Keeping up with the Joneses

Date Mon, July 7 2008 hard. Good thing I’m not competitive like that. In fact, sometimes I am loathe to change which is no wonder with the ever-changing state of technology. I barely got over the idea of high definition TV like HDTV and Blu Ray by the time they announced the winner. Actually, I don’t know if they announced it as much as I noticed Disney had taken Sony’s side and the electronics sections were being rearranged to make room for a plethora of blue-sheeted discs which promised to enhance your viewing pleasure.

Of course, high def TV is only one of the things I don’t seem to be very good at keeping up with. Digital TV? Okay, that doesn’t seem too difficult to grasp but I never would have known about it without heading home for vacation.

Online calling services and VOIP are things that completely blow my mind. They just sit, right out of reach, in the folder of technology I have labeled “Don’t even think about touching this one, Cole!” Truthfully, they probably make more sense than my ignorance mind allows for but I just haven’t the time or motivation to find out what that sense is.

What I do know is that, with every new invention or technology, I had to add another cord to the amassing snake that leads from from the entertainment and converges at a power strip from its twin originating from behind the desk.

I guess it’s good for me that people have come up with ways to condense these cords – like the technology in HDMI interfaces which give one “an interface between any audio/video source, such as a set-top box, DVD player, or A/V receiver and an audio and/or video monitor, such as a digital television (DTV), over a single cable.” The mess becomes even less when you figure in HDMI wall plate which can be placed almost invisibly behind wall-mounted flat panels TVs.

But that’s still a way off for me. I’m waiting to buy a digital television until Blu Ray DVD players come down in price – then I’ll invest in both.

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