There are no active ads.


Flashback Friday: Setting the Timer on Your VCR

by Sean P. Aune | July 20, 2012July 20, 2012 11:00 pm PDT

Flashback FridayWhen I got to work yesterday I remembered that I had forgotten to set my DirecTV DVR for a show. I fished my iPhone 4S out of my pocket, pulled up the DirecTV app, found the show and told it to record.

I then sat there for a moment in wide-eyed wonder at what I had just done.

This wasn’t the first time I had used the app to set something to record; during a recent trip out to the TechnoBuffalo offices in Irvine, CA, I used the app multiple times to set my DVR back in Missouri.  For some odd reason it just didn’t strike me until yesterday just what a wondrous invention this truly is.

While I never had a Betamax, I had my first VHS machine in 1978 after my father had won it in a raffle.  If you could even afford blank tapes at the time – they were around $20 each – you were limited to one channel of recording and however much space was on the tape.  If you were going out of town on a trip, you had to be very selective in what you recorded as you only had that one tape to do it with.

I picked this particular video for this week as it had the “optional” timer shown it.  Not only is it bad enough you’re dealing with cassettes, but you had to buy the timer separately?  Yep, you did.

For now, I’ll bask in the wonder of being able to use my smartphone while not even in the same state as my DVR to set it to record.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...