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November 9, 2008

Newsletter 11/9/2008

Filed under: newsletter — seniorgeek @ 10:47 pm

I don’t know how many of you still have old TV that you are still using, but you will need a converter box come next April or else you won’t we able to see anything on your old TV.
At midnight on February 17, 2009, all full-power television stations in the United States will stop broadcasting in analog and switch to 100% digital broadcasting. Congress created the TV Converter Box Coupon Program for households wishing to keep using their analog TV sets after February 17, 2009. The Program allows U.S. households to obtain up to two coupons, each worth $40, that can be applied toward the cost of eligible converter boxes. You may also ask questions or make coupon requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-DTV-2009.

While on the TV subject, there is this great place on the Internet that archives recording all TV news since late 1968. The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is the world’s most extensive and complete archive of television news. We have been recording, preserving and providing access to television news broadcasts of the national networks. (I may have put this in a previous newsletter, but worth repeating)

“The Encyclopedia of Television includes more than 1,000 original essays from more than 250 contributors and examines specific programs and people, historic moments and trends, major policy disputes and such topics as violence, tabloid television and the quiz show scandal. It also includes histories of major television networks as well as broadcasting systems around the world and is complemented by resource materials, photos and bibliographical information.”

In American Fact Finder, from the US Census Bureau, you can obtain data in the form of maps, tables, and reports from a variety of Census Bureau sources. From the Main Page find links to data in American Fact Finder and other Census Bureau sites. Their search tool returns very relevant information and well worth the visit.

Not that gas prices have come back down to reasonable level, concerns over fuel cost are not so critical, but it is always nice to know what the current pricing is around the country so check out AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. It  is updated each day and is the most comprehensive retail gasoline survey available. Everyday self-serve stations are surveyed. The AAA Fuel Gauge Web Site is derived from credit card transactions at more than 85,000 stations around the country. Prices shown are combined averages of the last card swipe of the previous day

Don’t forget to thank a Veteran this week for their service to keep this country “the land of the free”.
Veteran’s Day, November 11th.


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