Digital conversion the David Allen way

At last, ABC-7’s piece on the digital TV conversion aired May 14, with contributions from your technoklutzy blogger (“a writer for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin”).

Did you catch the piece? A few of you have told me you did. I was on vacation and missed my moment of digital glory, alas, but the video is viewable on the KABC website at this link.

Ironically, given the story’s focus on my ability to watch “Lost,” vacation also meant missing the “Lost” season finale. A friend promised to TiVo it for me.

Anyhow, reporter Ric Romero did a nice job, and I was relieved to see that I don’t come off as a complete dope. I think the camera added 10 pounds, though. Or maybe my Restaurant of the Week feature is to blame.

(You can read more about the interview in my April 1 column.)

Even if the piece is of no practical use to you, you may enjoy listening to me murmur and glimpsing a portion of my living room. For you home decor critics, I do have a coffee table, but to simplify the shot we moved it out of the way.

A second piece on how to hook up your TV is viewable by clicking here and features me in an uncredited cameo as I fiddle with my antenna.

All of this begs the question: If I’m the sort of trash they’re putting on TV, why convert?

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  • Bob Terry

    Ch.7 Eyewitness News played the whole piece Saturday morning on their 9am show. Because you are a “friend,” I will NOT make any snide remarks re: your big tv moment. Then on Sunday, the same newscast showed an edited version and you got a 5 second shot. It was nice to see ch 7 take the time to venture out to LA County’s last piece of real estate before it meets the I.E./ SB Co. and give “D-Bomb” a plug.

    [Thanks…although now you have me wondering what about the segment would merit a snide remark. — DA]

  • Bob Terry

    The 10 pound rule! It’s twue, it’s twue! I think it’s because TV is 2 dimensional. So the mystery is over, and maybe I’m just jealous!

  • As your cubicle mate, I would say you don’t look 10 pounds heavier on TV. It’s just that Kate, Ben and Jack are so skinny.

  • ray

    Good job David… But don’t quit your day job. Is the 10 lb rule in effect with “HIGH DEFINITION.”

  • Tom Petry

    I like the fact that you admit the instructions are confusing…we aren’t all tech savvy and the people writing the manuals need to realize that.

    Question…with all of the new digital channels we get, will the TV Guide section of the paper list them all, or are we just going to have to find them on our own?

    Love your insight into the everyday stuff.

    Keep up the good work,

    [No idea, sorry; the section is produced elsewhere. Thanks for the kind words. — DA]

  • I didn’t see the piece you are discussing, but I wanted to point out that all the schools across the whole country will no longer have television in most areas. Everyone watched the inauguration but if it happened next week they would not be able to.

    Check out this funny video about the digital transition.