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I bought my first Beta recorder in 1982 after researching which format had the best picture, I still have a box full of beta tapes in the basement, Replaced it with a VHS recorder around 1989, I still have 2 boxes full of VHS tapes in my basement. Replaced it with a DVD player which I replaced with a Blue-ray played 2 years ago. At least I can still play my DVDs on the Blue-ray or I would have 3 boxes full of DVDs in the basement I call that a major improvement.
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I repair computers and lap-tops as a hobby. Your are right when you say it is usually too expensive to have them repaired compare to cost of replacing them . I only charge for the cost of parts if I have to buy them. Many times I have spare parts laying around my work bench taken from broken computers. Most people buy cheap low end computers. Most of the ones I repair are around 6 years old. With e-bay I can order most parts fairly cheaply. I took a few computer classes but mostly learned to fix computers by searching the internet. I found that it isn't too expensive to take a cheap computer and up-grade it to a decent computer. I usually buy business grade computers instead of personal computers. I bought my 1st computer back in 1982 a TRS 80 series III. I currently have four desk tops and a lap top connected to my home network. Does this make me a level 1 (geek)? or am I considered a level 2 or 3 user?
On going from video tape to DVD...
We got our first VCR around 1979 ... a $1000 VHS unit that was a rental return (used) unit, for $400. VHS units were cheaper; VHS recorded for up to 6 hours (at that time before 8-hour tapes). So VHS was the way to go. I wasn't an elite (my opinion) who worried about comparing resolution-screen size or some such, it was the miracle of the thing AT ALL that was enough for me.
Little obsessive guy, me, ended up with several hundred videotapes, most of them being two or three movies (per tape) dubbed from TV or other videos. Oh the nerdy joy of having TWO VCRs so you could dub your own!
And as time passed by and DVD came out, buying a DVD recorder became the way to go. Things like the great 1941 Ray Milland film The Uninvited -- I had it on disc long before commercial DVD, never mind that it was a grainy dub. I rewatched it again with newly freshened eyes. And the original Clash of the Titans, and the original miniseries Salem's Lot, and so on. Of course eventually I bought what I could in commercial DVD.
It's kind of funny that all these years later, about the only things I haven't dubbed from video to DVD are my home videos of the kids as little ones! Lazy me!
STAR TREK connection: I sold my first article to the paperback series THE BEST OF TREK about the differences between original release and home video and as-shown-on-TV releases of ST:TMP and the next two films. Most of that article was possible through having two VCRs hooked up to a splitter and switching back and forth as they each played differing versions of the same movie. And I later dubbed this video onto DVD, meaning I still have a copy of ST:TMP as originally broadcast on ABC (pan-and-scan, baby!) in 1983. And shot-for-shot it is NOT the same as the other versions because there were cuts to left or right of the screen, "push-ins," and the like.
It's amazing how much time you have to play with toys when you have less complications (kids and grandkids) to take up your time on more worthy activities!
Now the rest of you, get out there and talk about STAR TREK and your early video memories!
PS some time I will rant about the Paramount-tampered versions of "City on the Edge of Forever"!
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One format of video recording that was not mentioned, VCD. I bought a VCD recorder that had to use blank CDs designed for only Music. I transferred a lot of my Beta and VHS to CDs, just to save them. Now any video release to commercial DVD, I just then throw away the tapes. Unless, they have special meaning to me.
As for the 1701 D model, I'm not surprised. AMT Models, first, and other model companies that followed, have NEVER released an accurate Star Trek model. The closest was the AMT TOS Klingon Battle Cruiser, but, still not right.
VCD recorder? That one passed me by. I always thought it was the first digital video disc format (laserdiscs video was analogue - bizarrely) which was used mainly to peddle music videos, but that it was a read-only job. VCD was followed by CD-i a few years later - I remember watching ST6 in a Virgin Megastore in 1992 - clearly no match for the cinema experience I had earlier that year.
I just checked my Playtime Toys- USS Enterprise that I have hanging from the ceiling in my computer room. The toy maker got the hanger doors right -the one on the left is smaller. Too bad the model makers didn't spend as much time researching before making their model.
Last edited by max_stein; 09-15-2013 at 08:59 PM.
I'm surprise that nobody has picked any holes from the TMP Enterprise that was released with issue 2
The only thing that has saved Apple ass is there facing the fact the Motorola CPU's are limited and had reached the end of there usefulness! then they switched to Intel CPU's, if Apple continued to use Motorola CPU's they would have ended up on the ash heap of history! I to can not stand Microsoft business practices either! alone with Apples as well, but when you have 86 percent of the worlds market share and apple has only 7.26%, Apple is not doing something right. The last time I checked iphone sells were down, there number 2 with Android being number 1 (so far anyway) but I digress.... Apple makes good computers that's why they are used for CGI,music recording and video editing, because that is what they are good at, sure there is not as much virus or malware written for apple but their out there! To buy software you can go into almost any major store and get any program for a windows computer, with Apple it is there store only! I have never liked being locked into any computer! but at lest with a windows based computer I can tell my customers (if they can't afford it) use open software (as you said Open Office) the main thing is PC's will run any software designed for it, sure you have problems but they are fixable! Apple on the other hand, you have to wait months if ever for Apple to fix there problems, most of the time you have to wait for a newer version. I have a ipod touch 4th generation (64GB) sounds great, but the software (itunes) won't auto update when ever I put new music in my music NAS! whats up with that? I used to use Zune (Yeah I know) but at lest Zune auto-updated every time I added new music! with itunes I have to tell it to scan the entire music folder (and that takes a few hour's... it's on a 4 TB NAS with itunes server) it's not perfect, but it works...I still miss Zune! oh well.... Each to there own! if you like Apple bully for you! me I'll stay with windows.
p.s. Sorry I read your message wrong! I thought you were saying you are 30! yes my oldest son is 30 and well be 31 in November...man am I getting old! but the good news is William is still older then us!!! lol j/k William
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Yes Scott, it's ironic that they've switched to the x86 now The heart of a PC beats inside the Mac.
The 680x0 was a great CPU and served the Apple, Atari and Commodore systems well. I never discovered why Motorola rested on it laurels and let Intel take over in the 90s.
The Foxconn factories in China have been fitted with suicide nets to deter workers from jumping to their deaths where many have already done so. And Apple's executives/stakeholders are all right with that. There they are drink in hand, feet on desk, laughing to each other about how much money the saved by shipping the jobs abroad to dangerously unethical plants.
Isn't that good to know! Sure makes me feel better! I have read Apple is building some new manufacturing plant here in the US to produce iMac's! (more like assemble iMac's) of course this is not the first time Apple has done this, but both times they failed and where shut down. What I have read is that Apple will hire just 200 people! and you can bet it won't last long either! This time Apple is investing $100 million into the project. Sure makes a good write off on there corporate tax's, since Apple has a ton of cash on hand.
Actually, as a point of FACT, I am older than DIRT!!! Hehehehehehhe
And, speaking of "Bucket Seats", some of the Klingon seats were taken directly from automobile bucket seats. Mark Banning, who used to be with GNC/Crescendo records has an original Klingon seat that he proudly displays in his front room! And, he also has possibly the largest collection of Klingon LCAR panels as well, very impressive stuff!
On another point, I just watched, over the weekend, a video entitled "Inside Star Trek, The real story", and I was amazed that EVERYTHING that Gene Roddenberry had said against the "network" (like they wanted the female second in command gone, because nobody out there in TV land would ever believe that a female could be in charge of anything!) was totally and completely FALSE!!! They had Grant Tinker, who was the head of the network (NBC) at that time, saying how much they loved women in charge, and named off a whole bunch of TV shows that NBC had done to prove his point! I mean, What the HELL?? Did Gene just make up all this stuff? Of course, I couldn't help to notice that all of the people who spoke out against that situation were EMPLOYEES of the network, or past employees, like Herb Solow! It just felt totally one-sided to me, and coming at a time when Gene or anybody like that could come forward with a different point of view! Seems like a slap in the back of the head to me!
It was really sad to see.
"While I'm waiting to get my hands on the D'deridex class warbird, I'll be dissecting the Enterprise-D for every precious bit of information, and then to display its broken hull in the capital on Romulus to both inspire the Romulan armies and serve as a reminder to any other traitors of the state"