Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Electonic Gadgets

This picture was taken in 1920 and shows a woman listening to a radio. It is amazing how ubiquitous electronic gadgets have now become in the home. Not only are these things pretty expensive, they periodically go out and have to be replaced. I used to to be a real gadget guy, but have tried to break free of the habit in the last few years. I will be honest and say I barely have a TV in the house. Our TV is a small 10 inch LCD screen in the kitchen. The only reason I have it is that I listen to the news and financial channel. Other than that, I would not have a TV at all. The reason is that there is nothing but junk on broadcast TV, and there is nothing interesting on Cable TV anymore. We have the dish network, and the channels that used to be good, like the History Channel, Discovery Channel, or the Learning Channel are not producing any good programming any more. Once I figure out how to get good news without a TV, I will get rid of the TV completely.


  1. I assume you have a computer. If you are on broadband you can get news, weather, Wall Street, and even old TV shows for free if you so wish. I broke the TV connection a year ago. I only watch our own videos. Seems like all TV shows are a waste, All of the news is sensationalized, and I would be embarrassed to watch most aired programs with my grand children.
    Thanks for the pictures. This site alone replaces 15 minutes of useless TV a day.

  2. If you own a TV in the UK, you have
    to pay a licence fee to the BBC. The
    cost this year was £140 and will rise
    next year by at least £10. The BBC
    put out some good programs, but there is still very little that is
    of any interest to me. I listen to
    BBC radio mostly, which is very good
    especially since DAB became available. Good news coverage.
    Otherwise it's the computer or reading books.

  3. Ray UK
    I had no idea this law was in place in the UK, I was just reading about it. I got a kick about some of the secret methods used to enforce it. People here in the "colonies" complain about invasion of privacy, The BBC sure doesn't mind that do they.
    When our politicians see this way of making revenue watch out.

  4. Here, in Italy, there is a law similar to the English one. The only fact of owning a TV force you to pay a tax (about 150 € per year) to our governement station even if you don't want to watch it (due to the poor quality of programs). Now that I know in England is the same I fell less loonly!

  5. I'm looking at a very similar radio cabinet sitting right now in our living room. About 35 years ago I found it, badly broken, warped, with missing pieces. With my father's help I fabricated parts to fit and refinished it. I've had it ever since, but unfortunately it's just an empty cabinet right now. But it's beautiful...inlaid wood design, carved legs, curly maple accents. Thanks for the picture!

  6. nomoretv-mistiko
    Just to be clear. The BBC does not
    belong to any political organization. The letters
    stand for the British Broadcasting
    Corporation. Not a tax but a licence.
    If caught without a licence you can
    be fined up to a £1000.
    They don't mess around.

  7. Is that license in addition to television service like cable or sat? We pay taxes and fees as well and they are built into the bill from your local provider. But if you don't have cable or sat, the basic 7 channels are free.

  8. norkio
    The licence is to own & watch a TV
    only. One of the points being, is that you get to watch an advert-free
    service with the BBC.
    There are four main BBC TV programs plus many other services,like news.
    They also put out at least nine radio stations, one of which being
    the World Service.
    All this is paid for by those with
    a licence and by law to watch a TV
    without one is a crime, which the
    BBC can take you to court.
    As in your country you can sign-up
    to cable or sat with other companies but you must have
    a licence.
    The BBC has a long history,starting
    in the 1920's with radio and TV in the 1930's. A bit like Big Brother.
    I think George Orwell got some of
    his ideas for 1984 while working
    for the BBC during the second world

  9. You hit on another of the dead/dying professions when you pointed out that you have to replace the gadgets when they fail.

    When the radio in the picture failed it was repaired. As were early televisions. Today all of our gadgets are throw away. The Radio/TV repairman has nearly disappeared. The repairman has been sent to the landfill along with all of our failed gadgets.

    Now the only repairs are for those who want their antique to be operational.