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I don’t recount this story to trumpet my triumph. I recount it to trumpet my initial failures, despite all due diligence, and perhaps to provide support and a public service to my brother ignoramuses. It must be easy to go awry however hard you try. The black cloud at the end of the story is the imponderable question of how many people out there, lacking the standards or the stick-to-itiveness, simply “get used to” or “don’t notice” a stretched and squashed image, how many in dissatisfaction consciously or unconsciously drift away from DVDs of old movies, how many confine themselves solely to the wide-screen window. How many?

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Dragonfly Jan. 13, 2010 @ 6:52 p.m.

Assuming your DVD player can also play Blu-ray discs, please follow up with your experience with those. In my opinion, Blu-ray discs are as much above DVDs as DVDs are above VHS tapes.

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CuddleFish Jan. 15, 2010 @ 12:12 p.m.

Could someone please tell me how to make my clock stop blinking on the VCR? ;)

And, I just got a new laptop on Black Friday, and the touchpad has stopped working and I don't know how to fix it, oh and sometimes the refresh and back button don't work, and also, why does Java freeze up, and ... and ... and ...

In dinosaur years, I'm dead.

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egregiousrube Jan. 24, 2010 @ 10:24 a.m.

I took a picture with my Nikon F2A with Kodachrome 64 underexposed one f stop and displayed it on a 60 inch lenticular screen in 1976. I decided if the idiots could get television to that quality I would be happy and watch movies at home and not in the theater. I kept my black and white set forever. I never watched a Beta or VHS. Well, a mere 35 years later, they have done it! Kuro and Blu-ray and I am watching movies at home! You never mentioned the sound? The blu ray sound is now Kansas City.

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stu_safu Jan. 30, 2010 @ 5 p.m.

"egregiousrube" is right. Pioneer®'s plasma TV's are tops, so far as I've seen. I don't have enought scratch together to get one (or one of it's 'Hi-D'ilk) any time in the near future... but I like to look! And I wonder what that Boston friend's deal was about "LCD, not LED or plasma". I know you save much on the energy bill with LCD (or, "Liquid-crystal display", for those like Luis Buñuel, or myself, who hated/hates acronyms) TV's. I've yet to see other advantages over plasma. Light Emitting Diodes (LED) displays I know stink, but I've yet to hear anything reasonable against plasma televisions.

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