JRE: now available in high-definition on channel 42

My Toppy arrived today. It’s difficult to find words to describe the power of this little box of tricks. I can pause live TV. I can record TV. I can record two TV shows at once. I can record two TV shows at once while watching a previously recorded TV show - and all in razor-sharp widescreen (and it’s not even technically high-definition). And the best bit? When I’m watching previously recorded TV shows, I can whack a button to skip forward thirty seconds - coincidentally, this is the length of most ads. I’ll post a full review soon. The short review, however, is that hard-disk recorders in general - and the Toppy in particular - are the best things to happen to TV since colour.