music, guitars & other obsessions


A Productive Day

Got a bunch of projects done that have been piling up…

1) Put in the Cabinet Sim/Boost & Speaker Mute switch for the Vox VT15, added the external speaker jack as well. What a difference! The 8″ in combo absolutely blows, now plugging in the Ragin’ Cajun actually make the amp sound half decent – still no match for true tube amp though…

2) Completed the wiring for grounded wall wart power supply that will be used by the SMPS inside the Octal Amp. The SMPS needs to be both referenced to chassis and earth ground, otherwise the amp generates very loud squelch when volume is turned pass 4-5. Cobbled together the wiring using old S-Video cable and 3-pin DIN plug/jack, so no one can plug in a regular wall wart by mistake. The amp is still a bit noisy for my liking, but when it is cranked up, you don’t hear the noise at all.

3) Back up the HTPC, I think for the first time in 3-4 years! The XP machine is rock stable, so it will be used til who knows when, if it ain’t broke, don’t mess with it! Who needs Vista or Win7?!

4) Received a bunch spreadsheets for plotting loadlines, biasing and Spice modeling from the kind souls at diyaudio and antique radio forums, we are a gang of geeky brothers ;p Now I just got to learn to use these wonderful tools.

A good day indeed!


Wired for Music: Squeezing The Most Out Of Your Squeezebox


I have been stymied by the SqueezeCenter web interface for months now, the “New Music” function no longer display anything, not sure what went wrong, but after trying to upgrade to SQ 7.5, and restoring SQ 7.3.4, it just stopped working… Very irritating as it is the single most used function for me. None of the new SQ works because the scanner on them just do not work, the database never gets built, not sure what is going on at Logictech, but its product and support is getting worse and worse, may have to switch to uPNP device soon.

In any case, check out the tutorial below as well as those on Spicifly for configure your SQ.

Wired for Music: Squeezing The Most Out Of Your Squeezebox.

New iMac in August?

From the infamous Apple rumor mill comes another shocking revelation which all of us should take as lightly as possible, knowing how these things tend to go. The current hot gossip comes from ThinkSecret, wherein the oft cited “reliable sources” recount Apple’s exact date (August 7th) for announcing the brand-spanking-new iMac,
replete with updated specs and the sexy brushed aluminum casing we keep
“hearing” about. The article also suggests that a new version of iLife
will be emerging at the same time, but reports are less clear on a
solid release date. Of course, both of these rumors carry no backup
from the boys in Cupertino, so as of right now all we can do is play

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Unlocking the iPhone

iPhone Mania

iPhone review – Engadget

Wonder when the iPhone will be available in Asia, months? 2008? Based on the reviews to date, it is definitely worth getting one, but probably still have to rely on the Blackberry for the emails.

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