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4k TV

Posted 2014.08.06 21.04 in Family/Friends

It’s been one month since my dad died.

I’ve been pretty much ok since then. Had a huge loud ugly cry a few hours after he died, then just got on with stuff.

Sure there’s been tears now and then. Reminiscing about him with my mum, for example. Going through some photographs. That sort of thing.

Then today I saw a blurb on the tv, the news channel doing some bit on the new 4k televisions that are going to make HDTV obsolete.

And that set me off.

My dad loved big tv. He had a crazy-huge tv, like 70 or 80 inches or something. He had mentioned 4k tv now and then, he was excited to see it when the price got down a bit.

And the realization that he missed it, he won’t get to see it, just made me hugely sad. Crazy little thing.

I hope wherever he is now, he’s got his 4k tv. And there’s no commercials on any of his channels.

This Concludes Our Broadcasting Day

Bandwidth Blues

Posted 2012.11.14 10.39 in Computers/Internet/Technology

This past week has been a bit exciting and tumultuous.

First, I had my tv cable cut. Intentionally, it wasn’t like an accident or anything.

The writing has been on the wall for some time now, it’s just too dang expensive for what you get. There were only a couple channels I was interested in but there was no way to get them a-la-carte, so it was $80/month or nothing. At long last I opted for nothing.

Well, not entirely nothing.

I’d done my research about HD over the air. My TV is new enough (2 years old) to have a digital tuner. And my folks knew I was going to cut the cable and get an antenna, so they generously gave me some $ for my birthday to put towards a good antenna.

So this past Friday the cable guy arrived and worked his magic to make it so I no longer received cable-TV data, while still maintaining my cable internet connection. And after he was done and gone, I got out the ladder and set about installing a funky new TV antenna.

I’ve never been good with heights, and it’s been about a decade or more since I last felt safe ontop of a ladder, but I had set myself the challenge and managed to pull it off — with only minor injuries. Nothing more serious than a bunch of bruises and pulled muscles, and one damaged finger from when the wrench slipped.

Overall though – mission accomplished, I had my antenna up and was able to receive local broadcasts. CBC, CTV, Global, Omni, TVO, a French channel, and sorta-kinda City-Tv, plus something from Buffalo called ‘The CW’. And all in much higher-quality than I got from cable. Uncompressed HDTV, most of them at 1080i.

It looks straight when you’re directly under it, ontop of a ladder.

However, I was missing all the channels / shows I actually watched. Stuff on Showcase, Discovery, History, CBC-Newsworld. So I turned to places like iTunes where you can get episodes and series (also in HD).

Now while doing all this, I was also working on my dad’s computer over the weekend. Upgrading his OS, downloading upgrades to a bunch of his software, that sort of thing.

Finally I thought to myself, I bet I’m getting near my bandwidth limit for the month. I’d better check on that. I’ve only ever got near the limit once before in the 10 years or so that I’ve had this particular service, and they plastered a warning ontop of web pages I was visiting to let me know. I hadn’t seen the warning yet but knew I must be close.

But I was wrong – I was not close. In fact, according to them, I was already 25% over my limit, to the tune of an extra $36 fee.

Why no warning when I got close? For that matter, why no warning when I hit the limit?

I’m guessing it is punishment, for cancelling the tv cable.

I don’t even entirely believe them that I’ve used as much as they say I have, but I’ve no way to know for sure. But that’s not what I’m upset about.

According to their day-by-day logs, I hit the 100% limit before I started all the big weekend downloads. But no warning, no notification.

Now I have to be careful about what bandwidth I use for the next week, and knowing I’m already in for a big extra bill this month. Next month I’ll have to decide whether to increase my account with them, or cut them off completely and go with another ISP.

The problem is, it’s a dualopoly. There’s Rogers and there’s Bell, and they both charge the exact same rates for the exact same services, and they both suck and neither has any incentive to do any better because they both know they both suck and there’s no real choices outside of the two of them. Whether it’s internet, television, telephone, or wireless, those are the two big players in Canada and they just match each other on everything.

Linking URLs on the TV

Posted 2011.08.15 20.28 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Music/Movies/TV

Here’s something that has been bugging me for about the last 5 years or so. When you see a URL on the TV, why can’t you just click it and have the link open up on your browser on your computer?

Ok I know the TV isn’t usually connected to the computer. Doesn’t matter. What about the digital hub stuff that they’ve been going on about for a few years? Between all the digital devices we’ve got in our homes, there should be a way to make this happen.

If the rumours of an Apple-branded television are true, then I expect this has to be one of the features. Click a link on the tv screen and it opens on your iPad or your Mac. So you can keep watching the show, while you follow the link.

More Obscure TV Trivia Answers

Posted 2009.11.27 23.00 in Music/Movies/TV

Recently I posted another little TV trivia quiz – essentially, a commercial had asked, “Do you have what it takes to run a TV station?”  And to that, I immediately responded, I have a wheelchair and a fedora – of course I have what it takes to run a TV station!

I was referring to a certain character on a certain TV show. 150 points were on the table – and Doug won them all! Congratulations!

For the rest of you, here’s the answers:

You get 50 points for each correct answer. Cheers!

P.s. my fedora is red and I don’t have a matching suit, but I could still run a TV station.

More Obscure TV Trivia

Posted 2009.11.24 8.41 in Music/Movies/TV

Last night I had the TV on, providing some background noise, when I heard a commercial ask, “Do you have what it takes to run a TV station?”

I don’t know if they were advertising a new show, or a contest, or a video game, or whatever – after they asked the question my brain tuned it out as I immediately thought to myself, I have a wheelchair and a fedora – of course I have what it takes to run a TV station!

Then I thought to myself, woah that was an obscure TV reference.

So here we go:

  1. For 50 points, name the TV show I was thinking of when I thought I could run a TV station.
  2. A further 50 points will be awarded, if you can name the exact character on that TV show.
  3. Finally, there are 50 points for naming the actor who played the character on that show.

Ready? And…. go!

Obscure TV Trivia Answers

Posted 2009.11.06 10.19 in Music/Movies/TV

Ok so here’s the answers to last week’s obscure TV trivia questions:

For 5 points, all we needed was the names of any two movies that actor Troy McClure has starred in. This was an easy one as just about every time Troy appears on a Simpsons episode, he introduces himself with “You may remember me from such films as…” and names two films. For instance “Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die” or “The President’s Neck Is Missing!”

For 50 points, we needed the superhero identity of Drake Mallard. This was a tougher one, though the name makes it obvious we’re talking about a duck. What duck? When you’ve got trouble you call DW! DarkWing Duck!

For 100 points, we needed the detective agency where Cornfed works. Again, slightly more obscure, but the name and the fact that it’s a detective agency tip the hat. Duckman’s detective agency.

And finally, at 250 points, the most obscure reference at all. El Ka-Bong was an alter-ego of the drunken / senile Franklin Sherman, father of Jay Sherman, “The Critic”. (Side note: Is it wrong that Franklin Sherman is one of my heros?)

Cheers!

Obscure TV Trivia

Posted 2009.10.31 15.50 in Music/Movies/TV, Pointless Blather

For 5 points, can you name any two movies that actor Troy McClure has starred in?

For 50 points, can you name Drake Mallard’s superhero identity?

For 100 points, can you name the detective agency where Cornfed works?

For 250 points, can you reveal the true identity of the mysterious “El Ka-Bong!”?

There are no prizes, though if you can answer any of these without using Google, Wiki, or IMDB then you can give yourself a pat on the back, prior to seeking professional help.