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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    I've used CarPlay in my father's 2018 Skoda a couple of times and it's been flawless IMO. No slowdowns. The only complaint I have with that infotainment system is the volume knob that's unusable because the power symbol turns with the knob. Whenever I drive the car I have to put the knob the...
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    The "New Toys" Thread

    Last time I used it I had ripped the guts out of an old desk phone to fit a wireless microphone bodypack inside. The idea was to make a desk phone where you can speak into the mouthpiece and have it come out through the stage PA system. I used a couple sticks to glue the buttons on the phone in...
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    Covid 19 CRISIS

    For me it's a hobby, but I get to work with a lot of professionals. They're some of the most passionate people you can find anywhere. You have to be because it's a lot of work and you don't get rich doing it. I'm not angry at the pandemic (we're all in this shit) but at the authorities that...
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    Covid 19 CRISIS

    I have lots of musician and actor friends and they’re trying to get by as best they can, as they have over the past year. Some of them were starting the dress rehearsal for a Christmas concert tour that was supposed to open tomorrow. Half the normal number of seats, etc. They had worked years to...
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    Covid 19 CRISIS

    Totally agree with this.
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    Clarkson's Sunday Times Columns

    You can tell Clarkson is getting old when he's moaning about having to use a touchscreen to select drive modes.
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    The "New Toys" Thread

    I have that rotary brush set. It hasn't made the bathroom any cleaner but maybe that's because it's been sitting in my closet...
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    I got similarly great service from Gigantti which is one of the big chains in Finland. They’re called Elgiganten in Sweden and IIRC Elkjøp in Norway. I had them refund two different pairs of headphones - first because the Jabras I bought had something wrong with them, and the second time because...
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    Monthly Virtual Meets - 2nd Saturday of the Month

    I have a Christmas party that night but I have a feeling it will be alcohol free and cut short because covid. Don't mind if I show up after midnight my time.
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    The only time I'm annoyed by not having 3.5mm is a couple times a year when I'm sound-checking a newly built PA system. I dabble in pro audio every now and then and it's annoying to not have a 3.5mm analog sound source readily available in my pocket anymore. My car hooks up via USB and my...
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    It’s just that I’ve had cans that required a lot of volume for normal listening (I don’t like loud music personally) and earbuds that were plenty loud enough at 1-2 steps above 0, when driven by the same iphone. Obviously, everything is wireless nowadays...
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    Sometimes I think Health and Safety will be the end of this planet. Everyone will be tied to the wall in their own separate room made from beige bubble wrap. Who gets to decide the maximum acceptable volume level, and with what kind of headphones?
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    I was thinking of going back to the thread to mention this, but I never got around to it. Yes, apparently law enforcement (in some countries/whatever, not sure) can make you unlock your phone if it's protected by biometrics, but they can't make you enter your PIN. When reaching into your...
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    I've had an XR for two years now. Face ID was a HUGE improvement for me personally. So much better than scanning your thumbprint like a caveman. :p Of course, we're in the middle of a pandemic right now and face recognition is a hassle when you're wearing a face mask. Thankfully masks won't be...
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    The glue gun was like €30 at the hardware store next to where I work, and it works at least €100 better than the crappy €20 230V guns I've had before. Money well spent IMO. Are you getting the correct Euro plug with that Ryobi kit from the UK? I usually tend to stick to .de whenever I buy...
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