Home Entertainment Ideas

March 31, 2011

miscellaneous, smart fixes

Is it any surprise that home entertainment has made tremendous advances in the past ten years. Remember WAY BACK when, about 15 years ago, when we all had one of these?

But now, there are these:

Yow. I have the first TV but certainly not the second. Actually, I’d purchased a newer, fancier model with a flat screen just a few years ago, only to be completely outdated by the plasma, HDTV, super fancified models. I feel so old.

TV really isn’t all that important to us. I still have a barebones tube TV (we picked it up off the curb, for pete’s sake), but I have a very high-end, high octane computer and an iPad for watching stuff. It’s all a matter of priorities.

As a family, we like to watch DVDs and Internet documentaries during dinner, but since we have no television reception, we are limited to watching movies on my small laptop screen. I’ve been investigating my choice for a few months (I take forever to make sure decisions), and am leaning more toward optimization-world.com HDMI cables or a converter to rig the laptop to the TV. Getting the cables or converter at Optimization-World.com is WAY cheaper than buying a digital TV. They also sell nice VGA cables for computer to monitor connections.

So I’m pleased as punch that there are affordable options out there for old fogies like me. šŸ˜€ Maybe I’ll even write a tutorial once I finally get the ball rolling on the project….

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2 Responses to “Home Entertainment Ideas”

  1. Secondary Roads Says:

    My of 42″ LG LCD TV has VGA and audio input jacks. Sure is nice to hook up the laptop to the TV sometimes to watch a movie on Hulu or something like that. Fifty years ago I was a TV engineer. The technology has changed a lot since then! About that time, Newton Minnow was chairman of the FCC. He called television a vast wasteland. Parts of it still are I suppose. šŸ™‚

  2. Mrs. Mecomber Says:

    42″! Now that sounds nice. Even our 27″ just seems too small for me. My most recent TV has only RCA jacks, and my computers have VGA or HDMI. So I’d need a converter. Oh well, it’s better than having to buy a new TV!

    My step-dad was a TV-repairman, so I grew up with electronics and all that stuff as a kid in the 70s. I remember when the industry was transitioning from tube to solid state.

    I wrote an article about Newton Minow a few years ago, here
    http://freakyfrugalite.com/why-do-you-watch-television/

    His daughter read it and left a comment, which was gratifying.

    I agree with him then, I agree with him now. TV is, more than not, a wasteland. When I think of all the marvelous things that could be done with it, and see what’s being pumped through it, I shake my head in disgust and dismay. Thank God for the few redeeming purposes that Christians and historians have given it, though! šŸ˜€