The sampo comes from the Finnish "Kalevala". It is a magical mill which generates gold, salt and grains.

A movie has been made of the Kalevala. Its English name is "The Day the Earth Froze".

A relatively unknown brand of DVD player built in Taiwan. Popular for its ability to read not only DVDs and CDs but MP3-CDs, VCDs and SVCDs, and also popular for its low price.

There's nothing special about its looks, and its video quality is decent but not spectacular. It's not a bad system, however, and is much faster at changing tracks than some DVD players such as older Toshiba models. Plus, it handles CD-Rs (but not CD-RWs).

The player is small and is made of black plastic. Thus, I jokingly refer to it as the "Little Black Sampo"

Website: http://www.sampo.com.tw/english/index.htm.

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