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Truth Patrol: Ford’s Ultimate Confusion

November 15, 2006 | Author: sysadmindgs
Okay, I'm blowing the whistle and throwing the flag on this play myself. Am I the only one who noticed the ads for Ford's "Ultimate Tailgate Sweepstakes"? It's a cool promotion, in which someone will win a new Ford F-150 pickup truck that has been tricked out for tailgate parties. According to the ads, it has a built-in gas grill. The amazing feature, however, is that it will have "5...

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Truth Patrol: Screen Sizes

August 30, 2006 | Author: sysadmindgs
According to a story on chinapost.com.tw, the German consumer magazine Test advises that you should sit no closer to an HDTV than three times the screen's diagonal measurement. So for a 32" model, you should sit at least 96" away, which is eight feet. Now, I'll admit that this is a second-hand reference, but the facts are so simple that it's difficult to think that the reporter misquoted it. And...

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Truth Patrol: Amazing DVD Facts!

April 5, 2006 | Author: sysadmindgs
Source: BuyMagazine article -- The 4-1-1 on HD DVD (no author attribution) Quote: "Two new pre-recorded disc formats are coming this spring -- the HD DVD and Blu-ray -- which will be able to play conventional DVDs by trying to extract hi-def info from them." Hooboy! Let me start by saying that most of this article starts off pretty well, and explains things fairly clearly and accurately. But then the...

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Truth Patrol: Plasma HDTV Amazing Facts!

December 7, 2005 | Author: sysadmindgs
Source: "The Face of TV to Come: Plasma Vs. DLP," by Phil Conner, Plasma TV Buying Guide Quote: "Plasma, by contrast, uses a small electric pulse for each pixel to excite the rare natural gases argon, neon, and xenon (a k a "phosphors") to produce the color information and light. As electrons excite the phosphors, oxygen atoms dissipate. These rare gases actually have a life and fade over time. Manufacturers...

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HDTV Truth Patrol: Plasma Bulbs?

November 25, 2005 | Author: sysadmindgs
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, by Scott Taves: "Don't know where to begin? Here are tips to sharpen your focus" Online at http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/248038_hdtv12.html. Quote: "Older plasmas were subject to burn-in, meaning a static image, such as a video game icon or stock ticker, left a permanent ghost image. The costly bulbs also would lose luminescence after a few years. Current models have features to defeat burn-in and the bulbs now burn...

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Truth Patrol: Confused by “HDTV Experts”

September 30, 2005 | Author: sysadmindgs
Source: “Confused? You’re Not Alone”, by Alex L. Goldfayn, Wild Blue Yonder magazine, Sep-Oct 2005, page 47-48 Quote: “They still sell TVs that are not high-definition. Don’t buy one of those, because soon, by law, all programming will be delivered in HD.” The Truth: Well, he got the first sentence right. But from then on, it’s a disaster. The law says that all terrestrial broadcasts will have to be digital...

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