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Re: Who Needs Tv?


Derb, we don’t watch a lot of TV in our
house, and we use our 10 year old Sharp set mostly for DVD viewing. The
thing is enormous, though, compared to all these swanky slim TVs, and we’d
really rather be able to reclaim that corner of the room for the beautimous
leather club chair and ottoman Daddy’s gonna buy if “Crunchy Cons” sells
decently. Not long ago we put our old Windows laptop to sleep and reverted
to the One True Faith, purchasing as its replacement an iMac
with the 20-inch screen. What a fantastic
machine. It’s 2.2 inches thick, which contains the entire computer. Because
it’s so light and easy to move around, Julie and I have discovered that it
serves as a portable DVD player we can put in the living room or the bedroom
to watch movies on disc. What’s more, if you buy the wireless Airport
gewgaw, you can turn it into the fambly CD player, broadcasting music either
direct from CD or stored on the hard drive anywhere in the house. For just
over $300, I can buy the Airport thingy, and a good pair of wireless
speakers, and my new iMac will have rendered obsolete my clunky old stereo
system — and even better, all the great radio stations broadcasting over
the net, I can listen to them anywhere in the house, for free.

We’ll have to keep the old TV for now, because I can’t get cable news and
the few programs we do watch over the computer. Yet.


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