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Digital Video Recorder ? Record Your Favorite Shows With Ease

Ted Belfoure

It s been a long time since our primary television-recording dilemma was a simple matter of choosing between VHS and Beta. The intervening years between the much-lauded advent of the videocassette tape recorder and these days of astounding recording choice have been busy ones for those in the consumer electronics industry, with the result that the lay person simply wanting to tape their favorite show while they go out for the evening can feel a little unsure about which way to turn. With videocassettes quickly becoming a thing of the past, the television recording public are feeling the urgency of familiarising themselves with the new methods of saving their favorite shows for later. So let s take a quick look at what makes digital video recorders so great.

Digital video recorders work, in very basic terms,

But surely this capacity to store shows on the digital video recorders hard drive is something of a disadvantage too doesn t it eliminate also the portability of the cassette tapes we used previously? Does this mean that we can t share shows that we ve taped with our friends, or bring the recording with us when we visit their homes? On the contrary, digital video recorders are more share-friendly than ever. Shows stored on the unit s hard drive can be transferred to DVDs, offering you that same convenience or portability you enjoyed before. But digital video recorders can also allow you send the shows you have taped over the Internet, meaning that sharing recordings is more instantaneous than ever before.

The barrage of new technology that hits us almost every day can undoubtedly be daunting, but much of it is actually quite easy to master. You don t necessarily have to understand the nitty-gritty of a digital recorder s innards to be able to enjoy the simple convenience it offers. And once you master the recorder s simple operations, you ll never go back to those burdensome cassette tapes.

Dave is the owner of http://myvideodigitalrecorder.info and http://digitalvideorecordercomparison.info websites that provide information on digital video recorders.

Festive Piece on "Simple Gifts" for piano, four hands. - book review

American Music Teacher , August-Sept, 2002 by Arno Drucker

arranged by Joseph M. Martin. GlorySound/Shawnee Press, Inc. (49 Waring Dr., P.O. Box 690, Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327), 2002. 10 pp.,

Inspired by the occasion of the arranger`s twentieth wedding anniversary and certainly the worlds "my gift from the Lord," this short (five pages for each part) four-hand composition reflects the compositional style.

The piece has frequent half-step upward modulations, as well as a generally exhilarating and fervent celebratory mood. Beginning in F major and ending triumphantly in D major with double thirds, augmentation and diminution of the familiar melody, this version of "Simple Gifts" is far from the original Shaker tune composed in 1848 by Shaker Elder Joseph Brackett, Jr. Usually performed as a round, the Martin version begins with an imitative use of the theme for an introduction followed by several variations. Perhaps the most famous use of this melody is in Aaron Copland`s "Appalachian Spring." Copland does it far better. The simple beauty and joy of this melody are embarrassingly "modernized" in the Martin version. If your tastes run to this genre, you will certainly enjoy playing this not-too-difficult work for moderately advanced pupils.

The fine clarity of the printing and the high quality of the paper are commendable, but the enigmatic metronome marking (quarter note=ca.) [no number] only in the upper part, is surely an oversight. Frankly, the price seems high, but the market for this type of work will probably be willing to pay it. Reviewed by Arno Drucker, Baltimore, Maryland.

COPYRIGHT 2002 Music Teachers National Association, Inc.

COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group

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