One Screen So Many Choices

@p1kef1sh (45647)
January 28, 2011 3:10pm CST
Apparently very soon we will be throwing away our desk top computers in favour of TVs that will do everything. We can watch and record TV, email, compute etc etc. Personally I rather like the fact that the TV and computer are separate, we even have them in different rooms. I do see the attraction though, and rather like the way that I resisted a cell phone for years, will eventually succumb. What's your preference?
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@jwfarrimond (4475)
28 Jan 11
I'd like to keep them separate since I could not use the computer and watch the news on the TV at the same time like I'm doing at the moment if it was all in one
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
28 Jan 11
I can watch TV on my computer in a separate window. But it is very distracting. I prefer to do one or the other, but not both at the same time.
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28 Jan 11
I've just got the news on - all this business in Egypt.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
28 Jan 11
I heard from a friend in Cairo earlier. He called it "surreal"! But he and his wife are OK which is a blessing.
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Jan 11
wow I think I am first here. wwol I like my separate elderly computer abd almost new monitor led too . I wish I did have a televsion though as th bundle in time warner cable would cost me less than what i pay for cable internet alone.well any way I love my things separate. i have not yet got a cell phone and I think my son has lost five now at last count. how the heck does he kept from remembering to pick the dratted things up befor he lives the store or cafe? heres to the latest in technology though I may yet get a cell phone.
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Jan 11
typo alert wwol was supposed to be wow and television misspelled kept was supposed to be keep befor should be before drat the errors.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
28 Jan 11
You are the first! Hurray! LOL. I am not a fan of cell phones but I do concede that they are useful at times. I can get TV through my computer and in fact on my cell phone! Isn't technology wonderful.
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@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Jan 11
yes how about that. I have also got some tv through my elderly computer love all the new advances, I am living in a great age now. wow again. lol
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@stevieboi19 (1429)
28 Jan 11
I'm also mixed on this idea as it's nice to have a system dedicated to one particular job so you know exactly what you are doing when you choose each system also. The all in one TV's will be more than likely out of my price range for a while. I also like having my pc in separate rooms to the TV if I was working on my all in one TV/computer then I'd more than likely get distracted and not do any of my assignments. I think I'll be sticking to keeping my pc and TV separate.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
28 Jan 11
Me too for now. I can get TV on my computer and occasionally do watch it there.
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28 Jan 11
Yeah I do watch TV on my computer but wouldn't want to do it all the time from the same device I don't think I'd ever get of my seat if they were all in one lol.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
28 Jan 11
Friends of mine use their wall mounted flat screen TV for internet, and I just can't get used to it. There's privacy issues there as well of course, as everything on your screen is available for all to see. I'm not sure I'd want my family knowing everything I write about them in personal emails! However, as I don't have and don't want a telly I can't imagine this will be a big problem for me.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
28 Jan 11
There is that problem. I often use my iPod to Skype with. But if I am "chatting" (typing) the my conversation appears on the main comuter screen too. Potentially embarrassing - but not so far! Phew. LOL.
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@dragon54u (31292)
• United States
28 Jan 11
I would prefer them separate! I work on my computer in one room of the house and when the workday is done I move into the living room where the TV is. That's my equivalent of going home from work. If everything was done on the TV it would really upset my routine and I would feel as if I was in my workspace all the time.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
28 Jan 11
That's a very good point. If you work from home you can never be away from "work" even when you are relaxing.
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@pumpkinjam (5607)
• United Kingdom
29 Jan 11
A few years ago (well, about 8 or 9 years ago) I had a TV like that. I mean, it didn't do everything but it did the ordinary TV and recording stuff and I could also use it for email. I quite liked the fact that I could do that (We couldn't connect our computer to the internet at the time) but it wasn't the greatest thing in the world. But then, if we had these things that did everything, would that mean that there would be more fights over the TV or you'd have to buy two of these super TV dooberries so one could be used for computing if someone else wanted the telly on. In which case, wouldn't it make more sense to have seperate things anyway? And anyway, we can get most TV on the computer anyway so it's hardly a new thing is it?
@p1kef1sh (45647)
29 Jan 11
I remembe the e mail TVs. But what I am talking about is totally different. You wil be able to do things like operate your heating and lighting systems remotely as well as watching TV, phoning, surfing the net and sending the occasional E Mail!
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• United Kingdom
30 Jan 11
Oh yes, that would be good. That would make us even more lazy than we already are!
@SViswan (12095)
• India
29 Jan 11
I'd prefer them separate too. I use them for different purposes and don't want to be checking mail as I am watching tv. Having them separate also means that two people can use them at the same time. Imagine me wanting to watch television when hubby wants to check the mail! We have enough trouble with who gets to hold the remote without having to fight over the television too!!
@p1kef1sh (45647)
29 Jan 11
Ahhh. The remote. In this house I am not allowed to hold it! Life is easier that way. LOL.
@SViswan (12095)
• India
30 Jan 11
lol..now I see why she is the BOSS. I'm not known as BOSS at my place. They call me Hitler....but that doesn't work to my benefit :(
@ElicBxn (60011)
• United States
29 Jan 11
I have them in the same room and sometimes will watch TV while I'm surfing on the internet.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
29 Jan 11
I have great difficulty in doing that. I either do one thing or the other. But then I'm a man and we can't multitask apprently! LOL.
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@ElicBxn (60011)
• United States
29 Jan 11
I have to say that I don't do it all that often, but I do sometimes have it on, and I don't want to have to chose...
@BarBaraPrz (16797)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Jan 11
I like them separate. That way I can use my computer while I'm watching TV.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
28 Jan 11
The TV is in a separate room. I can watch tv on my computer but rarely do so.
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@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
28 Jan 11
i dont know how to watch tv on computer although i do watch some series online, but thats because the TV channels websites play them online too
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30 Jan 11
Hi P1key, I am of the old fashion girl, I am just trying to get my head round all these new fangle techs thingys and just about managed usesing my laptop, so I don't like the idea of all in on thing, I prefer the tv seperate from the computer as I love watching my tv while I am on my laptop, if I have all in one, I can only do one thing at a time, and that is stupid. Hugs. Tamara xxxx
@p1kef1sh (45647)
1 Feb 11
Good point Tamara. You have to have double the technology if two of you want to do differnt things! XXXX
@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
30 Jan 11
Hello pikey. Well i have them separate as well over here, and so does my girlfriend. And while this may not be very relevant now as i am not living by myself, when i do, i will want a computer and a separate, distinct room television set, where i can indeed use dvd;s for movies, or maybe 1-2 games on a game console, but the computer will be separate, that's for sure.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
30 Jan 11
That's a lot of computery. I thought that the ides is that eventually the TV will provide the function of all those things!
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• United States
29 Jan 11
I like them separate. The worst idea I've seen lately is a television in the door of the refrigerator. I know it gets it off the counters and out of the way, but what if the television goes bad, do you call a television repairman or a refrigerator repairman? Or both? I prefer my televisions in the living room or in the bedroom. The only time I want anything even similar in my kitchen is when I use my laptop to prepare a recipe without printing it out and wasting more paper.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
29 Jan 11
I have seen the Fridge TVs too. Plus ones in cooker hoods etc. When I'm in the kitchen I'm cooking etc, not watching TV. But I do sometimes have to nip out to get a recipe off the computer.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
29 Jan 11
Hi pIkefIsh, I would not prefer TV and computer in one devise. When I shall work in computer I shall not be able to watch TV. But it is fact when a new device is innovated our mindset and habit changes. We become accustomed to new things. May be once we will throw away our desk top computer. Is laptop will remain?
@p1kef1sh (45647)
29 Jan 11
I think that many more laptops are sold than any other type of computer already. Soon they and devices like the iPad will be the only types of separate computers available.
@djbtol (5501)
• United States
29 Jan 11
I think a separate computer, and especially a laptop is far more practical for a family. If you are living alone, then you can put your business up on the screen. Those who have family around need to share space and be mindful of how we are impacting others.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
29 Jan 11
I think that's true. Thank you.
@Humbug25 (12552)
29 Jan 11
Hi ya p1key I much prefer to keep my telly seperate to my pc because like now I like to have the telly on whilst being online how can you do that if it was all combined? No thanks, like it just the way it is
@p1kef1sh (45647)
29 Jan 11
You can watch TV in a window on your computer screen. Personally I prefer to keep them separate. But I can see a day comign when that may no longer be possible.
@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
2 Feb 11
Hi p1, It would be cool to have a TV and a computer in one package. In fact I see them in local computer stores nowadays. It saves space too, for their ergonomic designs. What kept me from getting it is the high price tag it carries. It would cost me a year's salary to get even one of it. It's still my old CRT monitor and separate CRT TV set for many years to come. If I get that big year-end bonus and the price goes down somewhat, definitely I would go for it.
@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Feb 11
Keep them separate. The kids will be poaching the TV for computer stuff.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
30 Jan 11
I know people who have used their TV's as computer monitors for years. It is not my scene I don't think. I can see some advantage to it, but I think I like having my desktop all to myself and not having to fight with my children and wife for usage! I think I will resist as well. I resisted computers for many years, but am now addicted! At the moment, we have two desktops, a laptop and a TV so we can each be on a separate screen at the same time. Not good when it comes to being a close family, but sometimes life has to be this way!