Having struggled with the joys of the postal system I have now officially upgraded my technology. I have an HD television that can actually see the signal coming from my aerial, the last TV was analogue and needed an adaptor, and a Blu-Ray player. I have no Blu-Ray discs and, to be honest, absolutely no interest in getting any, television really doesn’t do it for me I am afraid. A new TV stand, the flat is not permanent so I wont drill holes in walls, and a new freesat box complete the collection. I was quite surprised the “new for 2013” label on the TV, that is about as close to ‘early adoption’ as I get.
Having set up the various pieces of equipment and downloaded the latest software for each of them I must say that it’s a step change and all very pleasant. I had a stumble when the Blu-Ray and TV decided that they would respond to each others remote controls. If I turned the player on the TV turned off and turning the TV back on told the player to shut down. I had just come to the conclusion that I would have to synchronise them via the mains supply when I discovered a setting that seemed to resolve the problem. I now have three new remote controls to fathom out and a networked television to suck my meagre internet bandwidth so a good days work. I did get delayed leaving the flat yesterday because of some confusion with the power button on the TV. I knew that the button was at the rear in the bottom right hand corner so reached behind and pressed it but nothing happened. leaning further over a couple of presses had no affect so I tried pulling it but still nothing. Luckily I stood back up to consider this development and then saw the little menu that had appeared, who would have figured that the power switch was actually a joystick! Leaning over fiddling with it I had been unable to see the commands that I was issuing on the screen, still no harm done.
Saturday’s task was to rebuild last weekends temporary telephone connection, all of the requisite parts having arrived during the week. In an unusual fit of efficiency I had provided good feedback to the various Ebay suppliers, perhaps I should have known better…. Part of the task involved terminating a wire into the standard BT plugs, if you have ever tried this then you will understand that this is a fiddly task at best. All correctly terminated, new socket installed and connected we were ready to go except the plug wouldn’t fit the socket. Closer inspection revealed that I had purchased reversed, and therefore totally useless plugs. In the picture below the locking tang is on the bottom but on my connectors it was on the top meaning the connector was reversed so wouldn’t work.
Having sourced the correct connector and completed the task I returned to look at the description on Ebay, there wasn’t one. There was however an accurate picture of the part, since there should only be one type why would I have checked this detail? I have not complained, I am English after all, and chalked this one up to experience.
For those following the other project todays number, shortly to be increasing, is 21046 and I have started a home for it, please check it out here: