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 →

Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio frequency spectrum for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. The term “amateur” is used to specify persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without direct pecuniary interest, and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.). (from wikipedia)Read More →