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Excellent Linux Hardware: Liteon External DVD Writer, Kill-A-Watt

Jan 28, 2009, 07:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"To cut down on noise, the computer in my little studio is housed in a nice quiet Antec Sonata case, and it sits underneath my desk. This is a bit inconvenient for doing a lot of CD-writing, so the Liteon sits on top of my desk, connected via a powered Linkworld 4-port USB hub. That little hub is the hub of my audio recording empire because everything plugs into it: the Liteon, the MobilePre, and friends bring their USB microphones and turntables to use in various creative ways.

"Of course no consumer device can be considered complete without having some kind of Windows-only junk, and for the Liteon it's two special EZ Dub buttons. When you install the special Windows software you can start a disk copy with the push of one button, and backup computer files with another. Amusingly, the EZ Dub functions will not work with copy-protected discs, and this is not disclosed anywhere meaningful; it's in very tiny letters on the box, and mentioned in the user manual."

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