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Old November 4th, 2012, 12:18 PM   #16901
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So, I was just watching TV (well, fooling around on the computer with the TV on, not actually looking at the TV) when I heard a bit of a sizzling noise, looked up and saw that the picture had contracted and the color was off.... When I went to change the channel, thinking it was just that one, I noticed a bit of smoke coming out of the top of the set.
You would be surprised how easily is to repair those 20+ years old TV sets, you just need to find an experienced technician (usually some older guy). I have a Hitachi from 1988, picture quality of SD resolution easily surpasses many 500+€ LCDs, and not even speaking about superb sound quality, no flat panel TV can match that.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 03:10 PM   #16902
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What is this guy thinking? This is taken in Colchester, England and this foreign lorry driver was just following his GPS. But what was he the thinking when he made this turn?

A few metres, a few metres still... **** it, keep going!



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Old November 4th, 2012, 03:20 PM   #16903
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What is this guy thinking? This is taken in Colchester, England and this foreign lorry driver was just following his GPS. But what was he the thinking when he made this turn?

A few metres, a few metres still... **** it, keep going!
It's not the first. The net is full of stories involving stupid drivers and GPS.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 03:24 PM   #16904
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I know. I heard about this Turkish lorry driver, that was supposed to go to Gibraltar on the southern tip of Spain. But his satnav took him to Gibraltar near Newcastle in mainland UK. It probably didn't even spring into mind that he had to take a ferry from somewhere, and that eventually people started driving on the other side of the road...
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Old November 4th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #16905
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Old November 4th, 2012, 03:57 PM   #16906
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I know. I heard about this Turkish lorry driver, that was supposed to go to Gibraltar on the southern tip of Spain. But his satnav took him to Gibraltar near Newcastle in mainland UK. It probably didn't even spring into mind that he had to take a ferry from somewhere, and that eventually people started driving on the other side of the road...
I still remember the Swedish couple that drove to Carpi instead of Capri.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 04:20 PM   #16907
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I still remember the Swedish couple that drove to Carpi instead of Capri.
Not a big deal. Carpi is on the way to Capri if you come from the A22.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 04:31 PM   #16908
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Not a big deal. Carpi is on the way to Capri if you come from the A22.
I remember they came from Venice so they did quite a detour.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 04:43 PM   #16909
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I remember they came from Venice so they did quite a detour.
Well yes, I thought they came directly from Sweden.

I read more than once that some people wanted to fly to Sydney in Australia but they flew to Sydney in Nova Scotia

Here the article.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/...217366682.html
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Old November 4th, 2012, 04:47 PM   #16910
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Old November 4th, 2012, 04:54 PM   #16911
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Oh but a tv is soooo much more then just a picture these days... Don't tell me you just want to watch programmes on it... It's like putting a cd on to listen to music. Although, I remember the days when I wanted to change channels: I actually had to get up out of my chair and walk over all the way to the tv set...
Yes, but how often did anyone in Europe ever change channels? When I was first in France, there were only three....
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Old November 4th, 2012, 04:56 PM   #16912
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Back in my childhood in the 80s in the Netherlands there were only two. Then a 3rd one came and everyone got very excited. My other part of my childhook in the UK there were 3.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:01 PM   #16913
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Commercial television was only introduced in the early 1990s in the Netherlands. Before that there were just 3 channels of the so-called "pillarized society". Every belief and political spectrum had their own programming, distributed over the three channels.

It's hard to believe television programming was so limited until then. There are dozens of channels nowadays, and you can expand that to hundreds of channels if you get subscriptions.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:02 PM   #16914
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You would be surprised how easily is to repair those 20+ years old TV sets, you just need to find an experienced technician (usually some older guy). I have a Hitachi from 1988, picture quality of SD resolution easily surpasses many 500+€ LCDs, and not even speaking about superb sound quality, no flat panel TV can match that.
I was hoping I could repair it. For one thing, I remember reading (in Consumer Reports, which is very respected here for non-biased product reviews) a few years ago that flat-panel TVs are inferior to tube TVs. (Latest information from them is they've stopped rating tube TVs because no one's making them - I'd already looked at a few retail sites and not seen one for sale - and the flat-panels are getting better.)

On the other hand, some broadcasts now look funny on it because they're meant for the wider screens....

I think I'll buy a new one but not get rid of the old one yet; when I have nothing better to do, I'll look into repairing it. I can't just put it out in the trash anyway, I've learned: because of the nature of some of the components, they have to be handled specially. It's like (literally) disposing of nuclear waste.

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In other news, we switched to winter time overnight, and the temperatures a few days from now are forecast to be at levels that are normal for January. (43F/6C Wednesday). I hate winter.
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Back in my childhood in the 80s in the Netherlands there were only two. Then a 3rd one came and everyone got very excited. My other part of my childhook in the UK there were 3.
I'm looking for the Keeping Up Appearances where Daisy changes the channel for Onslow by whacking the TV once on the top (which usually turns it on and off) and once on the side....

Of course, who needs a TV when you have YouTube?
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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:25 PM   #16916
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I almost never watch TV programming. Just some movies and series I have on DVD. The internet has largely replaced TV for me.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:27 PM   #16917
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I know. I heard about this Turkish lorry driver, that was supposed to go to Gibraltar on the southern tip of Spain. But his satnav took him to Gibraltar near Newcastle in mainland UK. It probably didn't even spring into mind that he had to take a ferry from somewhere, and that eventually people started driving on the other side of the road...
Well he got the country right, thus maybe he thought this Gibraltar is bit bigger than he thought.

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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:43 PM   #16918
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I almost never watch TV programming. Just some movies and series I have on DVD. The internet has largely replaced TV for me.
I gave up tv 6 years ago. Don't even own one.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:45 PM   #16919
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Don't want to support Berlusconi? :-)
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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:48 PM   #16920
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I almost never watch TV programming. Just some movies and series I have on DVD. The internet has largely replaced TV for me.
I got rid of the TV some 9 years ago. At first I was still watching the TV sometimes on the local LAN broadcast and then skipped it completely, only watching some things on the internet now a days.

The comercialisaton began quite late in the Europe, both in the Radia broadcast and in the TV. The only early exception being ITV in the UK going on already in the 50s. I think the commercial TV broadcast followed in Italy and France at first, Germany shortly after that.
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