DVD burner questions

Tom Parquette tparquet at twcny.rr.com
Tue Nov 18 20:23:03 PST 2003

I have never paid too much attention to DVD burners before now.
The price in last Sunday's Comp-USA add caught my eye ($150 after 
rebates works for me.  :-)

I have a few questions I hope someone can answer for me:
1) I've seen DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD-R floating around.  What does 
the plus and minus signs indicate?
2) I've saved some old mailing list entries that indicate the Sony 
DRU500A comes "recommended" by the people answering the list.
The one in the ad is a Sony DRU-510A.  From the model number, I'm 
concluding this is in the same drive family.  Has anybody had any 
experience with the DRU-510A?
3) The Comp-USA ad also had an external flavor that is USB 2.0 or 
fireware attached.
I looked at the sys/conf/NOTES for my 5.1-CURRENT system and neither USB 
nor fireware appears to have support for this.
Am I missing something?

TIA for any help.

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