Sunday, March 8, 2009

Monsters vs. Aliens

I've spoken about my geekness before. It's an incurable condition, but over time the symptoms get manageable. There is plenty of drama in the geekworld too, we're human after all.

So you've decided to make the move to high def television. You're confused, potentially technologically challenged or just plain lazy to find a deal online. By all means, throw your dollars at a big screen and/or blu-ray player, but when you hear any of this from the sales guy, reach for the nearest sharp object and jab it in his eye.

1) Now that you've bought a high quality TV, it's time to think of how the signals get around
2) It's just 40 bucks to make sure your TV and DVD player can display the video as it was meant to be
3) premium cables will be able to handle HD signals that are "faster"
4) the high quality will ensure "frames are not dropped" or "there are no jitters".

Bullshit. Absolute and complete bullshit. HD signals are digital, and unless the cables are frayed and broken, there's no difference between the ones that cost $75 for a foot long cable and $3 for 10 feet. Do yourself a favor. Buy cables from monoprice. Heck, even Amazon's better.

Don't believe me? Check this out - read the comments.

Further reading. Monster cables tried to sue a smaller cable company for "parent infringement". Problem was, the owner of the smaller company had been a litigation attorney for 20 years. Details and general hilarity here.

So do everyone a favor, stop feeding those litigious asshats.


Purely Narcotic said...

my god, all that angst...
... for the greater good of everybody who reads your blog we shall leave that bit unsaid :D

Perakath said...

Wow, dude, I've never before met anyone who gets turned on by cables.

Thanatos said...

@ Narcotic - no angst there, just helping shoppers out.

@ Perakath - man, it's much bigger than cables. It's about people who get swindled by jerks making profits for litigious pricks. Justice!!!!

a million different people said...

Stop parading the word litigious. Litigious it seems.

That apart, you're THE fuckin' deal. Fo' sho' and related shit.

Thanatos said...


Eh. I like that word. Please? :(