Like a lot of people are doing these days, my brother- and sister-in-law replaced a CRT TV with an LCD. I helped my brother-in-law hook it up last weekend, and we got it working, but probably could have done things a little bit differently. A lot of inexpensive LCDs have a limited number of inputs [...]
Consumerist had some fun today at the expense of a Best Buy ad from September 15, 1996. Here’s the kind of price deflation we’ve seen in 15 years.
Digital video is confusing. You get some clear advantages, since signal degradation becomes a thing of the past, but if you’re not someone who works in video for a living, it’s difficult to keep it all straight. And standards are a problem. You can’t just assume that two devices will work together because they’re both [...]
I fixed up a Nintendo 64 this past weekend. I have an inherent bias against almost anything that reminds me of 1997, but I found a number of things to like about the system after spending a few hours with it.
Commodore and Atari used an early implementation of s-video on their home computers in order to show off their computers’ advanced-for-their-time graphics. Many monitors sold for those computers featured compatibility with this feature, which was called “separated” or “y/c” composite or at the time. JVC called the feature “s-video” when they started using it on [...]
Amiga monitors aren’t always the easiest thing to come by. Of course just about every Amiga sold was also sold with a monitor, but sadly, many of the monitors weren’t as reliable as the computer. You can hook them up to a TV. There are several options, and while some are far from ideal, most [...]
I saw an MSNBC article this week about people using the original Playstations (not the later streamlined version pictured at the top of the article) as high-end CD players.
Well, the 20th anniversary of the release of the venerable Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) passed this week. And with it came discussion of how the NES saved the videogame industry after the disastrous Atari 2600.
I have to admit I was scratching my head as I read this stuff. Did the people writing it live through both of them? By what measure was the 2600 a disaster?
As someone who spent way too many hours after school in front of both of them when both of them were new, it seems to me like this is like arguing whether The Beatles were greater than Elvis Presley.
Joe Rampolla is at it again. I linked to his toy train website a few months ago; today he sent me a link to a new animation project that he calls “My Secondhand Lions.”
I would have liked the project even if he hadn’t made reference to one of my favorite movies.
The phone rang this morning, around 9 AM. I’ve gotten used to that; my recruiter’s been calling me around 9 for the last few days. But this time there was a different tone to his voice. He was nervous.
Great, I instantly thought. Another rejection. What is this, high school?