June 21, 2005

Home video review: Pioneer DVR-233-S

As published on CNET.com:
"Pioneer's entry-level DVD recorder is relatively easy to use, and the price is right, but other budget decks give you more bang for the buck. In its favor, the Pioneer DVR-233-S ($199 list) boasts respectable recording quality, simple onscreen menus, and a nicely designed remote. On the other hand, its feature list falls well short of the competition's, with sparse editing features, a lack of FireWire or S-Video front-panel inputs, and an inability to play MP3s or JPEG slide shows."
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June 10, 2005

OS news: Magneto Revealed!

As published in Mobile:
"For months, the rumor mill was buzzing about Magneto -- and no, we don't mean the plot of the new X-Men movie. Magneto was the code name for the latest version of Windows Mobile, the eagerly awarited update to Microsoft's mobile OS that was -- until recently -- the source of feverous web-based speculation."
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June 09, 2005

Web hosting review: Tripod

As published on CNET.com:
"Even the greenest of Web newbies could build a multipage site in minutes using Tripod, the Lycos-owned Web host that boasts an arsenal of easy-as-pie building tools. Beginners willing to shell out a few dollars a month will enjoy dozens of simple Web-building wizards, a full-featured blogging tool, and excellent online tutorials. Unfortunately, Tripod splashes large ads and pop-ups on its free Web sites, and experienced users will bemoan the stingy dollar-to-megabyte ratios, lack of advanced features, and weak support options."
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Home audio review: Roxio The Boom Box

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"Roxio's affordable The Boom Box suite comes packed with tools that will thrill iTunes newcomers and digital audio newbies in general. There's nothing in this reasonably priced $50 suite that experienced Mac buffs haven't seen before, but those curious about yet intimidated by the prospect of copying their vinyl and cassettes to MP3, improving their shuffles, or dipping into the white-hot world of podcasting will get a kick out of The Boom Box's quintet of easy-to-use utilities. That said, audiophiles looking for advanced features will be better served by meatier standalone tools, and Roxio's anemic support options will rankle users in need of help. "
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June 08, 2005

Home video review: Lite-On LVW-5045

As published on CNET.com:
"Lite-On's first hard-disk/DVD recorder costs less than just about any comparable product on the market--close to $300 online. Competitors such as the Panasonic DMR-EH50 and the TiVo-driven models from Humax cost more and, in some cases, deliver inferior features. The Lite-On LVW-5045 also boasts a refreshingly simple interface, and its speedy dubbing makes it a snap to archive your favorite recordings to DVD. So what's the catch? Aside from the deck's pedestrian styling and lack of a few important DVR-like features, the LVW-5045's tendency to introduce lip-sync problems into long recordings will keep most users away."
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Web hosting review: Yahoo GeoCities and Small Business

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"We're hard-pressed to find a flaw with Yahoo's impressive range of Web-hosting choices, ranging from its novice-friendly GeoCities service (perfect for beginners looking to build their own hobby or personal sites) to its enticing buffet of small-business offerings. With its array of tools, novice-friendly wizards, business-minded extras, solid support options, and reasonable prices (monthly rates start at $5 for 5GB of Web storage and top out at $40 for a whopping 200GB), Yahoo ranks as one of the most compelling hosts for Web sites big and small. Unfortunately, if you choose to go the free route, you'll have to put up with paid advertising on your finished site."
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