As of later this week, I will no longer have anything but old-fashioned antennae connected to my TV sets. After a vaguely unpleasant six-month experiment using Time Warner Cable rather than Dish Network, I finally realized that:
- There actually is a worse option than Dish. While their customer service may be slightly better, Time Warner’s product is awful. The interface and customization options on their turners suck, their DVRs are absolute garbage (hardware and software) and in the long run, they’re not even any cheaper. Instigating this change was not one of my better moves.
- I rarely watch TV anymore, anyway, and that’s only partly due to the factors above. Either way, I don’t watch sixty dollars worth of TV a month, so it’s hard to justify that expense with two houses to pay for and who knows what kind of job prospects upon graduation in December.
- Even when I do watch TV, it’s usually local news or Simpsons reruns or DVDs, anyway, none of which require cable or satellite.
I’ll miss TCM. But I’ll read a lot more, which can only be a good thing. So maybe swicthing to cable six months ago was a good thing too, in an odd sort of way.
The land line will probably be the next thing to go.
On a completely unrelated note, UNCG is using a finding aid I wrote and encoded with XML using EAD last semester as a class project. That was kind of a suprprising thing to discover by accident (and yes, they had permission).