I did a Mid Life Update (MLU) on my Yaesu FT100 transceiver recently. Originally I wanted to sell the little box. Then I looked at the alternatives, the reviews, the money I spend on accessories and I decided to keep it! Read on… One thing triggered all of this: the internal battery (CR2025 type) went dead. No that bad after 14 years of duty. I did a little research to find out what this battery actually does. Clearly, it’s not a memory backup battery; all memories and function menu settings remained intact with a dead battery. Since many alignments are done through software settings, thisRead More →

A lot is written about this. I’ve found that it can be extremely simple. This is how to transfer your emails, including attachments and your folder structure from Outlook on your PC to Mail on your Mac. On the PC install Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0, don’t worry it’s free. During Thunderbird setup, choose to import your Outlook mail. When done, close Thunderbird; there’s no need to configure an email account. Next step is to find the folder where your mails are stored on the PC. This might be a little difficult… The following works on WinXP, Vista and Windows 7 will work along the same line.Read More →

At our home we have a number of PC’s and just one printer. Two weeks ago I finally replaced our ‘main’ PC with a Mac; a Mac Mini. Being a Unix man since I could read and type 2 letter commands on a terminal this feels great. At last a real desktop system running Unix… Do you have a problem with sharing iTunes music across multiple users?? Just ‘chmod’ the offending directory properly and off you go… Now back to this printer I’ve got. It’s a HP C3180 and directly connected to the Mac Mini. OSX 10.6 installed the proper driver automagically and all worksRead More →

With perfectionist audio, a perfect digital chain is often described as “bit-perfect”. When two player applications are both bit-perfect; there should be no audible difference between them (when the rest of the chain remains unchanged of course). People now realize this is wrong; they hear differences between players such as Amarra, Decibel and Itunes. Actually this observation is not heavily discussed; most people can hear it. So clearly bit-perfect alone is not enough to describe the quality of a digital audio player. When describing a DAC; bit-perfect is not a point of discussion, however another parameter called ‘jitter’ is (check wiki for background on jitter).Read More →