Great point!I generally agree with you, AZ but there's still comes a point in time when you're nowhere near your computer and you need to enter some frequencies or a trunked system. I use Win92, Win97, and Win96 for my routine updating of my scanners but I still know how to program each of those in a pinch. I wouldn't want to enter 500 or 1,000 frequencies doing this but knowing the basics of your scanner is still a good idea.
Back to your main point, I've often wondered why RS never made a deal with Don Starr and Lindsay Blanton to include Don's software, a cable, and a premium subscription to RR as an optional package that a person could buy when they buy the scanner. There must hundreds of posts here trying to figure out what kind of software to get, what kind of cable to get, and where to get frequencies. Seems like it would be a really good selling point for newbies.
What?!? I know how to program every single feature of every receiver I own. But, when I'm considering buying a new scanner for which I am going to load over 700 frequencies with alpha tags, CTCSS/DCS tones or EDACS/MOT/LT talkgroups, you can darn well bet that I will choose the vendor who has software over one that doesn't.I tell ya!
You talk about lazy, that is exactly how computers have made us. I do agree that computer programming makes things easier. But let me ask you, what happens in an emergency or a disaster where you may not have access to a lap top or computer? Dealing with people from an Emergency Preparedness point of view, you have to be ready, prepared, and knowledgeable in a lot of aspects of radio communication. I dont believe that you should own / not own a radio simply because the "computer software" is not out yet. It has happened many a times to me. I program my radios so much through the lap top that I forget how to do it manualy. This has happened to me in times when I can not have a lap top around. Thats just wrong in monitoring. I have since then made it a point to know all my scanners more in a manual sense. Computers have all but replaced the manual monitoring part of this hobby. Again, Im not knocking software or computer control.Im just saying we should be able to it both ways without a problem. To say, Im returning this radio because there is no software available and its too hard to do it manualy is nothing more than a cop out. Computers are here to assist you, not to replace your memory.
If you simply buy radios based on wether there is software for them or not, you dont belong in this hobby, period!