Because I need another gadget – a USB TV tuner

 In addition to my being banged up and currently bed-ridden, a tornado went through my fair city this Sunday. Some guys have all the luck (I know, at least it didn’t hit my house). The power was out for over an hour, and cable was out for about 24 hours.

At some point in the festivities, I got out my old Radio Shack 1″ screen LCD TV, and it occured to me as we were watching the news on it that after February 2009 (as of this writing), this thing will be useful only as a paperweight. So I got to looking for portable TVs with an ATSC tuner.

While there are a few models out there, my searching led me to this USB tuner. Using my laptop (or any other computer, provided I have power), I’ll be able to pull in HDTV signals off the air. It even provides for some other goodies, like recording programs.

And best of all, my laptop screen, while not a true 1080, beats the heck out of the old Radio Shack 1″ screen.

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