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Have you “cut the cable” and replaced your linear feed with the non-linear internet for your filmed entertainment needs?

I want to hear about it. Every painful misstep.

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Internet Television Test: A September without Television

TV Shows and Transmission just started getting the hang of things when my Mac started acting funny.

It’s been acting a little quirky for about nine months, but in September – it just wouldn’t boot.

I’d been meaning to do a “clean slate” install but the Mac only acted quirky now and then – so I got lazy.

When I used Windows, a clean slate install (called a “Nuke and Pave”) was an annual (and sometimes bi-annual) event. In the four years I’ve used Macs, I haven’t done a clean install of OS X since I bought a used G3 PowerMac and a copy of 10.3 Panther. I’ve installed and deleted dozens upon dozens of applications, never once using an uninstaller like IceClean or AppCleaner. When Tiger came out, I bought this G5 and used Migration Assistant to move in. When Leopard came out, I just upgraded.

The hard drive is barely a year old, and it’s S.M.A.R.T. status said it was OK, so when it started acting up I was convinced it was a software error.

I didn’t want to install the OS and then just have Time Machine put it back how it was, and I wasn’t sure if I could even access the files otherwise, so I started burning DVDs of all my “really important” data. After two days of burning DVDs, the hard drive died before I could finish.

I didn’t panic, because I had two backups. A quick trip to Seagate’s web site and a warranty replacement for the dead drive is on it’s way – or so I think. Two days later I realize I forgot to check a box and now have to start the order over, then it takes an extra three days to arrive because UPS is closed on the weekends.

When it finally arrived, it slips effortlessly into the Mac and Leopard is installed clean. As I begin manually copying data off of the Time Machine hard drive – it dies, too.

I don’t panic, because I burned DVDs.

It was when the first DVD read error came that I began to panic.

Through all of this, I have only The Netflix Player and my Netflix’d DVDs to entertain me.