It's quiet now.
All of this "stuff", electronic gadgets and the like, are getting too complicated. Too complex for their own, or my, good.
We have all run across DVDs, from video stores (so quaint that they're still called "video stores", no?) that cannot be played. We turn them over and marvel at what abuse they seem to have suffered. What do some people do? Attack the disks with carving knives?
So, the sensible player refuses to play them. Nothing reasonable can be made of the stream of bits detected by the laser.
That makes perfect sense.
The other day, Thursday to be exact, I bought the blu-ray version of "Avatar". Yes, I know, had to have it on the very day of release. That's just the way I am. I've learned to live with it.
Ready to enjoy an evening of magic, I put the disc in the slot and...was greeted by a message saying my player wasn't up to date enough to play this disc.
The disc was dissing my player? Who asked its opinion?
So I connected the player to the net and told it to go update itself. And so it did - for the best part of an hour.
I re-tried the disc. Close, but no cigar. Seems still not quite up the exacting standards of my nice, shiny, new disc. The player couldn't find any newer software by itself. But I did. Download, burn to disc, insert in drive...and wait. Another hour and the player proclaimed itself up-to-date.
Well past bedtime by now, and way past frustrated on the emotional scale, but I had to see if the disc would deign to play.
It did. I said something rude, turned the thing off, and went to bed.
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