My computer died.
Well, not the whole thing, but the monitor gave up whatever ghost was driving it. Poof. It just went blank. It didn't take a genius (which I am not) to make a diagnosis: buy a new monitor. No one repairs anything anymore anyhow. I hate to throw anything away, but the old monitor must go.
The first step in revitalizing my computer (fortunately, my Macbook still worked, so I was not cut off from the world) was determining what to buy. That's when the confusion began. Do you know how many variations of monitor there are? Many are the same, but have different model numbers, so manufacturers can offer the same item at different price points. Retailers do not like to see their high prices trashed by internet shops, even though both sell the exact same item (with different model number). First, I had to decide on size, resolution, cost, and countless other factors. Like with most consumer goods, all brands are the same; one must trust the company image.
I chose Samsung, because we have had good luck with their refrigerator. How's that for interpolation?
I lugged the new monitor home, hooked it up...and it didn't work. A box on the screen told me that their was no cable...which was a slap in the face. Of course I knew enough to hook up the cable! The only other cable was the power cord, which seemed to be supplying power. Being a clever little devil, I guessed that the cable might have a short. So, it was back to the store to buy a new cable (10% of the cost of the monitor!).
It's always a matter of trial and error, and has been as long as man has tramped a path on this earth. Even in the jungle of the latest technology, old habits and practices still play a role in survival...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.