Sep 212018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 September, 2018

Good morning I must start off by thanking everyone who generously responded to the start of our annual fundraising drive last week.  We had 40 kind people choose to send in some support. Depending on if one’s glass is half full or half empty, the half full glass perspective notes that we collected almost as […]

Sep 072018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 September, 2018

Good morning I hope you had a great long weekend, and that there’s still a generous measure of Indian summer for you to enjoy. It is certainly way too soon to start feeling the winter blues, but it is not way too soon to start planning an escape from that phenomenon.  And have I got […]

Mar 222018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 23 March, 2018

Good morning You may have seen the story of the woman killed by a self-driving car in Tempe, AZ on Sunday.  Any unnecessary death is of course regrettable, but the biggest tragedy of this unfortunate incident may be that this accident slows down and delays the continued development and deployment of self-driving vehicle capabilities. With […]

Feb 012018
 
The $79 Way to Make Your $80 Headphones Sound Almost Like $800 Headphones

Here’s a very clever program that digitally compensates for the non-perfect sound coming from your headphones, creating a clearer, smoother, and broader frequency response, with less unwanted sound coloration. These days, the speakers/headphones are by far the weakest link in any sound reproduction chain.  The storage and playback/amplification is all very close to perfect, it […]

May 262017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 26 May, 2017

This weekend marks the traditional start of summer.  Here in the Seattle area, summer came a week or more early; and let’s all hope for a lovely Memorial Day weekend. The AAA are forecasting the most Memorial Day travel since 2005, with an increase of 5.5% in people flying, and 2.4% in people driving.  In […]

Jul 142016
 
New Higher-Capacity Micro SD Cards Are Great for Travelers

It is a truism that no matter how much data storage capacity one has, in any context, one always fills it and wishes for more.  There is a continual leapfrogging as between new applications and the new larger amounts of data they need; and the more or less balancing effects via increasing capacity and reducing […]

Dec 102015
 
Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones

I wrote last week about the new Solitude XCS2 noise cancelling headphones.  The quick summary of that review is that they offer verygood sound quality that is better than Bose, but their noise cancelling isn’t as good.  Oh yes, and their cost is (currently) one third of the price of the Bose QC25 headphones ($98 […]

Dec 032015
 
The Best Sounding (and also Noise Cancelling) Headphones, Ever

I was wrong.  Okay, I’ve said it, can we move on, please! What was I wrong about?  Well, for the longest time, I’ve said it is not possible to get high sound quality in any noise cancelling headphones.  If you want highest quality sound – or so I’ve said – you should get ‘ordinary’ headphones […]