Value of InstantCake (was 6.3e vs 6.2a)
Now that 6.3e is becoming the latest release on the Series 2 DirecTV TiVos, will Instant Cake for version 6.2a continue to be available in the foreseeable future or will it be replaced with version 6.3e? Continued availability of the 6.2a version would prove useful for those that want to revert back to version 6.2a to get the MRV feature.
No plans to discontinue 6.2a at this point. We never talk about 'futures' and this is a situation where we always need to keep our options open because things can change.
Buy it now
If you want 6.2a Instantcake you should buy it now while it is available. Lou if you are going to maintain an archive service you should charge more for historic copies. If they dont buy when it is current they should pay you for the service of maintaining records. You have done an excellent job of programming and should be rewarded for same. If they want you to archive it they should be willing to pay you for your valuable time.
If I'd only have to buy one copy I'd do it right now without thinking, but the problem is I have 5 DirecTiVos with 3 different service codes. I'd have to lay out $60 and possibly never use them.
Lou provides excellent service and this blog for a very reasonable price. If you want to make use of the service and his expertise you should buy his product. If you buy the product you should expect some support. If you chose not to buy the product you should not expect support. He should not be expected to carry the cost of your indecision. If you want 6.2a you should buy it now while it is available rather than wait until it is discontinued.
My point is spending $60 for something I might use in the future, only if one of my TiVos crashes, is a high price to pay. On the other hand if one copy of Instant Cake at $20 could update any of my 5 TiVos (remember, I have 3 minor variations in the service codes) I would not mind spending the money and possibly wasting it if I didn't need it.
Originally Posted by RichardTravis53873
Here's another perspective...
... We created InstantCake as a cheap, unsupported, alternative to purchasing a kit because some folks complained that the premium we charged on kits was too much.
We recognized that there was value in offering an inexpensive, unsupported DIY software product to those who were more technical, and didn't value there time as much as they valued ours.
While the value of any product to any consumer is subjective (ie, it may not be worth $60 to you, but worth $60 to someone else) the "high" price of $60 is certainly a lot cheaper than purchasing a kit for each unit which you could then keep as backups.
But the real question is what $60 is worth to you vs your own time? You do have the option of backing up all your units right now - its not like we are the only alternative for that insurance policy.
A lot of work goes into creating these products, as well as into providing support (and these forums) for them -- even though we are very up front about defining them as unsupported.
Although I don't take it personally, it is difficult to see them devalued even further in this sort of way; if its really not worth it to you, that is fine - but there are other perspectives, as well.
Thx for your consideration.
Instantcake Great product
Lou don't let this guy get to you. You provide a great product and great service. Wait until his first Tivo dies as we know they all will of old age and he takes it to a repair shop which will charge him $45.00 for the estimate and $150.00 for the repair. He has no consideration of the value of your time just figuring out the MIPS processor much less reverse engineering the TIVO. You have done a great job and well ALL appreciate it.
I really do appreciate that and I don't want to make anyone "wrong" or treat them poorly; it hasn't gotten to me (yet) but I just wanted to portray a different perspective.