Last week I was babysitting a sick grandchild and thought a little TV might be a distraction. Past experience has taught me I need a few instructions to get things up and running so I collected my flowchart and the 5 remotes. I can hear you ask, “Why on earth would you need 5 remotes?” I can’t give you the answer to that but I can tell you I probably do.
There is the TV remote, the Set Top Box remote, the DVD player remote, the VCR remote and the “Let’s get it all together remote”. Working my way through the flowchart I switched on the TV at the blue button, that should be it shouldn’t it? Well, so far so good, the screen came on but then came the message, “no signal”. Back to the flowchart and the little carrier of remotes. I did manage to set the picture size, something the TV can never remember how to do but that’s about as far as I got. I couldn’t get to choose AV3 or get any sound. Luckily for me the little one was still engrossed in the bag of low tech toys so after about 15 minutes of trying to get everything working together I just gave up.
I’m really looking forward to the day they invent a TV with a little black button you press to switch it on and a clever little knob you turn which will instantly bring you the channel you want. If I’m really, really lucky it will even show programmes that leave me feeling happy, enlightened or at least just satisfied!