Cutting The Cord on Cable

We recently received a free Apple TV and after a few days we’ve decided that we no longer need to pay $93 a month to Comcast for cable TV. We have Netflix and Hulu Plus now so really anything we want to watch is available to us on demand.

We got the new Apple TV through the fact that I use a program called Viggle that let’s you check into TV shows you want and gives you points. It took me a couple of months to build up the 210,000 points to get the Apple TV, but was worth it. I now am building up points so that I get Hulu Plus for free. Currently that means that instead of spending $93.00 per month we’ll only have to spend $7.99 per month. That’s a noteworthy price decrease and I have to say that while we don’t one an HD TV, but an older EDTV [480p] the quality is really better than standard cable TV, plus we can call up the shows when we want to see them.

Add to this that we have an iPad which mirrors to the Apple TV, so we’ve downloaded apps for the local TV stations and we can see live local news as well. All in all we are very happy with our new little toy even though we run into small problems streaming videos from my computer to the Apple TV, but I’ll work the kinks out. Comcast, I’m sorry, but you’ve lost another customer.

Day Three: Getting better, sort of…

OK, so it’s actually going better than I expected and the laptop and work iMac are making it a little bit better, but it’s still not the same. I find myself daily checking Apple’s website to see if my repair is coming along faster than they told me, but still no change.

I feel a little frazzled still because they’re so much I could do if I had everything back the way I wanted it to be. I feel like the guy to the right on the inside, but at least I don’t look that way on the outside.

I think part of the reason is that I can’t do whatever I want on any of these computers. Well that and I miss all the big sound and big screen. My boss and several associates use skype frequently and it isn’t the same when they’re a tinny little voice coming through small speakers vs. them sounding like they’re in the same room with me. My wife is waiting for me to get my computer more so I can get rid of all the junk I’ve put on her computer and give her a bit more time, but today it felt more like a divorced couple with joint custody of a child than the threesome it felt like yesterday.

Oddly enough with the free time I had on my hands today without a computer I found myself sitting out in front of my house squatting down and talking to the gopher/s that have been destroying our lawn for the past few months. I have tried every way I can think to mercifully move them off somewhere else so I now it got nasty and I started to talk to them. Talking to gophers is a sign that I might turn into the guy in the picture very soon…