Elizabeth (sistinas) wrote,

its not easy being an early adapter...

I admit it, I'm a gadget freak.

I must have the new Apple iPad when it is out - I had put off getting an iPhone as I didn't want to deal with the hassle of switching from Verizon to AT&T and hoped if I stalled long enough Verizon would work out their own deal so I filled in with an iPod Touch but now this is even better as it delivers what I really want, an "anytime" 3G internet connection which should be available for $30 unlimited data a month (cheaper than my bill would have been switching to the iPhone & adding the data plan) Will be worthwhile just to be able to surf the web while commuting on the bus or train & not having to go find a Panera with wifi when I am en route between connections & need to order art or tickets LOL! (Plus nice access to map and GPS iPhone apps while traveling!)

Meanwhile I'm saving the $100 or so a month I spent on cable TV as I dumped comcast - once they "upgraded" their service in November we couldn't get a clear signal for more than 15 minutes at a time and I got mighty cranky loosing a picture in the midst of something intense on "Fringe" or "Dollhouse" and would have to wait until it showed up on Hulu the next day to watch all of it. For as little TV as we watch we were paying close to $10 an hour anyway for the dubious honor of a bad picture (Comcast's "fix" was to keep trading in the box for another that wouldn't work any better... grr, their customer "service" is the pits! I am still waiting a month and a half later for the refund of what I had been overcharged)

So as our TV is a really old analog Sony that won't receive anything anymore without a converter box (and didn't get any reception years back without cable anyway) I was verging towards a hi-def TV.... then I read a review about a really cool gadget that plugs into Macs called "El Gato Eye TV" that serves as a hi-def over the air tuner so you can watch & record TV on your computer! So I found it discounted on amazon and ordered it & after hooking it to a $20 set of rabbit ears from radio shack we can get upwards of 30 channels (even including NHK and Al Jazeera should we choose).

So I'm all set to go on Fringe and Lost and the upcoming winter olympics and on the rare shows I can't get on cable & can't live without like the Venture Bros I can get a season pass on iTunes! The picture on my 24" iMac is incredible (both much larger & sharper than the old 19" Sony), easily as good as any of the nice TVs I was looking at! And I can record shows (it has a TV guide function where you can just click in advance on what you want to record) and supposedly you can sink it with an iPhone (and hopefully iPad....) and watch stuff remotely... I sprang for the fancier version that comes with video capture plugs to use to transfer VHS tapes & DVDs to digital too but haven't had a chance to fiddle with that but this is definitely the way to go! take that comcast!!!! To quote Sigue Sigue Sputnik "I Love Technology!"

I am rather amused by how many articles I've read in newspapers in the last few weeks on dumping cable TV - its really gotten too bloated and overpriced and is a dying business model between online providers like hulu, itunes and over the air HDTV.

LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-rabbit-ears25-2009dec25,0,3882718.story

NY Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/10/technology/personaltech/10basics.html?scp=3&sq=cable%20tv&st=Search
Tags: apple, eyetv, gadgets, lizjunk, mac
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