If you have never played the game, your comments are understandable;
however, watching todays touring pros "do their thing" is a display of
totally remarkable talent enhanced by endless hours of practice.
Absolutely! And unlike most all other sports with big money pay, a golfer
only gets paid if he plays well enough to place. Can a baseball, football,
soccer, basketball, or hockey player say that?
A golfer normally gets no help from team mates. He is 100% responsible for
It's 23 minutes program, 7 minutes commercial per 30 minutes on the
clock; however, what I find a much larger PITA is what the networks do
with their 23 minutes.
It goes something like this:
1) Summarize what we just told you.
2) Tell you what we are going to tell you.
3) Tell you what we told you we were going to tell you.
4) Summarize what we just told you.
5) Tell you a commercial is coming and they will return after it.
Basic outline of a speech, it hasn't changed in years.
If you are lucky, #5, which is the new material, might reach 10-12
minutes per 30 minute segment.
A communication rate of about 30%-35% is a total waste of my time.
Don't get me wrong, in times of emergency, broadcasting does a
OTOH, the product they try to sell to pay the bills is not a very good
I'm not about to invest resources in equipment nor my time to use it
in order to create something that my make it to mediocre status.
As the old saying goes, a sows ear does not a silk purse make.
Well, that's close. However, that is not really the product. *You* are
the product that they deliver to the advertisers to pay the bills. The
product you cite above is really the bait to deliver you to the
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
That's more or less my filter as well. The cool thing about TiVo is you can
mine what's left. I got interested in Clint Eastwood as a director, so set TiVo
to record any movie he directed. At this point, I've seen them all, so I
I have it set up to record the local news, but just keep one show. So I can
watch it when I want, but don't get a backlog. Our local PBS does a lot of good
shows late at night. I can see them with no loss of sleep.
Don't forget the value of skipping commercials. You can watch a one hour show
in 40 minutes.
There is plenty worth saving to watch at a later time, you just have to look
at every hour of broadcast 24/7 for the next 2 weeks. Or let the DVR do
that for you. I mean you invest in a new LCD to watch TV you might as well
make the most of your investment and find stuff worth watching.
If you are confined to what is currently being broadcast, you do get a lot
of crap. If you use a DVR to seek and record the type shows you would watch
you will probably find much more to watch. You just don't realize how much
you would probably enjoy until you have a DVR locate and record. You send a
little time setting it up telling it what you want to watch, who you want to
watch, what kind of programming you want to watch and a few days later you
have a line up of recordings. And it continues to do this until you tell
it to change or stop. And you watch the programming when you "want" to sit
down and watch TV.
That is about when we got out first TiVO also, the first DirecTV DVR's were
2 tuner TiVo's
And then we switched to HD and the new DirecTV DVR's were no longer TiVo
units and the reliability went out the door. Almost 4 years later they have
made enough software upgrades to the DVR that it is tolerable.
I had to have one replaced after one year of use - bad disc drive. Got
the new one hooked up to my broadband router using powerline ethernet
connectors. Gives you access to "Demand" over the internet which gives
another recording path other than the 2 tuners. Some of the demand
programming from DirecTV is now in 1080p format. You can also play
slide shows, movies and audio from your PC. I put the TVersity Windoze
media server app on the OverLords PC which has all our
audio/picture/video data on it. To go with my 46" 1080p Mitsubishi LCD,
a 5.1 sound system is a must. The speakers that come in these new HDTV
sets are unbearably bad.
We went through 5 replacement DirecTV HD DVR's before they decided that it
was the software. The Tivo unit to this day still works like a charm, It is
bullet proof. Some time this year DirecTV is suppose to offer an new Tivo
HF DVR. Uverse is probably going to get my business before that happens.
Gives you access to "Demand" over the internet which gives
I tried it once in the beginning but have not gone back to look at what's
You can also play
Yeah, I have been using 5.1 since about ummmmmm 1994 IIRC. That said
however I have a Sony Bavia and it has remarkably good speakers. I have no
idea where the bass comes from as the speakers openings behind the grill
appear to be 2" x 6". But still it is cool to hear some one enter on the
right side of the room and then see him appear on the right side of the
screen. Or hear a helicopter approaching from the rear speakers and finally
appear at the top of the screen and going away from you.
Ever notice how there's nothing worth watching on several hours of the day,
but some hours there's 3-4 decent shows? The nothing worth watching seems
to coincide with the time I'm ready for supper, too.
"The potential difference between the top and bottom of a tree is the
reason why all trees have to be grounded..." -- Bored Borg on
When the Uverse guy comes they are going to want to switch
you to VOIP phone instead of your land-line. I think the unlimited LD
package is $30.
It doesn't really affect your Internet and TV package price from
Uverse but does affect the initial rebate by $50 I think.
Some people don't want VOIP for various reasons but that's where the
most savings are....at least in this area.
You'll be able to record 4 feeds 2 in HD and 2 in SD. That's the
normal initial bandwidth when they move into an area. Plus you can
record or watch recordings from any of your set top boxes.
I think you have that backwards - they currently only claim two
simultaneous HD channels (whether recording or watching, it doesn't
matter). However, you may not even get THAT. The first thing the tech
did when he came to install U-Verse was to check the signal quality, and
he immediately said it was very borderline and that I'd only be able to
get ONE HD channel at any given time; apparently, my house is at the
very fringe of the distance limit from the box where the signal
originates. At the time I thought "No problem, I only have one HD TV
and no immediate plans to get another", but it didn't take long at all
to discover that my wife likes to record EVERYTHING, and while she's got
an HD show recording I have to watch my 52" LCD in standard definition...
As an artist, I like to work in many different
mediums, but my favorite (by far!) is VAPORS.
Didn't I say 2 in HD and 2 in SD..??
Here they claim you can get 4 simultaneous channels but only 2 in HD
and the other 2 in SD. The service guy also claimed that the number
feeds will increase over time as the network is developed in a
specific area. In a nearby larger market (KC) where this guy
normally works he said that some areas there have up to 6 simultaneous
I'm not familiar with the set up for digital TV but I was a TELCO data
transmission specialist for quite a few years.
With DOV/DUV (data over voice/data under voice) the S/N ratio seldom
cause problems with the data, unless the noise was severe, while it
would greatly impact the modulated analog signals. Phase jitter on the
other hand would wipe out the data with little impact on the analog.
The same help true for the Async data using 2024, 2028 and 2029 modems.
The following web site allows you to input your zip code (the only
information REQUIRED), indicate if there are obstructions in your area
and tell the calculator what type of structure the building is and the
site will provide a chart of the stations in your area and what type of
antenna is required for each station.
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