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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Attempting to Join the 21st Century

Audio/Visual technology, once an area of expertise, has left me behind. In the bowels of my apartment building, I'm storing tangled masses of RCA cables, various adapters, switch boxes, ethernet cables, patchcords and speaker wire. I have no less than three boxes full of these accessories. 20 years ago, I was a video toaster guy. Then I was overdubbing audio on super-VHS dubbing decks. 15 years ago, I went through a turntable revival period and picked up any pair of oversized headphones I could find at garage sales. I rocked a Tascam 4-track until I could upgrade to my Fostex. I bought early on full-duplex sound cards and digital multi-track recording technology. And I bit hard on MP3 when it first appeared.

But now, I'm a dinosaur. I feel like one of those old college roommates of mine that needed help connecting their computer to their stereo. I've avoided iPhones, X-Boxes, and HDTV. My router busted, and I never replaced it... so I can't even offer wi-fi to my house guests. And I've never synced my Outlook calendar to anything. I'm an embarrassment to A/V geekdom.

So this week, I'm taking a plunge. I just ordered a 40" LCD HDTV. They've been driven all the way down into the troposphere by the emergence of LED technology and the attraction of 120Hz and 240Hz models. To maximize its powers, I ordered a Blu-Ray player that also streams movies straight from Netflix. To enable this option, I had to purchase a wireless router. I guess I'm going to have to figure out an awful lot of stuff in the next few weeks. But I still haven't read the manual for my digital camera... so I'm hoping that 90% of this stuff is intuitive to an old A/V guy like myself.

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5 Comments:

At 12/01/2009 03:40:00 PM, Blogger Walaka said...

You might want to keep an inhaler nearby in case of anaphylactic shock from technology overload... fill it with mimeograph ink.

 
At 12/01/2009 04:57:00 PM, Blogger lowcoolant said...

LOL mimeograph ink! Yes!!

 
At 12/01/2009 07:55:00 PM, Blogger Courtney Putnam said...

So when are we all invited over for a viewing?

 
At 12/02/2009 10:57:00 AM, Blogger John said...

I'll probably invite folks over to a movie night after I've figured out how to work the Blu-Ray player. I'm guessing 2 weeks. Then it will be mimeograph ink for everyone!

 
At 12/05/2009 08:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah well you really should replace that router cause it has a hardware based firewall in it and serves an important function in your security setup. Try reinstalling xp in your current configuration LOL. Direct connection to the internet with unpatched xp and no firewall?? Your system will probably last about 10 sec before it is compromised.

does that blue ray player have a dvr in it or do you have to play the video as streaming?

 

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