* Posts by CaveatVenditor

10 posts • joined 21 Dec 2011

Vinyl LPs to top 3 million sales in Blighty this year


Gramovox - massive fail !!!

I was an audiophile before the term was invented. I managed a hi-fi shop in the 1960's and I'll admit to subjecting too many customers to loud demonstrations with James Last and Bert Kaempfert as the source material. Unfortunately, many years of abuse to my ears followed as my career progressed in that industry. So as I move toward my 70's I know that I cannot pass judgement on the subtleties of sound quality, but I do know how to look after my vinyl.

The first rule of vinyl has always been NEVER EVER touch the surface of the disc. Watch the techie in the Gramovox promo video finger both sides of the disc with both hands simultaneously and then use his thumb to push the disc onto the turntable!!!!!!

I nearly wept.

Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Re: Remember Netbooks?

"the HP2133 i had was a fantastic little machine"

I love my HP2133 and bought a new battery for it recently to show the love. It's too well made to consider throwing it away but even LXLE runs like frozen treacle. I'm probably mis-remembering but I think even XP was faster. Is there any known Linux flavour that really works on this baby?

What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero


Re: I wish they would make one with onboard wifi

"Am I the only person who thinks a low cost device which can be powered straight off 240v - that maybe includes a couple of relays on the GPIO pins that will carry 5A, runs linux and connects via wifi."

Lots of lads and lasses on here are coming over all unnecessary.

Give it a few days and we'll be back to normal. The PiZero will be in the drawer under the telly and we'll hope our spouse doesn't ask about it again.

NOxious Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal: Chief falls on sword


Major Appliance scandal next?

My dishwasher has a special mode for test institutes.

Do I need to worry about its emissions or should I get the software updated?

Doomsday Clock says 3 minutes to midnight. Again


Re: Too tempting

I think I'd remove the battery.

El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!


In the beginning was the wander plug

All these shiny new plugs are freaking me out. We only use tag strips, wander plugs or banana plugs here. Somebody told me we should get rid of all our 5A and 15A mains plugs, but we'll wait until the last one makes that funny burning fish smell.

BTW there was a rumour that mains voltage might be raised from the current 200 volts to 240. Can anyone confirm when this might happen?

The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype


Shurely shome mishtake . .

. . . or have I mis-remembered schoolboy fiziks lessons?

In optical diagrams (and in the real world) light travels from the source to the eye, not the other way round.

Check out the diagrams in Fig.1 on the first page. The arrows are pointing the wrong way.

Premature balloon burst thwarts US paper spaceplane attempt

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Re: T-Shirts

@ Wibble

The design must include a fake top pocket with multiple pens and pencils, some with those spiral spring clippy things.

JELLYFISH bio-bot built with rat cells to mend broken hearts


. . . and after the news, next on Jellyfish/Rat FM ....

"I left my jellyfish/rat in San Franciso" sung by Frank (ratpack) Sinatra

and the list goes on . . .

but I hope not.

Plastic semiconductor makes solar cells more efficient


It might be too simple

but why not have solar PV elements interspersed with solar thermal elements to cool them? That would extract every last drop of energy and the cat would be safe.

Oh bugger that's yet another brilliant idea I've given away.

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