Bastard Electronics

Another lesson learned today. The PAL-to-NTSC adaptor box thingum arrived, with which we had planned to set up my DVD player so as to spend many a happy hour wading our way through my DVD collection (which, of course, is all the wrong region code for US players).

It didn’t seem to work. No matter which colour of wire we plugged into which colour of hole, using whichever set of connectors, it stayed black and white. Until, that was, we realised that the player’s menu system allowed one to switch between PAL and NTSC and all we’d been doing by fussing with an adaptor was confusing the poor sod.

My £1000 computer: required a small black hole and plug adaptor.

My £250 Xbox: required a small black hole, PAL-to-NTSC and plug adaptor.

My £250 coffee machine: required a small black hole and plug adaptor.

And yet my £20 DVD player from Argos required nothing more than a different plug before it was raring to get going. The lesson we learned today? Cheaper is quite frankly better.

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