By now, you've seen the dire warning scrolling across a sitcom,
police drama, or B-list dance-off near you: regular over-the-air TV
broadcasts will end in February 2009, you need a digital receiver or
converter so you don't miss a single belly-laugh on According to Jim, etc. What this really says to us is "don't bother with the converter box - just throw your analog TV away."
real, man. Receiving analog TV signals was the one thing regular TVs
could do better than computers. Now they'll only work if you add a
little computer to them, so what's the point? Between the Scylla of
digital conversion and the Charybdis of the Pinnacle 880e PCTV Ultimate Stick, the good ship That Old TV is about to crash on the rocks of redundancy.
See, not only does the Pinnacle 880e PCTV Ultimate
Stick let you receive digital TV signals on your PC, it also lets you
record up to 2 hours of TV directly to the stick itself, like a tiny
little TiVo without the cute mascot. Tote it along wherever and watch
your recorded shows on any PC. The stick's selfsame flash memory also
holds the software that lets it run. Just cram this beast into a USB
port and commence to watching in mere seconds - no CD to install, no
Setup Wizard casting his spell of confusion, and sure as hell no
coaxial cables for you to try to screw in over and over and over.
clear away that old TV and give your PC pride of place in front of the
couch. And if you really want to keep that saggy boob tube for
sentimental reasons, there'll be some space opening up on your computer
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Watch and record SD and free HD TV with no service fees on any PC using the Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick
Unique Flash PVR technology, you can record up to 2 hours of TV (Standard definition) directly to the stick for playback on any PC
digital TV tuner and personal video recorder software run directly from
the Stick's on-board flash memory, so you can plug it into any computer
and start watching and recording TV in seconds - no installation
Supports both analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC) TV signals.
Digital TV tuner hardware is also ready for ClearQAM (unencrypted digital cable)
Save recordings to your hard drive in MPEG-1/2 or DivX formats or even direct-to-DVD
ATSC (HDTV up to 1080i, SDTV)
NTSC (cable, over the air)
ClearQAM (HDTV up to 1080i, SDTV)
TV/FM antenna (F-connector/Coaxial)
S-Video, Composite Video (RCA), Stereo Audio (1/8")
MPEG-4: compatible with PSP or iPod (Trial Version)
Windows Vista™ (32-bit) or Windows® XP with latest service pack
Intel® Pentium® 4 2.4 GHz, Pentium M 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 processor (for HDTV reception, a Pentium 4 2.8GHz or Pentium M 1.7 GHz or equivalent AMD Athlon 64 processor is recommended)
RAM: Windows XP - 256MB (512MB recommended); for Windows Vista - 512 MB (1GB recommended)
Free USB 2.0 port
Sound / graphics controller with support for DirectX® 9
Hard drive with minimum 1 GB free space (20 GB recommended for TV recording)
Internet connection for registration/activation
In the box:
Pinnacle 880e PCTV Ultimate Stick
Mini remote control including batteries
Portable telescopic high-gain antenna
A/V Adapter cable
USB extender cable
Printed quick start guide
CD with Pinnacle TVCenter Pro and VideoSpin editing software
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Once I dreamt I'd been called up to the Detroit Red Wings to start
at forward. During the warm-up skate, I had a rare moment of
dream-awareness where I went "oh, wait a minute. This is crazy. I'm not
NHL material. I'll get pulverized out here." In other words: There has been a terrible mistake.
I skated over to captain Steve Yzerman and shared my concerns, saying
I'm sorry, but I obviously don't belong out here, and I hate to leave
you down a man, but I'll be heading to the dressing room now to change
back into street clothes and see you a little later from the nosebleed
But Stevie, he reassured me. He said everybody feels that way before his first NHL game, and everything would be OK, and I was a good skater, and as long as I kept my head in the game I'd do fine.
it totally worked. I thought "well, if future Hall-of-Famer Steve
Yzerman thinks I belong here, then goldurn it, I must." And as I skated
a couple more laps, I looked up into the rafters of Joe Louis Arena and
saw Chewbacca, who was hanging toilet paper up there as decoration for
the Wookiee wedding that was scheduled as a pre-game event.
even that didn't phase me. Because my subconscious mind had very
deviously tricked the last little piece of my conscious mind that had
threatened to wake up and put an end to the whole weird show. And all
it had needed to do was pretend to be Steve Yzerman.
moral of the story is if you find yourself in a situation for which
you're wholly unqualified and unprepared, don't let anyone talk you out
of bailing. Not even a three-time Stanley Cup winner*, a ten-time
All-Star, a Conn Smythe and Selke trophy-winner, and the sixth-highest
scorer in NHL history. Just say "there has been a terrible mistake," and keep saying it until you find someone who agrees.
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He's got a new book coming out, "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," which
won't arrive in time to give as a Christmas present, but you can
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Wear this shirt: to astronaut selection, assuming you're not one of our best and brightest.
Don't wear this shirt: to astronaut selection, if you are one of our best and brightest. It's a competitive program, and the way to distinguish yourself from the crowd is NOT to have a cutesy, self-deprecating t-shirt on.
This shirt tells the world: "[Name of your town], we have a problem."
We call this color: Royal Blue SNAFU
*Not counting the 2008 one his name's on as an exec.
Design Placement: Centered
3X - S: 10" x 5.53" K12 - K4: 7.5" x 4.15"
me explain. For the most part, my husband is a real catch: a great
provider, wonderful with the kids, and a good friend. So why am I
writing you? Because our home - and indeed, our lives - have been taken
over by his obsession with hand-blown glass wine decanters.
free inch of our house is full of these things. Do you have any idea
how much space a magnum-sized glass decanter takes up? If you do,
multiply that by ten thousand and you see my problem. He's made token
efforts to sell a few, but when I ask him about moving more of them
out, he starts raving about how he could never let some stranger's
filthy hands touch his precious, precious decanters. I have to drop the
subject before he starts crying.
sturdy vessels, I'll give him that. And the price isn't an issue, since
he buys them direct from the factory. But I can't take it anymore. We
even had to get rid of our pot-bellied pig because there wasn't room
for him. I won't put my kids through that again, no matter how
delicious Spanky turned out to be.
has even begun to affect our love life. Yes, the decanters are stacked
in the bedroom, too. Yes, the stacks are prone to toppling over onto
the bed during intimate moments. I have the stitches to prove it.
What can I do? Please help - I said "I do" to a wonderful man, not a collection of imported glass decanters!
Mrs. S in California
Dear Mrs. S in California,
your husband is clearly insane, I have to wonder if maybe you're the
real problem. After all, proper decanting is essential to freeing a
wine's full flavor and character. Even a crazy person like your husband
understands the wisdom behind the age-old maxim, "You can never have
too many wine decanters." Why can't you?
But if you insist
on depriving the man you say you love of one of his biggest joys in
life, I know a certain web retailer who will take them off your hands.
They won't pay much, but they also don't ask a lot of pesky questions
about the provenance of the items they sell. Let me know if you want
Hope this helps -
Measurements: 9" tall, approximately 8" width at base.