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Watching television

  • 4th Jun, 2005 at 3:23 PM

There was a television sitting in my living room doing basically nothing. At the NitiHouse, it was connected to the cable company, Vidéotron, because they never disconnected it when the last tenant left.

I moved it to the new place because, well, one doesn't just leave televisions lying about. So it stood on top of a dresser, facing the couch and being blank. And then I thought to myself, "Self, wouldn't it be great to be able to watch things on the television?" And then I thought some more, because I don't like watching television. And then I remembered that I was geeky.

I had a set of speakers and put them next to the television. I then got myself a computer that could out S-Video. Plugged them all together and then installed Debian on the computer. A coupld hours later and I'm typing this on the couch. I thought that reading things off a television would be really difficult; surprisingly untrue.

I have this strange compulsion to get an Apple ][ emulator and run it to indulge in nostalgia.


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4th Jun, 2005 20:01 (UTC)
TV-out is a wonderful thing.

I have my old debian desktop (now mostly used as a file server, with its half terabyte of storage). Conveniently, its video card (a rage 128) has composite video out, so I hooked it up to the TV.

Sadly, there's no good support for the TV out capability (unless you use Windows, and even then it's flaky), however it seems that if I tell mplayer to use the vesa output driver, then it simply works. It's a bit more work than using X and the Xv output driver (I have to look at the resolution in the file first and match it up), but works quite well.

I've been watching SG-1 for most of today through this setup.
4th Jun, 2005 22:07 (UTC)
I think you should go old-skool and play some Pong!
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