Buzz Kill

Hello happy reader, The autumnal equinox is fast approaching, that biannual event when day and night are of equal duration. From there, the days shorten and we slip into winter…I wish I were more excited about the upcoming fall but, alas, here in NoCal, fall looks a lot like, nay, is indistinguishable from most of […]

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PotLuck, the Con

Hello happy readers, I’m trapped in Denver Intl. at the moment, but have been assured that I’ll be heading home in a bit. I figured this would be a good time to gather my thoughts about PotLuckCon 08… First the bad news; for one of my panels, the oh so self important prior speakers decided […]

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NOLA, Here We Come

Hello happy readers, I’m up to my ears in prep for a trip to Craig’s audio geek love fest, Pot Luck, the conference formerly known as Tape Op. This here posting is really for the sake of Technorati’s server so it grabs this here link: Technorati Profile…thank you, oh diligent server. Just to let you know, […]

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Ever Larger Acronyms

Hello, happy reader…For this entry, I’d like to veer ‘round to audio again for a time. Specifically, MPEG, audio and lossless coding. The Fraunhofer page for HD-AAC mentions that, “Lossless audio coding schemes offer audio data compression, with the decoded audio data being bit by bit identical to the original audio data.” You should already be familiar with […]

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Paging Mr. Schroeder

Mr. Manfred Schroeder, you are wanted at the psychoacoustics desk…I was rummaging through old papers in prep for my annual taxing visit, when I can upon an old receipt. It was from Sound Concepts, a now defunct hifi company in Brookline Massachusetts. The item, purchased back on 09/22/81, was a low cost “schroderizer.” What the heck is a schroderizer? […]

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(Almost) No bones about it

Well, the rain has departed for a time and the temperature is creeping toward the 60’s. The sea has calmed, and the sunset is peach and blueberry sherbet…Which really does not put me in a mood to add one last (promise) MacWorld installment. :: This last go round wasn’t as rich a treasure trove of schwag […]

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Put Another Nickel In

Well, fellow Americans, it’s Super Tuesday. Here in California, I’m waiting to see what effect my visit to the Log Cabin, my local poling place, will have on our nation’s future. The polls closed less than an hour ago and, from the look of it, it will be an interesting election. On to today’s topic… :: Several […]

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Can you spell…CONSOLIDATION?

Hello all, just got word that Amazon will purchase Audible.com for $300M. According to Amazon’s site, “Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Audible Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBL)…The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close by the second quarter of 2008.”:: This, along with […]

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MacWorld SF08 — Pt. 2

Last installment, I went overboard with backup solutions so this time, I’ll start off with, dare I say it?…audio! Yup, this show had more audio stuff, from pearls to swine, than any show I’ve attended. In playback gear alone, there was: the high end – Etymotic and Ultimate Ears the low end – Chinese OEM manufacturers of iPod […]

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