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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    That's one thing I definitely appreciate about the improving technology. The old tube TV's are so dang heavy!!!
    Ugh, no kidding. I still have one of those I bought 15 years ago (the lightweight ones were still pretty expensive), and it's a pain. I don't use it for several reasons, and intend to get rid of it one of these days when I get rid of a bunch of dead appliances. The remote is dead, but a universal might work, so I could theoretically get that working and then give it to someone who wants it (or sell it for $20 or so). The only TV I use is as a computer monitor that I am looking at as I type this - it's great for streaming and for games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    Is it sad that what I miss is the olden days when there was something on TV I could actually watch in front of my family?
    Not at all. There was some good stuff back then.

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    Game of Thrones or Walking Dead May be better than those shows but I can’t watch fuck orgies with my sister. My kids can’t see brains bursting out of skulls.
    That is hilarious.

    There are shows that can still be watched together, though ... Doctor Who comes to mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    We watch (and LOVE) Bob's Burgers with our kids. But they're 20, 18, and 16, so....
    LOL

    Every time my son comes home for a visit (23) we watch at least 3 of Family Guy....per night..

    He just left this morning after 2 week

    Huge sports fan house here.

    Love our big screen and the HD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Not at all. There was some good stuff back then.


    That is hilarious.

    There are shows that can still be watched together, though ... Doctor Who comes to mind.
    You can't watch the NEWS as a family anymore. There are always porn stars on!!

    How do you explain to your 10-year-old daughter what a porn star is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frecks1710 View Post
    Simple, my husband wants a bigger screen tv. Not so simple; it does not fit in the 9 year old wall unit. So off we go for a new wall unit, new wires, and a sound bar. I miss my old tv with the antenna ears, 5 stations, and a simple on/off button. And we enjoyed it more! Life was so much simpler then....I am getting too old! Anyone else feel that way?
    Yes. I want to get away from smart phones, scams, viruses, updates and emails and go back to the simple life. When I finish working, that's my plan. I don't even want a computer. I just want to farm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Not that want to see Little House on the Prairie, but my VCR is hooked up to my computer so I don't have to give up my VHS tapes.
    Those VHS tapes degrade over time. Best to get the data into a copyable digital format ASAP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    You can't watch the NEWS as a family anymore. There are always porn stars on!!
    And there's rarely much actual news, anyway.

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    How do you explain to your 10-year-old daughter what a porn star is?
    Easy for me ... I have no kids I'm aware of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Those VHS tapes degrade over time. Best to get the data into a copyable digital format ASAP.
    That's a good point ... I may look into that.

    It's interesting, though ... one of my newer tapes got eaten by the VCR (and I didn't have the patience to get it out the right way), but the older ones are no problem.
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    The first tv my family owned had an 8 inch screen and wood cabinet doors that were to be shut when the tv was not on.

    I don't miss it, exactly. I miss being young, sort of, and I miss the shared cultural experiences. We all watched the Vietnam War on tv, and the race riots, and the march on Selma, etc. The watercooler, diner, grocery store was a shared space where we talked about such things.

    Now my neighbors and I don't even share a newspaper. I know more about most of you guys' lives than I do my neighbors'.

    It's a Facebook life.....too often, faceless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    That's a good point ... I may look into that.

    It's interesting, though ... one of my newer tapes got eaten by the VCR (and I didn't have the patience to get it out the right way), but the older ones are no problem.
    Back in the mid-1970s, when I was about four, I lived in Cambridge, England for a year while my father was teaching/researching at Cambridge University. During that year, my parents rarely wrote letters to their parents back in the U.S. Instead, they'd occasionally record hour-long audiotapes which they'd mail to one set of grandparents, with instructions to enjoy, and forward to the other grandparents. Most of those tapes eventually wound up back in my parents' possession. I discovered the box of tapes in the late 1980s, and while listening to one of them, the tape snapped. I delicately repaired the damage, losing no more than about ten seconds of audio in the process, and I put away the tapes out of fear of damaging others.

    In the late 1990s, I learned of a new audio compression technology called "MP3," which offered possibilities. I spent a few bucks on a brand new cassette player, which I hoped would be gentle with the old tapes. I wired the player directly to my computer, and copied all of the tapes to my hard drive in an uncompressed format. Then I had my computer compress the audio to MP3, allowing me to compress each hour of audio down to a manageable ~15MB file. Don't forget - this was spoken audio recorded on non-professional equipment; not music. So I wasn't terribly concerned about quality loss.

    Now, the tapes could be discarded, and the audio files could be played and duplicated any number of times with no degradation. Furthermore, unlike the tapes, I could jump instantly to any point in the audio. So my four year-old high-pitched voice, complete with British accent, is preserved for future generations.
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