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#### cwm

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« Reply #8655 on: October 25, 2013, 10:21:05 AM »
Soldier can also mean "gangster" or "thug" and soul also sometimes means "street cred" so they could be saying they have street cred (or are well known) but that they aren't a thug/gangster.  Do you remember who the artist was?

The song is called "All These Things That I've Done" and it's by the Killers.  I love this song and most of the lyrics but I admit their lyrics can be hit and miss.  This is the same group that coined the eyeroll-worthy "Are we human, or are we dancer?"

The lyric is "are we human, or are we denser?"

Not that it makes a lick more sense that way. And I thought it was "dancer" until my cousin bought a guitar tab book that had the song in it.

Here's an interview with Brandon Flowers about the "Are we human or are we dancer" lyric.

Agreed. I love their music, but it's one of the groups that I just don't think about it too much. That way lies madness.

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« Reply #8656 on: October 25, 2013, 02:10:40 PM »
No, no, no - "Our House" - THAT way lies Madness.

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« Reply #8657 on: October 25, 2013, 02:13:23 PM »
No, no, no - "Our House" - THAT way lies Madness.

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#### GreenHall

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« Reply #8658 on: October 25, 2013, 02:46:07 PM »
So I keep running this around in my head and I have potential answers but thought I'd poll a larger pool than, myself.

Why can't I get a DVR that works like VCR's of old (or even the DVD player that could record too).  You buy a piece of equipment, fiddle with attaching this to that, synchronize clocks, and it records your show at a given time.  As far as I can find on Amazon, and the installation dude told me (so he might have another agenda), You can only do DVR on a subscription base.
Why?

THis is something I might use once a month; and a lifetime has taught me that I will survive missing an episode.  I don't want to pay $20+ a month for the little use I would get. I also just got very basic DSL television package. SO basic that both the store I went into, and the guy installing didn't know they had this basic a package. Broadcast channels and QVC is what I get. So if not a Luddite, I am still not really up with the Jones's. #### magicdomino • Super Hero! • Posts: 5285 ##### Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread « Reply #8659 on: October 25, 2013, 03:03:34 PM » That's why I don't own a DVR. If I wanted to pay a subscription, I'd get a cable or satellite package that includes the DVR. Only thing that I can figure is that the producing companies want to be sure that they get a cut of the royalties. I guess Tivo makes enough on the subscription that they can afford to lose Luddites like us. #### jedikaiti • Swiss Army Nerd • Hero Member • Posts: 3212 • A pie in the hand is worth two in the mail. ##### Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread « Reply #8660 on: October 25, 2013, 03:18:04 PM » So I keep running this around in my head and I have potential answers but thought I'd poll a larger pool than, myself. Why can't I get a DVR that works like VCR's of old (or even the DVD player that could record too). You buy a piece of equipment, fiddle with attaching this to that, synchronize clocks, and it records your show at a given time. As far as I can find on Amazon, and the installation dude told me (so he might have another agenda), You can only do DVR on a subscription base. Why? THis is something I might use once a month; and a lifetime has taught me that I will survive missing an episode. I don't want to pay$20+ a month for the little use I would get.

I also just got very basic DSL television package.  SO basic that both the store I went into, and the guy installing didn't know they had this basic a package.  Broadcast channels and QVC is what I get.  So if not a Luddite, I am still not really up with the Jones's.

I am betting the subscription is to cover costs of maintaining the program database - all the DVRs you buy aren't typically set up to record like a VCR - they don't just Channel 12 from 8am to 10am, they record Show X, which is scheduled on Channel 12 from 8am to 10am. And knowing what shows are on which channels at whatever times (and which episode of each show is airing on each date/time) requires maintaining a central database, which each DVR using that service contacts on a regular basis to update its local listing.

I am sure that a DVR that works like a VCR is entirely possible, but you'd probably have to make it yourself (or get one to do it for you), maybe repurposing an old computer with a nice big hard drive. I wonder if there's any software out there to do that...
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#### GreenBird

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« Reply #8661 on: October 25, 2013, 03:21:18 PM »

Why can't I get a DVR that works like VCR's of old (or even the DVD player that could record too).  You buy a piece of equipment, fiddle with attaching this to that, synchronize clocks, and it records your show at a given time.  As far as I can find on Amazon, and the installation dude told me (so he might have another agenda), You can only do DVR on a subscription base.
Why?

Magnavox still makes a DVR like you're looking for.  It records to a hard drive, and it's timer recording just like the VCRs of old.  Set the start and end times, and it'll record.  You can also copy a recording from the hard drive onto a DVD disk if you want.   The model numbers are:

MDR537H/F7 for a 1TB hard drive
MDR535H/F7 for a 500GB hard drive
MDR533H/F7 for a 320GB hard drive

and you can find them at Walmart and maybe a few other places.  I don't know anyone else who still makes them like this, though, so if you want one you might want to look into it soon!

#### GreenHall

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« Reply #8662 on: October 25, 2013, 03:54:19 PM »

Why can't I get a DVR that works like VCR's of old (or even the DVD player that could record too).  You buy a piece of equipment, fiddle with attaching this to that, synchronize clocks, and it records your show at a given time.  As far as I can find on Amazon, and the installation dude told me (so he might have another agenda), You can only do DVR on a subscription base.
Why?

Awesome - it exists!
NOt so awesome - my budget right now.  But something to save my pennies for...

THANKS!!
Magnavox still makes a DVR like you're looking for.  It records to a hard drive, and it's timer recording just like the VCRs of old.  Set the start and end times, and it'll record.  You can also copy a recording from the hard drive onto a DVD disk if you want.   The model numbers are:

MDR537H/F7 for a 1TB hard drive
MDR535H/F7 for a 500GB hard drive
MDR533H/F7 for a 320GB hard drive

and you can find them at Walmart and maybe a few other places.  I don't know anyone else who still makes them like this, though, so if you want one you might want to look into it soon!

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« Reply #8663 on: October 25, 2013, 04:12:26 PM »

Cool! I had no idea such a thing is out there. I love my DVR and use it a lot. That first time pausing live television is magical, I tell ya, just magical. I'm thinking my mom would love one of the kind you mentioned, though.
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#### Slartibartfast

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« Reply #8664 on: October 25, 2013, 04:23:31 PM »
There's an edition of TiVo that also does that without a subscription - they don't make them anymore, so it took DH some looking to find a refurbished one, but he did find it for MIl.  They keep trying to call her and get her to upgrade, but of course that would involve paying money each month, so she's very happy to stick with what she already has :-)

#### GreenBird

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« Reply #8665 on: October 25, 2013, 05:17:42 PM »
The Magnavox can pause live TV, and it is pretty cool to be able to do that!

#### camlan

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« Reply #8666 on: October 25, 2013, 05:51:59 PM »
I have an older DVR that you can set to record a certain channel at a certain time for a certain length. I looked into upgrading it last year and was surprised to find that DVRs are now pretty much the domain of Tivo and the cable companies.

When I bought my DVR, things were still analog, with digital only just starting to come in with the cable companies. There was a free TV Guide Channel signal that came over the cable that the DVR used to show the upcoming shows. So I could set a recording by just clicking on the show in the schedule. A year or so ago, my cable company went completely digital, and the signal was lost.

So now I have to manually set the channel and time. It's a bit of a pain, but the extra cost to rent a DVR from the cable company isn't worth it.

I can also use my DVR to record family videos and then make copies of them on DVDs for the rest of the family, so it has its uses still.
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#### jedikaiti

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« Reply #8667 on: October 25, 2013, 10:28:02 PM »
There's an edition of TiVo that also does that without a subscription - they don't make them anymore, so it took DH some looking to find a refurbished one, but he did find it for MIl.  They keep trying to call her and get her to upgrade, but of course that would involve paying money each month, so she's very happy to stick with what she already has :-)

There's also the "Go on eBay and find an old model with a lifetime subscription" option. Lifetime subscription = no monthly charge. It's the reason I'm still using a 2nd hand Series 1 TiVo which is going to need the hard drive replaced again before too long.
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« Reply #8668 on: October 26, 2013, 01:13:02 AM »
Ok, I've been seeing posts, both here and elsewhere, about pumpkin carving parties, pumpkin carving contests, how "we're going to carve our pumpkin this weekend/soon", etc and so I was wondering.. what are people doing with these carved pumpkins for the 5+ days to keep them nice until Halloween? Or are they not even using it for Halloween at all?

I ask because it would be really handy if dad could carve the pumpkin early and not fret about rot, bugs, whatever/etc.  Do you think if he carved it the night before, it would be alright on it's own for a day inside? (potential cat antics aside.. )

#### Dazi

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« Reply #8669 on: October 26, 2013, 05:58:21 AM »
Ok, I've been seeing posts, both here and elsewhere, about pumpkin carving parties, pumpkin carving contests, how "we're going to carve our pumpkin this weekend/soon", etc and so I was wondering.. what are people doing with these carved pumpkins for the 5+ days to keep them nice until Halloween? Or are they not even using it for Halloween at all?

I ask because it would be really handy if dad could carve the pumpkin early and not fret about rot, bugs, whatever/etc.  Do you think if he carved it the night before, it would be alright on it's own for a day inside? (potential cat antics aside.. )

It should be fine for a day.  If you live some place warmer, you put it in the fridge with a damp was cloth or small container of water in it and cover it with a large dish towel while not in use...this will keep a pumpkin for at least a week (usually).
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