We have Millennium Technology Prize, awarded every second year. First one went to Tim Berners-Lee.
Many of those boxes have timer function, even when they are not able to record the program by themselves, but for this exact reason, they'll turn on to programmed channel.
And then many of the old VHS / DVD recorders have a function that they'll start recording when they receive video signal.
So it might be just one setting on the old recorder and start using the timer function of the converter box.
(Only wimps use tape backup: _real_ men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror it
Your car is emitting O2? What make is it! We may have saved the planet!
His car is running lean and that's why there's too much O2 in exhaust, too much oxygen for amount of gasoline injected. So the engine isn't running as efficiently as it could and is probably producing too much NOx so it would fail the emissions test.
And if it's just a failed O2 (Lambda) sensor then it will be probably running rich, computer injects excessive amounts of fuel to the engine just because it thinks that we're running lean. And yet again, fail in emissions.
So no, planet isn't saved.