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View Poll Results: Books & TV
I'm OK with reading eBooks (like .pdf) 7 43.75%
I much prefer 'real' paper books 12 75.00%
I prefer getting (paper) books from local public library 4 25.00%
I use OverTheAir TV (mostly/only) 6 37.50%
I use Cable TV (mostly) 2 12.50%
I use=watch TV over the Internet ([mostly] NO cable nor OtA) 1 6.25%
I very-rarely/NEVER watch TV 8 50.00%
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Old 12-12-2017, 10:43 PM   #1
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Question Media usage Poll: e vs. paper Books & OtA TV (runs Linux??)


EDIT: new content below (ooops, I meant to put it in here)
Oh well... didn't need to be on ZRT anyway

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Old 12-14-2017, 03:21 AM   #2
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Post OtA TV: Digital Converter Box, but recent TVs have it built-in!

EDITed: Was 1day PacktPub free book, now expired
(but other non-Linux eBooks still free daily there)

Since this was originally about Books, hence: the Poll.
I prefer 'free' Library 'real'-paper books.

Since Books&TV are both a form of Media, I included this:

I recently discovered Over The Air (OtA) 'free' TV.
Story: I had just a few DISH channels on the 20+yo TV with only coax analog input, where I stayed, until 11/20 when DISH wouldn't pay CBS fees, blocking my fav shows.
So, I bot a $20 Digital Converter Box. It was Amazing:
it gets a ton more OtA channels, and it had USB for recording (&time-shift)

I wonder whether these DigConvBoxes are run by Linux[?] Slackware?
I Goo'ed a bit: lots of alibaba; a couple Linux like: LinuxTV.org
https://mxlinux.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=39325

Now, I'm temp. at a place with a more recent flat-screen (non-CRT) TV
which has HDMI and 'antenna' input; DCBox not needed News to OLD me
I wonder IF that 'modern' TV has a 'computer' in it[?]

Any links appreciated. Stories too. Or maybe just a poll vote. Thanks!

Appended: Thanks #3 This Goo finds stuff: DVB linux distro
And WOW: keyword heaven: this Goo: DVB slackware

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Old 12-14-2017, 06:14 AM   #3
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Settop boxes usually run Linux, but they are mostly ARM based.

Modern digital TVs are computers. They have DVB (I think) tuners in them, have HDMI, VGA, & other forms of input so that you can use them as a computer monitor. (Try connecting a Raspberry Pi SOC to one. )

We are able to watch 'Freeview' TV, (OtA) using anologue signals, & I think there is a digital service too.
 
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Old 12-16-2017, 04:26 AM   #5
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i only read paper books.
thankfully our public libraries have a wide selection and tools to order books that aren't currently on shelf.

about TV - i'm having difficulties with this term. i watch a lot of video, movies, series. i download it all from the 'net. but actual TV? that's dead, for me.

PS:
i also listen to a lot of internet radio, both speech and music. on my pc and on my phone.
 
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I prefer paper books. I have some PDFs, but only where the original would be very expensive or very bulky, and where I don't need to use them often. I'm currently re-reading Alberto Manguel's A History of Reading, where he says "My hands, in choosing a book to take to bed or to the reading-desk, for the train or for a gift, consider the form as much as the content." I know just what he means: I like proper hardbacks with sewn binding that don't have to be held open. And ebooks are not always successful: read some Amazon reviews of Kindles, complaining about garbled format and illegibility.

British public libraries can be slow in getting things, so I rely on buying and on the London Library: a subscription library with over a million volumes.

I watch TV for about 5 or 6 hours a week, Freeview only.
 
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I like proper hardbacks with sewn binding that don't have to be held open.
i've read many hardbacks, but none of them actually didn't need to be held open. that would be miraculous.
 
Old 12-17-2017, 10:31 AM   #8
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I only read paper books and watch free-to-air TV.

It was reported recently that children remember what they have read on paper much better than what they have read onscreen.
 
Old 12-17-2017, 10:46 AM   #9
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If I had the eyes I had at 20, I would be paper books only. Unfortunately, that's not the case. At this stage in my life, I use an ebook reader from Kobo and pretty much restrict myself to public domain books from sites like Project Gutenberg. You can't beat the flexibility of a good e-ink reader for adjusting type size and layout options and the print quality is far easier on the eyes than a computer screen or tablet. However, reading pdfs on an e-ink display pretty much sucks so I restrict myself to the epub format and read pdfs on my android tablet.
 
  


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