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My HD-DVD Experience - More Than a Better Picture

High-Definition DVDs bring quite a bit more than just a better picture. This fact was very apparent to me and actually quite a surprise after watching my first HD-DVD at home. It reminded me in many ways of the switch from VHS to DVDs. (Note that I have not watched a BluRay DVD which is the competing format, so I cannot comment on that.)

I Bought an Xbox 360, but not for Video Games

Using a Gaming Console for High Definition DVD Capabilities

I'm not a gamer, but I recently purchased Microsoft's new Xbox 360 gaming console. Why? Because I decided it was time to see for myself what High Definition DVDs were all about. It's been over a year since I first wrote about the first HD-DVD player being available. I had advised at the time that it just didn't make sense to purchase one yet. Single purpose players were available for the competing HD-DVD and BluRay, but you had to pick a format and hope it won in the end.

Must Have iPhone Accessory - eGrips for the iPhone

I've often mentioned how much I love my eGrips on my Treo cell phone. eGrips get applied to a gadget, such as a cell phone, to make it easier to hold so that it doesn't slip out of your hand. It also helps make it stick better to any place that you set your device down.  You don't want your $500 gadget to fall on the floor!

Playing an HD home movie on an HDTV

Now that you have a home movie recorded on an HD camcorder, the next step is to play it back on an HDTV and enjoy the fabulous quality. It may seem fairly simple to do, but there are a few issues that can make this a little complicated.  Read on to make sure that you are getting the best picture possible on your HDTV for your home videos.

I Hate My Mac Part 2

Last year, I documented why I hate my Mac. I had given up on my Mac Powerbook G4 and decided that it was time to go back to a new Windows laptop. So, I bought a new, Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop fully loaded laptop with an ultra sharp screen. I must say that I've been enjoying my Windows experience ever since.

Of course, I didn't completely abandon my Mac. I still used it for some video editing every now and then and to burn an occasional home DVD. But then, something started to happen with the picture. Sometimes it would just die. After awhile it wouldn't work at all anymore. I just let it sit there gathering dust.

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