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Worry-Free DVD Burning

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The search for a truly universal DVD burner has finally ended, even as Blu-Ray and HD-DVD looms on the horizon. The brand new Sony DRU-810A can burn any DVD recordable format, and burn with alacrity. But first, let's dive into the jargon, because it's more than a little confusing.

The Sony drive supports both DVD+R and DVD-R discs with two layers. In a seeming attempt to muddy the waters, the DVD+RW Alliance now officially calls it's two-layer disc burning technology "double layer." So you'll see that referred to in the future as DVD+R Double Layer. The competing DVD Forum dubs its two layer technology "dual layer," so you'll see it's products labeled "DVD-R Dual Layer."

Got that? It certainly fills us with foreboding as we look forward with apprehension to the looming Blu-Ray versus HD-DVD wars.

We'll just avoid the issue and call the two formats "DVD+R DL" and "DVD-R DL." The good news in all this is that it doesn't matter what type of two-layer DVD discs you get, the DRU-810A handles them both, although as we'll see shortly, there are performance differences.

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Pandas in Beijing Zoo
Photo credit: Nick Hopkins

I am a Panda lover. I work as a support engineer in an I.T company here in the United Kingdom. Most of my spare time is spent watching different Panda videos -- both old and new videos. Basically, it is my therapy; a 'stress release' for me. I find them to be adorable and precious creatures. As a matter of fact, I would like to volunteer to come to Sichuan. I want to experience and feel what it's like to be a Panda keeper, to be able to interact with them for real. The Panda is China's National Treasure, so it's a shame to watch the Panda videos from Beijing zoo, as the place is disgusting and not ideal for Pandas to live in (and for sure for all the rest of the animals who unfortunately got stuck in this prison cell).

The place looks like a ghost town. Lifeless and languished. Knowing that Pandas wear a thick fur on their body, can you imagine what it feels for them in 30C or 35C (summer temperature)? What it probably feels like all the time? Come on, if you really care, you must do something now, otherwise these Pandas will die. Please bring them back to their sanctuary where they really belong.