I've used Apple equipment primarily for about 10 years now. I haven't had near the amount of problems I've had with my Windows machines during the same time period on them. And I use the Mac's more, so you'd think I'd get something on it before my Windows box. It isn't all about getting virus's or malware, either. I've had problems with Windows machines and networking where things that should work, stop for no apparent reason. And just other stuff like that. Computers running any version of Windows is just not as stable all-around as I have found the Mac's I run to be. Too many years of tech support on Windows machines, too. The only thing I can count on my Windows machine to do reliably (well, almost reliably, with a few exceptions) is to run Windows Media Center and record my shows for me.
Not going to say any more about that because there is always someone that wants to start up a flame war about the topic. It's silly, too. They both do the same exact things (well, except for media center stuff. It's a bit more difficult to do.), just different ways about doing them. There are just areas that are a bit more stable on one than on the other.
The Apple hardware is pretty solid, all in all. Plus, the simple fact that it is all in house made, it makes it insanely easy to take your computer into an Apple Store (if you ever needed to) and to get that help pretty much right on the spot with little effort. That's another thing I love about Apple besides the reliability. I've only needed help maybe 3 times most and each time it was as simple as walking in, telling them whats up, and then walking out satisfied. I haven't had to fight with them like I have had to with Windows vendors. Customer support/service is simply outstanding with Apple. A lot of people complain about how much the computers cost with them. Yeah, it's a little high, but think about the quality of the hardware you get. If you were to go out and piece together a system with as high of quality equipment as you would get in an Apple machine, you would be right around the same amount of money for it. I know this because I tried to a few times. I was going to just build a high end Windows machine instead of cheaping out like I usually do. It was just as cost efficient to buy an Apple box that was far more reliable.
As far as the third party drivers, it really depends on what you are using. They aren't really "drivers" in the Windows sense, but there is software written to allow older stuff like a webcam, for example, to work when the companies that make them stop supporting them. And then there's software to make blu-ray drives work with OS X. But they really aren't "drivers", more like translators I would say to allow them to talk to the OS. The lack of dll's and the other files that Windows uses is another thing that makes the Apple operating system real stable. Not a lot of dependencies in the mix to screw stuff up.
Another thing I love about OS X is when you install a program, it is often a matter of dragging a file out of the compressed disk image to your Applications folder. When you wanna delete it, you just drag that file out of Applications and into the trash. Empty the trash and it's gone. You might have a couple of itty bitty files hanging around. All in all installilng/uninstalling software is a nightmare on Windows in comparison.
If you get a chance sometime, run by the Apple Store over on Chenal and check out some of their computers now. Given what you said was the last time you saw one, I think you would be pleasantly surprised at them. They really do work just about the same as a Windows machine. Just some things are in different places. (I may go look up media center stuff for OS X. It's been a while since I looked into that.)
Might check out Apple if I ever get to needing another box, but I figure it will be a LONG time from now.
Do any of the Razorback baseball games get uplinked on KU or C band, like maybe to the SEC network?
I was wondering, are there any A/V receivers out there anyone can suggest that will do Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio as well as this annoying Dolby Digital Plus while sticking around the $200 price range? I know that is REALLY low, but it just happens to be all I have at the present moment. Not sure I can talk the wife into much more than that. When doing a quick search on Amazon, one of the first AVR's I ran across was a Yamaha RX-V375. It seems to do the basics of what I want, but then I saw the RX-V475 (which is quite a bit more expensive) and it has quite a few more things like I want like network control, Airplay, Internet Radio, another HDMI input, stuff like that. Just not real sure about the Yamaha name anymore. Figured there might be enough experience on here to tell me if they are worth it or not.
If anyone has any thoughts or advice, I'd appreciate it.
EDIT: Looks like the Pioneer VSX-822-k might be okay, too. I talked to my wife a little about it and she seemed to think we could add in another $100 to spend. Just hoping to find more info about what I would want/need and what is or is not a good brand anymore. All I've ever known is my Kenwood and this Sony. I'll keep looking and maybe add a few more models if I find anything else.
EDIT 2: Actually, the VSX-823 looks better than the 822. It is $301.98 right now on Amazon. But, is Pioneer any good?? I can read all the reviews on it, but I don't know if I can trust those people. I trust you guys here more.
EDIT 3: Someone recommended the Denon AVR-E300, but I am even more unsure about it because I haven't seen one in person I don't think. It is $399.00.
Feel free to ignore the question. I quit getting e-mail notifications and thought I would post to see if they start again.
Sorry to go off topic, but I'm desperate for information and figured this forum is a good place to start.
I have a Happauge tuner/capture card on a Win7 64 bit system I built in December. Started receiving DTV signals immediately on local stations and recorded some local news content, using WMC, and it worked like a charm.
Fast forward to a week ago, when I scheduled a recording only to find it did not work this time. At first I thought I had improperly set WMC's timer, but when I tried opening the WMC guide found local affiliates KARK, KATV, KTHV and KLRT missing. Tried scanning and re-scanning thru the Happauge software, same result.
I'm reading on other market forums here that Comcast is encrypting CQAM availability and wonder if you good folks know whether they've flipped a switch here in LR that follows suit.
If that's the case, can anybody suggest a work-around for this? Would a Comcast supplied cable card restore my capability to record local stations using my PC?
My service is full HD with a DVR, and the easy solution would be to record locals using that. The rub is, I need local news content from these stations to distribute to clients; I tried using a USB interface to move DVR recordings to my PC but the resolution was very poor.
Forgive me for hijacking this thread, just looking for the most current local info. Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions.
Been a long time since I shopped for audio components of the type you're talking about (Panasonic was still making Technics gear, if that gives you a decade reference.) I got sidetracked by computer and pro a/v and just never picked it back up.
Maybe Consumer Reports would be a more objective resource?
Yap, that is a bummer. I used to get about 35 channels via QAM tuner for free, and now only 3 bulletinpage channels. So back to OTA stations.
BTW, what happen to Soul Of The South (30-1) channel as it only shows test pattern screen. That was a boring channel anyway. Hopefully they replace it with more entertaining channels such as AntennaTV.
I just don't have the license (Technician class, no plus) to use them and am fairly certain my wife and my homeowners association (mainly my wife) wouldn't let me put up an antenna farm. Plus, I just never was as into it as my dad was. Anything I remembered about operating them, I have since forgotten. It's all a bit too much for me, honestly. I would rather someone else buy them off of me and give them a good home than to stick them in my attic gathering dust and not getting used.
I also have a couple of antennas that I took down, antenna tuner, antenna switch, a couple of desk mics, the transformer he had the TS-B2000 hooked up to, and other stuff of his that I can list out if anyone might be interested in them. Just let me know, I'll be happy to talk about it with interested parties. While I kinda would like to keep them, I don't know what the devil I would do with it all. About the only HF radio of his I am keeping is his HeathKit HW-101 that he built a long long time ago that I also got to use a little while for Navy Mars.
Just let me know. Thanks.
The Icom is the competitor to the Yaesu FT757 I have. Good radio, but don’t let the backup battery die. I hear it’s a pain to replace.
He didn’t have any mobile VHF/UHF gear did he? My 20 yr old 2M mobile rig is worn out, can hardly hear the audio on it anymore. Was thinking of replacing it, since I do like to participate in Skywarn, and it’s a lot more productive to be in a car, rather than looking out the back window of the house.
I don't know when the last time the Icom was used. Couldn't find the instructions in the folder with everything else, so they might be in the box, too. I haven't looked at it in a while either.
The only mobile radios he had was a TM-733A which I plan on keeping. I am thinking about getting the cigarette lighter plug cable for it because I don't wanna have to run the wires through the firewall or anything. Then he had this Kenwood TH-G71 handy talkie.
I looked at the antennas...well, the normal antennas. One was a R7 Cushcraft and the other was one of those MFJ Super High-Q loops Model 1786 I believe. Then there was a couple of wire antennas that are those rope like ones that gets wrapped around the plastic handle.
Gosh, there is just a lot of stuff. LOL