So I think my TV is borked.
It’s not turning on, neither via remote or directly pushing the button. I’ll try unplugging and plugging it back in but I’m not holding my breath. There’s power going in, since the red standby light is on… the thing just won’t boot.

Hardcore BOOOO. I’ve never had a TV die this quickly! I got it nearly 2 years ago, and the TV I had before that lasted me 10 years. >_>;;;

Well, it’s not like I need a TV in my main bedroom. Yggdrasil can function without it (since he is a server after all and designed to operate “headless”), and my cable box is mostly outputting via Slingbox anyway. However, my PS3 and Wii kinda need a display of some kind to be of any use… right?

Oddly enough, this prompts a revisit of the capture box idea. Previously I was going to loot one of these Happauge HD-PVRs as I thought it was the cheapest means of capturing HD video… except OH HI, AVER MEDIA, that’s a nice HDMI-enabled card you have there! And you’re under $100, awesome!

(there is, of course, the small problem of my Wii being capped at component video and thus cannot do HDMI without some expensive-yet-unstable third-party adapter. Thank you, Nintendo, for taking your obstinate “hurr durr we’re going to half-ass your new-fangled HD and internets” stance. >_>)

…aw, smoo. I don’t know, really. I’ll probably end up getting a new TV all the same, as while Yggdrasil is a server first, he is also the ultimate media player and mmm, HD. *Homer drool* And he’d likely be the one getting that HDMI card too– for one thing, I could redirect my PS3 into Yggdrasil as part his whole King of Media thing. o_o

But I’ll wait a bit before I get the TV. They tend to go on sale around major sporting events for obvious reasons. I imagine Super Bowl triggers the bigger price drops but that’s already passed… hm… what would be the next major sports event that would cause the likes of Best Buy to fall all over themselves to sell TVs? Oh, there’s also May and June when all the stores do their hokey-but-in-this-case-beneficial “Grads and Dads” sales, surely TVs would be part of that… >_>;

Hell, I’d even entertained the option of replacing my TV with an iPad, of all things… >_>;</a>


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