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June 5th, 2007 - Balthropian Blog

June 5th, 2007

June 5th, 2007
08:00 am


Baa! Meme Baa!
So, balthrop, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 3% unique
(blame, for example, your interest in news/information)
and 10% herdlike
(partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy science).
When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please.

Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is conventional.

Your overall weirdness is: 37

(The average level of weirdness is: 28.
You are weirder than 76% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

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09:03 pm


FIOS First Impressions
We're still exploring all the features of the new TV system, but here are a few first thoughts...

  • There's no 30 second skip on the DVR, but there is a local weather and a local traffic widget available. Neither will be incredibly useful, but nice to know they are there.

  • The "On-Demand" library will be getting some use. The free watching of Penn and Teller season 5 episodes tonight was fun. Showtime even has free cable-safe porn "on-demand". That is scary.

  • Getting BBC World (the international feed of BBC News 24 from England) is worth the switch.

  • The picture quality at first glance is incredible.

  • Not having to deal with "rain fade" again may be worth the switch.

The Tech-Geek side of me also got to play tonight:

  • The tech who came out gave us a new router. It came with pre-installed WEP protection. Our 15/2 Internet connection is now secure.

  • When I bought the new computer last year, I somehow ended up with a Media Center edition of XP. I discovered that a regular pair of rabbit ears doesn't work for it's TV tuner. The FIOS tech ran a Y-splitter from the coax in my office so that I can now watch the TV via the computer. It's only the local channels, WGN, a bunch of "local access" stations, and a Weather Channel local variety, but the geek in me had fun watching half an inning of Rangers baseball while typing this. In theroy, I could put a STB in my office and watch cable via my computer monitor...but why would I want to do that? :-)

Current Mood: geekygeeky

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09:13 pm


If An Informercial Station Signs-Off, Does Anyone Know?
KLDT-TV has a soft spot in my heart. It was the first TV station I ever worked for. The station's first owner wanted to be a low-rent Christian MTV. I got to be one of their V-Jays. The station couldn't afford any on-air staff, so VJing to me meant working master control.

Their license got yanked back in the early 1990s during the last days of Bob Tilton when they tried to turn the station's airtime over to him. I was long-gone before that happened. After briefly returning from the all-infomercial graveyard in the late 1990's to be a real TV station, the station's new owners abandoned actual programing for the quick cash of 30 minute commericals, all the time. Some time in the last several months the station has abandonded its analog signal and switched exclusively to it's digital signal (channel 54). Mind you, it's still all-infomercials and home shopping, so no one is actually watching, but the Geek in me was intrigued to see a call sign on for KLDT-DT 54 instead of KLDT-55...The reason: Money. Some outfit is trying to offer broadband nationally using TV 55. They are paying stations that are currently using that station to leave their analog signals behind.

Current Mood: geekygeeky

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