Back when I had a disposable income that would buy more than a pack of chewing gun I used to buy all sorts of expensive gadgets. Those days are long gone. Having a family tends to do that, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The reality is that having a family keeps things in focus for me and forces me to be this frugal person. Trust me when I say that I’ve become a total bargain shopper. I don’t buy anything at full price anymore and that is ok.

Switching gears a bit, the next generation console war is pointless. I mean, the competition generated by the ebb and flow of the industry is good for everyone involved. The next generation dvd format war, however, is totally stupid. So stupid that I sometimes want to bang my head against the wall until I pass out. Ok, I’m not that invested in the format war that I’d knock myself out over it, but it still irritates me.

From an IT standpoint I really like Blu-Ray. The higher disc capacity rocks and the idea of a 4 or 8 layer disc with 25-50GB per layer makes me salivate. On the other hand, I don’t trust Sony and their licensing. I also don’t want my old DVD collection to be useless and have to keep another player around to play them. HD-DVD satisfies that aspect of my needs.

The other factor is price. HD-DVD players are dropping like rocks in price and the Blu-Ray ones are not dropping as quick. With that said, Wal-Mart went all Black Friday a little early today with a special on Toshiba’s HD-A2 HD-DVD player. They had the things marked down to $98. $98 borders on insanity and would definitely move a lot of players. I know it convinced me to go buy one, and at present the only way a Blu-Ray player is going in my home is if I somehow end up with a PS3.

I also bought Transformers on HD-DVD. Now I can’t wait to get this setup and running. I’m so very excited. $10 says I can’t find my extra HDMI cable now that I need it.