20 inches sure isn't very big

When I came home from China, I discovered that our nice 52-inch DLP HDTV wasn’t working (as far as I can tell, the fan seems to have failed, and I’m not sure how to fix it myself — if anyone knows of a good repair shop in or near Los Gatos, drop me a line at fixmytv at d2j.us). This is the second failure of the TV in less than three months, which doesn’t make me a happy camper — and it made Diane and Jeff even less happy while I was gone.

So tonight, I moved our backup TV into the family room and hooked it up; it’s a 20-inch JVC, and boy, does it look small. I even had to dig out a cable to convert S-Video to regular video, since that’s the only input on this puppy — but it works.

I am very happy with the remote control decision I made last year — I got a Harmony 688. That meant that I was able to reprogram everything to work with the little TV in just over 15 minutes — far easier than it would have been with any of the other universal remotes I’ve tried.

I would like to get the Panasonic TV fixed (it’s a 52DL52, if that helps anyone with hints), but I can’t say that I’m a happy customer at this point.