Temptation Island

Microsoft's powerful new Ultimate TV has sex appeal, but it couldn't steal me away from TiVo

I'm just a gigolo when it comes to gadget love. I get all excited about cool devices, then dump them in a flash for younger, slimmer, faster models. But I've never fallen so hard as I did last month when I bought a Sony TiVo, the tapeless video machine that stores up to 30 hours' worth of TV on its internal hard drive. TiVo delighted me with its ease of use and uncanny intelligence (smart enough to recommend shows it knows I'll like). I was sure I'd found a lasting relationship. So when a friend mentioned that Microsoft was working on...

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