35 posts • joined Thursday 20th March 2008 12:55 GMT
Not to forget...
...a happy 50th birthday to Compact Cassette (first introduced at the Berlin Radio Show in 1963, I believe).
We do have a decent turntable in the house, but it is mostly of interest to the wife (a collector of vinyl since the 1960s). To paraphrase someone-or-other, it is surprising how good vinyl can sound considering the limitations and compromises of the system.
I've never been taken by the vinyl sound, although am guilty of loving valve amps. I think in both cases, it is a case of finding the inherent distortions pleasing to the ear. Euphonic colourations, I believe they're called.
Recently read in Hi-fi News about an album that had been digitally recorded, mixed and mastered, but then cut as a vinyl disc before being re-digitised and released as a CD. Of course, it was praised for having a 'nice, warm analogue sound'. I'd always maintained 'vinyl fans' were being seduced by the colourations of the system. It just gets on my moobs when they tell me that the 12" record is the One True Way.
Sorry, rambling. Beer o' clock came early at Cornholio Towers today.
I bet I'm still going to be waiting for an iPod with >160GB of storage. Come on Apple (or Sony, or anyone), it isn't just me that wants one. Surely it can't be that difficult?
Where is the 'none of the above' option? I thought everyone knew that the requirements are:
- Soft white bread
- Lightly fried bacon
- Lashings of butter
- Large lumps of BRIE
- A steaming hot mug of tea
Unless I'm missing something, brie doesn't seem to get a mention?
Ketchup can be applied sparingly, or even black olives on occasion.
They generally just annoy me
If it's not obvious, they generally just make me cross. However, I remember a local one when I was a lad:
The owner had thoughtfully put a sticker in his window to help those who needed it:
BALS 2 IT
It surprises me...
...but my 1988 Saisho portable is still working perfectly well. Smashing picture, used every day.
Looks like it's going to outlive the analogue transmissions that it was designed to receive.
"[A] DAC that boosts the quality of music"
I'd like to see that. The inane pap that gets churned out for the pre-pubescent market will always be inane pap, however good the replay system is.
I won't argue that a good DAC can provide a better signal though.
Sorry, pedant rant over.
The bit that impresses me...
"shedding over 18lb of weight over 4 weeks"
Never mind the pedal-powered ornithopter. I want to know how I can lose 18lb of pies and beer from my midriff in so little time.
"... but how many of them are useless air-filled pap.Proper hearty pies, properly filled with quality fillings are out there and my mission in life is to track them down."
Then look no further than the Kean’s Head in Nottingham (http://www.castlerockbrewery.co.uk/site/?page_id=22).
A full English breakfast...
...in a pie!
And proper beer too. Mmmmmm.
Dash it all, how am I ever going to regain my 28" waist?
I wish they'd hurry up
It's fifty years since Aerocar N102D was built. That is still airworthy, so why can't I pop down to the shops and buy a shiny new flying car for myself?
@TRT Hollow handle
The lighter is to burn the TP. There's a lot to consider when taking a dump in the wilderness.
I've always been a great fan of the name and think it's a real shame that they're submitting to Apple's will.
@Anonymous Coward CAMRA
"£20 worth of JD Wetherspoons vouchers"
You can use the vouchers in Castle Rock pubs.
“So, as you can’t get our ales in Wetherspoons, we invite CAMRA members to join us at all of our pubs in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, where the 50p vouchers will be honoured on any of our own beers."
How nice it is to live so close to the Castle Rock brewery.
Re. "This is a fact of life for every wireless phone."
I've just tested my antediluvian Nokia nk402 and my cheap 'n' cheerful Samsung E1120. Strangely, there's no change on their signal meters no matter how I hold them.
It's rather good really
I don't really play games (NfS Shift came with my PS3, will probably buy GT5, otherwise not bothered). However, the PS3 slim makes a lovely little media hub (Blu-Ray, PlayTV, streams from my NAS box).
The downer for me is that it won't play my (home-made, honest) DVDs that I have stored on the network. Also, as far as I can tell, it won't play any losslessly compressed audio files (included Sony's own lossless flavour of ATRAC).
Saw a PS3 Slim sitting next to an X-Box 360 in John Lewis and the M$ offering looked far too chunky.
Oh, and as a previous poster brought it up, we all know that the Amiga was really the daddy.
The old days
"Sexual intercourse can explain the increase in the overall incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome seen in recent years"
Oh yes, of course. We never used to do anything like that in the old days. Sex is clearly a new invention and any older people that you meet are the products of a fevered imagination.
I thought that young people were actually too busy with FaceSpace and fragging on their PlayStations to engage in such carnal activities.
Come the revolution...
As soon as I become Prime Minister, we'll be on GMT all year round. What good does BST do? I lose an hour in bed and the mornings become darker. How is that helpful?
Oh, and Alistair Horne will be one of the first against the wall.
Won't bother me too much
"“Windows XP would retain the menu bar by default as would Linux and of course Mac,” it said"
Well, that's alright then. No Vista or 7 on any of the machines that I have to use.
But boy, I hate Microsoft's Ribbon. Really, really hate it.
Wot no Penguin?
Shame about the lack of Linux support. I'll probably buy one though.
Re. mounting it sideways, Sony will sell you a stand at extra cost:
Product name: Vertical Stand
Product code: CECH-ZS1
Included: Vertical Stand （CECH-ZS1） × 1
External dimension: Approx. 88 mm x 18 mm x 260 mm (width × height × length)
Mass: Approx. 115g
Supports: CECH-2000 series*
* The Vertical Stand is for the new PS3 system (CECH-2000 series) and cannot be used on the current model.
"The graphics modes ran from 160 x 256 up to 320 x 256, with two to eight colours depending on the mode, some of which were text-only."
Nah, Mode 0 had 640x256 for graphics. Mode 3 was the 640x200 text mode. 2 colours! Great days!