Firmware update available for WD TV

There's a firmware update available for the WD TV. It's version 1.01, and you can download it and install it right now from the WD website. A lot of issues were resolved. The complete list is available in the release notes. Here's a summary of the salient points: Now you can update the firmware when [...]

Hardware review: WD My Passport Studio

While the WD My Passport line of portable drives is a couple of years old, their My Passport Studio models are new, and their specs and capacities were greatly improved recently. The My Passport Studio line is meant for Mac users and comes formatted in HFS+, although the drives can be used just as well [...]

WD TV is better than Apple TV

WD has put a new device on the market, and it's called the WD TV HD Media Player. It's a small box that can connect to a TV via HDMI or Composite output cables, and can take most USB external hard drives as input (it should even read USB flash drives as long as they're [...]

What I did in 2007

I made a concerted effort to write consistently and with substance in 2007. Product reviews are one of the foundational pieces of my site. I enjoy doing them, and people seem to enjoy reading them. I thought I'd highlight the most important ones from 2007 below. Camera reviews (in chronological order) The thing to keep [...]

Hardware review: WD My Book Pro Edition II

Less than a month ago, I reviewed the WD My Book World Edition II, a NAS device from Western Digital, and I promised that I'd also review the My Book Pro Edition II, which I also bought. Here are my thoughts. ❗ Updated 12/13/2007: Before I say anything else, I need to discourage you strongly [...]

Hardware review: WD My Book World Edition II

After looking around for a storage solution to house my growing collection of photographs, I found the Western Digital My Book World Edition II. I've been storing my photos on single external hard drives so far, but data loss has always been a concern with that approach. All it takes is a hard drive failure, [...]

WD Passport Portable Hard Drive: a new kind of sexy

These new Western Digital portable hard drives have me drooling. They're reasonably priced, and they come in various sizes: 60 GB, 80 GB, 120 GB and 160 GB. They're powered solely by the USB port, and they're bundled with encryption software and a bunch of Google software (probably the Google Toolbar and the Google Desktop.) [...]