@shahnm Reminds me, I need to get my Betamax out of storage. Several years running (in the early 80’s), I used it’s great stereo capability to get some great videos from MTV back when they used to do the year end Top 100 Videos. And did my best to omit commercials. I know where the VCR is; wonder where the tapes are??? 5-hour-long tapes, several per annual recap.
In my mind, one of the best things those control freaks at SONY ever came up with. PSP and Dash also in the top 3. Not a PlayStation fan, or other game sets. [Screw their DRM & such.]
@detailer Funny you say that, cuz I debated what tense to use, but technically they’re still there. They even have blocks of what they call “Epic. Awes*me. Videos,” although i don’t envision anyone actually wanting to record any of them. They’re pretty meh, and not in a good way!
Nuke the list entry from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
Neither. Delete the entire file, collects all hardcopy and backups, and torch all of the media with thermite to destroy any paper and electronic trail connecting you to the event. (If it’s not important enough to merit this level of attention to detail, then it does not matter.)
@shahnm HD-DVD probably was better. Microsoft fumbled that one, though I did end up buying the add-on HD-DVD player for XBox 360 and a bunch of discs on clearance about 15 years ago. I dug it out and tried it last year and it still worked.
Sony (Blu-Ray) definitely won that one, but also as mentioned they lost the Beta tape fight and yes Beta was a superior format to VHS.
Key lesson: The better technology doesn’t always win. The better marketing strategy (and corporate partners and a bit of luck) does.
@Kyeh If you ever have a problem with woodpeckers attacking your house, they could come in handy. You just hang them up in the spots they like; the idea is, anything reflective that moves in the wind freaks them out, so i bet those would work. CDs, DVDs, etc, strung together are also a popular choice, from what i gather. Nothing like a practical arts & crafts project!
@ircon96@macromeh I visited a woman in town whose garden is kind of like Wonderland - full of odd and interesting bits and pieces! She’s made a curtain of CDs that hangs on the back fence to deter birds from her garden. I don’t know if it works, though.
@Kyeh@macromeh There are a lot of clever birds that figure out stuff like that is harmless. Maybe it only works for woodpeckers; I’m guessing they might not be too bright, with all those hits to the head & all. I don’t want to jinx myself, but hanging mylar has worked like a charm with my resident woodpeckers.
@katbyter@werehatrack Assuming you’re talking about the new prequel series, I refuse to pay for yet another streaming service i don’t watch nearly enough, so until Paramount+ releases SNW in syndication or some other non-paywalled platform, i can’t give my informed opinion on that option. But, i did REALLY like Anson Mount in “Hell on Wheels” – he’s a good actor & quite easy on the eyes!
@shahnm No, I’m a member of the Disparaging Noises Made About The Contention That There Is A Controversy contingent. Battery refrigeration fetishists are all welcome to pursue their hobby as far as I am concerned, while I’ll disdain the practice myself, but the vast masses are almost certainly more accurately characterized as belonging to the IDGAFF side.
@katbyter my dad was DEEPLY invested in Lotus solutions WAY past when it was reasonable. I’m nervous that he’s going to die and leave behind financial records that nobody will be able to open without a virtual PC running Windows ME or something.
(He recently told me he found a third party replacement for his Palm Pilot battery, so….)
@pmarin Feh. It’s a fad/fetish on top of a treasure hunt. Much that was originally issued on vinyl (or, even older, lacquer) has never been released in digital, usually because the demand for shit-quality audio is pretty low.
Cheese Nips vs. Cheese Its.
M&Ms vs. Reese’s Pieces
Tom Baker vs. all the other Doctors (yes, he’s the best)
Black licorice vs. nothing. Red vines are like eating tasteless plastic.
Burger King vs. McDonald’s (as if I’d ever eat a Big Mac)
AR vs AK
.45 vs 9mm
Slug vs buck
@catthegreat@macromeh Bobcat Goldthwait was great. Most amazing group of comedy artists, I saw Steven Wright, Bobcat, and Robin Williams in a small auditorium in Marin County. Will never forget the amazing talent and I feel so privileged I got to experience it literally a few feet in front of me.
@ZeroCharisma I didn’t know about Hidden Fortress until recently (like 35 years after watching original Star Wars as a kid). I follow Criterion Collection stuff and that’s how I found out about it (highly recommend supporting Criterion Collection by the way – they sell discs but also have an online streaming service which is very good. B&N still sells them in stores, if there are still any B&M B&N left – see what I did there?). There are good 50% off sales a few times a year.