Over the years I seem to have amassed a few audio and video files from various sources.
I have them stuck on an old broken hard drive on a shelf in the back room. Well, the hard drive isn't broken but its case is so I can't move it without bits [or bytes?] falling all over the place.
Our K8 gave me an old XBox 360 some years ago and I discovered I could plug the XBox into the television and into the hard drive as well so I was then free to listen to all my music and enjoy all my films at my leisure.
The other day the fucking XBox broke.
I think they call it the "Three Lights of Death"?
Three little lights flashing on the front of the box apparently means major trouble anyway.
I toyed with the idea of getting it fixed but then I had a brainwave – maybe I could use a bashed up old laptop instead of the XBox?
I had a bashed up old laptop as it happens. The last time I used it was an age ago when I copied all my LPs into files. I dusted it off, removed the family of mice and wiped the hard drive. I installed Linux. I then rummaged through my boxes of junk [all that stuff you know is going to come in handy some day] and actually found the correct cables and wires to connect the laptop to the television.
I set the whole thing up so the laptop only displays on the television, but I can control it from my chair using my real laptop. Fucking brilliant! I can now watch films, play music, play DVDs or stream YouTube videos or whatever the hell I want to do.
I'm a genius.
Last night we settled back to watch a film.
The fucking laptop blew up after an hour. It was so hot it damn near melted.
Anyone got a spare old XBox they don't want?