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    Sussex, UK
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    Photography, walking
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    Infrastructure Engineer


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  1. All down to what price you're willing to pay. Most DAPs at the entry level are decent sounding when you look at voice work. https://sonoboom.com/best-mp3-player-audiobooks/ The big problem with many is audio books specifically. They aren't usually built to handle long audio streams and don't remember where they were when you've switched off the unit in the middle of playing a long audio stream. Best go to some specialist forums and ask what they recommend. Head-Fi is a good one.
  2. He won some, lost others and reached settlement with Sony on other cases...
  3. There are other reasons... here is one article on one band and why.... and there are more articles from more bands as to their reasons. Key among this is https://www.westword.com/music/rising-indie-band-lvl-up-on-why-it-released-music-on-cassette-tapes-8832458
  4. No, I'm not joking. The indies generally do small runs of tens of cassettes, and do small re-runs as needed.
  5. Here is a recording played back on an Aiwa that I've refurbished... a far cry from the hissy stuff that people remember.... and this is the reason why people were looking to Sony to give us a modern, new cassette player. It's sad that this opportunity was missed. Permission obtained for the audio used, as indicated. Video is not monetised.
  6. For people who want more info, National Audio are the company that are creating new audio tape... as existing stocks of tape are nearly exhausted.
  7. With the recent resurgence in audio cassette tape, helped in part by Guardians Of The Galaxy, some (me included) were looking to Sony to create an anniversary cassette walkman. That, would have been something worth waiting for and possibly producing in limited numbers... but this is just a me-too device in my personal opinion. Cassette never really went away. The Indi music scene has been using them to get their music into the hands of fans at events, as duplication is much, much cheaper than CD and especially vinyl. With the advent of digital duplicator bins, the quality of mass produced cassettes was on the rise as well. New cassette decks have been coming out of China, but nothing even like the quality of the older units. So the timing would have been right for Sony to have released a cassette walkman. But, I guess that isn't going to happen.
  8. The good news - Sony release an anniversary walkman. The bad news, it doesn't do cassette. It apparently "evokes the original character of vinyl into your digital tracks" using a "Vinyl Processor"... yeah... right. Sony didn't actually create the walkman. It was called the "Stereo Belt" and was invented by German-Brazilian Andreas Pavel - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereobelt My preference was Aiwa, and I do repair them, but they went to the wall some time ago. Only the name lives on. So cassette walkman lovers have been watching Sony for some time... what has come is, in the world of today's DAPs, a little disappointing, to be perfectly honest.
  9. Someone at Linus Media Group, decided to start an argument over on Twitter by asking - Congrats guys. The bloodshed in the comments was predictable. I thought I'd take this post to go through the three operating systems and offer my opinions on why I like/hate them. I'll get MacOS out of the way first. I put my money where my mouth was and got a Macbook Air a few years back. I had already had a company iPhone and hated it. To cut a long story short, the white background hurt my eyes after too much use with text... as it was primarily for works e-mails. I used it for some pictures and as my laptop was Linux at the time, I couldn't get the phone to talk with the laptop. I tried to get bluetooth working and went through a shop load of free bluetooth apps, but none of them worked... as it looked like the phone didn't have any native bluetooth file transfer on board. I also wanted to find my way out of an unfamiliar steam rally, but the phone didn't have a GPS navigation system on board. And that was the second iPhone as the first was faulty out of the box... the phone wouldn't ring. No audio. Speaker dead. - These things were available to me out of the box with Android, but I left even Android for Sailfish in 2012/13 when I became one of the first backers to Jolla. I've been using Sailfish ever since. Ok, so the phone doesn't game well, but hey ho. It's backed by the Russians and Chinese (they called it Aurora) so I expect Sailfish to grow into a respectable competitor as the years continue to roll on. iOS didn't allow me the fine control I was used to. I did a vblog on the built in camera and tried to compress it for upload, but it didn't give me options for fine control of the compression; just some overall generic options, so I couldn't fine choose a bitrate. I also wanted to install some software that required compiling, and the Air took about half an hour, with the processor running full pelt and eventually I gave up looking at the progress on the command line, before finally giving up on iOS and loading Linux Mint on the thing. Windows I use for work. Linux Mint and OpenIndiana I use at home. I started with DOS, so I've had experience of Windows from the start. It got to the stage where a rebuild of Windows XP would take all day. It wasn't only installing the operating system itself, but all the applications. Licence codes had to be found, then patches, drivers... removing all the user data and then putting it all back on at the end of it. The applications would also need to be reconfigured as the settings had gone. At home I had a Netware server with ZEN installed, so I had put some effort into packaging my software. Build the OS, install the Netware client, log on and things would come down automatically with the appropriate registry keys and configuration files... and the "deny priority" active directory never did measure up to the superb operation of Novel Directory Services... however Novell eventually went to the wall and it was back to struggling with Windows manually. I also had a number of friends who were having their systems toasted with updates. They were utterly fed up to the point that when I suggested teaching them Linux, they didn't exactly want to leave the familiarity of Windows, but they took me at my word and I converted their systems to Linux Mint and spent a day teaching them how to use the GUI. I used my Linux knowledge to configure the systems so that the pain was taken out for them. They now love Linux as it's stable for them. They're not power users by any stretch of the imagination. It took them a while to learn things like The Gimp rather than Photoshop, but Libre Office and Firefox were no brainers. Also, with the preset folders for Videos, Music, Documents, Downloads, etc. it was easy for them. I also have a NAS set up for some of them, so that the Linux script auto-maps a share and they've got redundant storage available without having to mess around, and if they want to check the health, they just need to glance at the LED's to know all is well. Yesterday I heard from another friend who had ordered himself a nice PC. It's coming to me to put Linux Mint on it, as he's had enough of Windows... and like me, he's a little bit of a gamer as well. He also cited hating the push to cloud services and subscription licenses as well as the telemetry. This is something I'm hearing more of, and I'm installing Libre Office for people on Windows now. Software costs are something that featured also. Windows of that era didn't come with CD/DVD writing software and there were other small things like this, that you had to pay for... and in some cases keep paying if you lost the e-mail with the license code in a hard disk crash, with no backup. For me... I configure things with a server at home, so there's redundancy but also sharing. My pictures, movies and files are available to all machines. Things are only on the local machines for processing. Once done, they're put to the server where I have everything sorted in folders. The PC's themselves have smaller SSD's on board and the important ones RSYNC themselves to the server twice a week... so if the SSD dies, I've got a backup of the whole, "home" directory. As they've got SSD's, I install good amounts of RAM so that I don't have to use a swap file. I give a 20gig partition for \ (maybe 25 for some Linux variants) and the rest is given to \home ... so that if I have to rebuild the OS, I don't have to trash the home directory and all my files. I can just erase the \ partition and reinstall. Even change distro if I want. I have an sh file which runs an apt-get install to go grab all my programs for me, so I can reinstall the OS and bring it up to date in less than an hour, and install all the apps in about another hour. Much of that is unattended. The configuration files in the home directory already contain my configurations. Where Linux drags me down is drivers and manufacturer. These days graphics drivers are much easier than they used to be, and the effort put into games by Steam is superb. I still have UT 2004 which came with a Linux installer out of the box... sadly it doesn't play any more because of the change of audio driver ALSA/PULSE and while I could mess around... I don't really want to. RGB lighting doesn't work readily, if my Ducky keyboard flakes out on me, I've got to use a Windows system to re-flash the firmware, the configuration software for my Logitech G402 is also Windows only, just as my AverMedia Portable recorder. One of my friends bought a printer, but I had to wait for him to come back from France before I could install the Canon driver for him. It was too messy over the phone in his poor internet area. Linux has, for a good number of years now, been much better than Windows for stability and free software that just makes things happen. I have bought licenses for some software on Linux as well as supported games. Yes, Steam is full of games that just won't run on Linux, but I'm happy enough with what I've got. I also support Mint on Patreon... and Mint sometimes use the funds on there to support other developers further upstream. Yes... that means that I'd have paid more in a year, than I'd have paid for a Windows pro licence.... roughly. And there is a fair chunk of indie games on Linux as well... no Wine or VirtualBox required. That's my kind of game. Windows has the larger compatibility base for software and drivers, but the hassle with licenses, activation, upgrading and losing a day to reinstall a borked system... I just use it at work where we have things like SCCM to automate the build process. OpenIndiana/Solaris/Unix... well, that's another story.
  10. Take a look at Dave's soldering tutorials. He has a three parter that goes through the whole thing -
  11. First place I'd look is the IDE/SATA adaptor. I don't believe many of them are capable of being used as boot devices. If you've got another brand of adaptor with a different chipset on board, I'd try that first. There may be another trick, which would be to use it via a USB adaptor, and see if it registers via the USB bus. Not pretty, but at the speeds you're talking about with IDE, I don't suppose you'd loose much.
  12. In the UK, we love to do things differently, and the once prized collection of red telephone boxes have been used for all sorts. This article details some of the uses these are being put to... https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/aug/27/ringing-the-changes-how-britains-red-phone-boxes-are-being-given-new-life ... but... who'd have thought of telephone repair! There's a picture half way down the page. There was also a trader selling coffee, but Hounslow insisted that the transaction had to take place inside the box. ie. seller and consumer had to get a little cosy. Talk about steamy! Hot stuff
  13. Cool responses so far. Many thanks. One thing that is standing out to me, is the charge of using our phones to project our image, doesn't really apply to us. Sure, usability and durability has featured, and some of us appear to be harder on our phones, but we're not upgrading to the latest and greatest for the "bling" factor.
  14. Here's my BBC Micro, (one of three) circa 1981 ... configured with twin 40/80 switchable 5.25" drives, a 6502 co-processor and a datacentre fitted. That gives it the ability to have a "winchester" hard drive inside which is mimicked on a CF card and it can read Fat 32 USB sticks. The "joyboard" project is a system whereby I traced all the tracks on the keyboard and wired them out to a system of jacks which I cabled to mirror the keyboard traces. The net result is I can hook up home made "joysticks" and buttons so I can play all those games with awkward keys. When I was a teen, I worked to assemble "brand new" 8086 PC's with a "turbo boost" of 8Mhz with 640K of ram fitted with a 5Meg Winchester hard drive. Man... this thread makes me feel old