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The story of the HMVH Corporation BBS

The illustrated, unadulterated, and shamelessly long-winded personal memoir of a ten-year journey through the South African BBS scene. Continue reading

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Current status

Months of this insanity involving late hours trying to piece together the origins of an existing label or the forensics to determine the time and cause of demise of a label that’s disappeared off the radar can drive a person nuts. Conversely, it’s the controversial Google Book Search that’s turned out to be an invaluable tool for hunting down facts on companies that existed during the dark days of apartheid, BC. Continue reading

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Cassette Project #3: Status Update

It’s not that I asked for them or anything, they just got dumped on my desk since it seems that I’ve become the guy in the building with a reputation for collecting old equipment, electronica, and media. Continue reading

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Five years and good dope

Five years of deciphering cryptic codes and punctuation and matrix codes on CDs and tapes and records and figuring out and defining relationships between this label and that licensee, this company and that pressing plant, or this band and its members who don’t wish to be associated with the band anymore. Sometimes we get even met with thanks and tokens of appreciation. Continue reading

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R.I.P. V.H.S.

The BetaMax vs. VHS (Video Home System) format (war) notwithstanding, just about any civilised household in the modern world had (or still has) a VCR. Dropping costs and the superior quality of DVD (and its own successors, complete with a new format war) have, in recent years, all but caused the demise of the VHS format, and it is almost with a tear in my eye that I, too finally bid farewell to my own old VHS collection. Continue reading

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Creation and evolution

As we stand, the subwoofer box, complete with mounted amps and power cap and crossovers and cabling is pretty much completed — and it weighs a fucking ton! Continue reading

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More parts and thoughts…

Spent a fair amount of time and twice that amount of money in my favourite new electronics / accessories / boy toys shop yesterday. Continue reading

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Ghosts from the past

On Wednesday, the 14th of June something very special happened: I was greeted by the warm and eager “hum” of a car audio system that had re-awakened from a five-year slumber and was rearing to be let loose again. Continue reading

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