How many of you are, well let us say, youthfully challenged enough to remember the VCR? I could handle the VCR – I couldn’t program it, but at least I could use it. You pushed the cartridge into the machine and hit play.
Then came the DVD player – I still couldn’t program it, but as long as it was just the TV and the DVD player, I still could use it. You put the disc in the machine and hit play.
Then came surround sound – and everything came to a screeching halt!
I admit that I am technologically challenged, but once the time arrived where it took more than one remote to accomplish an entertainment task, I was in trouble. After years of struggle, my husband finally took pity on me last year and bought a universal remote that is supposed to work by simply pressing a button on the remote that says what you want to do (for example, “watch tv” or “play a movie”), pointing the remote in the general area of the AV equipment, and everything that needs to turn off or on does so. It works great for my husband, but I really don’t think it likes me, because I have a 50/50 shot of being successful with it. Still, 50/50 is much better than a 100% chance of not being able to do it.
Now the DVD player companies are beginning to introduce DVD’s and televisions that can show movies and programs in 3-D. Enough! I have yet to see a 3-D movie that would be incomplete if I saw it in 2-D. Let’s think for a minute people – isn’t being able to watch 100+ channels, download the movie of your choice from the internet or place your disc in the DVD player and watch it on your TV in super-duper high-clarity High-definition with surround sound comparable to that in a theater sufficient? Do we really need something else to keep us glued to the TV and away from more profitable activities such as reading, writing or playing games? I say no, and that it is high time for the technologically challenged people of the world to stand up and unite!
Please, please write your local DVD manufacturer now and plead with it to stop the march of entertainment technology immediately! Let’s draw a line in the sand and stop with Blu-Ray. Period. Then the innovators and inventors of this world can turn their attention to more important topics, such as energy, medical research and the riding vacuum cleaner.
Tomorrow’s topic: Software manufacturers that improve my life, and why they shouldn’t.
Have a great day everyone!