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A media PC - well sort of


I installed a Media PC during my week of vacation. Well,

it's not a true Media PC, I decided to let the DVR I got from Insight handle

the television recording part of things. The PC does (or will when I can get

around to ripping and burning) house all of the music I want.

The PC comes in handy for betting on horse races through the TVG Web site. I

can watch the races and bet without leaving my chair or carrying a laptop with

me.

Only one thing has upset me about this process -- and I've mentioned it before

-- the asking price for a DVI to HDMI conversation cable is just plain highway

robbery and I refuse to pay it. The cable the lame-brain at Best Buy wanted me

buy was $120 - yeah, like that is going to happen. When I complained about how

much, he gave me that arrogant look of a self-proclaimed electronics snob. The

look that says, "You don't want to spend as much as possible for your HD

viewing experience --- I snub my nose at you." I hate that. I don't need

that kind of attitude from a pimple-faced punk geek who lives with his parents

and has his electronic life handed to him on a silver platter.

After suffering his indignation, which was quickly followed by my expression of

perturbed hostility, he suggested the cheaper version of the exact same cable

--- $65. I handed it back to him and left the store. I'm using a VGA cable and

it works just fine geek boy.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

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