Category Archives: Technology

Death of a recordable compact disc

Accelerated-aging tests hadn’t gotten to the point that any printed reviews could be trusted, and so we all went and splashed out obscene sums of cash for a 2X burner (a whopping 300KB/s writing speed) and copied all our precious data over onto CD-Rs — media where only one thing was guaranteed: one blank disc out of a box of ten will become a coaster, regardless of brand or cost. Continue reading

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(Re)discovering MiniDisc

As is evident by the excellent condition of my new/old MD recorder, the previous owner was certainly a fan of the MiniDisc format, and I can almost understand why. This particular unit was released/manufactured in 1997, at a time when CDs had firmly established themselves as the de-facto standard for pre-recorded music and consumers were getting tired of the old analogue cassette. Sadly, I think it was a combination of several factors that lead to the downfall of the MD. Continue reading

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How do I undo the damage I have done?

After popping another 30A fuse in a desperate attempt to get some bass from the car’s boot into the passenger cabin, it was decided to listen to my own advice and reclaim some space… Argh, fuck it! Continue reading

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The damn job is finished!

Finding space for all the cabling and other shit that tends to emanate from the rear of a head unit can be a mission and a work of art sometimes that makes one wonder who the fuck designs this stuff? Continue reading

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I don’t mind the sun sometimes and all the images it shows

Were it not for darkness kicking in sooner than in the previous months, we’d be finished. All the components are in and ready to be hooked up. Continue reading

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Chequered flag in sight

…today was the day that the backboard for the Kenwood 6×9 speakers was cut, sawed, covered, and mounted. Irritatingly, my jigsaw packed up in the process… Continue reading

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Final laps

So it seems that we’ll have to do without the CD changer since there’s no such thing as a suitable adapter to be found for the standard Panasonic cable that the VW-customised Panasonic changer/shuttle plugs into. Continue reading

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When it rains, it pours…

The car looks a mess. Oh, of course it’s autumn, too. It gets darker sooner. Less light, can’t see shit and it’s cold. More of the same tomorrow. Continue reading

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