I (re-)watch a fair number of movies. Much more fun as you don't have
to pay attention. Also, aren't focused on tracking the story line as
you already KNOW it!
Entertaining, however, as you are free to notice all of the blemishes;
the "man behind the curtain", so to speak.
Doing so with the Jurassic Park trilogy, tonight. First scene "accidentally"
exposes the underside of Velociraptor cage -- made to look like it is
built of tough steel! Except, the bottom is obviously made of WOOD.
Complete with *tiny* casters -- hardly sufficient to support the weight
of that "metal" cage AND an adult dinosaur...
Ah, well... I've found worse in other flicks so I shouldn't be
I'm rather fond of the Emergency! series from
the 1970s. I've been known to yell at the TV,
all the goofs and gaffes they do. Fire is
over here---> and they spray water over there
<---. That kind of thing.
I watch a lot of 50's and 60's tv and I see a lot more flaws than I
remember seeing before. One showed an Indian riding off on his horse,
and I saw the light reflecting in a horseshoe! It would be asking
too much for them to get unshod horses for the Indians to ride, but
I've never noticed a horseshoe before.
Last time we discussed this, at least two years ago, the answer seemed
to be, Only if you could find one of the boxes that were made several
years ago. And they didn't get all the channels iirc. Still I'd be
happy to have that, but I didn't try to find one. I refuse to pay the
That is disappointing. I know somebody whose life would be
significantly improved if somebody bought them a TIVO and set it up for
them.... but the monthly charge would be a deal breaker..... like giving
somebody a puppy....
I use something called SageTV and, for me, it's the greatest thing since
sliced bread.... and it gets freebie channel lineups, but it is an
enthusiast's product and I cannot see a technophobe using it.
They did - but I had a legacy version from years before that.
But sometime last year they released it back into the public domain and
it has gone Open-Source. http://forums.sagetv.com/
I am running v7. Last I looked they were up to v9.
I am not sure how the channel lineup provider thing worked out.... might
be that open-source users have to find something on their own.
This and MythTV only provide over-the-air channels, is that right?
The advantage is the ability to record?
And both of them require an (in-practice) devoted PC?? I have
Is a video tuner card expensive?
Does everyone thing Sage is better?
Even though, as I said, I have more tv than I can watch, and I like
the reruns because they are clean, I like the idea of a project.
I think Sage can handle cable too.
Wouldn't bet the mortgage money on it.... but the interface between Sage
and the signal source is the tuner. Sage doesn't care where the signal
And I am pretty sure tuners can be had that tune cable.
SiliconDust's HDHomeRun PRIME, for instance:
Something about "M-Card cablecard"....
I *like* my SiliconDust tuners... no clutter in the PC, available across
all devices - one of them even provides live TV viewing on my Android
Exactly. Why tie an I/O device to a particular machine architecture
needlessly? Mine are hidden in my "equipment closet" (which has an
antenna feed) so they can be accessed from any network drop in the
house -- not JUST the PC *into* which they happen to be installed!
Ditto with the telephone interfaces.
I went the whole way and put them in the garden shed - about 100' from
the house - which also has a TV antenna on it.
My rationale being isolation from the eventually-inevitable lightning
strike on the TV antenna. Not there yet - fiber has intimidated me so
far and the little radio link I tried was kind of so-so
bandwidth-wise... so it's still linked via hard Ethernet cable.
Cool! I drool at the prospect of having someplace out-of-the-way
to hide all this kit! Currently, I have the lower 2 ft of a pantry
to hold *everything*. It becomes... "challenging".
As a result, I've migrated much of the "smarts" out of that central
location as I can more readily find a couple of cubic inches "here"
and another couple "there", etc. to get the job done.
Eeee... <grimace> I wonder if the "inevitable lightning strike" won't
end up taking out <whatever> you've got on BOTH ends of that link?
You might consider slipping a "disposable" router between the outside
line and whatever you've got it connected to, inside (assuming that
<whatever> is precious).
I've been designing little "one port firewalls" (one in, one out)
that filter traffic entering/exiting via any of the network drops.
AND, are essentially "fuses" in the event of lightning strike or
malicious attack (replace the one port device instead of having to
replace the network switch that it feeds!)
I would expect it to take out everything in the garden shed that is
connected to the TV antenna - but that is "Only" the three SiliconDust
devices and a switch. Several hundred bucks; but still not the whole
LAN and everything connected to it.
Fiber instead of Ethernet cable between the shed and the LAN closet in
the house would isolate the rest of my LAN from anything that happens to
the garden shed.
In fact, I did a "Redneck Air Gap" solution using a couple of these
Down the shore, I have a couple of them linking 4 IP cams and a couple
of PCs in a windsurfing shop to a somebody's residence about a half mile
away and they have been working reasonably well for several years.
But, for some reason, my SageTV recordings of live TV started coming up
with artifacts and pixellation when I tried them between the garden shed
and the house. Not that bad... but irritating enough that I figured I
should bite the bullet and climb the fiber optic learning curve.... but
I have yet to do that.
Having said that, now I expect lightning to strike the shed tonite....
The problem isn't the tuners but, rather, this nice long ANTENNA
you've got (buried?) in the yard. A nearby strike will induce
large voltages that will creep into all sorts of things directly
and indirectly connected to it.
Yup. You're still vulnerable to a nearby strike -- but much less so
(because you don't have anything "guiding" the strike/induced spike
*into* your kit).
We lost POTS many years ago from a nearby strike. No evidence of
any damage on the property -- but at least one (electronic)
phone was fried and the TV picture tube was horribly "magnetized"
(LOTS of degaussing cycles to restore color purity).
No "out buildings" here so I don't have to worry about long stretches
of cable over/under the ground.
My little "sacrificial firewalls" make sense because they protect
the *content* of the network (filtering traffic in/out of each
INDIVIDUAL port). Having them do so in a manner that allows them
to be disposable/replaceable just gives me some protection against
adversarial attacks on drops that are "available" to potential
adversaries (e.g., porches, guest bedrooms, exterior cameras,
weather station, etc.)
They also give me precise clock synchronization and PoE capability
without having to buy a many $K switch that has those features
No coax involved except for TV antenna => tuners.
Using IP Cameras as the example instead of the SiliconDust tuners
(because I have a network diagram already with IP Cams):
Garden Shed's TV Antenna => Garden Shed's Tuner => Garden Shed's
NanoLoco#1..... (100' of air .... House's NanoLoco#2 => House's router
=> (whatever in the house is connected to the LAN).
Network diagram of the IP cam setup (change 100' of air to .7 miles of
I got all obsessive with the initial setup down the shore... but it
turned out that they were really about as plug-and-play as something
like that can be:
- Fire them up
- Assign static IP addresses
- Configure one to the he "Station" (i.e. remote)
- Configure the other to be the "Access point" (i.e. local)
- Aim them at least roughly at each other
- Check to see what WiFi frequencies are most available and
set them accordingly
- .... and they're up and running.
There *is* a trench - and it has AC and Ethernet in it currently.
The Good-Right-And-Holy Path is to replace the Ethernet in the trench
with fiberoptic.... but I have not had the fortitude to climb that
learning curve yet.
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