I have 4 kids (with two of them being old enough to play video games and one of them being really obnoxious about it) so I was very excited with the XBox 360 fall update including a family timer feature. Ideally the way this would work is I could specify an amount of time for each child account so when they logged into XBox live their time would start counting. This would not prevent me from using the XBox as much as I want. In this way I can grant or remove time according to how they behave, if they do their chores, etc.
But as the current political landscape tells us, we are not in an ideal world. Instead the family timer is a hard timer that simply counts down no matter who is using the console. So in the few days that it has been enabled it has stopped several DVD movies and forced me to input my "secret combo password" to grant us more time. Give me a break!
Oh well. It's a Microsoft product so it feels quite normal to get less than you expected. Anything else would be, well, unexpected.