The coolest thing is that the splitting the cable worked and I can watch one program while recording another now. As long as the recorded station is on basic cable. There is just no way of getting around that digital tuner. Still, most of my conflicts would be on the networks so this should work out fine. I have the timer set to record something later to the hard drive so we'll see if I bungled that.
Oh, and the machine can play avi files...maybe. I tried playing some stuff I burned to disc and I got sound and a scrambled picture. When I looked at the manual it made mention that avi files burned on a computer may not be compatible with the player. Um, where else are people burning avi files? There is a USB connection. I may try doing a direct download to the hard drive tomorrow.
In other shopping news, I discovered a flavored water that tastes good! Fruit2O. It has a tiny bit of an after taste, but not nearly as bad as some I've tried. I'm currently on a more water/less soda kick.
A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! to blondeheroine. I hope you had a great day and a fabulous celebration with the girls. And I need to hear about presents since I was there when one was purchased. ;)