06-29-2012, 03:21 PM
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Last year I maxed out the RAM in my old computer, put in a new much larger harddrive, installed a network, and I don't know what all else. I never changed the monitor though. Understand, this computer is old. It's no TRS80, but it's still old.

I just received and installed a new HD monitor and the difference is, well, incredible. (Dell U2412M)

Lots more desktop. This will take some getting used to.

I have no idea why I didn't do it sooner.

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 06-29-2012, 04:13 PM
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  • ben74
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Congratulations, that brush and razor porn is going to look amazing!

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 06-29-2012, 04:26 PM
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HA, i'm with you shadow_dad.

our vostro 200 konked out a few weeks ago (turns out i got it up and running again, power supply), but anyway...

we ended up with a new dell and a 23" WS HD 1080p monitor (S2330MX), it's very clear, bright and nice and BIG compared to our last one.

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 06-29-2012, 05:57 PM
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I notice blacker blacks too, do you? The contrast is really nice for my older eyes.

Mine has more than enough brightness, but I keep it turned down anyway. Right now I have it set to 40/100 brightness and 50/100 contrast.

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 06-29-2012, 07:23 PM
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ahhh Sweet Technology!

Welcome to 2012 Brian!
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 06-29-2012, 08:50 PM
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installed a network what? a network card?

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 06-29-2012, 08:56 PM
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Well, my computer always had network capability that had been unused, I just added a wireless router, hardwired my computer to it (for better performance) and replaced the printer with a 5in1 machine that had networking built in. Bought a little USB device for the wifes computer and now she has the 'net. I haven't completed it yet though.

I'm thinking ROKU for the TV, but we really need to replace it first. I'll probably need to get a hair across my nether region to get it done... Like what happened with the monitor.

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 06-29-2012, 09:26 PM
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(06-29-2012, 08:56 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Well, my computer always had network capability that had been unused, I just added a wireless router, hardwired my computer to it (for better performance) and replaced the printer with a 5in1 machine that had networking built in. Bought a little USB device for the wifes computer and now she has the 'net. I haven't completed it yet though.

I'm thinking ROKU for the TV, but we really need to replace it first. I'll probably need to get a hair across my nether region to get it done... Like what happened with the monitor.

good luck man. I might have a roku device I can sell you if you need one, for cheap, of course.

I have an HTPC that runs my digital cable that allows me to record 4 shows at once.

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 06-29-2012, 09:27 PM
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Congratulations on your HD monitor

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 06-30-2012, 03:58 AM
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Having abandoned Cable long ago, I can firmly recommend the Roku box. It's pretty amazing, and it saves us quite a bit of money too.

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 06-30-2012, 04:04 AM
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What is a Ruko Box? My cable bill is outlandish and I'd love to find a way to cut it back.

Congratulations on the new screen, Brian. It really does make an amazing difference.

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 06-30-2012, 03:44 PM
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(06-30-2012, 04:04 AM)freddy Wrote: What is a Ruko Box? .

http://www.roku.com/

It gets you free internet TV, or small fee for some sites.

They can be purchased over the 'net or Radio Shack has them. Maybe other brick and mortar stores. I dunno. I didn't read the web site.

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 07-01-2012, 05:46 AM
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(06-30-2012, 03:44 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote:
(06-30-2012, 04:04 AM)freddy Wrote: What is a Ruko Box? .

http://www.roku.com/

It gets you free internet TV, or small fee for some sites.

They can be purchased over the 'net or Radio Shack has them. Maybe other brick and mortar stores. I dunno. I didn't read the web site.

Thanks, Brian. Is this like the Apple TV? Also, with my television being more than 15 years old, I don't think something like the Roku would work on it. Sad

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 07-01-2012, 06:20 AM
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I don't know anything about Apple TV, but I'd be willing to bet it's a paid subscription, or in some way they're collecting $ from the user. You buy the Roku box (one shot payment), it needs to get hooked up to the 'net. From then on after the initial purchase of the box it's free 'net TV unless you decide to pay a site of your choice(s) a subscription fee. The ongoing price for 'net TV is sitting there watching advertising, same as with broadcast TV. If you have a home network the connection to the box will be very easy, if not you can probably cable it in, but that's up to you to figure out for your circumstance.

You'll need to figure out what you have for a connection to the TV, but I believe it'll work on most sets. Ours is an older set also and I believe I figured out that it would work on it.

The good thing is that that site tells you exactly what's required. Or copy down the connections on the back of your set and go to where it's retailed and ask them.

BTW, I'm naturally frugal, so I'm waiting for our present set to go belly up before replacing it. The thing just won't die.

BTW#2, I don't have a Roku yet, but a friend did get one after I gave him the website and he thanked me. Said it was great and just what he'd been looking for.

Good luck!

(07-01-2012, 05:46 AM)freddy Wrote:
(06-30-2012, 03:44 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote:
(06-30-2012, 04:04 AM)freddy Wrote: What is a Ruko Box? .

http://www.roku.com/

It gets you free internet TV, or small fee for some sites.

They can be purchased over the 'net or Radio Shack has them. Maybe other brick and mortar stores. I dunno. I didn't read the web site.

Thanks, Brian. Is this like the Apple TV? Also, with my television being more than 15 years old, I don't think something like the Roku would work on it. Sad

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 07-01-2012, 06:47 AM
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Brian, now you need two side-by-side monitors in tandem for a really big picture.

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 07-01-2012, 08:31 AM
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(07-01-2012, 05:46 AM)freddy Wrote:
(06-30-2012, 03:44 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote:
(06-30-2012, 04:04 AM)freddy Wrote: What is a Ruko Box? .

http://www.roku.com/

It gets you free internet TV, or small fee for some sites.

They can be purchased over the 'net or Radio Shack has them. Maybe other brick and mortar stores. I dunno. I didn't read the web site.

Thanks, Brian. Is this like the Apple TV? Also, with my television being more than 15 years old, I don't think something like the Roku would work on it. Sad

I have older TV's, too, and as long as you have RCA jacks you should be fine. I'm lucky that mine has multiple inputs, but if you only have one, that could be a problem.

I bought Rokus for our two TV's around Thanksgiving when they were having a sale where you could get two of the highest end models for slightly more than the cost of one. They replaced a Popcorn Hour, which didn't have access to the online services the Rokus do. We're cord cutters for many years. Now we pay for a Netflix streaming and Hulu Plus subscription, so we're forking out about $16/month for TV. If you don't mind watching new shows a day behind schedule, it's no biggie. I'm content to watch all the old shows I haven't seen. If you watch a lot of TV, though, be sure to check if Hulu Plus carries your shows.

I used to have an Amazon Prime membership but let it expire. Members get free TV shows and movies via Amazon. I think that would add another $7-$8/month and I'm not sure it would be worth it (I've curbed my spending on Amazon and rarely order anymore). We can rent movies from Amazon without the membership, though, so there's always that option. Of course you pay a bit of a premium for the convenience of not having to visit your local video store (if you still have one) or Red Box.

But a big thumbs up on the Roku, they're great little devices! I'm just hoping that they'll add a Google Play channel so I can access content in the Google Play store.

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 07-02-2012, 09:46 AM
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Congratulations, Brian. Now, you can see all those razors, brushes, etc. for all their glory.

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