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English: TV receiver

English: TV receiver (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I were to ask you what you were doing right now, what would you say?  I can only imagine that many of you would say, “None of your business.”  By the same token quite a few of you would reply, “I’m watching TV.”

I can remember when I was a young child, our first black and white Zenith TV.  We even had a repair man who would make house calls to repair this valuable appliance.  At that time nine out of ten households had a TV compared to today’s multiple monitor homes, some even in the bathroom.

If we look back to the lowly beginning of the TV set, we see the basic component, the cathode tube, was created in 1897.  The first television sold for home use was the GE Octagon in 1928.  The 3” screen is a far cry from the giant HD screens of today.

Even though the days of the dog-ears are over (for all you youngsters, dog ears were adjustable antenna that sat on top of the TV), televisions, no matter the era, still need a means to receive a signal.

Just for argument’s sake, if you were to open a mid-90s, 27-inch (TV screens are always measured on the diagonal), you would find a huge picture tube, circuit boards, and just a lot of stuff, all living in a plastic housing that weighed the better part of a ton.

In contrast, one of today’s 37-inch, HD, flat-screen monitors can be easily lifted with one hand. I haven’t opened one up, but whatever is inside can’t be much.

If you span the decades from the octagon to today’s high-tech renditions, the technology has progressed by leaps and bounds. The one thing that has remained the same is that a picture originating in a television studio must be jostled, exploded, and sent in minute, invisible pieces through the airwaves to the receiver in your home, no matter which brand you choose to view.

By the same token, when the first written word appeared, it was recorded by hand. Now, those words can be produced at lightning speed. Are you taking advantage of the technology that is available to you to make your writing as efficient and accurate as possible? If not, give it some thought. Changes can be hard to make, but the advantage of change can be priceless.

Now excuse me while I wrap a piece of aluminum foil around my rabbit ears and do a little readjusting. These three-inch screens are murder on the eyes.


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