Category Archives: Hobbies

A Marxist Demolition of “Strictly Come Dancing”

Alexi Sayle is a comedian with Marxist leanings. I like him a lot. The BBC is currently into the twelfth series of its hit show Strictly Come Dancing, which is a dance competition that pairs celebrities with professional dancing partners. … Continue reading

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“Play to” and Windows 8.1

Back in the distant days of 2009, Microsoft introduced a feature called “Play to” into its new operating system, Windows 7. Play to, so Microsoft claimed: makes it easy to stream music, video, and photos from your computer to other … Continue reading

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Surface – The Next Generation

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the next generation of its Surface line of computers: the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2. The Surface 2 is a substantially upgraded version of the original Surface RT, while the Surface Pro 2 is an … Continue reading

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Mellow Fruitfulness

At the moment, we’re seeing Keats’s poem “To Autumn” come to life all around us. We’re harvesting our fruit trees and shrubs. This year we have a bumper crop of plums, pears, elderberries and blackberries, backed up by a reasonable … Continue reading

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Swings and Roundabouts

Almost two years ago, I wrote a blog post describing what I used to build my Home Theatre PC (HTPC). I’ve been pretty happy with the result. Over the course of that time, I’ve added a Solid State Drive (SSD) … Continue reading

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Gone Missing: Bowers & Wilkins Customer Service

This is a tale of two British companies that supply Hi-Fi equipment, and my contrasting experiences of their after-sales service. The first is the Acoustical Manufacturing Company Limited (now called QUAD Electroacoustics), which was set up by Peter Walker in … Continue reading

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VST and ASIO Performance in Cubase 6

Here’s a tip if you’ve been struggling with poor performance of your VST instruments and ASIO in Cubase. But first, a bit of history… The History Steinberg’s Cubase is one of the leading software applications for music production. It’s been … Continue reading

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