I don’t actually watch television in the traditional sense. About 5 months ago I came to the realisation that paying over $100 per month just to waste hours of my life watching TV was stupid. I cancelled my cable television all together, and don’t miss it. Now I have a spare laptop running windows (yeah so it’s obsolete, right?) hooked up to my widescreen telly and surround sound system. I watch free television shows streamed over my wifi from hulu.com, and occasionally rent or buy a movie or show on iTunes, where incidentally you can watch my videos for free also. This meets all my viewing needs, costs very little, and is amazingly DVD quality.
Flash forward to tonight, where I was enjoying this documentary on hulu when.. BANG!.. FLASH OF LIGHT.. picture goes blank, and there is a smell of burnt electronics in the air. Great, the Samsung HPT4254 42″ plasma screen was purchased for about $1,250 out the door 1 1/2 years ago. No service plan and out of warranty. That sucks. Possibly a sign from God that I should stop wasting time, and be more productive.
I don’t believe in God though.. hmmm.. all the more reason perhaps why the entity I don’t believe in, most often referred to as God, would punish me in this cruel fashion. Funnily enough for any techies out there Robert Scoble actually sent me a direct message on Twitter last night! It was in reply to a reply I made to one of his tweets. He said that he had been hanging out with (and was now chatting with on Twitter) MC Hammer and @god, having met them both at a party the night before. Nice! Leave it to Scoble to be talking to @mchammer and @god on twitter I said.
I immediately went to work dismantling it, ignoring the warnings.. something hazard.. shock.. etc. ..and wow.. there are some cool looking electronics in that thing. No sign of anything burnt.. none of the fuses seem to have blown. A quick search online and it seems most likely that a capacitor blew. Since a young age I have been a nerd, and in a time long ago I have in fact used transformers to blow up electronics. So somehow those experiences makes the capacitor theory believable. In the future they will discover that Emmett Brown was in fact correct and capacitors do in fact hold the secret to time travel.
I was going to use the Geek Squad for in home service.. though I actually think I can fix this thing for a few dollars rather than spending several hundred dollars on them. I will keep you updated on the very important matter of JDOG’s television!