Ricardo Bilton

Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.

Gloria Sin

<p>Gloria Sin is a New York-based freelance journalist who writes about the tech toys that you can't live without for ZDNet. She has little patience for poorly designed user experiences, and is not afraid of opening the guts of her own machines for repair or hacking her gadgets for new uses.</p><p>She has written for FastCompany.com, Popular Science, Olympic News Service; she currently covers the startup scene in the Tri-State area for NYConvergence.com. </p><p>Prior to ZDNet, Gloria was the online editor for Dance International, and dabbled in web design and social media consulting. When she is offline, you will find her at an ice rink living out her figure skating dreams. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/gloria_sin">Follow her on Twitter.</a></p>

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Turn your PC into the ultimate DVD changer

Turn your PC into the ultimate DVD changer

The good folks over at Lifehacker have a nifty step-by-step tutorial on how to easily rip your [non-HD] DVDs to your PC. While the back-up files provide nice insurance in case anything ever happens to your original discs, more compellingingly, they make it even easier never to leave your couch.

March 25, 2008 by in Mobility

Sony PS3 getting BD-Live sooner rather than later

Sony PS3 getting BD-Live sooner rather than later

When I referred to potential Blu-ray player shoppers having an easy choice to make last week - Sony PS3 or, ummm, a Sony PS3 - I mentioned it was the only Blu-ray player currently on the market that could be upgraded to the format's Profile 2 functionality. Profile 2, or BD-Live, makes Blu-ray players capable of downloading content, which I should point out -- with only a few sour grapes -- means Blu-ray will now have the same ability that HD DVD players had from day one.

March 20, 2008 by in Mobility

A disposable camera for the 21st century...sort of.

A disposable camera for the 21st century...sort of.

Well, it's certainly not disposable in the most literal of senses, but the $50 spent for the 3-megapixel Phillips PT44434 Retro-Inspired Ultra Slim Digital camera is about the best bang-for-buck deal I've ever seen."Retro" terminology aside -- there's nothing retro about the lithe 0.

March 12, 2008 by in Hardware

The perfect hotel room strip

The perfect hotel room strip

Okay, apologies for the headline - thought I might get some of you looking for the latest Eliot Spitzer news. And I also want to acknowledge that with one more post about surge protectors, I think I run the risk of turning this into a surge protector-themed blog (and how exciting might that be?

March 11, 2008 by in Mobility

A new SLR from Sony, and the Times likes it… mostly

A new SLR from Sony, and the Times likes it… mostly

After a one-week vacation, David Pogue is back in the Times' Thursday business section to [mostly] rave about Sony's new Alpha A300. The big news here is that the camera has a dual-sensor Live View feature, which basically means that what you see on the LCD screen is the exact same as what you see through the viewfinder, without the irritating delays that are present in single-sensor Live View models.

March 5, 2008 by in Hardware

Recession buster: The perfect $25,000 consumer electronics device

Recession buster: The perfect $25,000 consumer electronics device

My initial reaction to hearing about SE2 Labs' ITC One all-in-one media room device was to think about that Robin Williams line about cocaine being god's way of telling you that you have too much money. If you actually have $25,000 to plop down for an all-in-one unit that incorporates (among other things) an Xbox 360, a Wii, an HD-DVR, an iPod dock, a pre-amp processor, and top-of-the-line cooling and cabling components, somebody's probably trying to tell you something.

March 4, 2008 by in Microsoft

What format war? Just convert your HD DVDs to Blu-ray

What format war? Just convert your HD DVDs to Blu-ray

Our friends over at Wired have started a how-to wiki, explaining how to convert one's HD DVDs to Blu-ray - provided you have a Blu-ray burner on hand, and don't mind breaking a law or two (since you'll need to remove the DRM from your HD DVDs before you can do anything else with the content).

February 21, 2008 by in Mobility

Ding, dong, HD DVD is dead

Ding, dong, HD DVD is dead

Wow, that didn't take long. In just over six weeks HD DVD went from underdog to dead dog,  with Toshiba making it official today - it will no longer "develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders.

February 18, 2008 by in Hardware

One reason for HD DVD owners to forgive Netflix

One reason for HD DVD owners to forgive Netflix

If a recent Netflix survey is a harbinger of things to come (or more accurately, a blog post about a recent Netflix survey is to be believed), Xbox 360 owners may be able to download TV shows and movies directly to their consoles. If this comes to pass, it will make yesterday’s announcement that the company was abandoning HD DVDs a bit more palatable to those of us who bet the wrong horse in the format race.

February 12, 2008 by in Mobility

Disconnect of the day: $499 iPod meets economic slowdown

Disconnect of the day: $499 iPod meets economic slowdown

Look, I would be the first to admit that the thought of a 32GB iPod Touch has me drooling, but the $499 price tag dries my mouth out faster than that saliva-sucking doohicky they have at the dentist's office. Then again, I had a hard enough time coughing up nearly $400 for a 16GB model a few months back.

February 6, 2008 by in Mobility

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