Saturday, April 18, 2009

I'm really cheap

Ok some of you who have read my blog over the years know that I'm really cheap, but this one takes the cake.

I've wanted a 24" - 26" LCD tv in my bedroom to replace the monstrous 24" crt tv that I bought for my apartment 7 years ago. But prices have been skyrocketing since the Superbowl, which previously was the best time to buy a tv was after the event. A couple of weeks ago there was a refurbished 20" Soyo Widescreen LCD on sale for $90, I think on This was a complete impulse buy. I didn't really need it but I thought I'd keep it incase one of my other monitors went out I could have a spare. My the picture on my CRT had been slipping south over the years but became really unbearable when I couldn't read the scrolls on new channels. So I went to Frys looking to pick up some home automation equipment and a another HDHomerun when I passed by a Kworld External ATSC/QAM TVBox DVI Edition. I'd owned the previous NTSC Vga Tvbox but gave it away to a co-worker. So I thought I'd give it a try.

I set everything up and it works great. I get Clear qam channels and I can flip to the dvi interface on my computer to watch tv using mythv. Win all around and I save some power in the process.