Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Toronto, Canada
I tend to stay away from anything that might interfere with my current Internet addiction.
Silverlight has always been something that others have dissed. I've read so many negative comments about it that I simply can't get myself to download it ... even to stream free Amazon content, or try the free month of Netflix.
I use the VLC media player and have never bothered to download any other codec packages. Again, my stuff is working, so no need to risk screwing something up with Silverlight.
I even run into problems when I sometimes try to stream content using Quicktime, so when I see the streaming option for it, I generally avoid it, unless I have no other tabs opened and don't mind rebooting my computer if the Quicktime stream locks my computer up.
I even stayed away from adding the adblocker extensions for fear that they might cause problems and also assumed that most of the official websites wouldn't be stupid enough to let any adblocker extensions work, anyway.
I finally bit the bullet this year and decided to try the adblockers when I got tired of the repetitive commercials, increased volume for some commercials (hello, CBC) and constant popups from the various file hosts that made it tougher to continue with streaming.
I now love the adblock extensions and often don't bother using any website that asks me to disable them (unless it's an official website like CTV). I don't know how I lasted so long without using them.
When my friend wanted to get some music a few years ago that wasn't available on YouTube for free, I used my credit card and bought it for him using HMV's online site. I didn't have to download any program to use the site and it was also the very first time I had ever bought music online. I first checked iTunes, but was immediately turned off by the fact that I had to download a program that might somehow interfere with one of my other programs. No thanks.
I simply don't want to support a product that might interfere with my current setup, especially when there are other simpler alternatives.
When I used the HMV website (via 7digital I think), it felt like I was using a site run by pirates (bare bones), so I liked it immediately.
Netflix might eventually dump Silverlight and move to something better, but until that time comes, I'm not even tempted to try it.
I didn't even bother downloading the Hoopla program that was necessary to stream content using my Toronto Public Library card. I just went to the library and used Hoopla on the library computers, instead.
I don't have much memory left on my hard drive, nor do I have a fancy new computer to keep up with some of the fancier software, so anytime I have to install something new, it's only because it can potentially offer something that I simply must have (even though there's always a risk that it might screw something up that requires me to spend some time to counter any conflicts).
I'm sure it's easy to see how much I hate relying on computers for anything, but as long as there are so many brilliant people coming up with new ways for dummies like me to get online content, I'm not willing to let the fear of the unknown completely shut me out.
Last edited by PokerFace; 2014-04-17 at 02:45 PM.