"My TV is broken." "I can't get a television signal." "What do you mean 'digital broadcasting'? I don't understand all this technical stuff. I just want to watch House and Gossip Girl." "Why didn't somebody tell me about this switch from analog to digital broadcasting?" Actually, my TV has long been ready for digital broadcasting. I just wanted to be the first one to say all of the above. You're probably ready too, right? After all, you're a person who frequents a computer forum. But what about the general public? Today U.S. television stations turn off their analog signals for good, and this will benefit everyone in the long run. But no matter how many flyers, signs, websites, and TV news reports were used to publicize the change, there are bound to be many people too uninformed (or, frankly, too clueless) to realize it would affect them. The switchover was originally scheduled for February 17, but was postponed to June 12 to give the publicity more time to sink in, but that won't stop a lot of people from being surprised. Nobody will suffer a fatal lack of soap operas, but I know we're going to be hearing a lot of complaints for the next weeks, as people with TVs that no longer work yelp for help and rush out to buy converters. Can you hear the noise yet?