Low tech first. My remedial attention to the paper shredder worked ok for a wee while, but as I thought, it was broke. Dickie Smith had one for $30 on special. We bought it. It is already giving bother. How hard is it to make a paper shredder that works? Well at least more than a year or so.
We have a dual tuner digital recorder machine in the lounge room, the Topfield as it is known generally, or the Toppy we call it when is working ok, connected to the big tv. While it does amazing things, it is a problematic machine. R got the point about once I told him that it was like a computer. It must load once turned on, it has a hard drive, and it must shut down too. It gets befuzzled too, just like a computer. Switch off, restart and all is well.
But R bemoans that technology has gone backwards. Why can't something be recorded on this machine and then he could later watch it in his room, as he used to with a vcr. I mentioned about portable hard drives etc etc, but I did not really want to go to the effort of working all this out.
Again at Dick Smith's we spied a single tuner Topfield recorder at a good price. You cannot watch one tv show while recording another, but it is ok for his bedroom.
The good news is that in the year or so since we bought the first one, technology has improved muchly. It starts and shuts down quickly. The electronic on screen progamme listing loads quickly. So far it has not missed a beat. It is not a Freeview model, so it has the thirty second skip forward or backwards buttons, which bashes through ads and makes watching recorded commercial tv bearable. And rather than being at the mercy of a salesperson talking you into an expensive HDMI cable to connect the machine to your tv, it came with one. Full marks to Topfield with this model.