This morning I had a client who was having some internet problems. Surfing the web was very very slow, email queue on the server was backed up really bad, just general slow internet issues. I fire off a ping to see if they are actually up and responding or if “Slow” means “broken”, sometimes clients can’t tell the difference. My ping comes back with a response time of 2600ms. At this point I think to myself, “Self, something is not right.”
*UPDATE* Congress has delayed the Digital TV switchover until June of 2009. If you haven’t picked up your converter you’ve got a few more months to get it done now.
I’ve been lax about updating the site while I concentrate on my other pursuits, but I’m back with an update that should be near and dear to the hearts of everyone still watching broadcast television. In February of 2009 the analog television broadcast spectrum will be turned over to the winners of the recent 700mhz auction. That will mark the end of all analog broadcast television. The feds have sent out little coupons to many people who requested them to pay for Digital to Analog converter boxes for existing televisions. The converter box that I am personally recommending to everyone is the Zenith DTT900 which is available at most Radio Shack’s, and it’s on the FCC coupon list. The parent company of Zenith is LG, so the box should work great with any LG televisions. If you go ahead and get your converter now and get it hooked up you can go ahead and start enjoying digital television before the cutover and carry on unphased during the switch. The hookup process is fairly simple, just plug your existing antennae into the Antennae In port on the converter box and plug your TV/VCR/DVD/Whatever into the Antennae Out port. Tada. It also supports Composite out for newer TV/VCR/DVD players. So everyone go ahead and run out and snag your digital converter now and start enjoying the rich clarity of fully digital television.