Monday, May 24, 2010

Technically Challenged.

One character flaw of mine that I don't often flaunt, is my lack of knowledge (or care) for techy-things. Husby has shown me time and again how to run the TV, and I simply can't understand it. Sure, I only half listen when he tells me, but that's only because it's boring. And I can only pay attention to boring things for 2.4 seconds.

Hence the reason I almost had to repeat College Algebra. BLAH. I gave the phrase "by the skin of their teeth" a whole new meaning.

Wait a minute. Maybe that character flaw isn't my lack of knowledge for "the techs", but rather that I don't pay attention when it doesn't float my boat. Hmmm.... (moment of silence for reflection, please).

K, that was fun.

I can, however, figure out technical things that interest me, for example: HTML for Blog Design, Cameras and Photoshop.

But if it has a remote control, forget about it. I'm lost.

After several eye rolls, sighs and low murmuring from Husby after asking him to please put it on my favorite show, I finally decided it was time I do something about this hole in my brain. Now, I've gone almost 5 years asking Husby to do things for me concerning the television and I thought he might be near his breaking point. So I backed off and purchased this:

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My Little Pink Book.

Inside my little pink book, I have written down The Rules of The Beast (Aka - The Television).

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Okay, don't laugh. Turning on the TV is not just the click of a button at my house. Husby purchased a fancy shmancy all-in-one remote that is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to use.

So now when I want to turn on the TV, I whip out my book and I'm good to go.

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I've never even attempted using the DVR on my own because I had no idea where to start. But with Husby working weird hours and me being home by myself fairly often at night, I decided it was time I learn.

And guess what? It's not that hard!!

But I still don't know how to record something. Hmmm. I need to ask and write it down asap!

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This one is the one I really needed to know most, because it is the Key To A Quiet Weebie. When I need him to be still for a little bit, I pop it on the Sprout channel, choose one of his favorite shows and the rest is history. PBS Sprout has wonderful shows for children. I love it!

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Lastly, how to listen to music.

You guys are probably laughing at my little handbook-o-technology, but hey - a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

27 comments:

  1. I do the same thing! Little notes that say, "How to Watch DVD" are taped to the top of the player...there's way too many options from the old days of "change to channel 3, insert tape" haha :-)

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  2. hahaha this really is great! I don't know if I would put that much time and effort into it either!

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  3. I'm pretty sure if we had cable and a fancy TV, i'd have to do the same thing! Very smart Whitney.

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  4. they really do make turning on the tv way too complicated. my tv is pretty straightforward for the most part, but i have to use the remote because there are no buttons on the actual tv. but trying watching tv at other people's house is the worst. i'm pretty sure i broke the sound on the tv of a couple i was house sitting for. embarrassing.

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  5. Haha! It's not just you! I'm just as bad!

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  6. Shoot, I'm not laughing. That's actually kind of genius! I'm another one who can't operate the tv/stereo/dvd player. Luckily I don't really watch tv during the day so it's not too big of an issue.

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  7. Very Wise. I think anything we can do to keep us from "nagging" the hubs about the same things over and over is wise.

    We have huge, old Toshiba TV and no cable, so it's pretty simple at our house, but working the XBOX for all the Netflix stuff was a huge accomplishment for me ;)

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  8. Too funny! I can handle our TV, but at my husband's parent's beach house it's a whole different story - light switches, 4 remote controls, and a slew of instructions ... I asked for instructions last time we were there, and now they rest on the coffee table :)

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  9. I have to do the same thing as well! My husband is a tech-geek and has to have the most updated things. It took a week's tutorial to get me to learn how to work the dvd player. :) PS-I recently stumbled onto your blog from someone else's, and love it! :)

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  10. I think that's a brilliant idea - I think all TVs have gotten to a point where it's impossible to operate any but your own. Seriously, have you ever gone to someone else's home and tried to turn on their TV? It's just not possible unless you've first taken a seminar put on by their specific television specialist.

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  11. This is freakin' hilarious. I need to get one of these for my husband who always asks me to "tape" a show for him on our DVR.

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  12. Haha. That's awesome. I am always the one trying to show my husband how to switch back and forth from our Wii to the satellite to the DVD player. And he just barely figured out the DVR. The other day I came home and he had accidentally recorded NINE episodes of sports center.

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

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  13. I'm so not laughing at you--more with you! It took me six months after moving to learn to listen to music. Hook the huh to the what and then push the button blah blah blah. I share your inability to pay attention to things that are boring for more than a couple of seconds.

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  14. Oh my gosh, that is too funny. I don't have a book but it seriously took me about a year to figure out the TV/DVR/Playstation combo we got goin' on.

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  15. This sounds so familiar! I can't work the contraption my husband worked up for the tv either. And forget about trying to watch a movie. I have to make him work the tv for me. I don't understand why a plain old remote is not good enough for these guys!

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  16. I'm totally with you on this one, as our new TV has two remote controls, one to turn it on and one to use the Freesat. I find it so complicated, but have had to learn as I childmind two boys after school and really NEED the TV sometimes.

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  17. omg, i had to do the same thing for the boyfriend's tv. absolutely ridiculous.

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  18. Hahahaha...I'm sorry I had to laugh a little bit. This is reminding me of an episode of Modern Family called Fifteen Percent. Claire, the wife, can not remember how to operate the universal remote. If you don't watch that show, you should! It's hilarious! I will admit, there are things I don't know/remember how to do either. My husband would probably appreciate it if I work directions down too.

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  19. That's hilarious - I love your pink book! I'm the same way about some of that stuff...that and anything that has to do with my car...

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  20. Don't worry! My hubby bought the all-in-one touch screen remote. My motto is; if it offers help, it's too complicated! x

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  21. hahah! I need to do this! I turn the tv on "wrong" according to Hubby. Every time I try to do it the right way, I end up messing it up so bad that I can't even watch tv at all. So maybe some directions would help!

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  22. ANd if/when you have a babysitter over, you can just bring out your handy-dandy book and they will be set for when your sweet baby heads to bed! (I have written TV directions on an ugly piece of paper taped to the inside of my kitchen cabinet for when we have babysitters over :)

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  23. pleaseif you never buy anything else in your life you need a Harmony Remote, it has one button functions, if you want to wath a dvd, you push dvd and the tv, dvd, and reciever all turn to where it needs to be. we love ours and all of our friends have them too.

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  24. Sounds very familiar. I do basically the same thing. I've even been known to call the husband at work to get step by step instructions on how to make the TV work.

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  25. I totally understand-technology is not my friend!

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  26. Haha... I'm a bit better with technology, but if my tv system was that complicated I would need a little pink book as well.

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  27. I should of thought of that. Instead I just kept asking the hubby until I memorized what he said to do on how to work the DVD player and turning on his fancy music system.

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