I have had a regular PC connected to my PC for over a decade. I don't
get a lot of online content but I use it like a DVR, music player and
web browser. I am looking at a Netflix subscription as we speak.
Once you get to a flat screen with a VGA connector, it is just your
monitor. Add a blue tooth keyboard and mouse and you have an armchair
entertainment center for $100 or whatever you can find an "off lease"
used computer for. You need something "dual core" for most new video
capture cards but they are still out there cheap.
Bluetooth is supposed to go 30 feet, give or take with clear line of
sight. Count on 20. You can extend the USB and get your bluetooth hub
a little closer if you like.
I have some 16 foot extenders that you can cascade out to 80 feet..
I have one on the bluetooth so I can run the PC in the living room
from the back room.
The VGA put goes to the big screen in the living room and the A/V
output goes into an agile modulator that is set to an unused channel
on my house cable bus along with 4 Dish tuners and a ReplayTV.
I also have turntables that are pre-USB. Those are used with my sound
SWMBO bought the USB turntable specifically to transfer vinyl to MP3. It
came with software and plugs right into the PC. I just updated the software
to the Win 7 version but haven't tested it yet.
For VHS to DVD, I've used my DVD-VCR combo unit.
This weekend I want to try connecting my DVR to my USB-TV Tuner to transfer
some wood working shows to my PC. Lots of tips and techniques that I want
My Samsung VHS-DVD Combo unit does the same thing, plus copies VHS to DVD.
I've burnt a bunch of DVD's already but I'm curious to see if my USB TV
Tuner can do as good a job saving DVR'd show to my PC. SWMBO just left to
visit my daughters at college, so I've got the weekend to screw around with
I have been using SageTV running 24-7 on my main PC with 4 tuners.
Greatest thing since sliced bread as far as I'm concerned.
Unfortunately Google bought it out and killed the product.
There's an analog in the Linux world called MythTV that I failed to
master, but which others swear by.
Yep...been using Audacity for years. I've even used it to fix skips in
vinyl to MP3 transfers. Just cut and paste from another part of the track.
Of course, there a few skips that I had to keep. After listening to the
same skip thousands of times as a teen, it's the only way certain songs
sound right. ;-)
Note that it contains a .hlp fie and that MS decided that Windows users
beginning with Vista really didn't need to read .hlp files. There is a link
on my page to MS for a reader for them (for Vista, assume it works in Win7/8
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