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Toshiba HD-A30 DVD Player Review

January 6th, 2008

Toshiba HD-A30 1080p HD DVD Player

I recently purchased the HD-A30 DVD player from Amazon since they had a promotion going on that you received 10 free HD DVDs when purchasing a Toshiba HD DVD player. I’ve now had time to watch several hd dvds on it and I have to say that I am impressed.  The HD quality is as I expected.   I do have it hooked up to my 1080p LCD TV.  The DVD upscaling also appears to work really well.

My only negatives: The boot time on this DVD player is a little slow, however this is just a minor flaw in the player.  I’d estimate it takes the player around a full minute to boot up and load a disc.  

Macbook Hard Drive Died…

May 12th, 2007

Well, I had my first ever problem with my Macbook last week. While using it as I normally do, the hard drive decided to quit on me. I quickly went though all the steps that I could find online to try to fix the problem. None of them worked as the computer did not even see the hard drive. Eventually I decided to call Apple and have it fixed under warranty. Luckily I still had about 2 months left on my 1 yr warranty and was able to get everything done for free. Apple next day aired me a box to ship them back my computer in. Once they received my computer (they paid for me to next day it back to them with a pre-paid label) it was back on its way to me in just a few hours! So here is a breakdown of what happened:

Day 1: I called Apple & they sent me a box to ship the notebook to them
Day 2: I sent the box back
Day 3: Apple received my Macbook & repaired it in the same day (even though its a VERY SIMPLE repair to replace the hard drive, I was happy they were able to fix it this quickly)
Day 4: I got the Macbook back with a brand new hard drive!

Although it is a pain to have to reinstall all the software, widgets, etc. that I use, at least I have most of my files backed up on my PC. I lost a few MP3s and a few pictures which is really not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. Anyway – just thought that I would post about my experience with my macbook’s warranty repair.

Windows Mobile 6 Release for T-Mobile Dash

May 7th, 2007

Well – I am really glad that T-Mobile has finally released WM6 for the Dash.  I installed the new build today and so far it seems to be running much better than WM5 did.  This release fixes many of the common problems that the Dash is known for such as dropping incoming calls by pressing the volume strip and also the random alarm problems.  Anyway – I am glad that T-Mobile is the first carrier to release WM6 and although there will most likely be a few bugs, I am sure that this will be much better than WM5 which has had many problems.

Upgrading My MacBook’s Memory

February 2nd, 2007

Since I have been using my MacBook more & more than any of my PCs (desktop or laptop) I have decided to upgrade to 2GB of memory.  After searching around for the best place to purchase my new memory I cam across which has an excellent selection of memory at great prices.   If you are in the market for some new memory for any of your computers I would recommend checking their website to find some great products and prices.