Friday, January 9, 2009


This doesn't have much to do with anything, so I apologize.

I mainly just liked this graphic. I got it from an article on Geekologie about how Obama is trying to get the analog TV shut off date extended (which has been done multiple times at this point.)

This graphic reminds me of how digital is good, but not necessarily better, in my opinion. At least not on all fronts. It's kind of like the difference between a painting and a photo of a painting. The photo is limited to the restraints of its technology, whereas the painting can be infinitely detailed if you get close enough. Not that analog isn't a form of technology, but...I don't know where I'm going with this.

At any rate I did switch to receiving HD channels over the air last weekend and it's pretty incredible. A common misconception is that you need a special antenna to pick up HD channels...not so. The same rooftop eyesore that your grandmother has used since the 50's can get HD. They just put "HD compatible!" and things of that nature on the box because they want to cash in on ill informed consumers. And it's funny that people are still so ill informed considering how many commercials they run about this subject. I guess it's mainly due to the fact that these commercials are devoid of any useful information.

All you need to get HD channels is a TV that's HD compatible and an antenna, that's it. None of this converter box stuff unless you have a non-HD TV. It's that simple. You know if your TV is HD compatible because all HD channels have a decimal point. (unless you already get them through a cable box, which most people who have them do.) For example, 3.1 or 4.5 or 97.48 If you don't have the ability to input a decimal point on your remote then you can't see the channels (hence what the converter box is needed for.) Why they don't just tell people that in the commercials and avoid all this confusion is beyond me.

This has been an Albino Raven public service announcement.

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