I have been a music lover all my life, preferring classical and a little folk, bluegrass, and Jazz. I have a huge collection of LPs and CDs that have been accumulating since the 1950s. I bought my first "real" HiFi system in the early 1980s. It consisted of a Pioneer SX-1980 receiver (the best and most powerful receiver ever made), Magnepan MG-1 speakers (in black), A Phase Linear Turntable, and a Teac reel-to-reel tape recorder. I also invested in DBX (a linear expander/compressor) to improve the tape quality. I still have all these components 30 years later.
I worked doing computer security at a large national laboratory (ORNL) and in a nationwide network of supercomputers (Teragrid). I keep scratching my head when I read about the security breaches at companies such as Sony, Target, Home Depot, ...
I think Microsoft has finally gotten its act together for Windows 10. It has removed or fixed many of the things I hated about Windows 8, and added missing features.
Some Web sites drive me crazy. Here are some examples:
Someone used one of my e-mail addresses to sign up for a Spotify account. Unlike properly-designed sites, Spotify does not send an e-mail that must be acknowledged in order that the account be activated. So I am getting spammed with many of their e-mails. The usual thing is to follow the unsubscribe link in the e-mail (not a good thing to do with real spam) to unsubscribe. But Spotify makes you log in to access the unsubscribe link. Of course, I do not have the login credentials.
This is the fastest router on the market. Is it worth $300?
The ITER fusion project being build in the South of France should be stopped. The world should wait for the results from the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator in Greifswald Germany that is almost completed.
The M8 is a great phone, but there are some issues...
I have been a fan of Panasonic wet/dry electric shavers for many years. Just in time for the holidays, Panasonic came out with their latest and greatest (and priciest) shaver, the Arc5, Model ES-LV65s. I treated myself to one for Christmas.
The two main new features of this device are a motor that keeps a constant speed when it encounters a tough stretch of beard, and a foil that has tapered holes. And yes, this is indeed the best shave yet for me from a Panasonic razor.
Update: (10 July 2017)
iFit seems to have finally gotten their act together. using my new iPad 10.5" tablet, pictures refresh at least every 4 seconds. It is more like a jerky movie. The iPad connects to the Live View much more quickly. And lately, the workout of the day has been more interesting.