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Cyber Monday Kindle Tablet

Cyber Monday Kindle Tablet

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The Kindle Tablet is on sale for about $33 thru Cyber Monday on Amazon. I have had one for a while, and for the price it is well worth it. The screen is good, speed is acceptable for this price range. Camera technically takes pictures, badly, and the speaker makes, well, sound, but other than that for the money is a great  value.

Apps load well, video and Netflix are fine, the Xfinity TV app streams tv fine, and the email client is usable. The web browser is decent for basic viewing, and the battery life is fine, if not stellar. Spend a little on some headphones and you will be good to go, or connect it to any bluetooth speaker if you have one.

It is not a whizbang iPad but for the price is about the best android tablet out there. Even includes Alexa now for voice commands.

http://amzn.to/2fAGRk9

Ultramaroon 2016

Ultramaroon 2016

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Just test posting some things, housekeeping, etc. I have transferred the dancemusicreport.com site content into ultramaroon.net . Made more sense, always having to crosspost to both blogs, plus needed to clean up a lot of links anyway.

Emblems of Exploration: Logos of the NACA and NASA

Emblems of Exploration: Logos of the NACA and NASA

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This and other cool ebooks from NASA.

Over the course of their histories, the NACA and NASA have developed a wide variety of emblems representing each agency’s illustrious exploration of aerospace missions. This publication concentrates on the rich and interesting history of the conception and implementation of the world-famous NACA and NASA seals and insignias that have been displayed for decades on aeronautics and space research vehicles and facilities, as well as those proudly worn by flight research pilots, astronauts, and the dedicated employees of these two world-class organizations.

https://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/emblems_of_exploration_detail.html

Cassette’s Big Brother

Cassette’s Big Brother

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Who knew.  Back in 1958 RCA released along with new Stereo LPs, a reel to reel that was in a cartridge. Very few albums and hard to get players killed off the format, that along with not so hot sound quality and mechanical issues with the player. Still, an interesting footnote before the 8-track and compact cassette came along.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxRs2UESCjE

 

 

RCA tape cartridge from Wikipedia:

The RCA tape cartridge (also known as the Magazine Loading Cartridge and Sound Tape) is amagnetic tape format that was designed to offer stereo quarter-inch reel-to-reel tape recording quality in a convenient format for the consumer market.[1]It was introduced in 1958, following four years of development. This timing coincided with the launch of the stereophonic phonograph record.

The main advantage of the RCA tape cartridge over reel-to-reel machines is convenience. The user is not required to handle unruly tape ends and thread the tape through the machine before use, making the medium of magnetic tape more friendly to casual users. The same design concept would later be used in the more successful Compact Cassette which was invented by Philips in 1962. Because of its convenience, the RCA tape cartridge system did see some success in schools, particularly in student language learning labs.

Similar to the Compact Cassette, the RCA cartridges are reversible so that either side can be played. An auto-reverse mechanism in some models allows the tape to run continuously. The tape runs at a standard speed of 3.75 IPS. This is half of the top speed of consumer reel-to-reel tape recorders, which usually offer both 3.75 IPS and 7.5 IPS speeds. Such consumer reel-to-reel machines are capable of superior audio performance, but only at the faster speed.

The RCA tape cartridge format offers four discrete audio tracks that provide a typical playtime of 30 minutes of stereo sound per side, or double that for monophonic sound. Some models can also play and record at 1.875 IPS, doubling playing time with a significant reduction in sound quality. This speed is not practical for music, but fully acceptable for voice recording.

With two interleaved stereo pairs, the track format and speed of the RCA tape cartridge is fully compatible with the slower 3.75 IPS speed of consumer reel-to-reel stereo tape recorders. It is possible to dismantle the cartridge, spool the tape onto an open reel, and play it on such a machine.

Unlike the Compact Cassette, the RCA tape cartridge incorporates a brake to prevent the tape hubs from moving when the cartridge is not in a player. Small slot windows extend from the tape hubs toward the outside of the cartridge so that the amount of tape visible on each spool can be seen.

Despite its convenience the RCA tape cartridge was not much of a success. A factor in the mostly failure of the system was that RCA was slow to produce machines for the home market. They were also slow to license prerecorded music tapes for home playback. The format disappeared from retail stores by 1964.

The physical track width and speed of the tape and even the size of the RCA tape cartridge is similar to, though incompatible with, Sony’s Elcaset system, introduced in 1976. That system also failed to achieve much market acceptance and was soon withdrawn.

Tune In, Turn On, Talknet, We Care

Tune In, Turn On, Talknet, We Care

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Tune In, Turn On, Talknet, We Care

Those words would float over the AM radio, that jingle that would greet me on those late nights when I couldn’t sleep. Sally Jesse Raphael [before the TV show] and Bruce Williams gave out advice to the masses every weeknight. I can say they got me through some long nights.

http://youtu.be/ZVuKy2TuHBc

I was thinking about that show the other night, and lo an behold, he retired in 2010. But in 2012 he started a podcast, and once again you can hear his great advice and that voice. Looks like he retired after about a year, but those podcasts are still available for those late night listens 🙂

You can subscribe at http://brucewilliams.com/ . 

 

LP Artwork

LP Artwork

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Sometimes I go searching for original artwork for a CD or an MP3 album I have purchased, especially the classical releases that get repackaged over and over again. I ran across a treasure trove of older album images at Piano Piano’s Flickr page. Wow, literally thousands of photos of albums. A great resource for those looking to get some information on an old release. A lot of the images are of the back side liner notes too. A great find!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hansthijs/