Jul 2, 2004, 7:26 PM
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From what I've been able to gather, the answer is a qualified "Yes".
Re: [Biggles] Appliance/voltage questions
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What you need to watch out for is the quality of power, and this varies greatly from place to place. Some places don't have grounded outlets for instance. Other places have outlets that appear to be grounded (i.e., three holes) but aren't... nothing is attached to the ground wire.
And if you are running sensitive equipment, like a computer for instance, you would do well to get yourself a quality UPS (uninterruptable power supply) to help deal with power fluctuations (which isn't a bad idea NOB either.)
As for the TV, the only real issue that I can see concerns where you get your programming. Satellite TV is available but it's complicated. Cable is available but it's mostly in Spanish (which may be OK for you.) If you're used to DVD's, be aware that most DVD players are region-aware and that Mexico is a different region, so you're likely to be constrained in your choice and possibly impacted by the maximum number of times you can change region for a player (max is 5, should only be an issue for laptops though.) VHS appears to be plentiful however, but then you're dealing with Spanish subtitles much of the time.
Another option is to invest in a nice broadband connection, and download the shows you want to watch from the Internet. At the moment, most sources for programming aren't tremendously legal, but that's going to change very soon and you'll be able to legally download movies and your favorite shows to your computer (and if they do it right it will mean you get better picture and sound in the process.)
Personally, my plan is to affect one or more lifestyle changes when I move down at the end of July. I plan on ditching the TV and reading books instead. Mexico imposes no duty on books, and you can even have them delivered for free if you shop at the right place.
Caveat: most of this is not first-hand information, but distilled from what I've read here and elsewhere on the subject.
To boldly go where no wig has gone before.
(This post was edited by kirkswig on Jul 2, 2004, 7:27 PM)