56 posts • joined 31 May 2012
Wobbly ZX81 16k RAM packs! Used to sit the computer on a book so the RAM pack would dangle over the edge and not get knocked. Happy hours typing in machine code from Your Sinclair only to get a single digit wrong and crash the whole thing. Them were't days....
Re: A fool and his money are easily parted.
Brilliant! Even better than the €500 audiophile USB cables I was told about recently...
The frequency response of the multitrack tapes on which Neil Young's early recordings would have been made wouldn't be much different to that of a CD, whilst the dynamic range would be considerably lower. The masters likewise. As the author says, there's unlikely to be anything much of musical value above 20kHz on the masters, even if anyone could actually hear it.
I my experience of checking out high quality modern digital 96Khz and 192kHz classical recordings from the likes of Linn, what you're mainly getting is silence and the upper harmonics of electronic interference. Musically speaking only the occasional cymbal (and very little else) does much beyond about 22kHz.
Re: Zero compression
>I understand you can get even better results dubbing digital-to-analog on a high-end quarter-inch open-reel deck.
I have a couple of high end Studer open-reel tape machines. If I wasted my time copying digital recordings onto tape I could enjoy added tape hiss. Mmmm
Re: "Side A plays from the inside out"
Records that played from the inside out were common in broadcasting before tape. But yes, you need a non-automatic turntable to play them.
Re: There's a kind of inverted bell curve to vinyl...
When the first vinyl records were released they were heavy so as to seem familiar to the shellac discs they replaced. The thickness of the vinyl has no real bearing on sound quality - there are a hundred and one other ways in which this was and is compromised as a master tape makes its way to a vinyl master. Cramming more and more onto a side is the biggest culprit here.
But the modern fetish for 45rpm heavy virgin vinyl is more about extracting cash from mugs. I've heard significantly better sound quality from regular mint 80s pressings than from the modern allegedly audiophile equivalent. And both are beaten hands down in just about every way (apart from added distortion, rumble, wow and flutter, dynamic range limitation etc.) by any halfway competent digital reproduction.
Re: Compression can be good.
Decca started issuing FFRR recordings in 1945 and LPs in 1950, so your albums aren't "early". In fact most Decca vinyl pressings in the early days were pretty grim and sounded much better in their Ace Of Clubs budget reissues at the end of the 50s and thereafter.
Personally, given the choice between mint 50s vinyl and mint 70s or 80s vinyl of the same recording I'd go for the 80s unless there was a very good reason not to.
(This all refers to classical music releases, BTW)
Re: @M Gale
I have a Rega Planar 78 (based on the Planar 2) which runs at one speed and one speed only: 78rpm. But it's also set up with 78rpm stylii which are designed to fit shellace grooves that are around 4 times wider than vinyl microgrooves, and would sound pretty grim on this release - if any of the narrower ones could actually track the groove.
I suspect the reason, beyond total gimmick, for the higher speeds "under the label" is due to huge treble drop-off at the centre thanks to the much reduced linear velocity of the grooves that close to the hole. Given the way regular LPs suffer end-of-side distortion, those faster centre grooves must sound abysmal. I'm guessing they're not expecting many people to actually bother setting systems up to play them.
One final thing that demands correction: a completely mint shellac 78 is very shiny. When I see a 78 with a matte finish I give it a very wide berth as it's clearly completely shagged from being played to death, usually with a very heavy steel needle.
Re: Trouble with the ipod is, most everyone who wants one, has got one apparently.
>The only exception to that rule seem to be kids who're just old enough to write "ipod" on their wish lists...
My son got a mid-range Samsung phone for his 13th birthday and I stuck a spare 32GB SD card in it. I haven't seen his old 4th generation iPod Nano for a long time...
>Has memory management in Android improved since the release of the Galaxy Note 1, or is it still bad?
Yes, hugely. My Note 1 was the same. No such issues with my Note 3.
Re: We don't need no steenkin' PonoPlayers
>All that Neil needs to do is to persuade music download sites and app stores to supply uncompressed audio.
Try Qobuz.com - they sell non-lossy downloads in a multitude of formats (compressed and uncompressed, CD quality and higher) and have a streaming service that lets you choose between 320kbps MP3 and CD-quality FLAC. They've been around here in France for a while - they launched in the UK last December, apparently.
Re: Am i being a numpty
>or isn't FLAC lossless???
The FLACs I play on my Galaxy Note 3 certainly are.
I took my Note 3 skiing on Sunday. Fortunately I wasn't water-skiing.
Thank you for posting this...
I'd say the Guardian's headline is rather less ridiculous than the present article suggests:
>Conservative party deletes archive of speeches from internet
>Decade's worth of records is erased, including PM's speech praising internet for making more information available
Come on, Andrew, the Tories can fight their own battles. You don't need to win the next election for them...
Re: 2/3rds running iOS7
100% of iPads here are runnign iOS5 - but then they're both iPad 1s and never even got the chance to see how slowly they'd run on iOS6...
Re: Three Note 3 Fails
I was planning to use the FM Radio on my Note 1 for English commentary at the Spanish Grand Prix this year. Then I remembered I was using Bluetooth headphones...
I think it depends on the Gallery's "Content to display" settings - you can set it up to open online libraries (e.g. Dropbox, Facebook, Picasa) as well as locally held files. This may slow things down a bit...
Re: Note to Note 3, no thanks!
> I ran into the "Insufficient Storage available" error once too often for my liking.
Not a problem any more - the Note 3 treats all the phone's internal memory as one, rather than dividing it between Phone and Internal SD RAM. The old phone needed a lot of manual relocation of apps into SD RAM if you were a prolific installer - this no longer applies. My apps go straight into the full 32GB of available space, and I keep my data on an external 64GB card. All runs very smoothly
> When I hover over the screen, it thinks I'm writing. It is far too sensitive.
Stylus settings have improved significantly since the Note 1...
Couple of things I found buried in the Note 3
Not mentioned in this review but useful to me: it has ANT+ connectivity, which turns out to be very useful for gadget-minded cyclists - the self-same folk who'll also appreciate a setting buried deep in the set-up menus that allows you to increase screen sensitivity so you can use it whilst wearing gloves. These two things alone, coupled with the brighter screen, have been put to good use when I'm out and about with the phone, which in my case is an upgrade from the Note 1.
As for the size of the thing, as a grown man I've yet to find the trouser pocket too small for a Note. And when you get to my age, the screen size really helps you to read the damn thing!
Re: Still not enough
>Users don't just want the Start button back. They want the start MENU back.
Not bloody likely, thanks. After using Windows 8, going back to a Win7 installation is horrible - especially the crappy Start Menu!
Re: Solution looking for problem
That'll be the psychoacoutsically-shaped dither noise that lowers the effective noise floor (to human ears) of 16-bit recordings to something closer to 19-20 bits then? It's put there for a reason, and you almost certainly can't hear it, any more than you can tell a well-prepared 16-bit recording from the 24-bit master it originated from in just about any studio listening test you care to try.
There's a huge amount of bollocks talked around sample rates and bit depths and it's increasingly a meaningless numbers game. You can read some of that in this thread, alas.
HQ audio: the demand is there - but the format is all wrong here
We sell 320kbps MP3, 16-bit FLAC and 24-bit FLAC downloads. The music is generally classical (there's a little jazz and blues too) and the recordings are all over 50 years old. FLAC has for a long time been the favoured format for our download customers, with very few opting for MP3 when they have the choice. (If I had a pound for every Mac user struggling to play FLACs in iTunes and e-mailing me about it... but that's another story.)
24-bit downloads have definitely seen strong growth - people are either getting high quality DACs on their computers or burning them to DVD-R for their Oppo "plays-everything-you-can-throw-at-it" decks. But they don't need another new disc-based format, and CD sales continue to fall.
IMO the major record companies need to wake up and smell the coffee: lossless downloads at higher resolutions (even if just about none of their customers can hear a difference) could be the 80s CD boom all over again and make them a fortune. But sticking the likes of the first Velvets album - one of the worst-recorded classic albums of the 1960s - on yet another new high-resolution format just shows how disconnected from the real world the suits at Universal are.
Massive fail, heading to a closed-down record store near you...
Re: as a geek
>So I can type quickly and accurately on the iPhone's screen. Once the distances get a little larger (Nexus 4) I have a hard time moving my fingers that far with the same level of accuracy. Actually sometimes I have to move my entire hand, depending on how I'm holding the phone. Result is that I can't type nearly as fast on the bigger screen as the smaller screen.
So install Swype then. Leave the iPhone's typing speed in the dust...
Re: 1996 data storage on video cassette
More commonly PCM digital recordings were made using Beta rather than VHS (better picture quality = greater reliability), with different PCM units built for PAL and NTSC systems. (I believe 44.1kHz was chosen as the sampling rate for CDs as it divided equally well for use on both 50Hz and 60Hz systems, just as 78rpm or thereabouts was judged a suitable compromise for records decades earlier).
If you view one of these tapes what you see is a series of bar-code-like stripes on the screen across a number of columns. Digital data, stored visually in the analogue domain. You've got to love it!
Hard to edit, aren't they! Especially when recorded on both sides...
Re: Aye, them days is gone...
Certainly potential sound quality was better from cassette than it was from the awful cartridges we used to use for jingles and so on - but they could be cued up and were designed for broadcasting, unlike the cassette. Horses for courses - the jingles had ended up largely on MiniDisc by the late 90s; quicker to cue and much better sound quality, but lacking the quick-fire one-jingle-in-a-big-plastic-box appeal of the cart. Steve Wright (in the Afternoon) was a brilliant cart operator!
CD data discs, such as those with MP3s on them.
Re: Aye, them days is gone...
Studer A710 cassette decks were the standard BBC installation for radio studios, certainly in the main London broadcast centres in the 90s. Studer and Telefunken reel to reel machines were found in studios, but not Revox - these were the "domestic" products (most commonly the PR-99) that radio producers got to play with in their offices, alongside domestic hi-fi equipment (from the usual suspects).
Personally I prefer the sound of my Nakamichi DR-2 to anything I ever heard from the Studer decks, but they were reliable workhorses, required to make two copies of everything we broadcast for legal back-up and archiving, so the decks in the main studios in Broadcasting House certainly put in a lot of hours.
Re: SONY Elcassette
I've ended up with an Elcasette recorder that used to be Mike Oldfield's portable recorder of choice. It has a single tape marked "Sea Shanties" which still plays. Can't say I've ever tried recording with it, but it's a nice thing to have in the "museum" of odd formats I've built up: alongside the Nakamichi, the DCC, the 1974 Pioneer quadrophonic 8-track cartridge player/recorder, the Tascam 8-track cassette multitrack, various Studer, Revox and Ampex monsters, an open-reel dictation machine that once belonged to Hammond Innes... - all designed to use the miracle format that is rust-on-plastic...
I got a Note 8 last week (I've been using a Note 1 phone for about 18 months) and bought a leather cover/stand thingy from Amazon to go with it.
Very nice and all that, but when I close the cover the Note 8 switches itself off automatically (well, screen off, you know what I mean), and when I open the cover it switches itself back on. The cover doesn't touch the on/off button, and I can't replicate the behaviour with pieces of paper/card held over the screen and/or front-facing sensors.
I don't know how it's sensing it, but it's useful, and I've not seen it referred to in any of the reviews I've read so far.
Beers all round at Samsung HQ...
Re: It's not when they came out, it's when they stopped selling them.
>*cough* the final version of iOS available for the iPad 1 is 5, not 6.
Agreed. An iPad is not a phone - subject to annual or two-yearly updates by the users. Not here, anyway: two iPad 1s still going strong and no great reason to update yet as far as I can see. I just wish I'd stuck to iOS 5.0...
Re: Once again...
I get along fine without it, but if it comes back ill use it ha!
That's what I thought. Then I installed one of those third-party start-button mods only to find I never actually use it. I've got into the habit of launching and controlling things the W8 way and, frankly, prefer it. Didn't think I'd say that at the time...
Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?
"I tend to buy and read fiction. I can count on one hand the number of books I've ever wished to read more than once. I have metres of shelves full of books I've read and will never open again."
Then why on earth aren't you using the library? If you only want to read something once, then check it out, read it, and return it. That's exactly what I do with books I don't suspect I'll want to reread.
Simple: because I live in France and prefer to read English books. These are not generally stocked in our local libraries.
For anyone living in another country where their first language isn't generally spoken the coming of the Kindle (and its like) is manna from heaven. You used to find us at airports scanning the meagre selection of overpriced English paperbacks on the small sections of shelves dedicated to foreign-language books, or carrying suitcase-loads of books back from Blighty. Not any more. Thank you, Amazon - have a drink on me.
Re: What sort of cretin buys a Amazon Swindle anyway?
"Nope, when all the books they buy from amazon automagically disappear from the device."
I tend to buy and read fiction. I can count on one hand the number of books I've ever wished to read more than once. I have metres of shelves full of books I've read and will never open again. AFAIR there's only ever been once instance of Amazon removing a book from Kindles remotely, and I've already read that one. I really wouldn't care as long as I wasn't in the middle of it when I was reading it.
This is where books are, for many people, not like music. You don't read the same one over and over and over again like you'd listen to a favourite album a thousand times. (I'm the same with movies - rarely do I ever wish to watch something twice.) Yet all too often they seem to get get lumped together as "digital files" as if people with therefore have the same relationship with them. I don't. Once I've read a book on my Kindle Amazon is welcome to take it back.
Re: Face it, vinyl sucks
joeW - Vinyl has a greater dynamic range than CD-format digital recordings...
Don't fall for this nonsense! Vinyl has a dynamic range at its very best of somewhere around 65-70dB, though it's rarely achieved outside of the most expensive audiophile pressings (and to be honest some of these are very ropey, especially given their ridiculous prices).
On the other hand every bog standard 16-bit CD has a dynamic range of 93dB. Though whether music producers choose to use that dynamic range is a different matter...
The charts were always only ever based on a snapshot of sales at a selection of record shops around the country. They were never an absolutely accurate representation of precisely how many records were sold, merely an extrapolation of sample data.
200MB for French, 156MB for Spanish.
As someone living in France and often visiting Spain this will be a real help - my French is OK but occasionally a particular word is outside my vocabulary. Google Translate has often helped, but sometimes mobile reception lets me down - especially in some large shops when I need to ask for something!
Meanwhile I get hit for data roaming charges in Spain, and my Spanish is poor, so I know this is going to come in very handy...
No swappable battery, no sale
It would probably be the battery rather than memory issue that would kill it for me.
I've just ordered a 5000mAh battery for my Galaxy Note to enable it to carry on displaying maps, tracking my location, monitoring my heart rate, playing music over Bluetooth and so on for far longer than the stock 2500mAh battery gives me when the phone's clamped to my bike's handlebars for 3-4 hour cycle rides in bright sunlight with the display brightness at 100%. When I get home with a depleted battery I can drop in a fully-recharged spare and carry on using it, rather than having to plug the phone in and wait hours for a decent charge before its usable again.
For the kind of uses I've put my phone to, I can't imagine ever wanting one where the battery couldn't be swapped out quickly and easily. It's a simple option that really ought to be standard when these devices have so many possible uses.
You know you've spent far too much time watching The Tweenies when you start to find Judy an attractive proposition. Thankfully I was able to leave this lot behind a long time ago...
Re: I don't understand this
NYT: "And there’s a catch, a “use it or lose it” provision: recordings cannot benefit from the 20-year extension unless they were published before the 50-year term expired."
This clause was dropped before the bill was passed through the European Parliament. Someone at Sony, it would appear, missed this small but vital detail. The release of this material in this way is therefore pointless unless the use-it-or-lose-it clause is reinstated as per the original draft bill.
NYT: "The change is not yet in effect but will be by 2014."
It's projected to come into effect in November 2013, thereby protecting all recordings from 1963. Recordings issued ("published" to be precise) in 1962 went into the public domain last week.
It strikes me this is a "belt-and-braces" approach from Sony based on a misinterpretation of the law passed and requiring ratification by each of the 27 member states of the EU by November. They could just as easily have made a proper release of the Dylan material, but chose to be bloody-minded about it instead, effectively encouraging piracy among those who just have to have it. Says a lot about the Sony mindset, doesn't it?
Re: I'm just wondering how you can cycle far enough to need a bleedin satnav...
I live in a rural area of France that's a warren of poorly signposted lanes and back roads. Getting a handlebar mount for my Galaxy Note and a copy of the MapMyRide app has opened all of these up to me. If I know where I'm going I just leave the screen off and record the ride for posterity (and to check my times), if I don't I'll follow the map on the screen - or plan the route in advance on the PC and send it to the phone, then follow it on the display. It's pretty spot on as far as GPS accuracy is concerned and uses Google Maps as the basis of the operation.
I found a Chinese website selling waterproof sleeves for the Note which still allow touch-screen operation, which works a treat when it starts to rain, though the Note is surprisingly capable of surviving a shower. It's also survived a couple of falls at speed when I hadn't got it properly attached with little more than a scratch. Most impressed!
Re: Maybe it is good maybe it isn't
"I tried Sygic / Copilot and found them awful."
I've been using Sygic since June and much prefer it to my hardware Garmin sat-nav on my Galaxy Note. Nothing awful about it IMHO - gets you there and avoids hold-ups, whilst looking lovely on the screen. What more do you want?
Re: Having tried win7 & win8 side by side
"I do not want to know the weather the other side of the world and ONLY the other side of the world"
So you never considered setting the location on the weather app?
Sounds a bit like rejecting an otherwise nice new car because you could only find a map of Australia in it, rather than an A-Z of London...
Re: First impressions were not great
"To get to the desktop form the Metro interface, you click on the large (double width) button, which has the desktop wallpaper as its background. The button is labeled "Desktop", by default, IIRC, it's in the bottom left of the tile array when you first start/logon."
Or press the Windows key on your keyboard...
Re: I'm Sorry But I like Windows 8
"you can get to the traditional desktop in seconds"
You can get to the traditional desktop by a single press of the Windows key on the keyboard. And back again. In a very small fraction of a second...
I like Win8 too, BTW. I also like the fact I've been able to upgrade several XP machines to Win 8 Pro 32-bit or 64-bit for less than €30 each before Microsoft stops supporting XP.
I wonder how many online upgrade sales Microsoft has had? It's not all about new PCs and tablets, surely - but to read articles like this you'd think that was the sole measure of the success or otherwise of the OS. Anyone going through the upgrade procedure from Windows 7 (or other) is likely to be immediately impressed with the simple matter of what feels like a major hardware upgrade - for me it was worth it for that alone to begin with.
Each to their own - but we now have 6 of our 8 PCs on Windows 8 and everything's running very smoothly. (Of the others, one's a netbook with a screen resolution too low for Metro last time I checked, the other is the wife's laptop, and I'm not going anywhere near that!)
Love my Pulse-Eight CEC adaptor
It's the gizmo that pulls the entire XBMC experience together for me - with the PC under the control of the TV remote.
Good luck to them with this!
And a pint to the boss
Re: Voice and Handwriting - again
I can write faster using Swype on my Note 1 than I can type on this keyboard. Voice recognition on the latest ICS incarnation of the Note 1 is also much improved, though I still prefer to Swype.
Re: Great device
I've been using my Note mounted on my bike - coupled with the free Map My Ride app it's perfect. Bike plus GPS in a rural area with loads of little lanes and tracks means no more getting lost on longer rides.
After a couple of outings where the rain started to fall (without any ill effect on the Note, BTW, despite me getting soaked) I managed to find a waterproof cover for it from a Chinese website which still allows touch control through the clear panel on the front - but thanks to a cycling-unrelated broken rib a month ago I've yet to get onto the bike on a wet day and try it out for real. Fingerless gloves, mind...
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