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Ubiquitous
2020-02-07 09:30:41 UTC
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While waiting out the storm,I watched:

GHOST ADVENTURES: SCREAMING ROOM:
"Believe It!". Zak and the guys look back at the collection of oddities that
is Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, where after encountering the ancient
spirit of a stolen mummy Zak reveals his love of ... feet.

HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS:
"Juno and Jupiter". NASA's Juno spacecraft is part of a cutting-edge mission
to explore the mysteries of Jupiter, and as this mighty probe is pummeled
with deadly radiation, it gathers new data that could change everything.

What did you watch?

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Ian J. Ball
2020-02-07 15:03:41 UTC
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What did you watch?
soaps: DOOL - This focused on all of the characters (e.g. John &
Marlena, Stefano, et al.) that I despise, so I paid it little attention.
GH - This I paid even less attention to!! All I got out of it is
that Laura's been shot (again?!!); Taggart and Jordan share some secret
(that Curtis doesn't know about); and they brought on Jeff Kober to
play a new (but imprisoned!) "Big Bad" mob boss rival of Sonny's.

The Island (HBO) - I got sucked into watching this all the way through.
I still say that Scarlett Johansson has never looked better than she
looked in this flick. In watching it again, it strikes me that it may
be one of the best Michael Bay movies (along with "The Rock") - it's
far too "action-y", and would have been advantaged by less non-stop
action, but it has a decent (if now overworn - heck, even flicks like
"Level 16" are copying it!) Skiffy premise that would have benefited
from further fleshing out.
The one thing I couldn't figure out is when it was set - they
(amusingly!!) tell the clones it's "2019". But the futuristic L.A. we
see when McGregor and Johansson escape cannot possibly have developed
in the 15 years from 2005 (when the movie was produced) to 2019! So it
must be more like 2100, or even later! Still, the film never tells us...

The Magicians (recorded) - "Magicians Anonymous" (ep. #5.4). Pretty
good episode in which we finally get to see Zelda again, when Alice
discovers Zelda hiding in the library and teams up with her...
Meanwhile, no Josh or Fen this episode, but it has both Kady and Fogg,
and even teams them up!!... But it disappointingly appears to write out
Dean Fogg by the end. (This sort of makes sense, as Brakebill has
become incredibly ancillary, esp. in season #5. But losing Fogg as a
main character is probably a mistake...) And Julia tries to make
another deal with a godess (an all grown up Juliette Goglia!), which
brings back The Binder (Matt Frewer!!) too, but the deal goes south and
Julia is only able to save Penny, but at the expense of removing his
"traveller" powers.

Instapsycho (LMN) - This was pretty decent, thanks to an above average
cast. Makenzie Vega plays a deprived high schooler and foster child
(Kim Director plays her out-of-it foster mother) who finally snaps
under the pressures of her life - in the form of becoming obsessed with
dominating social media over the high school's Bitch Queen (Kara
Royster). She drags her new "friend" and innocent (Laura Wiggins) into
an escalating series of poor decisions, while her mother (Nicky Whalen)
misses all of the alarm bells... You know where this is going, but I
like Vega's portrayal here - it was actually somewhat nuanced for a
flick like this.


Recorded for later: Legacies.
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Arthur Lipscomb
2020-02-07 16:26:20 UTC
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Post by Ubiquitous
What did you watch?
soaps: DOOL - This focused on all of the characters (e.g. John &
Marlena, Stefano, et al.) that I despise, so I paid it little attention.
  GH - This I paid even less attention to!! All I got out of it is that
Laura's been shot (again?!!); Taggart and Jordan share some secret (that
Curtis doesn't know about); and they brought on Jeff Kober to play a new
(but imprisoned!) "Big Bad" mob boss rival of Sonny's.
The Island (HBO) - I got sucked into watching this all the way through.
I've been thinking about revisiting this myself.
Post by Ian J. Ball
I still say that Scarlett Johansson has never looked better than she
looked in this flick. In watching it again, it strikes me that it may be
one of the best Michael Bay movies (along with "The Rock")
I have the blu-ray but never got around to watching it. I must not have
watched this movie since the original release!

- it's far
Post by Ian J. Ball
too "action-y", and would have been advantaged by less non-stop action,
but it has a decent (if now overworn - heck, even flicks like "Level 16"
are copying it!) Skiffy premise that would have benefited from further
fleshing out.
But, but, the Island ripped off another movie first. And got sued for
it! :-/ OK, so maybe no one actually saw the other movie and everyone
saw this one. I'll give you that.
Post by Ian J. Ball
  The one thing I couldn't figure out is when it was set - they
(amusingly!!) tell the clones it's "2019". But the futuristic L.A. we
see when McGregor and Johansson escape cannot possibly have developed in
the 15 years from 2005 (when the movie was produced) to 2019! So it must
be more like 2100, or even later! Still, the film never tells us...
The Magicians (recorded) -
Saved for later.
I watched:


Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.


Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
(theatrical) Margot Robbie reprises her Harley Quinn role in this new
adventure that's both a Harley Quinn movie and a "Birds of Prey" movie.
As I recall these were originally two separate movies that had their
scripts combined. But this is very much Harley Quinn's movie and
"Deadpool" style she narrates it and constantly breaks the 4th wall to
do so. Also like "Deadpool" this movie spins off a character from a
PG13 franchise and gives them their own "R" rated adventure. Joining
Harley are Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as
Black Canary and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. They are forced to team
up to fight off and protect a young thief from Black Mask (Ewan
McGregor) and his henchman Victor Zsasz (Chris Messina). Everyone in
the movie is clearly cutting lose and having fun, especially Ewan
McGregor who just chews every scene he's in.

While the trailers did *nothing* for me, the movie has been getting
really good reviews so I went in optimistic that it would be better than
the trailers were indicating. While I don't think it's as great as the
reviews have indicated, it was definitely a lot better than the trailers
let on. I'm still not sure what to make of all of it. I guess the
movie works, but I can't explain why. Imagine if Joel Schumacher's
"Batman & Robin" was R rated and actually kind of good. Hard to
imagine. That's sort of this movie. Or let me put it this way, there's
a scene in the movie where they are fighting and suddenly Harley is
wearing roller skates. Someone notices and even asks her *when* did you
have time during this fight to put on roller skate? There's a sequence
in Schuacher's "Batman & Robin" where they fight wearing roller skaets.
It's a dumb scene and makes it a lesser movie. Yet in this one, it just
works. So while I can't really explain what I liked about it or why, it
does just sort of work.
anim8rfsk
2020-02-07 18:44:49 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
Isn't it only 3 eps? Or did I miss one?
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2020-02-08 00:08:47 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
Isn't it only 3 eps? Or did I miss one?
I was mistaken, this was episode 3, "The End is the Beginning." For
some reason, it felt like I already watched 3 episodes.
anim8rfsk
2020-02-08 00:18:10 UTC
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Post by Arthur Lipscomb
Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
Isn't it only 3 eps? Or did I miss one?
I was mistaken, this was episode 3, "The End is the Beginning." For
some reason, it felt like I already watched 3 episodes.
I'd swear episode 3's "previously on" was the same as episode 2's "next time
on" and I'd missed an ep there in the middle. :D
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BTR1701
2020-02-07 19:06:56 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.

Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.

Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
anim8rfsk
2020-02-07 19:46:59 UTC
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Post by Arthur Lipscomb
Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.
LOL the suckage is high with this one.
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Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
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suzeeq
2020-02-07 22:10:30 UTC
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Post by Arthur Lipscomb
Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet on
the other end.
Post by BTR1701
Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.
Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
Ian J. Ball
2020-02-07 23:53:01 UTC
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Post by Arthur Lipscomb
Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet
on the other end.
There are also other options, like Air Play, but I'm guessing there's
no Apple TV if there's a TiVo...
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Post by BTR1701
Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.
Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
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of "kill"?" - M-OC, "A Perilous Rescue" (ep. #2.9), LSW:TFA (08-10-2017)
Arthur Lipscomb
2020-02-08 00:18:39 UTC
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Post by Arthur Lipscomb
Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet on
the other end.
Before I was able to watch it on TV through my xBox, I would stream
through a laptop and connect the laptop to my receiver via HDMI. It's
annoying, but it works.

I meant to mention, I had some serious issues streaming Picard last
night through my xBox. I was only to watch about half of it that way.
For whatever reason the stream just kept locking up. After probably 20
or so minutes of just not being able to get the show to play properly, I
gave up and streamed the second half of the episode on my computer. At
first I thought the problem was everyone watching it at once, but it
streamed just fine on my computer.
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Post by BTR1701
Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.
Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
Yeah, I know it might not seem like a hurdle to people who use Netflix
as their primary source of TV/movies. But having to log on and go
through the menus is one of the reasons I never seem to even think of
sampling stuff on Netflix and Amazon Prime. There are certain things I
make it a point to watch. But if I'm just bored and flipping channels
to see what's on, it's usually cable or nothing. Same goes for Disney+
and CBS. DC Universe is even worse because I have plug in a separate
device for that. And most of these streaming services have *horrible*
navigation systems. CBS is probably by far the worse with DC a very
close second. OR maybe I should reverse that...

I mean if Teen Titans, Swamp Thing, of Man in the High Castle were just
sitting there on my DVR, I'd have watched them by now. But I do plan to
get around to them sooner or later.
Ian J. Ball
2020-02-08 03:43:02 UTC
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Post by Arthur Lipscomb
Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet
on the other end.
Before I was able to watch it on TV through my xBox, I would stream
through a laptop and connect the laptop to my receiver via HDMI. It's
annoying, but it works.
I meant to mention, I had some serious issues streaming Picard last
night through my xBox. I was only to watch about half of it that way.
For whatever reason the stream just kept locking up. After probably 20
or so minutes of just not being able to get the show to play properly,
I gave up and streamed the second half of the episode on my computer.
At first I thought the problem was everyone watching it at once, but it
streamed just fine on my computer.
Post by suzeeq
Post by BTR1701
Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.
Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
Yeah, I know it might not seem like a hurdle to people who use Netflix
as their primary source of TV/movies. But having to log on and go
through the menus is one of the reasons I never seem to even think of
sampling stuff on Netflix and Amazon Prime. There are certain things I
make it a point to watch. But if I'm just bored and flipping channels
to see what's on, it's usually cable or nothing. Same goes for Disney+
and CBS. DC Universe is even worse because I have plug in a separate
device for that. And most of these streaming services have *horrible*
navigation systems. CBS is probably by far the worse with DC a very
close second. OR maybe I should reverse that...
I mean if Teen Titans, Swamp Thing, of Man in the High Castle were just
sitting there on my DVR, I'd have watched them by now. But I do plan
to get around to them sooner or later.
Yeah, I agree that streaming has never really rivaled the "TV
experience", so as a result I pretty never use them for "background
noise" - that's always TV: broadcast, cable, or the premiums.

I think that's why "Pluto TV" has tried to replicate the "cable TV"
feel, with "channels", and apparently the comming Peacock streamer may
try to do the same. (Of course, the problem with Pluto TV is that it
fails on the "streaming experience" end of things, in that their
interface makes it impossible to call up stuff for "OnDemand"
viewing!...)
--
"Three light sabers? Is that overkill? Or just the right amount
of "kill"?" - M-OC, "A Perilous Rescue" (ep. #2.9), LSW:TFA (08-10-2017)
anim8rfsk
2020-02-08 06:44:32 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet
on the other end.
Before I was able to watch it on TV through my xBox, I would stream
through a laptop and connect the laptop to my receiver via HDMI. It's
annoying, but it works.
I meant to mention, I had some serious issues streaming Picard last
night through my xBox. I was only to watch about half of it that way.
For whatever reason the stream just kept locking up. After probably 20
or so minutes of just not being able to get the show to play properly,
I gave up and streamed the second half of the episode on my computer.
At first I thought the problem was everyone watching it at once, but it
streamed just fine on my computer.
Post by suzeeq
Post by BTR1701
Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.
Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
Yeah, I know it might not seem like a hurdle to people who use Netflix
as their primary source of TV/movies. But having to log on and go
through the menus is one of the reasons I never seem to even think of
sampling stuff on Netflix and Amazon Prime. There are certain things I
make it a point to watch. But if I'm just bored and flipping channels
to see what's on, it's usually cable or nothing. Same goes for Disney+
and CBS. DC Universe is even worse because I have plug in a separate
device for that. And most of these streaming services have *horrible*
navigation systems. CBS is probably by far the worse with DC a very
close second. OR maybe I should reverse that...
I mean if Teen Titans, Swamp Thing, of Man in the High Castle were just
sitting there on my DVR, I'd have watched them by now. But I do plan
to get around to them sooner or later.
Yeah, I agree that streaming has never really rivaled the "TV
experience", so as a result I pretty never use them for "background
noise" - that's always TV: broadcast, cable, or the premiums.
I think that's why "Pluto TV" has tried to replicate the "cable TV"
feel, with "channels", and apparently the comming Peacock streamer may
try to do the same. (Of course, the problem with Pluto TV is that it
fails on the "streaming experience" end of things, in that their
interface makes it impossible to call up stuff for "OnDemand"
viewing!...)
I'm sure PLUTO looks great on paper, but it fails utterly when you try to use
it.
In practice, I tend to just pick a channel, and it automagically goes back to
that channel when you open it. So I don't even see the dozens of other
options.
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2020-02-08 19:44:45 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet
on the other end.
Before I was able to watch it on TV through my xBox, I would stream
through a laptop and connect the laptop to my receiver via HDMI. It's
annoying, but it works.
I meant to mention, I had some serious issues streaming Picard last
night through my xBox. I was only to watch about half of it that way.
For whatever reason the stream just kept locking up. After probably 20
or so minutes of just not being able to get the show to play properly,
I gave up and streamed the second half of the episode on my computer.
At first I thought the problem was everyone watching it at once, but it
streamed just fine on my computer.
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Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.
Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
Yeah, I know it might not seem like a hurdle to people who use Netflix
as their primary source of TV/movies. But having to log on and go
through the menus is one of the reasons I never seem to even think of
sampling stuff on Netflix and Amazon Prime. There are certain things I
make it a point to watch. But if I'm just bored and flipping channels
to see what's on, it's usually cable or nothing. Same goes for Disney+
and CBS. DC Universe is even worse because I have plug in a separate
device for that. And most of these streaming services have *horrible*
navigation systems. CBS is probably by far the worse with DC a very
close second. OR maybe I should reverse that...
I mean if Teen Titans, Swamp Thing, of Man in the High Castle were just
sitting there on my DVR, I'd have watched them by now. But I do plan
to get around to them sooner or later.
Yeah, I agree that streaming has never really rivaled the "TV
experience", so as a result I pretty never use them for "background
noise" - that's always TV: broadcast, cable, or the premiums.
I think that's why "Pluto TV" has tried to replicate the "cable TV"
feel, with "channels", and apparently the comming Peacock streamer may
try to do the same. (Of course, the problem with Pluto TV is that it
fails on the "streaming experience" end of things, in that their
interface makes it impossible to call up stuff for "OnDemand"
viewing!...)
I'm sure PLUTO looks great on paper, but it fails utterly when you try to use
it.
In practice, I tend to just pick a channel, and it automagically goes back to
that channel when you open it. So I don't even see the dozens of other
options.
And, just because Ian and I bitched, today Pluto launched with a completely
new interface, and working onDEMAND.
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2020-02-08 20:20:56 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet
on the other end.
Before I was able to watch it on TV through my xBox, I would stream
through a laptop and connect the laptop to my receiver via HDMI. It's
annoying, but it works.
I meant to mention, I had some serious issues streaming Picard last
night through my xBox. I was only to watch about half of it that way.
For whatever reason the stream just kept locking up. After probably 20
or so minutes of just not being able to get the show to play properly,
I gave up and streamed the second half of the episode on my computer.
At first I thought the problem was everyone watching it at once, but it
streamed just fine on my computer.
Post by suzeeq
Post by BTR1701
Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.
Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
Yeah, I know it might not seem like a hurdle to people who use Netflix
as their primary source of TV/movies. But having to log on and go
through the menus is one of the reasons I never seem to even think of
sampling stuff on Netflix and Amazon Prime. There are certain things I
make it a point to watch. But if I'm just bored and flipping channels
to see what's on, it's usually cable or nothing. Same goes for Disney+
and CBS. DC Universe is even worse because I have plug in a separate
device for that. And most of these streaming services have *horrible*
navigation systems. CBS is probably by far the worse with DC a very
close second. OR maybe I should reverse that...
I mean if Teen Titans, Swamp Thing, of Man in the High Castle were just
sitting there on my DVR, I'd have watched them by now. But I do plan
to get around to them sooner or later.
Yeah, I agree that streaming has never really rivaled the "TV
experience", so as a result I pretty never use them for "background
noise" - that's always TV: broadcast, cable, or the premiums.
I think that's why "Pluto TV" has tried to replicate the "cable TV"
feel, with "channels", and apparently the comming Peacock streamer may
try to do the same. (Of course, the problem with Pluto TV is that it
fails on the "streaming experience" end of things, in that their
interface makes it impossible to call up stuff for "OnDemand"
viewing!...)
I'm sure PLUTO looks great on paper, but it fails utterly when you try
to use it.
In practice, I tend to just pick a channel, and it automagically goes
back to that channel when you open it. So I don't even see the dozens
of other
options.
And, just because Ian and I bitched, today Pluto launched with a completely
new interface, and working onDEMAND.
Interesting!!
I'll take a look after I finish watching "Tolkein" on HBO...
--
"Three light sabers? Is that overkill? Or just the right amount
of "kill"?" - M-OC, "A Perilous Rescue" (ep. #2.9), LSW:TFA (08-10-2017)
Arthur Lipscomb
2020-02-08 21:29:41 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet
on the other end.
Before I was able to watch it on TV through my xBox, I would stream
through a laptop and connect the laptop to my receiver via HDMI. It's
annoying, but it works.
I meant to mention, I had some serious issues streaming Picard last
night through my xBox. I was only to watch about half of it that way.
For whatever reason the stream just kept locking up. After probably 20
or so minutes of just not being able to get the show to play properly,
I gave up and streamed the second half of the episode on my computer.
At first I thought the problem was everyone watching it at once, but it
streamed just fine on my computer.
Post by suzeeq
Post by BTR1701
Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.
Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
Yeah, I know it might not seem like a hurdle to people who use Netflix
as their primary source of TV/movies. But having to log on and go
through the menus is one of the reasons I never seem to even think of
sampling stuff on Netflix and Amazon Prime. There are certain things I
make it a point to watch. But if I'm just bored and flipping channels
to see what's on, it's usually cable or nothing. Same goes for Disney+
and CBS. DC Universe is even worse because I have plug in a separate
device for that. And most of these streaming services have *horrible*
navigation systems. CBS is probably by far the worse with DC a very
close second. OR maybe I should reverse that...
I mean if Teen Titans, Swamp Thing, of Man in the High Castle were just
sitting there on my DVR, I'd have watched them by now. But I do plan
to get around to them sooner or later.
Yeah, I agree that streaming has never really rivaled the "TV
experience", so as a result I pretty never use them for "background
noise" - that's always TV: broadcast, cable, or the premiums.
I think that's why "Pluto TV" has tried to replicate the "cable TV"
feel, with "channels", and apparently the comming Peacock streamer may
try to do the same. (Of course, the problem with Pluto TV is that it
fails on the "streaming experience" end of things, in that their
interface makes it impossible to call up stuff for "OnDemand"
viewing!...)
I'm sure PLUTO looks great on paper, but it fails utterly when you
try to use it.
In practice, I tend to just pick a channel, and it automagically goes
back to that channel when you open it. So I don't even see the dozens
of other
options.
And, just because Ian and I bitched, today Pluto launched with a completely
new interface, and working onDEMAND.
Interesting!!
I'll take a look after I finish watching "Tolkein" on HBO...
I've got Tolkein sitting on my DVR. Is it in the proper aspect ratio
and is it any good?
Ian J. Ball
2020-02-08 22:11:48 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet
on the other end.
Before I was able to watch it on TV through my xBox, I would stream
through a laptop and connect the laptop to my receiver via HDMI. It's
annoying, but it works.
I meant to mention, I had some serious issues streaming Picard last
night through my xBox. I was only to watch about half of it that way.
For whatever reason the stream just kept locking up. After probably 20
or so minutes of just not being able to get the show to play properly,
I gave up and streamed the second half of the episode on my computer.
At first I thought the problem was everyone watching it at once, but it
streamed just fine on my computer.
Post by suzeeq
Post by BTR1701
Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.
Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
Yeah, I know it might not seem like a hurdle to people who use Netflix
as their primary source of TV/movies. But having to log on and go
through the menus is one of the reasons I never seem to even think of
sampling stuff on Netflix and Amazon Prime. There are certain things I
make it a point to watch. But if I'm just bored and flipping channels
to see what's on, it's usually cable or nothing. Same goes for Disney+
and CBS. DC Universe is even worse because I have plug in a separate
device for that. And most of these streaming services have *horrible*
navigation systems. CBS is probably by far the worse with DC a very
close second. OR maybe I should reverse that...
I mean if Teen Titans, Swamp Thing, of Man in the High Castle were just
sitting there on my DVR, I'd have watched them by now. But I do plan
to get around to them sooner or later.
Yeah, I agree that streaming has never really rivaled the "TV
experience", so as a result I pretty never use them for "background
noise" - that's always TV: broadcast, cable, or the premiums.
I think that's why "Pluto TV" has tried to replicate the "cable TV"
feel, with "channels", and apparently the comming Peacock streamer may
try to do the same. (Of course, the problem with Pluto TV is that it
fails on the "streaming experience" end of things, in that their
interface makes it impossible to call up stuff for "OnDemand"
viewing!...)
I'm sure PLUTO looks great on paper, but it fails utterly when you try
to use it.
In practice, I tend to just pick a channel, and it automagically goes
back to that channel when you open it. So I don't even see the dozens
of other options.
And, just because Ian and I bitched, today Pluto launched with a
completely new interface, and working onDEMAND.
Interesting!!
I'll take a look after I finish watching "Tolkein" on HBO...
I've got Tolkein sitting on my DVR. Is it in the proper aspect ratio
and is it any good?
No idea; and looking at the critical ratings and the B.O., I think it's
underrated. It's not perfect (for example, it should really be called
"Young Tolkein"), but it's sentimentally good, and I'd agree with the
CinemaScore of "A-".

Sidenote: In the same vein, I still need to see "The Theory of Everything"...
--
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of "kill"?" - M-OC, "A Perilous Rescue" (ep. #2.9), LSW:TFA (08-10-2017)
Dimensional Traveler
2020-02-09 00:28:33 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet
on the other end.
Before I was able to watch it on TV through my xBox, I would stream
through a laptop and connect the laptop to my receiver via HDMI. It's
annoying, but it works.
I meant to mention, I had some serious issues streaming Picard last
night through my xBox. I was only to watch about half of it that way.
For whatever reason the stream just kept locking up. After probably 20
or so minutes of just not being able to get the show to play properly,
I gave up and streamed the second half of the episode on my computer.
At first I thought the problem was everyone watching it at once, but it
streamed just fine on my computer.
Post by suzeeq
Post by BTR1701
Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.
Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
Yeah, I know it might not seem like a hurdle to people who use Netflix
as their primary source of TV/movies. But having to log on and go
through the menus is one of the reasons I never seem to even think of
sampling stuff on Netflix and Amazon Prime. There are certain things I
make it a point to watch. But if I'm just bored and flipping channels
to see what's on, it's usually cable or nothing. Same goes for Disney+
and CBS. DC Universe is even worse because I have plug in a separate
device for that. And most of these streaming services have *horrible*
navigation systems. CBS is probably by far the worse with DC a very
close second. OR maybe I should reverse that...
I mean if Teen Titans, Swamp Thing, of Man in the High Castle were just
sitting there on my DVR, I'd have watched them by now. But I do plan
to get around to them sooner or later.
Yeah, I agree that streaming has never really rivaled the "TV
experience", so as a result I pretty never use them for "background
noise" - that's always TV: broadcast, cable, or the premiums.
I think that's why "Pluto TV" has tried to replicate the "cable TV"
feel, with "channels", and apparently the comming Peacock streamer may
try to do the same. (Of course, the problem with Pluto TV is that it
fails on the "streaming experience" end of things, in that their
interface makes it impossible to call up stuff for "OnDemand"
viewing!...)
I'm sure PLUTO looks great on paper, but it fails utterly when you
try to use it.
In practice, I tend to just pick a channel, and it automagically
goes back to that channel when you open it. So I don't even see the
dozens of other
options.
And, just because Ian and I bitched, today Pluto launched with a completely
new interface, and working onDEMAND.
Interesting!!
I'll take a look after I finish watching "Tolkein" on HBO...
I've got Tolkein sitting on my DVR.  Is it in the proper aspect ratio
and is it any good?
I saw it in theatre and thought it was very good.
--
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2020-02-08 22:55:01 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in
and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access
them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet
on the other end.
Before I was able to watch it on TV through my xBox, I would stream
through a laptop and connect the laptop to my receiver via HDMI. It's
annoying, but it works.
I meant to mention, I had some serious issues streaming Picard last
night through my xBox. I was only to watch about half of it that way.
For whatever reason the stream just kept locking up. After probably 20
or so minutes of just not being able to get the show to play properly,
I gave up and streamed the second half of the episode on my computer.
At first I thought the problem was everyone watching it at once, but it
streamed just fine on my computer.
Post by suzeeq
Post by BTR1701
Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The
only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.
Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
Yeah, I know it might not seem like a hurdle to people who use Netflix
as their primary source of TV/movies. But having to log on and go
through the menus is one of the reasons I never seem to even think of
sampling stuff on Netflix and Amazon Prime. There are certain things I
make it a point to watch. But if I'm just bored and flipping channels
to see what's on, it's usually cable or nothing. Same goes for Disney+
and CBS. DC Universe is even worse because I have plug in a separate
device for that. And most of these streaming services have *horrible*
navigation systems. CBS is probably by far the worse with DC a very
close second. OR maybe I should reverse that...
I mean if Teen Titans, Swamp Thing, of Man in the High Castle were just
sitting there on my DVR, I'd have watched them by now. But I do plan
to get around to them sooner or later.
Yeah, I agree that streaming has never really rivaled the "TV
experience", so as a result I pretty never use them for "background
noise" - that's always TV: broadcast, cable, or the premiums.
I think that's why "Pluto TV" has tried to replicate the "cable TV"
feel, with "channels", and apparently the comming Peacock streamer may
try to do the same. (Of course, the problem with Pluto TV is that it
fails on the "streaming experience" end of things, in that their
interface makes it impossible to call up stuff for "OnDemand"
viewing!...)
I'm sure PLUTO looks great on paper, but it fails utterly when you try
to use it.
In practice, I tend to just pick a channel, and it automagically goes
back to that channel when you open it. So I don't even see the dozens
of other
options.
And, just because Ian and I bitched, today Pluto launched with a completely
new interface, and working onDEMAND.
Interesting!!
I'll take a look after I finish watching "Tolkein" on HBO...
Then you should watch Orson Bean as Bilbo Baggins.
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2020-02-08 23:20:39 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet
on the other end.
Before I was able to watch it on TV through my xBox, I would stream
through a laptop and connect the laptop to my receiver via HDMI. It's
annoying, but it works.
I meant to mention, I had some serious issues streaming Picard last
night through my xBox. I was only to watch about half of it that way.
For whatever reason the stream just kept locking up. After probably 20
or so minutes of just not being able to get the show to play properly,
I gave up and streamed the second half of the episode on my computer.
At first I thought the problem was everyone watching it at once, but it
streamed just fine on my computer.
Post by suzeeq
Post by BTR1701
Last night, while scrolling through the TiVo Amazon Prime app, I saw
they now provide access to CBS AllAccess shows through Amazon. I was
like, yay, I can at least watch the Trek shows in comfort now. But the
more I scrolled around, I came to realize that Amazon does not provide
any way for you to log in to your existing CBS account. The only way to
access the CBS content is to create a *new* CBS account through your
Amazon account, which it does automatically when you choose a CBS show
to watch. A call to Amazon support this morning confirmed this. The only
solution they had for me is to cancel my existing CBS account and then
go back to Amazon Prime and create a new one.
Sheesh. For all its faults, cable TV was never this obtuse.
Yeah, I know it might not seem like a hurdle to people who use Netflix
as their primary source of TV/movies. But having to log on and go
through the menus is one of the reasons I never seem to even think of
sampling stuff on Netflix and Amazon Prime. There are certain things I
make it a point to watch. But if I'm just bored and flipping channels
to see what's on, it's usually cable or nothing. Same goes for Disney+
and CBS. DC Universe is even worse because I have plug in a separate
device for that. And most of these streaming services have *horrible*
navigation systems. CBS is probably by far the worse with DC a very
close second. OR maybe I should reverse that...
I mean if Teen Titans, Swamp Thing, of Man in the High Castle were just
sitting there on my DVR, I'd have watched them by now. But I do plan
to get around to them sooner or later.
Yeah, I agree that streaming has never really rivaled the "TV
experience", so as a result I pretty never use them for "background
noise" - that's always TV: broadcast, cable, or the premiums.
I think that's why "Pluto TV" has tried to replicate the "cable TV"
feel, with "channels", and apparently the comming Peacock streamer may
try to do the same. (Of course, the problem with Pluto TV is that it
fails on the "streaming experience" end of things, in that their
interface makes it impossible to call up stuff for "OnDemand"
viewing!...)
I'm sure PLUTO looks great on paper, but it fails utterly when you try
to use it.
In practice, I tend to just pick a channel, and it automagically goes
back to that channel when you open it. So I don't even see the dozens
of other
options.
And, just because Ian and I bitched, today Pluto launched with a completely
new interface, and working onDEMAND.
Interesting!!
I'll take a look after I finish watching "Tolkein" on HBO...
Then you should watch Orson Bean as Bilbo Baggins.
That crossed my mind. I have "The Hobbit" and "The Return of the King"
on DVD. I used to watch them all the time when I was kid. Loved those
movies.
Jim G.
2020-02-14 07:23:08 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet on
the other end.
That. That right there.
--
Jim G. | A fan of the good and the bad, but not the mediocre
"I'm really glad we're at this place in our relationship where we can
dig up graves together without having to talk." -- Major Lillywhite, iZOMBIE
BTR1701
2020-02-14 10:28:37 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet on
the other end.
That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
suzeeq
2020-02-14 16:10:42 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet on
the other end.
That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Temporarily move your computer next to the tv and use a wireless mouse.
If yours is a desktop, get a cheap laptop.
BTR1701
2020-02-14 17:52:28 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet on
the other end.
That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Temporarily move your computer next to the tv and use a wireless mouse.
If yours is a desktop, get a cheap laptop.
Having to go out and buy a laptop just to watch TV on my TV isn't really
solving the 'this whole thing is a pain in the ass' problem with these
streaming services.
suzeeq
2020-02-14 18:09:34 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet on
the other end.
That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Temporarily move your computer next to the tv and use a wireless mouse.
If yours is a desktop, get a cheap laptop.
Having to go out and buy a laptop just to watch TV on my TV isn't really
solving the 'this whole thing is a pain in the ass' problem with these
streaming services.
I figured you already had one.
BTR1701
2020-02-14 18:40:50 UTC
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One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services
is I either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer
or access them through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is
no TiVo app for the newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+,
and Spectrum (and no plans to provide apps for them according
to TiVo support), so I'm stuck sitting in front of my computer
at my desk watching these shows instead of on my comfortable sofa
watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet
on the other end.
That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over
the place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd
have no remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Temporarily move your computer next to the tv and use a wireless mouse.
If yours is a desktop, get a cheap laptop.
Having to go out and buy a laptop just to watch TV on my TV isn't really
solving the 'this whole thing is a pain in the ass' problem with these
streaming services.
I figured you already had one.
No, just a desktop and it's in the other room.
Jim G.
2020-02-14 19:22:40 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet on
the other end.
That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen. And they're hardly expensive. It's worth a look,
at least. The problem is that you wouldn't have a laptop sitting next to
you to serve as your remote control for the widescreen, Just roll up the
cable and toss it in a closet when you're not using it.
--
Jim G. | A fan of the good and the bad, but not the mediocre
"I'm really glad we're at this place in our relationship where we can
dig up graves together without having to talk." -- Major Lillywhite, iZOMBIE
BTR1701
2020-02-14 21:12:20 UTC
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Star Trek: Picard (CBS streaming) "Absolute Candor" - 4 Episodes in and
they are still introducing new characters. Picard continues to put his
team together and now he's found himself a ship and captain. I'm still
enjoying the series.
One of the things I don't like about all these streaming services is I
either have to watch them in a web browser on my computer or access them
through my TiVo via an app. Problem is, there is no TiVo app for the
newer streamers like CBS AllAccess, Disney+, and Spectrum (and no plans
to provide apps for them according to TiVo support), so I'm stuck
sitting in front of my computer at my desk watching these shows instead
of on my comfortable sofa watching them on my huge hi-def TV screen.
Set up your tv with an hdmi cable and hook up your computer or tablet on
the other end.
That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.

I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Jim G.
2020-02-16 23:36:02 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
--
Jim G. | A fan of the good and the bad, but not the mediocre
"I'm really glad we're at this place in our relationship where we can
dig up graves together without having to talk." -- Major Lillywhite, iZOMBIE
BTR1701
2020-02-16 23:47:23 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Adam H. Kerman
2020-02-17 00:53:04 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
I'm a known late adopter of technology which people laugh at me for.

You clearly stated that it's inconvenient to hook up an HDMI connection
from a laptop to a tv to watch streaming video. That's what I've done on
occassion. I agree with you that it's inconvenient and there's a
tripping hazard.
suzeeq
2020-02-17 01:37:44 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
I'm a known late adopter of technology which people laugh at me for.
You clearly stated that it's inconvenient to hook up an HDMI connection
from a laptop to a tv to watch streaming video. That's what I've done on
occassion. I agree with you that it's inconvenient and there's a
tripping hazard.
You don't have to keep it hooked up all the time, only when you need it
to watch something streaming.
Adam H. Kerman
2020-02-17 01:48:07 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all
over the
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place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
I'm a known late adopter of technology which people laugh at me for.
You clearly stated that it's inconvenient to hook up an HDMI connection
from a laptop to a tv to watch streaming video. That's what I've done on
occassion. I agree with you that it's inconvenient and there's a
tripping hazard.
You don't have to keep it hooked up all the time, only when you need it
to watch something streaming.
I'm a klutz. Believe me; it's a tripping hazard.
Jim G.
2020-02-17 03:54:35 UTC
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Not sure what you mean?
I'm a known late adopter of technology which people laugh at me for.
You clearly stated that it's inconvenient to hook up an HDMI connection
from a laptop to a tv to watch streaming video. That's what I've done on
occassion. I agree with you that it's inconvenient and there's a
tripping hazard.
You don't have to keep it hooked up all the time, only when you need it
to watch something streaming.
I'm a klutz. Believe me; it's a tripping hazard.
And just like that, I'm thinking of this:



"Oh, and they're off and it's a fast start this year. Oliver St
John-Mollusc running a bit wide there and now they're coming into their
first test, the straight line. (All the Twits run erratically along five
white lines) They've got to walk along this straight line without
failing over."
--
Jim G. | A fan of the good and the bad, but not the mediocre
"I'm really glad we're at this place in our relationship where we can
dig up graves together without having to talk." -- Major Lillywhite, iZOMBIE
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all
over the
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place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
I'm a known late adopter of technology which people laugh at me for.
You clearly stated that it's inconvenient to hook up an HDMI connection
from a laptop to a tv to watch streaming video. That's what I've done on
occassion. I agree with you that it's inconvenient and there's a
tripping hazard.
You don't have to keep it hooked up all the time, only when you need it
to watch something streaming.
I'm a klutz. Believe me; it's a tripping hazard.
I guess it depends where the equipment is in relation to each other. I
have a table next to my tv for the streaming laptop. If I unhooked the
hdmi, it would still be out of the way.
Jim G.
2020-02-17 03:52:24 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
--
Jim G. | A fan of the good and the bad, but not the mediocre
"I'm really glad we're at this place in our relationship where we can
dig up graves together without having to talk." -- Major Lillywhite, iZOMBIE
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2020-02-17 04:43:23 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over
the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
Screen size. Laptops are too small for what I do.
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the
cable wouldn't stretch all the way across the room-- even
if I wanted cables all over the place in my TV room in the
first place-- and that would mean I'd have no remote control
of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should
be able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between
your desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find
a cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house,
up/down the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
Screen size. Laptops are too small for what I do.
You can buy an external monitor to run off a laptop, but if you're gonna
do that, plus the external keyboard and mouse, why not just get the
desktop at that point?
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the
cable wouldn't stretch all the way across the room-- even
if I wanted cables all over the place in my TV room in the
first place-- and that would mean I'd have no remote control
of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should
be able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between
your desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find
a cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house,
up/down the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
Screen size. Laptops are too small for what I do.
You can buy an external monitor to run off a laptop, but if you're gonna
do that, plus the external keyboard and mouse, why not just get the
desktop at that point?
Exactly. I've got the 28" Retina desktop. The 28" external monitor is the
same size!
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2020-02-18 05:49:52 UTC
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
Screen size. Laptops are too small for what I do.
External monitor(s). :)
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anim8rfsk
2020-02-18 10:08:33 UTC
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
Screen size. Laptops are too small for what I do.
External monitor(s). :)
What's the point? The iMac is the same size and shape as the external
monitor.
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2020-02-17 04:45:35 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
For some of us no laptop can do what we need it to do. At least not
without buying a lot of additional equipment that ends up costing more
than just getting the desktop to begin with.
BTR1701
2020-02-17 07:25:34 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable
wouldn't stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted
cables all over the place in my TV room in the first place-- and
that would mean I'd have no remote control of the playback from
my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
For some of us no laptop can do what we need it to do. At least not
without buying a lot of additional equipment that ends up costing more
than just getting the desktop to begin with.
Yeah, I can't do my music engraving on a laptop. I'd have to buy a huge
external monitor to go with it and at that point, why not just by the
cheaper desktop model?
Jim G.
2020-02-18 05:50:52 UTC
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
For some of us no laptop can do what we need it to do.
I just don't see that argument getting traction the way that it would
have gotten traction ten years ago. What are some examples of what a
desktop can still do that a laptop can't?
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dig up graves together without having to talk." -- Major Lillywhite, iZOMBIE
shawn
2020-02-18 07:21:57 UTC
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Post by Jim G.
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Post by Jim G.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
For some of us no laptop can do what we need it to do.
I just don't see that argument getting traction the way that it would
have gotten traction ten years ago. What are some examples of what a
desktop can still do that a laptop can't?
Show me the laptop that has 20TB of fast storage.
Show me the laptop that has a high end GPU and can easily be upgraded.
Show me the laptop that has an upgrade able CPU.
Show me the laptop where I could upgrade all of the innards
(MB/RAM/CPU/GPU/Storage) at will.


That's not to say that laptops don't have their place as they
certainly do. It's just not the right tool for everyone.
Adam H. Kerman
2020-02-18 14:08:20 UTC
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. . .
For some of us no laptop can do what we need it to do.
I just don't see that argument getting traction the way that it would
have gotten traction ten years ago. What are some examples of what a
desktop can still do that a laptop can't?
Show me the laptop that has 20TB of fast storage.
Show me the laptop that has a high end GPU and can easily be upgraded.
Show me the laptop that has an upgrade able CPU.
Show me the laptop where I could upgrade all of the innards
(MB/RAM/CPU/GPU/Storage) at will.
That's not to say that laptops don't have their place as they
certainly do. It's just not the right tool for everyone.
I'm using a used laptop that I carry for teaching a class. I can't even
repair it. It must have been bumped at some point, for something
interferes with the power button. Every time the cover is opened, it
turns the laptop on or puts it into sleep mode. If I reposition the
screen, it can put the laptop into sleep mode.

I took out all the screws, but then I still couldn't remove the cover.
There's probably a way to move all the clips at the same time to access
the inside but I haven't been able to figure out how to do it without
making cracks in the cover worse.

One of my desktops is a NUC. It's tiny. But it's not exactly practical
to carry an external monitor and keyboard in lieu of a laptop.
shawn
2020-02-18 16:46:28 UTC
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. . .
For some of us no laptop can do what we need it to do.
I just don't see that argument getting traction the way that it would
have gotten traction ten years ago. What are some examples of what a
desktop can still do that a laptop can't?
Show me the laptop that has 20TB of fast storage.
Show me the laptop that has a high end GPU and can easily be upgraded.
Show me the laptop that has an upgrade able CPU.
Show me the laptop where I could upgrade all of the innards
(MB/RAM/CPU/GPU/Storage) at will.
That's not to say that laptops don't have their place as they
certainly do. It's just not the right tool for everyone.
I'm using a used laptop that I carry for teaching a class. I can't even
repair it. It must have been bumped at some point, for something
interferes with the power button. Every time the cover is opened, it
turns the laptop on or puts it into sleep mode. If I reposition the
screen, it can put the laptop into sleep mode.
I took out all the screws, but then I still couldn't remove the cover.
There's probably a way to move all the clips at the same time to access
the inside but I haven't been able to figure out how to do it without
making cracks in the cover worse.
One of my desktops is a NUC. It's tiny. But it's not exactly practical
to carry an external monitor and keyboard in lieu of a laptop.
Yes, companies go out of their way to make it difficult to get inside
laptops (and smart phones as well). What makes it even worse is they
are still putting those Warranty Voided stickers on their equipment to
help stop people from opening the equipment even though those stickers
are against the law and mean nothing at this time.
anim8rfsk
2020-02-18 10:10:29 UTC
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
For some of us no laptop can do what we need it to do.
I just don't see that argument getting traction the way that it would
have gotten traction ten years ago. What are some examples of what a
desktop can still do that a laptop can't?
You mean if I wanted to spend twice as much to buy a laptop just to use as
the guts and hook it up to an external with a real keyboard and mouse?

Well, it would be slower, and hold less RAM and have a smaller hard drive.
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2020-02-17 07:24:09 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable
wouldn't stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted
cables all over the place in my TV room in the first place-- and
that would mean I'd have no remote control of the playback from
my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
The Mac Mini was significantly cheaper than the laptops they had on
offer and does everything they do. Mobility wasn't a consideration since
I have an iPad also.
suzeeq
2020-02-17 16:55:53 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable
wouldn't stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted
cables all over the place in my TV room in the first place-- and
that would mean I'd have no remote control of the playback from
my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
The Mac Mini was significantly cheaper than the laptops they had on
offer and does everything they do. Mobility wasn't a consideration since
I have an iPad also.
Hook up your Ipad with the hdmi cable, it can be done.
anim8rfsk
2020-02-17 18:03:27 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable
wouldn't stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted
cables all over the place in my TV room in the first place-- and
that would mean I'd have no remote control of the playback from
my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
The Mac Mini was significantly cheaper than the laptops they had on
offer and does everything they do. Mobility wasn't a consideration since
I have an iPad also.
Hook up your Ipad with the hdmi cable, it can be done.
Not without additional hardware. And there are lots better wireless
solutions.
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2020-02-17 18:40:51 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable
wouldn't stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted
cables all over the place in my TV room in the first place-- and
that would mean I'd have no remote control of the playback from
my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
The Mac Mini was significantly cheaper than the laptops they had on
offer and does everything they do. Mobility wasn't a consideration since
I have an iPad also.
Hook up your Ipad with the hdmi cable, it can be done.
Not without additional hardware. And there are lots better wireless
solutions.
Yeah, if the tv is wireless, that would be even better.
Jim G.
2020-02-18 05:54:46 UTC
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
The Mac Mini was significantly cheaper than the laptops they had on
offer and does everything they do. Mobility wasn't a consideration since
I have an iPad also.
Fair enough. I was never sold on tablets. I have one, but I basically
only use it as a backup ereader these days. I much prefer to screen down
to my smartphone or screen up to my laptop. And I'd definitely get a
low-end laptop before I'd get an equally expensive tablet if I had to
choose these days.
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"I'm really glad we're at this place in our relationship where we can
dig up graves together without having to talk." -- Major Lillywhite, iZOMBIE
suzeeq
2020-02-18 06:09:11 UTC
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
The Mac Mini was significantly cheaper than the laptops they had on
offer and does everything they do. Mobility wasn't a consideration since
I have an iPad also.
Fair enough. I was never sold on tablets. I have one, but I basically
only use it as a backup ereader these days. I much prefer to screen down
to my smartphone or screen up to my laptop. And I'd definitely get a
low-end laptop before I'd get an equally expensive tablet if I had to
choose these days.
What? You can get tablets around $100, a laptop goes for $300 or better.
anim8rfsk
2020-02-18 10:15:00 UTC
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
The Mac Mini was significantly cheaper than the laptops they had on
offer and does everything they do. Mobility wasn't a consideration since
I have an iPad also.
Fair enough. I was never sold on tablets. I have one, but I basically
only use it as a backup ereader these days. I much prefer to screen down
to my smartphone or screen up to my laptop. And I'd definitely get a
low-end laptop before I'd get an equally expensive tablet if I had to
choose these days.
What? You can get tablets around $100, a laptop goes for $300 or better.
Suzeeq, you're talking to Apple users. Add zeros to your numbers please.
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
The Mac Mini was significantly cheaper than the laptops they had on
offer and does everything they do. Mobility wasn't a consideration since
I have an iPad also.
Fair enough. I was never sold on tablets. I have one, but I basically
only use it as a backup ereader these days. I much prefer to screen down
to my smartphone or screen up to my laptop. And I'd definitely get a
low-end laptop before I'd get an equally expensive tablet if I had to
choose these days.
What? You can get tablets around $100, a laptop goes for $300 or better.
Suzeeq, you're talking to Apple users. Add zeros to your numbers please.
Apple products are overpriced, no matter the item.
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
The Mac Mini was significantly cheaper than the laptops they had on
offer and does everything they do. Mobility wasn't a consideration since
I have an iPad also.
Fair enough. I was never sold on tablets. I have one, but I basically
only use it as a backup ereader these days. I much prefer to screen down
to my smartphone or screen up to my laptop. And I'd definitely get a
low-end laptop before I'd get an equally expensive tablet if I had to
choose these days.
What? You can get tablets around $100, a laptop goes for $300 or better.
Suzeeq, you're talking to Apple users. Add zeros to your numbers please.
Apple products are overpriced, no matter the item.
Not considering how much better they are.
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
The Mac Mini was significantly cheaper than the laptops they had on
offer and does everything they do. Mobility wasn't a consideration since
I have an iPad also.
Fair enough. I was never sold on tablets. I have one, but I basically
only use it as a backup ereader these days. I much prefer to screen down
to my smartphone or screen up to my laptop. And I'd definitely get a
low-end laptop before I'd get an equally expensive tablet if I had to
choose these days.
What? You can get tablets around $100, a laptop goes for $300 or better.
Suzeeq, you're talking to Apple users. Add zeros to your numbers please.
Apple products are overpriced, no matter the item.
Not considering how much better they are.
Depends what you use them for. In your line of work, they may be better,
though the newer PCs have caught up.
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2020-02-18 18:27:34 UTC
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to
pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not
sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even
there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
The Mac Mini was significantly cheaper than the laptops they had on
offer and does everything they do. Mobility wasn't a consideration
since
I have an iPad also.
Fair enough. I was never sold on tablets. I have one, but I basically
only use it as a backup ereader these days. I much prefer to screen down
to my smartphone or screen up to my laptop. And I'd definitely get a
low-end laptop before I'd get an equally expensive tablet if I had to
choose these days.
What? You can get tablets around $100, a laptop goes for $300 or better.
Suzeeq, you're talking to Apple users. Add zeros to your numbers please.
Apple products are overpriced, no matter the item.
Not considering how much better they are.
Depends what you use them for. In your line of work, they may be better,
though the newer PCs have caught up.
That's like saying 'colorization is good now'
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2020-02-18 18:40:02 UTC
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
The Mac Mini was significantly cheaper than the laptops they had on
offer and does everything they do. Mobility wasn't a consideration since
I have an iPad also.
Fair enough. I was never sold on tablets. I have one, but I basically
only use it as a backup ereader these days. I much prefer to screen down
to my smartphone or screen up to my laptop. And I'd definitely get a
low-end laptop before I'd get an equally expensive tablet if I had to
choose these days.
What? You can get tablets around $100, a laptop goes for $300 or better.
Suzeeq, you're talking to Apple users. Add zeros to your numbers please.
Apple products are overpriced, no matter the item.
Not considering how much better they are.
Depends what you use them for. In your line of work, they may be better,
though the newer PCs have caught up.
That's like saying 'colorization is good now'
No, it's not.
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2020-02-18 19:20:54 UTC
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going
on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to
pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not
sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless
that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even
there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even
if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
The Mac Mini was significantly cheaper than the laptops they had on
offer and does everything they do. Mobility wasn't a consideration
since
I have an iPad also.
Fair enough. I was never sold on tablets. I have one, but I basically
only use it as a backup ereader these days. I much prefer to screen
down
to my smartphone or screen up to my laptop. And I'd definitely get a
low-end laptop before I'd get an equally expensive tablet if I had to
choose these days.
What? You can get tablets around $100, a laptop goes for $300 or
better.
Suzeeq, you're talking to Apple users. Add zeros to your numbers please.
Apple products are overpriced, no matter the item.
Not considering how much better they are.
Depends what you use them for. In your line of work, they may be better,
though the newer PCs have caught up.
That's like saying 'colorization is good now'
No, it's not.

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2020-02-17 07:26:06 UTC
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That. That right there.
Well, that would come with its own flavor of suck, as the cable wouldn't
stretch all the way across the room-- even if I wanted cables all over the
place in my TV room in the first place-- and that would mean I'd have no
remote control of the playback from my viewing chair.
Unless you have a TON of square footage in your place, you should be
able to find an HDMI cable of sufficient length to go between your
desktop and widescreen.
My desktop is on a different floor of my house. Even if I could find a
cable that long, I don't want cables running all over the house, up/down
the stairs, and across the floor of my TV room.
I'm not arguing that a solution is impossible. I'm arguing that it's
quite undesirable and a pain in the ass.
Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
Desktop computers can be customized. As far as I know, laptops cannot.
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2020-02-18 05:56:49 UTC
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
Desktop computers can be customized. As far as I know, laptops cannot.
Sure they can. Not all, obviously, and not if you buy off the shelf.
(And the same is true for desktops.) Dell, for one, will put together
whatever you might possibly want in a laptop in terms of memory, drive
size, graphics card, etc....
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2020-02-18 10:14:09 UTC
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Yeah, the absence of a laptop in the equation quickly became a big
hurdle. And really, is your desktop 20 years old, or what's going on
with THAT choice? :)
Not sure what you mean?
Why'd you opt for a desktop? There was a time when you would have to pay
upwards of three times as much to get the specs in a laptop that you
could get in a desktop, but those days are long gone. I'm just not sure
why anyone would choose a desktop over a laptop these days unless that
person couldn't envision EVER needing a mobile platform. But even there,
mobility just within a home seems to make a laptop preferable, even if
HDMI cables and whatnot are not in the equation.
Desktop computers can be customized. As far as I know, laptops cannot.
Sure they can. Not all, obviously, and not if you buy off the shelf.
(And the same is true for desktops.) Dell, for one, will put together
whatever you might possibly want in a laptop in terms of memory, drive
size, graphics card, etc....
And then you'd have a Dell. Wouldn't it be easier to just burn your money?
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What did you watch?
PICARD / 1x03 / The End Is the Beginning

[Completely unaware of her special nature, Soji continues her work and
captures the attention of the Borg cube research project’s executive
director. After rehashing past events with a reluctant Raffi, Picard
seeks others willing to join his search for Bruce Maddox, including
pilot and former Starfleet officer Cristóbal Rios.]

Raffi's look after Picard says "Engage" pretty much sums up my take on
this one. 80% filler and 20% relevant content make the pacing of this
one atrocious. The only part that's moving fast -- and too fast, really
-- is the constant overreaction from the unknown bad guys to Picard's
interest in the second synth coupled with Picard acting as if he's
permanently leaving the vineyard for...something. If everyone with
something to hide had just played it down when Picard went nosing around
instead of overreacting to his interest, then he would have already gone
back to napping away his days at his vineyard.

Grade: C+
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2020-02-14 08:56:55 UTC
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What did you watch?
PICARD / 1x03 / The End Is the Beginning
[Completely unaware of her special nature, Soji continues her work and
captures the attention of the Borg cube research project’s executive
director. After rehashing past events with a reluctant Raffi, Picard
seeks others willing to join his search for Bruce Maddox, including
pilot and former Starfleet officer Cristóbal Rios.]
Raffi's look after Picard says "Engage" pretty much sums up my take on
If I was watching this via the Magic DVR I'd have canceled future recordings
right there and then.
All these people watching for him to say it, that have NO way to know he used
to say that other than they obviously used to watch TNG.

BTW, you notice the credits credit Jerry Goldsmith for the theme from STAR
TREK THE MOTION PICTURE and not TNG? What the Hell?
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this one. 80% filler and 20% relevant content make the pacing of this
one atrocious.
The next one is worse. Remember how this one goes back 14 years? The next one
goes back 14 years and a week.

And Stewart looks and acts ridiculously old in the flashbacks.
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The only part that's moving fast -- and too fast, really
-- is the constant overreaction from the unknown bad guys to Picard's
interest in the second synth coupled with Picard acting as if he's
permanently leaving the vineyard for...something.
And leaving it in the hands of Tal Shiar agents he smuggled on planet. He
really really really needs to be put to death.
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If everyone with
something to hide had just played it down when Picard went nosing around
instead of overreacting to his interest, then he would have already gone
back to napping away his days at his vineyard.
Grade: C+
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2020-02-14 10:28:38 UTC
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What did you watch?
PICARD / 1x03 / The End Is the Beginning
[Completely unaware of her special nature, Soji continues her work and
captures the attention of the Borg cube research project’s executive
director. After rehashing past events with a reluctant Raffi, Picard
seeks others willing to join his search for Bruce Maddox, including
pilot and former Starfleet officer Cristóbal Rios.]
Raffi's look after Picard says "Engage" pretty much sums up my take on
If I was watching this via the Magic DVR I'd have canceled future recordings
right there and then.
All these people watching for him to say it, that have NO way to know he used
to say that other than they obviously used to watch TNG.
BTW, you notice the credits credit Jerry Goldsmith for the theme from STAR
TREK THE MOTION PICTURE and not TNG? What the Hell?
That's because the music was written for TMP. The TV show used the movie's
music but under composers guild rules it never stopped being the movie's
music.
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What did you watch?
PICARD / 1x03 / The End Is the Beginning
[Completely unaware of her special nature, Soji continues her work and
captures the attention of the Borg cube research project’s executive
director. After rehashing past events with a reluctant Raffi, Picard
seeks others willing to join his search for Bruce Maddox, including
pilot and former Starfleet officer Cristóbal Rios.]
Raffi's look after Picard says "Engage" pretty much sums up my take on
If I was watching this via the Magic DVR I'd have canceled future recordings
right there and then.
All these people watching for him to say it, that have NO way to know he used
to say that other than they obviously used to watch TNG.
BTW, you notice the credits credit Jerry Goldsmith for the theme from STAR
TREK THE MOTION PICTURE and not TNG? What the Hell?
That's because the music was written for TMP. The TV show used the movie's
music but under composers guild rules it never stopped being the movie's
music.
Ah. Thanks.
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2020-02-14 16:30:21 UTC
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What did you watch?
PICARD / 1x03 / The End Is the Beginning
[Completely unaware of her special nature, Soji continues her work and
captures the attention of the Borg cube research project's executive
director. After rehashing past events with a reluctant Raffi, Picard
seeks others willing to join his search for Bruce Maddox, including
pilot and former Starfleet officer Cristóbal Rios.]
Raffi's look after Picard says "Engage" pretty much sums up my take on
this one. 80% filler and 20% relevant content make the pacing of this
one atrocious.
The next one is worse. Remember how this one goes back 14 years? The next one
goes back 14 years and a week.
And Stewart looks and acts ridiculously old in the flashbacks.
Heh. I wondered how they would handle that.
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The only part that's moving fast -- and too fast, really
-- is the constant overreaction from the unknown bad guys to Picard's
interest in the second synth coupled with Picard acting as if he's
permanently leaving the vineyard for...something. If everyone with
something to hide had just played it down when Picard went nosing around
instead of overreacting to his interest, then he would have already gone
back to napping away his days at his vineyard.
You mean like the majority of Wonder Woman eps?

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2020-02-14 19:17:03 UTC
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What did you watch?
PICARD / 1x03 / The End Is the Beginning
[Completely unaware of her special nature, Soji continues her work and
captures the attention of the Borg cube research project’s executive
director. After rehashing past events with a reluctant Raffi, Picard
seeks others willing to join his search for Bruce Maddox, including
pilot and former Starfleet officer Cristóbal Rios.]
Raffi's look after Picard says "Engage" pretty much sums up my take on
If I was watching this via the Magic DVR I'd have canceled future recordings
right there and then.
All these people watching for him to say it, that have NO way to know he used
to say that other than they obviously used to watch TNG.
BTW, you notice the credits credit Jerry Goldsmith for the theme from STAR
TREK THE MOTION PICTURE and not TNG? What the Hell?
Post by Jim G.
this one. 80% filler and 20% relevant content make the pacing of this
one atrocious.
The next one is worse. Remember how this one goes back 14 years? The next one
goes back 14 years and a week.
Lovely. I'm sorta getting caught up on some things and might actually
get to that one this weekend.
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And Stewart looks and acts ridiculously old in the flashbacks.
Yeah, it's...not good. I mean, he looks pretty good for his age, but
there's a reason why very few shows feature people his age. They would
have been well advised to recast the character and do a prequel series
instead. Maybe they figure that nostalgia and a lot of name-dropping
will carry the day, but I'm skeptical of that approach.
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The only part that's moving fast -- and too fast, really
-- is the constant overreaction from the unknown bad guys to Picard's
interest in the second synth coupled with Picard acting as if he's
permanently leaving the vineyard for...something.
And leaving it in the hands of Tal Shiar agents he smuggled on planet. He
really really really needs to be put to death.
You'd think that his first priority would be to deal with any Tal Shiar
problem on Earth before worrying about Mars and his Data obsession and
whatnot, but that must just be crazy talk on my part.
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