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  1. 2006 was the year of HD. If you went to go buy a monitor or television you would be faced with choices of maximum resolution, screen size, and quality of picture which now includes the necessity of the digital HDMI input. Most people at the time had 720 x 480 projection televisions in there living rooms and 1360 x 768 lcd monitors for their computer. Take a vivid DVD of the time such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The DVD was 720 x 480 so you would have to play it on you're PC and sit up close to get the maximum visual effect. 2006 began a war between HD DVD and Bluray disks, both of which could display 1920 x 1080. This introduced some new problems. The first was which HDMI version you had. It needed to be version 1.3 to display 1080P. Version 1 only supplied data for 720P and 1080i. The next problem was deciding on a television. 1080P monitors and televisions were all great when they were supplied with 1080 content which was only available through bluray but if you plug you're cable box in which barely supplied 720 x 480, it looked like garbage when it was stretched onto a 1080. Satellite provider DirecTV had "HD" boxes which had digital HDMI outputs and up to 1080i resolution. At the time National Geographic was one of the few channels which transmitted in either 720P or 1080i. People in 2006 had to choose between CRT, flat panel LCD or Plasma. Although 1080P televisions were available by mid 2006 many consumers would argue that 1080i is all they need and that 1080p is something for the distant future. They would also be found bragging about their 195 pound 1080i Sony crt and then poo poo those that spend extra for a space saving flat panel. Here is an example of three "True HD" televisions which were released in 2006 Sharp Aquos LC-42D62U - This had 2 HDMI inputs and a digital analogue tuner. It was a 42 inch LCD 1080P and cost $2300 Pioneer PRO-HD1 This was the 1st plasma to support 1080P. This 50 inch had 2 HDMI but no speakers and no tuner although the best quality picture for $8000 Samsung HL-S6187W I heard some of these 1080P Rear Projection televisions are still going strong today. Great picture and great sound. They don't make them like this anymore. The 61 inch will set you back $2600 In 2007 I got a 27 inch Panasonic that supported 1080i and had 2 HDMI inputs which was a premium at the time and was still going for $1100 but it had a far superior image when compared to my old 1360 x 768 computer monitor. It wasn't until 2011 that I got a much larger monitor that was 1080P and Plasma. I played the same DVD trilogy of Lord of the Rings on my new 50 inch and compared that to the 1080P digital copy of the bluray and was once again impressed with the visual gain.
  2. First allow me to explain the technical problem with my pictures. I used transparency in the picture and saved as png which keeps information such as layers and transparency. This looked fine under the old theme but not under this new theme called "carbon". I re-saved the pictures as jpeg and now it pops. You make some good points such as disposable income and the fact that if everyone has a smartphone, it would make the most sense to appeal to these people. I watch people like Angry Video Game Nerd or Pat Contri and those guys aren't even interested in new consoles. The are interested in Atari and Sega Flashback consoles coming out as well as anything before PS3. I'll also note that Pat likes his Steam account to play Indy games and get his fix on games like Friday the 13th but otherwise they only play old stuff. A place like Gamespot argue about the latest and greatest games and consoles. They probably do more talking than playing and this is the generation that will watch other people stream on twitch. It's just hard to believe these numbers.
  3. I've noticed a generational decline in system sales since the peak in 2010. This first graph I have taken the total handheld sales and grouped them into only 5 generations. The origin of modern handheld gaming starts with Gameboy OG and the rest come along for the ride until the popular but short generational Gameboy Advance was replaced with the Nintendo Dual Screen only 3 years later. Playstation Portable set the bar for technical advancements starting the 3rd generation for the next 6 years when Playstation Vita shared generation 4 with 3DS. Generation 5 began with the Nintendo Switch until the Switch Pro which will likely follow. No word from Sony whether they will make another portable and Microsoft has already stated that they would sit out for awhile. Nintendo seems to control the handheld market for now. The next graph shows the number of hardware units sold per console generation. There is a perfect bell curve starting from NES all the way to the peak during the Xbox 360 era and recent sales numbers suggest a decline comparatively. This 3rd graph counts the total units of every console brand for each generation. It also counts the total units for all handheld brands, tallies it for the appropriate portable generations and then applies the numbers and years they peaked to the console generation graph. The trend is the same. There was a videogame peak during generation 7 era and it is in decline.
  4. A few years ago I got interested in Underground Hip Hop. I put together a list of some of my favorites which never get played in mainstream. Akil the MC - One 4 the Money Akil is a member of Jurassic 5 but he made this solo single. Only thing I don't like is the camera sound censoring the dirty language. Too Short - I'm a Player One of the founders of west coast rap, this is another of his good songs about pimping, drug use and promiscuity. The Game - Bang Along This is a wonderful throwback of everything which made the 80's great. K-os - Flypaper Canadian performer releasing fantastic music but mostly gets ignored outside Canada. DJ Jazzy Jeff - Know Ur Hood Jeff had the musical abilities and Will Smith had the on camera charisma. This one shows off Jeff. Group Home - Livin' Proof Listen to this if your OG Dizzy Wright - Killem Wit Kindness More of a 21st century evolution of new age hip hop. Snak the Ripper - Forgotten 5 star rap Action Bronson - Imported Goods 5 star rap Nutso - Str8 Talk Gangsta beat with tight raps. Crazeology - Microphone Masters Monster base line bought from an unknown talent in Italy Crazeology - 365 5 star rap The Four Owls - Life in the Balance Dillon Cooper - State of Elevation Brothers of the Stone - Meditation Champ MC - Keep Shit on the Real Old school girl owning this video. No one can explain the Calgary Flames Jersey she prominently wears. Mic Geronimo - It's Real Sad that these guys couldn't afford better recording equipment for this single although the emotion and honesty makes up for a little loss in fidelity.
  5. It is the successor to 802.11 n Wifi on 2.4 GHz radio signal. It is called 802.11 ac and it runs on the 5 GHz radio spectrum. When I lived on the farm years ago I hooked my 56k kbps dial up modem to the barbed wire fence and it ran miles past my neighbors house all the way into town for internet access. I'm glad I'm not a settler anymore. Always settling for things like dial up for internet and instead of records we had to stomp the floor while Jebediah would play the jug.
  6. Are you serious or are we about to get a pie in the face?
  7. This got me thinking about Apple's Icloud which has over 250 Million user's being held for ransom. You're phone is like a multipurpose device to be used to retrieve all other passwords, banking credentials and other purchases. I never store things in the cloud for a variety of nuisances but Apple and it's user's arrogance towards Apple being inherently safe is ignorant.
  8. I spent good money a couple years ago upgrading my wireless network to AC and it improved speeds from about 22 Megabytes / second to 100 MB/s compared to wireless N. The theoretical maximum for AC is around 750 MB/s but it is designed to split that between 3 or 4 devices, not just one. I have grown tired of wireless, especially bluetooth. There is too much noise in my area with 2.4 and 5 GHz devices that it interferes. I have limited my wireless to only my G602 gaming mouse. Have to wait and see although we need to complain now and not later. They are going the wrong direction on this course. This is exactly one of the governments jobs which is to protect our privacy not take away from it. It's also not as if our data isn't already being tracked and sold. Estimate of $50 Billion a year in US alone is what is harvested from wholesale data. Some of the larger sellers who are allowed to sell data without permission or at best case on a pinky swear are; Google, Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Microsoft with Windows 10 The buyers can be anyone in marketing, product development and advertising and wherever data is stored is open for hackers.
  9. Macbeth lol, that triggered a memory from Blackadder III. Skip to 1 minute.
  10. It's was only the top echelon, I mean, you and I may have had a 386 between 1994 and 1997 but that computer wouldn't play Doom. The 486! and Pentium I came out in this time. The clock cycles increased 33 Mhz every 6 months with AMD chips right behind them. Remember that in the late 80's and 90's the displays were very crude. If you did not by a new display almost every year, you would be wasting money on the rest of the machine. Monochrome displays were replaced by VGA in 1992 and SVGA replaced in 1995. The RAM was always sold at the lowest but to play the top games you needed more ram. Remember high level memory access in MS DOS before Windows 95? An extra 64 MB of memory in 1994 was $500 US. The monitors were between $500 and thousands and the operating system and audio card were another $450 US. After tax, for a computer minus the printer and other upgrades was in the $6000 range. This is May 1994 from PC Accelerator November 1995 Dec 1996 December 1997 December 1998 December 1999 Or If you go back and read computer game reviews from anyone honest will tell you what you need. It aint cheap but I did embellish somewhat. I assume a buyer would also buy a new printer and modem and either speaker or a CD Player or some software.
  11. Yes that's right. Also add that before 1994 and the age of Pentium, the Compaq PC which was about $30,000 US in 1986 dropped to $4500 by 1994 when Pentium came out and the above average personal computer remained about $6000 US. Many computer game reviewers like PC Accelerator went bankrupt in the 90 because the cost to play the top echelon of games each year required the most ram and the fastest CPU. It cost $6000 a year to play any game at acceptable framerates between 1989 and 1996. Between 1996 and now the price has slowly reached the lowest common denominator
  12. Some fool brought exotic wild boar into Texas in the early 90's and since then they have migrated to western Canada. They adapt well to the harsh environments in Saskatchewan and bread two litters of 6 per year. They destroy crops, harass livestock and kill domestic animals. The population of wild boar has gone from 0 to 100's of thousands in 15 years. I've heard stories of these pigs chasing dogs and cats all the way to the house and then smashing the door in and goring the inhabitants. I enjoy watching pest control in the United States hunt these pigs. The team is usually just one or two people who hunt at night with night vision glasses with the aid of 5 or 6 dogs. The dogs are good at sniffing out the pig but even against 5 mean mutts, the pig is an unstoppable force, especially if it has a litter, sometimes fatally wounding a dog or two. It's up to the bounty hunter to get in there and use lethal force.
  13. I understand completely. I feel I've spent too much of my time playing videogames not in my childhood but in adulthood. I probably wont touch another game until; 1 - I get the urge to play Super Mario World 2 - My Mamecade is operational 3 - Diablo 4 is released in 2022 4 - Forza Horizon improves the world graphics to the level of the cars Keep you're original controllers. You can plug them into adapters and it feels like the real thing if you ignore that the console has been replaced by computer software.
  14. I got interested in building myself a computer desk this year and made a blueprint. I'll show you what it should look like wrapped in arborite with black edging. The bottom drawer fits a bankers box which contains all my important papers. The shelf underneath can hold power bar and router as well as being a place to rest my feet. The depth is 31" and width is 5'. This will take 3 sheets of 1" MDF. After I put 3/4" angle iron across the edge, the top will support 600 pounds temporarily. I may hide a computer in the drawer.
  15. It sounds like a lucrative field to get into. It's like a blend of Carpentry, Computer know how and hooking up you're hi-fi. I don't have much need for automation although I do use Teamviewer to log in to my Windows computer at home from my cellular data at work. I sometimes let a song with a lot of bass play with all speakers faded out except the sub. People look out on the street cause they think it's a car trunk.