Tuesday, August 30, 2016

366 Project - Day 243 - "Abstract (Broken BluRay)"

August 30, 2016 - "Abstract (Broken BluRay)"

I should have known it about thirteen or fourteen years ago. I had one of the earliest models of iMac computers. Somehow my son managed to get his hands on some loose change and decided that my iMac would make the perfect piggy bank. I knew nothing of this, of course, until the next time I turned on the computer... and at that point it was too late. I ended up having to get a new computer - this time a laptop, so I could easily put it out of reach when not in use.

Since then many electronics have "bit the dust" at his hands... including two of his own computers, one a laptop and the other, very recently, a desktop. Both destroyed by his thinking he was capable of figuring out a way to give them "more power".

Other electronics have met their doom in his hands as well. Countless toys, stereos, iPods, video game items, etc.

Most recently there was "this". This is our BluRay player and home theater system. Over the course of the last year he destroyed the HDMI port as well as the Digital Optical Cable port - both in trying to reconfigure things late at night when the TV and video games were supposed to be "off limits" and we had taken away the remote controls. Now - last week - he managed to short out the system, killing the LCD screen... making the entire unit useless except as a basic speaker for watching TV - but even then, if you happened to turn the unit off, it would take about 20 minutes to get it working again once you turned it back on.

This system is no longer made... and to get one that was equivalent in specs would have cost four-figures that we didn't have - and even going with a new but lesser system would have cost way more than we could afford. Thankfully eBay exists... and I was able to find one person selling the exact model we had - but with just the main unit and the remote, no speakers - and they were willing to accept offers. We put in a low offer, expecting a counter-offer - but the seller accepted our offer within minutes. The unit was missing two minor pieces - which we could easily replace with those same pieces from our unit.

Today the replacement unit arrived... and has been hooked up and is working beautifully. Now I've just got to find a way to keep the boy-child away from it!

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