Remember this? Well...that was pretty much my weekend. Ugh. I finally got rid of my giant old tube TV, which made scary popping and sparking noises the last few times I turned it on, starting in about July. Incidentally, it steadfastly refused to do so when I finally found someone to help me take it to be recycled, and he (the guy taking it away) asked me to demonstrate what was wrong...so now I'm all worried I got rid of it for nothing. But it took me several months to get someone to help me, and every time I'd dared try it in the meantime, it was making That Noise...so hopefully I did right. But in any case, the good behavior at the last moment adds fuel to the fire with regards to the obsessive thinking I've been enduring.
I'm getting a tax refund this year, so I was hoping to use that (with a little extra) to buy a very basic new TV, mostly just for DVDs and maybe streaming a few things from the computer. But gee-willikers TVs are complicated these days! Not only are there apparently about ten times as many brands as there used to be, but they come in way more sizes and price ranges, not to mention have more detailed specs than the average computer: refresh rates, sizes, resolutions, upscaling stuff to let them display regular older TV content (something like that), internet capability, and all sorts of other whatsits. And every single model has at least some people claiming it ruined their life and the customer service people of TV Company X kicked their dog and insulted their mother when they tried to ask for help. It's a scary world out there. And I'm now crippled by the fact that I have enough knowledge to be completely bewildered. Yay me!
I really hate on-line research. There's never one right answer. And for big ticket items, I hate the responsibility of choosing one single option. *sigh* As a friend used to put it, I want an angel with a flaming pie to swoop down to tell me what to do. And when it comes to guidance in consumer electronics, I don't think the heavens are really gonna spare me a flaming pie.