Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Nagging Works - Dammit!!

Our TV remote control broke down many months ago. I did look on Ebay back a bit and found one but they wanted something like $20-25 which I considered a bit too much. So the remote control sat unloved in the computer room. And the channels on the television had to be changed manually. It was a bit of a pain to change the volume however. Being a man I found that I was able to handle it.

The woman in the house, on the other hand, who, incidentally, was responsible for dropping it and losing it most of the time, was most upset not to have a remote control. It intrigues me why she found it so bothersome when, for instance, if a commercial break is on the channel that I'm watching I am quite happy channel surfing for the next three to four minutes. Basically that drove the missus mad and she said so. Why? I don't know. I thought that I was making proper use of the remote control. I'm a man and I'm not supposed to understand.

Every now and again she would arc up and start nagging about the remote control. Well, tonight I'd had enough of the nagging. I searched on Ebay. I searched on Craigslist. I searched through the 226 TV and audio items on the Quokka. I trawled the Internet. Nothing. I even resorted to emailing NEC in Australia for a dealer contact.

Then I decided to use a screwdriver to pry the remote control open. Did that, pulled it apart, cleaned the printed circuit board and then noticed that the terminals for the batteries appeared to be a bit close together. So I pulled them apart a little. A voila! Genius. Six months too late.

Now the missus is satisfied that her nagging has a magical power. I confess, in secret, that's she right.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's about damn time Hammy damn it!!