The saga of my attempts to make excellent recordings of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra
Given the debate about the nuclear treaty with Iran, it is strange that no one has actually discussed what would happen if Iran used the bomb. I asked a friend who runs a code to do these calculations, to see what a 10-kiloton bomb would do if dropped on Tel Aviv. This is probably the optimum target because the winds flow from West to East. There are two issues: immediate bomb damage and fallout.
Windows 10 has been released now, and on the whole, I have been enjoying it since its first public release; and I still do.
But there are still a few kinks to iron out:
It is July 7, and I have already run out of my monthly Comcast data allocation. I get friendly e-mails every few hours telling me this. It will now cost me $10 for every 20 GB I use.
I decided that I have had it with Sprint. They just do not have any service despite their claims. I never get more than 1 bar of signal, and have never even gotten a 1 Mbps data transfer rate.
I do not recommend this router. After 18 months of frustration, I replaced this router with the Linksys AC5400, and my problems disappeared. Specifically, even after 3 firmware updates, the DIR-890L still drops internal connections. For example, I am hard-wired (via the router) from the chat server on my Dell OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 machine to Adium on my Mac. I keep disconnecting from the group chats every 20 minutes or so. My Squeezebox music clients also lose their connections to the Squeezebox server on the same Dell machine.
In a previous blog I discussed audio formats, and decided that I definitely prefer high-resolution audio. SACD disallows ripping, so it is not a useful format. But Blue Ray music DVDs offer a good path to hi-res audio. I bought a set of Blu Ray DVDs of Gergiev doing all of the Shostakovich symphonies and concertos, and I really wanted to stream them to my hi-hi system. So I figured out how to extract the audio in a lossless manner.
I can now hear the difference between compressed and uncompressed audio. But what is the difference between 16 and 24 bits?
In the early 1980s, George Kelley and I were working in the Fusion Energy Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was an experimentalist, and i was a theorist. IBM PCs had just come out, but we felt that their graphics resolution was too low for scientific use. So we both bought "high-resolution" (640 x 480) Corona PCs. Alas, there was no software available to actually use this resolution, so we decided to create our own.
This is a copy of my e-mail to we_can_help@cable.Comcast.com:
Friday Jan. 23, 2015 I called to complain about sudden increases in my monthly bill. After a 15 minute hold, the person said that the bill was incorrect. It took him about 20 minutes to get that fixed (supposedly), and to get a credit applied to my account.