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View Poll Results: How electronic are you? Answer as many as appropriate.
I have my own web page, which is current (choose as many below as appropriate) 19 45.24%
I have my own web page, which is outdated 9 21.43%
I want to have my own web page 2 4.76%
No way would I have a web page 3 7.14%
I have HDTV 15 35.71%
I have a "big screen" TV 14 33.33%
I have specialized printers such as photo quality, laser 32 76.19%
I have a Play Station or similar 7 16.67%
I have a "game cube" 4 9.52%
I have a digital camera 42 100.00%
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Old 02-20-06, 08:14 AM   #1
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Far Horizon and others said I didn't ask enough questions.

So, here are some more.

Read em and weep!

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Old 02-20-06, 10:23 AM   #2
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Me and my big mouth!!
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There's a reason I don't have HDTV or even a wide screen. Fifty seven channels, and nothing on. See below.

And PS: Those are my daughters' teddy bears -- not mine.
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Old 02-20-06, 07:06 PM   #4
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WooHoo, so far I'm the only one with a "Playstation or similar" !!! I feel sorry for all of you grown-ups!
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Is a Rubiks cube a game cube?
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Is a Rubiks cube a game cube?
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I don't know.

A poster said they had one on the other thread, "HOW "ELECTRONIC" ARE 50+'RS?" and so I included it.

I was hoping someone else would know!
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Old 02-21-06, 11:37 AM   #7
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I have had an HD-ready TV for two years, then got HD service just before Christmas. I am blown away by the picture quality. As Gary mentioned, 57 channels and nothing on, but I watch some shows and sports events just because I am in awe of the picture. PBS has some wonderful travel shows in HD, and I am now resolved to get back to Europe with my bike this fall.
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Well, leave it to me to be the one who really doesn't fit in. I've been an electronics tech/computer geek for pretty much all of my working life thus far. So here goes.

I finally broke down and got a cell phone two years ago. I'll admit it, they are handy devices to have. I suspect land lines will pass into history in five to ten years. I still have not figured out what everyone is talking about, or why they all have to talk constantly.

I do own a digital camera, but I will miss 35mm film cameras when they finally do vanish. ( I think that's on the horizon.)

I have never used a cycle computer. Didn't need it in the 70's, don't need it now.

I like both Mac, and Win XP. I feel there's lots of advantages, and a few disadvantages, to both. For some reason, people seem to dislike this philosophy. (Tried Linux for awhile. Not for me. If you're into it, good for you.)

I do not have a broadband connection. keep thinking about it, can't seem to justify the cost. (DSL is not available to me, alas)

I don't have cable TV, and quite frankly, I'm suspicious of the whole concept. Everyone I know has it, and no one is really happy with it. Lot of complaints about the cost, and breakdowns in service. I do like DVD technology though, and I think flat panel LCD's rule.

I Like mechanical movement watches. Most younger riders have never seen one. (yes, that's right. You wind them up, or they wind while you wear them. See?) I grudgingly wear a cheap, digital timex while riding. You cannot get the mechanical movement watches from Bulova in the US, only the quartz ones. Too bad.

No Blackberry, or any such similiar device. One can only wonder who thought this up. I have seen a gag Blackberry though. It's really a candy dispenser.

I dig slide rules. Most younger riders have never even seen one of these either.

Something I miss: fairly large, tube-circuit table top radios, of the type that used to be found in every kitchen in America. They sounded great, and when they needed service, there were plenty of repair shops who would fix it quickly. Everything today is designed to be thrown out, apparently.

Yeah, I'm a geek, but there are some lines I will not cross.
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...I do like DVD technology though, and I think flat panel LCD's rule...
Hi trackhub!

I thought about a flat-panel and decided instead on a LCD projector. I really like watching DVD movies on the whole living room wall! Since the only thing I watch on "TV" is the news, an old CRT set is adequate for that.

By the by, whose mechanical watches do you like at a reasonable price? Thanks!
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I ride a bike do the gym thing,climb,hike
,work part time ,WHEN I feel like doing it

and READ. Have no use for TV, it clogs one's mind with uslessnessfoninesspseudoreality

Plus it develops wide butts
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By the by, whose mechanical watches do you like at a reasonable price? Thanks!
If I had to choose one brand as a favorite, it would probably be Tag Heuer. Well made, but not too "ornate" as luxury Swiss watches generally go. They market toward the sports crowd, with celebrity spokespersons such as Tiger Woods and Maria Sharapova appearing in their ads.

Some of the mechanical watches from Accutron are quite impressive, and reasonably priced. Accutron is part of Bulova. The Tissot model PR50 automatic lists for $275.00. A little dressy, but not a bad looking watch.

You can check out the mechanical Bulova's I mentioned at their swiss website, www.bulova.ch.

Something to check out: Watch Time magazine's 2006 Buyer's Guide. This is a thick magazine, with lots of watches described and listed by price rance. They list the models that almost anyone could afford, all the way up to the truly exotics, costing 50 grand or more. Some of these exotics are truly bizzarre time pieces. This magazine is worth the $12.95 because it has lots of information on movements, and a very cool glossary in the back. Watch Time may be purchased at Barnes and Noble.
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...Something to check out: Watch Time magazine's 2006 Buyer's Guide...
Looks like an interesting read! Thanks for the feedback.
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