March 03, 2005

Kevin's Discarded Electronics Hall of Fame - Part Two

Gather the kids around the computer, because it's time for another installment of "Kevin's Discarded Electronics Hall of Fame."

This selection was tough, since I still dream that one rainy Saturday afternoon I'll get it working again. But seeing as how Amy makes me dust her Cabbage Patch Doll collection on rainy Saturdays, I don't think I'll ever get around to it.

Radioshack Audio/Video transmitter

RadioShack Transmitter

What it is: A device for broadcasting TV and Music between rooms.
What it was supposed to do: Allow me to broadcast music from my computer in the living room to our Bose Wave Radio in the bedroom.
What it actually does: Scare the bejeesus out of Amy every time she looks next to the bedside table.

I think every geek worth his salt has at least one set of these gadgets around somewhere, since the premise is so inviting: Listen to the same music throughout the house! Watch the same DVD on multiple TVs! Of course, all it really does is cause piercing static to come out of whatever device you hook it up to.

Our apartment is pretty small, and these things are only about twenty feet apart, and only one wall in between. Yet all it picks up is every twelfth world of whatever song is playing, and occasional snippets of my neighbors' cordless phone calls (Annette is pregnant, can you believe it?!?!).

The sad thing is that I had a pretty good feeling that this wouldn't work, but I bought it anyway. Perhaps it was because I thought technology had improved since I last worked with a set of these. Or maybe it's just because they look so much like the UFOs in "Batteries Not Included" that I thought they'd work (aliens really know their way around electronics).

I guess I should know better than to spend more than $20 at an electronics store with "Shack" in the name. That's only one step above "Hut." Lesson learned.

So back into the Discarded Hall of Fame it goes...

Posted by Kevin at March 3, 2005 03:43 PM
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