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
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.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.