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Before You Go Buy An HD DVD Player

You may want to read this. With Warner dumping HD-DVD in favor of Blu-ray, that will leave HD-DVD with only about 25% of the market. I'm pretty sure the remaining studios will follow suit.

PIXMA MP830 & Canon Customer Support

A little over a year ago, I decided that it was time to get a multifinction printer—printer, copier, scanner, FAX. After reading a number of reviews, I decided on the Canon PIXMA MP830. Prints were nice, and the scanner worked well. The only problem I had with it was that it drank ink like beer at a frat party.

A few days ago, it "ate" a sheet of paper and gave me a "6A00" error message on the display. After a bit of research, I moved the print head, and sure enough, there was a tiny piece of paper still in the unit. After that, it worked again for about one sheet. I called the local Canon repair center, and the tech said that even though it is out of warranty, Canon would still probably pay for the repairs.

Xbox Live Issues

It seems Microsoft didn't anticipate the sudden increase in users this holiday season. A few days ago, Matt had problems just getting into Xbox Live. Today, I had to end my Call of Duty 4 session due to intermittent XBL issues; other people confirmed they were having the same problems. Oh well...I need to go work out anyway.


Since HD-DVD drives are in their third generation, I figured it would be pretty safe to purchase one. I got the add-on HD-DVD drive for my Xbox 360 a day before I got a Toshiba HD-A3. Bourne Ultimatum looked great, but since the eject button on the drive wouldn't work, I had to return it, and I didn't want to take the chance of getting another bad one. Target (where I bought the 360 add-on drive) doesn't price match, so the best deal I found locally was $249.99 (minus an additional 10% for in-store pickup) at Circuit City.

My Must-Have Gear While Travelling

Here is a list of some electronic gear I brought with me on my last work trip (some I carried on the plane, some went out ahead of me on one of our travel busses):

Xbox 360: Not much needs to be said here.

Laptop: Same with this one.

USB to DVI Adapter

I was just sent this by a company I've done business with. Looks like an easy way to add multimonitor support without adding video cards.



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