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TechnoShopping

Been shopping today with my parents, and bought:

  • A DVD player for me. £30 from WHSmith including SCART lead. It’s allegedly multi-region, in that the sign in the shop said it was, but the references on the box and in the manual suggested that it was region 2 only. Either way, all my DVDs are either region 2 or region-free at the moment so I can’t check. It does also support a variety of other disc formats, including DivX and MP3 CD-ROMs, which is nice.
  • A new 56k modem for our old computer. It’s going to my grandparents soon and will need a V.92 modem instead of V.90 – they only have one phone line and will probably appreciate V.92’s ability to hold the internet while you answer the phone. It’s an internal PCI one – almost certainly a Winmodem but then I doubt my grandparents will be interested in running Linux.
  • A paper shredder. My parents decided they needed one.

2 Comments

  1. OK that is wrong on so many levels, 1) 56k?! 2) I’d have put my grandparents on either ubuntu or suse if it’s their first computer – put a nice light window manager on an old PC with firefox and open office, it’s not like they’re going to want to play Half Life.
    I’ve been tempted to buy a dvd player myself, but we’ve already got a PC in the lounge which will do that and more, plus it can’t be long until the new hd-dvds are going to come out.

  2. 1) Tell me about it. It took us ages to find modems in PC World. I don’t think they can get broadband in their village and probably wouldn’t want it anyway since they’re not major internet users. Pay as you go dial-up is probably best for them. Heck, they haven’t even got digital TV yet!
    2) It’s not their first computer, it’s replacing a Pentium 60 running Windows 95 and Office 4.3… This one has XP SP2 and Office 97 on it and it’s a AMD K6-2 400. It’s almost 6 years old but it’s still better than what they have at the moment. My grandad is used to using MS Word and a Linux environment would probably confuse him. He is in his mid 80s now.