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Alas, Patsington and I do not have one of the fancy DVD recorders that are sweeping the nation (or that small section of the nation that has several hundred quid to spare) but happily some of our friends do, including barsine and her beau. The latter recorded the new BBC version of My Family and Other Animals over Christmas, which I missed due to being at Patsington's cousin's wedding. I really wanted to see it, though, so was delighted when barsine lent me the disc a few weeks ago. But it wouldn't play, not on our DVD player nor our laptops! In fact, the disc seemed unreadable by all of our machines, none of which could even recognise its presence. I thought it was a one-off problem with the disc, but yesterday I borrowed a film which a friend had recorded onto DVD, and the same thing happened. Could we change settings on our DVD player so it can recognise the disc (our player can play Mpegs and has always been able to play copied DVDs)? Is there a codex we can download so our laptops can read the files? Or will we just have to wait until we have a DVD recorder of our own (preferably one with a hard drive)? Because our first priority when it comes to purchasing expensive electrical items is a Dyson. Yes, thanks to Ju Ju and her ever-increasing fluff, we are forced to spend hundreds of euros on a bloody hoover when we could be buying a lovely shiney DVD recorder instead. Bah.

Speaking of Ju Ju, last night I had a freakish dream in which Patsington and I had mysteriously aquired several more fat white cats, and were getting worried because we couldn't distinguish the original Ju Ju. I think this dream may have been inspired by my experience on the way home from the bus stop yesterday evening with our old chum Gerald. I was crossing the road when I noticed a man with two Gerald-like dogs heading into the lane on which Gerald resides. "Aha!" I thought. "Gerald's chums! Haven't seen them in a while. Or possibly it's Gerald himself - he hasn't been out in his garden recently." But when the man and his canine chums headed into the garden of Gerald's home, I wondered how I could possibly have confused these tall and nimble beasts with Gerald himself, who waddled out to greet them looking like a pom pom with four twinkling little legs. Not for the first time when confronted with the sight of Gerald, I laughed out loud.


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Apr. 13th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
We used to have a Dyson but it was a big disappointment and never seemed to be brilliant at dealing with pet hairs. I have friends who swear by the Miele Cat and Dog Hair "hoover", but I am a Henry devotee. Although I do slightly hanker after a roomba. (I hadn't quite realised until this moment what strong opinions I seem to hold vis a vis vacuum cleaners).

Re the DVD thing the same problem used to apply in the early days of recordable CDs with our first CD player. So we were forced to upgrade. Sigh.
Apr. 13th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
Sorry you still can't watch that DVD. I cannot reveal the price of our DVD / DivX Recorder, in case Eoin reads this, since it was his Christmas present, but it was considerably less than hundreds of euro! I got it at www.savapoint.com. It doesn't have a hard drive, but it lets you watch UK or US DVDs and MPegs and Avis. Ours is actually being replaced at the moment, as it broke, but I think that was a one off, as Savapoint were v. horrified and immediately offered a replacement. Avril & I REALLY miss it -- we're forced to watch House on my laptop, a sad come-down for us.
Apr. 13th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
We almost succumbed to the crazed yuppie desire to own a Dyson, but were put off by bad reports. The suction isn't all it's cracked up to be by all accounts. We got a lovely little yellow Miele for 159 euro in Clery's and it's a great yoke altogether.

Forget the Dyson and buy split your funds between a cheaper perfectly good vaccuum cleaner and the DVD player.
Apr. 17th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
Hmmm, that's two votes for Miele! And getting a cleaner AND DVD recorder with a hard drive is much more appealing than forking out all that money for one hoover. But after a quick Google I see that most of the Miele hoovers have bags - do they have to be replaced a lot? And are they easy to get hold of? The baglessness of the Dyson is part of its appeal!
Apr. 15th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
If it was a home-recorded DVD, your friends may have to put it through some kind of finalization process on their DVD before it can be watched anywhere else. It's a perfunctory but necessary process that seems to have to do with sealing off the recordability rather than with DRM or anything.

I had the same problem with my home-recorded DVDs (Sony recorder) before I learned about finalization. They didn't show up as blank or anything, they just didn't show up unless they were in the original player.
Apr. 15th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
... adding: You could also have a mismatch with the -R, +R, +RW, 1-8x vs. 1-4x types of things, but I say check the finalization first. With the prerecorded disk, could it be a region encoding or DRM thing? Or a scratch?
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