Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by azz at 2005-10-17 23:28
Wow, Dan Goodin has unexciting dreams.
"Winamp was the first computer jukebox program on the market" -- erm, no, it wasn't, not by a long shot.
xhippo and potamus were based on HippoPlayer on the Amiga, which dates from the early 90s and had much the same "play anything" philosophy. (Mostly module formats, but I had a few songs as very long samples on my Amiga's hard disk.)
And there were certainly equivalent PC module players that I remember using around the same time.
Posted by azz at 2005-10-17 22:49
"Captain Jack, the maverick time traveler who guest stared in the latter episodes of the revived Doctor Who, will take centre stage in Torchwood, a "paranoid thriller" due to debut on digital channel BBC Three late next year."
Yes, because we all know just how successful Doctor Who TV spinoffs have been in the past...
Well, to be fair to K9 & co, it did suffer rather badly from filming problems. I seem to recall that they got their filming time cut to one third ... so they had to rather rush it.
Posted by azz at 2005-10-17 22:44
First off -- this is a neat project, and I suspect it's great fun to play.
However, it's not a Mellotron. It's more like an Optigan, in that the tapes are endless loops and there's a rhythm track.
(Mellotrons have this incredibly neat mechanism whereby each key plays a tape strip which is rewound when you release the key, so Mellotron notes can have attack.)
I also wish that someone would do a course in basic electronics for people who want to do this sort of thing.
"I used a Forest Mimms schematic using a LM317 adjustable voltage regulator and a 12.6V transformer. For one, this set up didn?t allow enough current, and it would overheat rather quickly."
Well, yes, it would do, since you're regulating 12.6V down to 1.5V! Use a transformer with a lower-voltage secondary winding so you don't have to drop 11.1V in the regulator...
Posted by azz at 2005-10-17 22:39
... and how it works.
Posted by azz at 2005-10-17 22:37
"Ms Cameron [...] was arrested under the Terrorism Act for walking along a cycle path in the harbour area of Dundee."