Sorry for the misunderstanding..I wasn't extolling the qualities of
the TV cards in PCs.
I don't have a TV in my office at home or at work, but I occasionally
like to watch some sports or even a regular show when I'm surfing or
doing some work that doesn't require a whole lot of concentration.
Most times it's just there for company.
I'll sometimes make the TV window as small as a couple of inches
square and set to Always on Top, which allows me to leave my app
windows set to full screen. A right-click on the TV expands it if
something interesting happens, and another right click sends it back
to its corner.
I'm not trying to convince you to get one...I'm just telling you how I
use mine. :-)
At home, yeah. Older machines, whose value would be doubled if I put a
fancy 2-hole video card in them. My monitors are all still glass 4x3 (or
so) format. I'd like a modern wide monitor, but these all still work
fine, and I have a bunch of them- 2 19" and half a dozen 17", one for
each PC plus a couple of spares. I used to deal in junk PCs, back when
where there was money to be made in that niche. I can't GIVE these PCs
or monitors away at this point. Being a cheap SOB, er, FRUGAL, I can't
justify upgrading as long as all these still work well enough for my
No, I surf newsgroups at work in between sorting out clueless user
When I had cable I used to have TV going while in the office, usually on
CNN. The endless stream of scam advertising that permeates all of
broadcast radio and TV ended my watching / listening to broadcast, and
it's permeation into cable helped end my cable viewing as well.
Cheapest, but not the best deal. You need cable or satellite to get History
Channel, Discovery, HDNet, Science Channel and other stations with
interesting programs. I'll take Modern Marvels over Oprah any day.
I get Discovery programs on DVD, no commercials too. Redbox has DVDs
for $1 per day, much less $ than any cable service. I can think of
one reason to have cable, and that is for sports programs which I
I used Time Warner (Comcast?) and I got sick of the bill increasing for
mysterious reasons on what seemed like a monthly bases. When I'd call, or go
down there, I always got vague answers. (Taxes, regulations...I don't think
Finally, I switched back to Dish. God forbid you should ever have a problem
(receiver crash) but the bill stays the same low price they offered in the
beginning. The DVR works well and can record 2 shows at the same time.
Good enough for me.
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