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About Brian_at_HHH

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    TO-92 Transistor
  • Birthday 12/23/1960

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    Pickering, ON, Canada
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    Brian MacNamara
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    Computer Systems Manager

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  1. Brian_at_HHH

    What’s happened to our media?

    Folks, I'm taking up a collection to buy Daddyjt a (working) solder extraction fan, as he has clearly sniffing way too many solder fumes. (I am SO never going to see my C1 & M1.0t, again, but I couldn't resist)
  2. Brian_at_HHH

    What’s happened to our media?

    Prime example of media out of control: Y2K It's hard to believe it could go downhill from that, but it sure has. Sigh!
  3. Brian_at_HHH

    What’s happened to our media?

    Sadly, common sense, isn't. 😒 (Though it does seem to have collected, here, in vastly higher percentages, than the average)
  4. Brian_at_HHH

    Do you know any jokes?

    A friend just sent me this, and it took a few minutes before I could regain enough composure to type straight. I couldn't resist adding it here. Guys, I'm sure almost all of you get it. If not, you will!
  5. Brian_at_HHH

    What’s happened to our media?

    Yes, @kcetp - I think you hit the nail on the head. That pretty much coincides with when things started to degrade, rapidly. Very sad but true. Many of us miss real journalists, like yourself.
  6. Brian_at_HHH

    What’s happened to our media?

    I remember when the media reported news. Now they report sensations, and could care less about any facts. Anything that can be made out to be sensational is good. Facts and truth just get in the way of a good story. It's sad, because it seems to have spread pretty much everywhere very fast. News reports care only about ratings, and not about getting information to the people, and to make it worse, the people all (or at least almost all) seem to gobble this up and want more of the same.
  7. Brian_at_HHH

    Audionut vs Audiophile

    That has to be the best variant, here, yet! I don't quite have my first speakers, but I do still have my second set (ignoring the lo-fi, 8-track system I had when just a kid).
  8. Brian_at_HHH

    Audionut vs Audiophile

    If you've achieved that level, congrats! I very much want to say I am the same, and I really admire you for getting to that point, but in total honesty, I have to admit, I'm still dangerously enamoured with the equipment. As much as I strive for that kind of purity, I'm certainly not even close to it. Maybe I will grow into that, but for now I am happy to accept where I am at a point between the sound and the means of producing it. The equipment for me, remains a big part of the fun.
  9. Brian_at_HHH

    Campaign against Solder Bridges

    Okay, okay, I PROMISE I will not solder anything closer than a foot from a PCB! It wasn't me, this time, HONEST! (Besides, if it was, it would have been more of a solder causeway, than a bridge)
  10. Brian_at_HHH

    Audionut vs Audiophile

    I'm realistic enough to know I'm no audio purest - I have no problem using a tone control, or other tweaks to enhance my listening pleasure, so I'm thinking Audionut might just fit the bill, rather than Audiophile. Besides, like @mbskeam, the term fits my personality better. Now where did I leave my straitjacket...
  11. Brian_at_HHH

    For you vinyl fans out there...

    Ha, yes. Thinking about some of the "smarter" linear-tracking TTs that could detect the track separation, it's almost conceivable. We used to do that sort of movement with computer tape drives (it was god-awful slow, but it did work - kinda). In an odd way, it reminds me of watching an old flatbed pen-plotter. They were especially entertaining when trying to fill in a solid area by scribbling in a pattern. @#$%, I'm definitely dating myself, here, eh?
  12. Brian_at_HHH

    For you vinyl fans out there...

    At least with audio, we don't have to worry about the latency (waiting while the part of the disk you need to read rotated to where it's under the head, and the head movement time). :-) Can you imagine trying to play an audio source with that sort of issue? (And no, digital files don't count in this context). Let's face it, @Turbo THAT is just plain addictive - even worse than OCCD!
  13. Brian_at_HHH

    For you vinyl fans out there...

    When you really look at it, you have to wonder how either technology works so incredibly well. But they do! (And for the record, I am a computer geek, with a love for mechanical stuff, as well, so it should be pretty natural for me to accept such things. )
  14. Brian_at_HHH

    For you vinyl fans out there...

    That's a great video. It really lays out the facts, clearly. The other thing most people seem to miss, is the fact that you can put far more information towards the outer grooves, than the inner ones. I'd like to see a closeup of outer and inner grooves shown side by side. I have a feeling it would catch many people off guard. I think too many vinyl users focus on the RPMs being the same, and don't realize that consistent speed past the stylus would be better (though, historically unfeasible). For me, I just love the mechanical precision that comes with turntables, especially the way it's all on display. I love watching it work, and the fact that you "can" get amazingly good quality sound from such a mechanism ... then out of convenience, since I hate cleaning and flipping records, I pop in a CD, and marvel at the sound. 😎
  15. Brian_at_HHH

    Happy Birthday itchitch

    Glad you had a good time, and spending it with family is worth more than you can know. 🙂 There's no doubt she's your daughter - she has great taste in audio and the good sense to know price isn't the biggest factor.