||Let's see... Would I rather wear one suit that matches and goes well for any occasion, or buy tons of suits that don't even match for every single occasion even if it's not much better than the one Microsoft suit?
I don't care about suits. I prefer military surplus. Has more pockets, requires no maintenance, is cheaper, and I can go through fire, fog, fall, and maintenance ducts and then just dust myself off. Suits suck for any real application and are good only as a show-off.
I don't know about you, but I have no interest in keeping an OS on my system for emailing, an OS for web browsing, an OS for games, an OS for writing, etc.
At this moment, I do web browsing on Windows machine, and everything more serious - from email to writing code and texts to databases to file archive to firewall - doing on Linux machine (firewall is scheduled to be overhauled to BSD). (Special case here; I need heterogenous network for testing and general playing with. Regarding games, I sadly don't have much time for them :(, so can't comment (reminds me, I should dust off my C64 emulator). Even when writing a longer thing for Adequacy, I write it as a text file (saved frequently for case of crash) and then move it to the browser via clipboard; I need too many windows opened in parallel at once, and Billy's Superior Technology sometimes decides to crash and close all the IE windows. (Not speaking about mysterious resource drains linked to running instances of MSIE.)
It is amusing how you bash Microsoft for being a "monopoly with anti-competitive business tactics," and you also bash Nintendo, which isn't a monopoly nor does it have any unethical business tactics, yet you "lusers" praise Sony, which has often resorted to unethical behavior and is probably affiliated with the Japanese mafia. When will you people have consistency?
My reference to Nintendo future was a reference to game consoles in general - small relatively reliable single-purpose machines; I don't have enough experience with the world of game consoles to know any dirt about them. I personally have gripes with Sony (though their electronics is good). (By the way, where I mentioned Sony before?)
You watch too much television. Most people who have VCRs these days are able to adjust the clock. There might be some VCRs that have not been set, and usually it is because they have no need to use the VCR as a clock.
VCRs need clock as time reference for programmed recording.
Personally, I got my VCR from my parents; el-cheapo (about $25 few years ago and worth about as much - sucks, heads need realignment or even exchange (not worth of the hassle), occassionally loses colors and then needs to be banged on its side, but enough for time-shifting news and Star Dreck, so reliably (except the color thing) doing everything I want; when I will not be lazy I'll get new old one and take this one apart for fun).
I am very happy with it - it is so old it has full set of controls on its panel (in fact I hadn't had to touch the remote from when I got it), can be programmed from panel, and one doesn't have to argue with obscure menus nor have to switch the TV on when setting it up. One sets few registers, like when setting up digital wristwatches, and it does what asked for; no droolproof TV-based interface that takes several times as long to program. I like it this way; however, getting new model with these features is rather nontrivial, as the VCRs are designed mostly for couch potatoes who sit outside the reach of the device, and every button is added cost. If they'd at least open the control bus specs so I could attach a front panel tailored to my desires, or ultimately to connect it to computer and program via commandline, I'd be happy.
Of course, modern VCRs have more features - automatic clock settings according to data in topmost TV scanlines, and all sorts of other services - I am not a home-video buff and it's couple years I was interested in there anyway; what I am pondering is to get a TV capture card (plenty of spare CPU power and disk space) and make fully computerized open-standards-based TiVo-like device. Until someone will crack the proprietary ShowView/VideoPlus+/VCRPlus+ scheme, I will lack this - but no big loss for now and the efforts are underway. It is also possible to automatically cut off the ads from the resulting MPEG stream; I have several methods in proposal stage for when I will be in playful mood.
If VCR zealots were as psychotic as you Linux apologists, they'd not only make it extremely difficult to set, but they'd make hundreds of different VCR versions... excuse me, DISTRIBUTIONS... made specifically for each genre.
As long as the tapes can be moved between them - OKAY WITH ME! Hypothetically: If you want super-quality sound and don't care much about picture, SymphonicVCR is here for you. If you like movies and want surround sound and enhanced image, get ActionVCR, and if you want just to timeshift news and don't care about anything other than cost, get BarebonesVCR. If you are into scuba diving and want to watch tapes under water, WaterproofVCR is here for you. If you don't need TV output at all but need input/output as ISO MPEG stream, get MPEGVCR. If you attach/detach devices from it frequently, install front-panel mod with connectors of your desire, and if you like solid industrial design, get rack-mount mod. If you want something not on the market, take soldering iron, or - if you don't know what its end is the hot one - ask a friend or hire a specialist. As long as the casettes are recorded all in the same format and can be moved from one VCR type to another, WHY THE HELL NOT?
At least you will still have control over the device, will know what is happening inside, and can be sure there will be no proprietary extensions that will one day forbid you from taping some things, as MPAA wants to (see lower), or fastforwarding through ads. (Or that there will be easy ways around them.) (See DVD zones and associated problematics. DVDs aren't common here enough for me to worry about it yet, but I don't think I will buy a player that will not have published a dezoning crack.) The days of taping a show for a friend (without having to ask The Underground for help) can be gone sooner than you think (check some digital TV proposals). But it is a topic for entirely different thread and for its own.