29 June 2007

Gadget-y Follow Up

I received a couple of e-mails about my inability to turn on the television. And I have learned how to turn on the satellite, usually. It is just that sometimes I hit something wrong and disable the entire set up until GLH comes home. While fixing it he grumbles and says, "What did you do this time?"

Lest you think I am a total techno-idiot, I thought it important to show you exactly what it is involved.

Here is our Media Center:

Components include:
  • Large Screen TV
  • Home Media PC (with dvd player for European formats)
  • Satellite Box
  • Stereo Surround Sound (with 5 speakers placed around the living room)
  • MacBook (with dvd player for US formats)

Note: the home media pc also communicates wirelessly with our two desktop PC's in order to access iTunes (music and videos), Electronic Photo Albums and Internet.

Here are the various instruments used to control the aforementioned components:

From left to right, the remote controls are:
  • Television
  • Master Remote (which cannot control everything because the manufacturers did not envision GLH's creation)
  • Satellite Box
  • Unknown (I have no idea what this remote control does. I imagine GLH knows.)
  • Stereo Surround Sound
  • MacBook (when watching US format dvd's)
  • Wireless Keyboard for Home Media PC

I've asked GLH to type up step-by-step instructions (including graphics), but he just laughs at me and says "It's really not that hard!"

Would you be able to

turn on the television?

My head hurts now. I'm going to go lie down.


Ms Mac said...


Un-Swiss Miss said...

I have enough problems with our media center, and that only has TWO remotes. I'm sure it's GLH's fault. If only he would properly show you how everything works! (I've never met a gadget geek - boyfriend, brother, or brother-in-law - who could. They always get distracted by some really cool feature they just HAVE to show you, which has nothing to do with the basics of turning the thing ON.)

Spyder said...

I'm with you on this! I still can't record a tv show.

CanadianSwiss said...

I sooo feel with you. That's why I begged OX to by an all in one remote. Believe me, it WILL make your life simpler. ONE remote - just let him install the crap.

Global Librarian said...

Unfortunately, one remote is not currently and option. There are far too many computer components (instead of typical audio/visual components) for us to be able to use only one remote.

A master remote that handles a PC and/or MacBook as well as the satellite, television and stereo surround sound has not yet been invented.