Kitchen Music

I guess most people know what Garage Music is, but I reckon I just invented a new category: Kitchen Music. Though the definition is somewhat woolly and vague. Basically, its music that my wife wants to listen to when she’s in the kitchen. You could say that it’s a user-defined category. Some time ago I…

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Six Buttons and a Volume Knob

Probably there’s not many people who can remember when TVs had just six buttons and a volume knob. You simply tuned each of the buttons to one of the five available channels (which were helpfully numbered 1 to 5), hopefully in the correct order so you knew which channel you were watching, and tuned the…

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Snakin’ All Over

My new pet snake is installed, working, and really flies. Deathly silent, yet it instantly responds to every command. It’s like somebody speeded up the world. Or at least speeded up my television. And, yes, this is a follow-on from last week’s rambling post about our new “Mamba” Media Center box from QuietPC.com. In fact,…

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Papa Loves Mamba

Media Center is alive and well! Yes, you can buy a proper no-noise Media Center appliance that just works out of the box, does satellite and terrestrial TV, and looks good on your TV stand. You can even watch the YouTube video on it that inspired the title of this week’s rambling post. Our current…

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Digitally Impecunious Pop Stars

It seems that being a pop star is no longer the route to guaranteed wealth. According to several reports I’ve been reading, stars such as Lily Allen earn peanuts from writing and releasing songs and albums. Should we be feeling sorry for them…? The trouble is, they say, that nobody actually buys music albums any…

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Idempotent Photographical Categorization

It’s been many years since I switched from film to digital by selling my old Pentax SLR, extensive selection of quality lenses, and bag full of assorted attachments at some ludicrously low price. Since then my photographic arsenal has included several Olympus digicams. Yet I still haven’t got the knack of successfully categorizing our ever-growing…

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We’re All Professional Publishing House Operatives Now

OK, yes, I was tempted to find a title based on Slade’s famous hit song Mama Weer All Crazee Now but finally caved in to the demands of the Word spelling checker. Not that this has anything at all to do with the topic of this week’s ramble, which is about how home publishing has…

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Clock This Writer

It’s easy to imagine that the computer is a recent invention. A search of the web reveals a host of machines claiming to be the first electronic computer, and all are mid-20th century. However, what’s harder to determine is the first appearance of a truly programmable computer. After watching a fascinating TV documentary this week,…

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Touch, But Don’t Look

So my Windows 8 adventure has been terminated after only a brief foray into the delights of the new O/S. It’s annual review time here an Microsoft, which means I need to connect to the corporate network. But my Windows 8 machine can’t do that because the TPM module is faulty, and I need to…

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Wot? No Webcam? And No Rock Music Either…

So this week we had another digital failure in our household. At least I’m happy about the fact it was much less embarrassing than some other technical discrepancies that seem to have befallen the worlds of science and engineering recently. The rather expensive Soundbridge Internet radio I purchased a few years ago, in response to…

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