Filed by Donnie Jenkins
Toshiba is set to release the first of a new breed of DVD players sometime this spring. There will be two models: one, the HD-A1 should be priced at $499.
These players use the HD-DVD spec, one of the two new formats in head to head competition. The other format is called Blu-Ray and looks to be much more expensive when it debuts. Ill be dedicating a column to these two when the first products arrive, so watch for it.
Apple this week cured insomnia in many of the attending journalists at its new product announcement. The company debuted a new Mac Mini using the Intel processor, as well as the iPod Hi-Fi speaker system. As you probably know Apple is switching over all of its computers to the Intel platform by the end of the year. Microsoft has run on Intel chips from the beginning, and theres been a lot of bru-ha-ha over the switch. For me and possibly for you the best thing about this transformation is that well be able to get incredible deals on eBay and other places on the used Macs that the Intel models replace. If youve never used a Mac, youre in for a treat. I use both PCs and Macs, and enjoy them both.
Coming up soon in my TechCast podcastan exclusive interview with local legend Dalton Roberts on how computers have changed his work habits and made him more productive. I assist Dalton in setting up his recording and computer hardware, and admire his willingness to tackle new tech to be more effective in his projects.
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