722 DVR, rather than were issues with all Dish DVRs and the Hopper did not have those issues, I probably would stay with Dish and would not go back to DirecTV (it's a lot easier to have a pair of receivers replaced than to switch satellite companies altogether).
This thread hasn't been a particularly active one lately, so I did post my inquiry over at DBStalk, too, and although PSmith appears to have posted a similarly obnoxious and useless response there as well, someone else did post a helpful response that said that the inactivity timer can be shut off and the Hopper screen saver can be set for 2 hours (still too long for those of us who have plasmas - if a $20 DVD player designed more than 5 years ago can get the screen saver function right, why can't this new high-end DVR?), but otherwise the issues I had with the 722 were carried over to the Hopper.