The Indian dinner sounds great! That is what I would have done on my birthday too!
I have briefly read some forums lately as I have been struggling/ trying to get my new (lots of fans and
great case! machine going. Finally able to make dvds that play and print to tape hopefully without glitch in the audio. (Still not completely convinced on that though, print to tape was the last topic I had to refer to the forum to get some advise.)
Will make some notes to some of the posts about getting a new deck. My camera Sony DCR VT 900 could not work with video capture and I was about to go get a cheap digital camera as a deck..sad situation. I want another good camera or good deck, not just something to solve a print to tape problem.
Then I went to the Sony Store and got a SONY iLINK cable (firewire is standard, right?) and now my camera captures and print to tape works....so far. My other two cables worked fine with everything else...So, that might be something for other firewire problems too.
Also learned to keep the device manager (WINDOWS + /BREAK > Hardware> Device Manager) open and look for the image device to show up before trying any capture.
Have a good BBQ tomorrow, and thanks for the posts.