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Rotel Diamond Series Celebrates 60 Years and Returns to the Future

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Not even a ridiculous parking ticket in downtown Brooklyn could deter me on a glorious sunny day from previewing the new Rotel Diamond Series which pays tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Japanese manufacturer.

Rotel and McIntosh Group invited Chris Boylan and myself to preview the new components at Cafe Kitsune on Bond Street, and while it’s not the most formal presentation, we’re pretty confident that the new Rotel Diamond Series are very well designed components that offer more than just a taste of the famous Rotel Michi Series which we reviewed in 2021.

The Rotel Michi X3 is a terrific piece of audio engineering and one of the best integrated amplifiers we’ve had the chance to test in the past 3 years. The biggest downside is the price – which continues to climb due to supply chain issues and inflation.

Rotel Diamond Series RA-6000 Integrated Amplifier

New Rotel Diamond Series RA-6000 Integrated Amplifier is $4,499, making it $1,000 cheaper than the Michi X3. The build quality of the new integrated amplifier is superb and we both agreed that the silver finish is stunning.

I could hear the similarities when it came to its almost effortless power delivery to a pair of Sonus Faber Olympica Nova Wall Speakers which sell for US$9,000 a pair.

Sonus Faber Olympica Nova Wall Speakers
Sonus Faber Olympica Nova Wall Speakers

Cafe Kitsune mounted the rather large Italian speakers near the ceiling in the bar; they are usually connected to a Rotel Michi X5 and Pro-Ject turntable. The placement of the speakers was a bit high from our listening positions at the bar, but Chris and I felt the RA-6000 drove them with very little difficulty and we could both feel the impact bass throughout the room.

The Olympica Nova Walls are usually sold with McIntosh amplification or the Michi X3 or X5 so it was impressive to hear the RA-6000s driving them so well; the mid-range had excellent resolution and detail, but it was impossible to really gauge the depth and width of the soundstage based on how they were mounted on the wall.

The RA-6000 incorporates aspects of the Michi X3 but it is clearly not the same product nor does it have the same functionality. We were really happy to see a MM phono stage included; which makes sense given the number of Pro-Ject turntables sold with Rotel systems today.

Rotel Diamond Series RA-6000 Internal Integrated Amplifier
Rotel Diamond Series RA-6000 Integrated Amplifier Silver Back
Rotel RA-6000 Diamond Series

The RA-6000 integrated amplifier delivers 350 watts of output power into 4 ohm speaker loads leveraging the technical and performance designs of the brand’s flagship Michi series models.

The RA-6000 benefits from Michi circuit design, acoustic components and power supply engineering methods, with further upgrades found in recent Rotel MKII models.

A range of source inputs provide connection to modern and legacy audio sources including coaxial (3), optical (3), analog (3), PC-USB supporting MQA, Bluetooth with aptX HD for wireless streaming high performance, balanced XLR, iOS USB for Apple devices.

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Rotel Diamond Series DT-6000 Front CD Player Silver

The second part of the Rotel Diamond series is the price of 2,299 USD Rotel DT-6000 DAC Transport; The unit includes a PC-USB input supporting MQA and DSD audio playback and outputs 32-bit/384kHz PCM music files through the coaxial and optical inputs supporting music streamers and media players with the mechanism of Included tray loading CD provides playback flexibility.

There’s quite a long design development history regarding the DT-6000 that has convinced us that the Rotel development team went back and forth for over a year trying every possible DAC chip before settling. install on a heavily modified version of the DAC referenced below.

Rotel Diamond Series DT-6000 Internal CD Player
Rotel Diamond Series DT-6000 Silver Back CD Player

Their initial enthusiasm for the ESS Saber was met with a level of disappointment when it failed to deliver the all-around sonic performance they were looking for in such an expensive CD/DAC player.

Rotel went back to the drawing board until they felt ESS got it right.

The focal point of the DT-6000 is the 8-channel ESS Saber ES9028PRO digital-to-analog converter configured to dedicate 4 mono DACs each to the left and right channels. Redundant signal processing of digital data streams extracts nuances from audio with clarity and crisp detail with exceptionally low background noise.

The DAC feeds custom-designed fully balanced differential output filters with critically tuned sound components for realistic reproduction of audio.

The DT-6000 is powered by an in-house manufactured shielded toroidal transformer with high efficiency split foil smoothing capacitors reducing spurious emissions and providing independent, isolated, low noise power to all critical circuitry, further reducing noise and distortion.

Rotel Diamond Series DT-6000 Front CD Player Black
Rotel Diamond Series RA-6000 Front Integrated Amplifier Black

Price and availability

The Rotel Diamond Series RA-6000 and DT-6000 will be available in the United States in black and silver finishes through authorized Rotel resellers with shipments beginning in July 2022 and in the rest of the world shortly thereafter at the following prices (MSRP):

  • RA-6000: $4,499 / €4,499 / £3,999
  • DT-6000: $2,299 / €2,299 / £1,999

For more information: rotel.com

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Slim.AI Introduces Beta Software Supply Chain Container Security as a Service

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Austin, TX: We learned the hard way that, as Slim.AI CEO John Amaral said, “Your software supply chain is only as secure as its weakest link.” Amen, my brother!

John Amaral, CEO of Slim.AI

John Amaral, CEO of Slim.AI: “Our core value is ‘Know Your Software’.”

Slim.AI

Many high profile attacks, breaches and exploits such as the SolarWinds fiasco and the Log4J vulnerability are prime examples of this. Indeed, the situation has become so serious that President Joseph Biden has issued a executive order calling on all of us to secure the software supply chain. When politicians pay attention to software, things get real.

Slim.AI is taking up this challenge by announcing to Open Source Summit in Austin, Texas, its beta software supply chain security service. This service will help organizations continuously and automatically optimize and secure their containers and minimize software supply chain risk.

This service is built on the basis of the open-source project of Slim.AI, DockerSlim. This popular developer program optimizes and secures your containers by analyzing your code and discarding unnecessary code, thus “reducing” the attack surface of your containers. It can also reduce your container size by up to 30 times.

It’s impressive. As Amaral said, ‘Currently, tens of thousands of developers and teams are using Slim’s free, open-source SaaS software to understand what’s inside their containers, reduce the attack surface of containers, remove vulnerabilities, and send only the code they need.” But, the open source project is not scaling. So with this new service, Amaral continued, “We are moving from helping individual developers and small teams to a solution that enables organizations to continuously and automatically achieve these results at scale.”

This is done by integrating the code with container registries, Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipelines and tools so you can automate it and integrate it into existing workflows to quickly deliver secure software to production.

Current and planned integrations include Docker, AWS ECR, Google GCR, GitHub, DigitalOcean, and Quay registries, as well as Jenkins, GitLab, and GitHub CI/CD platforms. Application programming interfaces (APIs) are also made available to early access partners.

Additionally, through its APIs, the service allows you to use multiple vulnerability scanners on your containers to find security issues before they bite you.

It’s all part of what Amaral calls “The four S’s of software supply chain security.

The good news about the open source software supply chain is, Amaral explained, “it’s really easy for developers to embed large libraries of code into applications, package them in containers, and ship them in production with a single click. The code running in production is the child of the massive supply chain.” The bad news is that “it bears the benefit and risk of all decisions, contributions, features, and faults manifested by its creators as a whole”.

As CodeNotarya company specializing in the software supply chain, recently observed: “Software is never complete and the the codebase, including its dependencies, is an always-updated document. This automatically means you have to follow it, good and bad, keeping in mind that something good can turn bad. ” Yes exactly !

The answer, according to Amaral, is to create a comprehensive, automated Software Supply Chain Security (SSCS) program: “The Four Ss”. These are:

  1. Software nomenclature: This is a list of all software components, such as open source libraries and third-party components. Well-known SBOM approaches include Linux Foundation Firmware data exchange (SPDX) and Supply Chain Tiers for Software Artifacts, or SLSA (salsa)

  2. Signature: Signing is a way to digitally attach a verified, immutable developer identity to a piece of code. Coupled with other tools, it helps create a transparent and cryptographically secure record of software changes and manifests a permanent and reliable digital chain of custody for software and related artifacts. Signstore and Notary.

  3. Slimming: This minimizes your production code footprint by removing unnecessary code. It also inherently reduces software supply chain complexity, software attack surface, and overall risk.

  4. Share: No single person or organization can provide a complete SSCS solution. Communicating about SSCS and collaborating on solutions both within your organization and with other groups is critical to advancing the industry and protecting our software-dependent global ecosystem. When it comes to open source security, we’re all in it.

At Slim, Amaral concluded, “Our core value is ‘Know Your Software.'” Slim.AI’s tools can be used with vulnerability scanners and SBOM generators to create a holistic view of the software supply chain. ” With Slim’s optimization, you can ensure teams only ship what they need for production.

Want to know more? Contact the Slim.AI team for early access. If you’re at the Open Source Summit, you can visit the Slim.AI team and learn more about the program at booth B2.

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Best Home Audio CD Player

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What is the best home audio CD player?

In today’s rapidly changing world of streaming, it can be difficult to understand the use of a physical musical medium. What a lot of people don’t realize is that you’re paying for audio quality to stream whatever you want. This is why some people prefer to use CDs and even record players, at least in the comfort of their homes.

The best home audio CD player is the Yamaha CD-S1000BL Natural Sound Super Audio CD Player. It separates power from each function to limit feedback in your music.

What to know before buying a home audio CD player

Types of Home Audio CD Players

There are a few types of home audio CD player.

  • Only drives only hold one CD at a time. They have the fewest components, which means they are less prone to mechanical failure and have more subtle internal vibrations. They thus offer the best possible sound quality.
  • Changer the drives hold multiple CDs and can freely swap between them. They usually hold at least five or six discs, but the largest can hold hundreds. With all the extra parts needed to have this feature, they are more likely to need repairs and have more internal vibration. They therefore have a lower sound quality.
  • Universal drives read multiple types of disc media. The most common are DVD and Blu-ray players that can read CDs. Most video game consoles with disc drives can also play CDs. These players emphasize video quality rather than sound and hence have the worst audio quality only.

Compatible formats

The “CD” in home audio CD players says it reads compact discs, but compact discs store different formats of audio that not all CD players can read. Every CD player can play standard CDs, with most also playing CD-R/RW discs (CDs you record on to create mixtapes). Premium players can also play high definition and super audio CDs.

Some CD players can also play MP3 and Windows Media Player files from your phone or a USB flash drive.

What to Look for in a Quality Home Audio CD Player

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Basic home audio CD players have a play, pause, skip and stop function. Better single players can automatically repeat a song or the entire CD. Better changer players can shuffle song selection or let you choose your song order among all your CDs.

Remote

Some home audio CD players come with remote controls so you can control them without getting out of bed or the couch.

Headphone jack

Some home audio CD players have headphone jacks so you can listen to your music without disturbing anyone. Keep in mind that the highest quality speakers will always outperform the highest quality headphones.

Anti-jump

The best home audio CD players have anti-skip measures to prevent any interruption in your playback caused by sudden strong vibrations. Look for them if you like to throw dance parties or if you live near a fault line.

How much you can expect to spend on a home audio CD player

Anything under $100 is considered a low budget player, with some costing as little as $20. The average player costs between $150 and $500. The best players usually start around $500 and can easily cost upwards of $1000.

Home Audio CD Player FAQ

Do I need a speaker to use a home audio CD player?

A. You could, depending on the CD player you get. The more expensive the CD player, the more speaker you will need. This is because the built-in speakers cause strong vibrations in the CD player, which adversely affects the sound quality. Low-cost players almost always have a built-in speaker to be the best deal possible.

Do I need an amplifier with my home audio CD player?

A. Not necessarily. An amplifier does what its name suggests and amplifies the signal – it does not improve its quality. You only need it if the signal destination – say a set of speakers – isn’t getting a strong enough signal from your CD player to play your music.

What is the best home audio CD player to buy?

Best Home Audio CD Player

Yamaha CD-S1000BL Natural Sound Super Audio CD Player

What do you want to know: It’s hard to find a more premium player than this.

What you will love: It can play standard and super audio CDs and uses a differential digital-to-analog converter for precision and high dynamic range. The platter uses Yamaha’s Silent Loader system to eliminate all sound and increase durability. Its feet are adjustable in height and made of solid steel to dampen vibrations.

What you should consider: A few consumers didn’t like the small screen. Others have reported that it runs hot, especially if used for long periods of time. It contains only one CD.

Or buy: Sold by Amazon

Best home audio CD player for the money

Denon DCD-600NE Compact CD Player

Denon DCD-600NE Compact CD Player

What do you want to know: You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to have high quality sound.

What you will love: It can play CD, CD-R/RW, MP3 and Windows media files and uses isolators and shock absorbers to avoid vibration and interference as much as possible. It uses a special processing system that can restore some of the information lost during digital recording.

What you should consider: It works best when paired with the Denon audio amplifier. There is no headphone jack and the remote cannot eject the CD.

Or buy: Sold by Amazon

Worth checking out

Wrcibo wall mounted CD player

Wrcibo wall mounted CD player

What do you want to know: It’s perfect for those who stream first but have a handful of CDs.

What you will love: You can connect any Bluetooth enabled device or use the 3.5mm aux cable jack or USB port to use its speaker for your digital music collection. It can also pick up FM radio signals. It can read CD and CD-R/RW formats.

What you should consider: A few buyers have had problems with the drive turning on. Others had issues with the remote not being able to be read.

Or buy: Sold by Amazon

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Fire Island – The Gay Romantic Comedy We All Need – City Hub Sydney

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By Linc Jenkin

Having never seen, read or consumed, in any way, Jane Austen Pride and Prejudicethe basis of the new blockbuster movie fire island, I was able to see the film with a blank eye. While I’m sure Austen aficionados would say nothing comes close to the original iterations on page or screen, fire island brings all the feelings.

If you’re part of the majority population that doesn’t fit the narrow, but socially accepted, view of the gay body (in this vapid universe that means, white and muscular), you can probably relate to the insecurities experienced by the main cast. The first five minutes tell you that you better get used to facing your insecurities while watching this movie!

The gay romantic comedy we all need!

fire island is an upcoming American romantic comedy film written by and starring Joel Kim Booster, as Noah, and supported in the script by her ex-boyfriend, best friend Howie, played by Australian-born, Canadian-raised Bowen Yang. now based in the United States. Backed by a veritable gaggle of gays of all shapes, sizes and colors, leading the secondary characters is the ever-exciting mother bear, Margaret Cho, as Erin.

Fire Island – It doesn’t look very welcoming

Fire Island itself, the legendary gay mecca most Australians have never heard of or seen mentioned in pop culture over the past few decades, has a certain serial killer energy to it I don’t know. what about that.

Maybe because the handsome gay locals, as portrayed in this movie at least, are hatefully racist and shameful assholes and those dramatic high school vibes make you feel relieved to be an agoraphobic antisocial who’d rather keep their coveted status without covid as long as humanly possible!

It’s a thankfully quick trip to the island, with the film running just over 90 minutes, plus the credits. Even though there are confrontational scenes that include racism and classism, it’s good to sit in the discomfort and experience because it not only helps you sit in your own insecurities, but also to offer insight into what other people’s experiences are like. It’s also pretty shocking that this movie is streaming on Disney+ because, spoiler alert, or maybe it’s just an incentive to watch – there’s an actual gay sex scene! And not a gay kiss on the cheek, but a fully-fledged portrayal of an act of penetration between two men. It was quite surprising considering that the gay rom-com was on this particular platform, by the very nature of the story, but this particular scene would have been enough to make Walt Disney grab his pearls!

Globally, fire island is a well-written and poignant social commentary, offering a view from the other side, that makes you think and feel deeply. Definitely check fire islandcurrently available to stream on Disney+, for the beautiful eye candy, great chemistry between the cast, and strong performances from the two lead actors.

★★★★

Fire Island is now streaming on Disney+

Professor O’Hara gets to know his late father through poetry and music – Delco Times

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HAVERFORD — Pat O’Shea was only 5 years old when his father was killed in a car accident. Except for the stories his mother and relatives told him while he was growing up, he barely knew his father because he had never had the chance.

Years later, as a man in his thirties with two children of his own, O’Shea felt a more intense desire to know his father.
Patrick O’Shea died in 1976, at the age of 24 in Beaver County. He was a conductor for the Penn Central Railroad. He leaves behind a young family, as well as the priceless gift of a worn suitcase full of poetry that inspired his family to carry on. Luckily, his mother saved this battered old suitcase containing the contents that young Pat would one day cherish.

O’Shea, who never paid attention to the poems as a young boy, sat down and read and re-read each of them as an adult.

“I had a feeling he knew he was going to die young,” O’Shea said. “He wrote the poems while traveling for work and as I read them I could really feel a connection to him.”

His heart, full of emotion, inspired O’Shea to begin writing a response to each of his father’s poems.

In 2008, O’Shea published a book of poetry, “Conversations We Never Had”. The book is the presented father/son conversation, with his father’s original poems on the left-hand pages and Pat’s responses in poetry form, on the opposite right-hand pages. O’Shea dedicated the book to his younger brother Ryan Ashley O’Shea, who died of Reye’s Syndrome, a year after his father passed away. The epitaphs on his father’s and brother’s tombstones were poems written by his father.

This year O’Shea, who plays drums in the Irish band Shades of Green, joined the band Scot Silver, Jim Briggs and Eric Schreiber, and incorporated the poems from the book into the music. The result is a beautifully composed CD of the same name, “Conversations We Never Had”.

“The CD is the ultimate tribute I could pay to my father,” O’Shea proclaimed. “Although my father was not a musician, one of the few memories I have of him is how much he loved music. I know he would have appreciated that.

Local musicians have dedicated the new CD to their fathers, Patrick O’Shea, Lloyd Briggs, Thomas Schreiber and Morry Silber. They wrote this dedication on the colorful green cover of their debut CD which was designed by Briggs: “Bravo to the strong men who helped make us who we are today.

O’Shea, a resident of Plymouth Meeting, teaches percussion and drums at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield and St. Aloysius Academy in Bryn Mawr. Scot Silver of Phoenixville owns and teaches at Silver Music Studios, 1221 W. Chester Pike in Havertown. Jim Briggs of Newtown Square is the owner and founder of internet marketing company Airdrie Media. Chadds Ford’s Eric Schreiber is vice president of software development at the American Heritage Credit Union. The four members of the group Shades of Green are not only linked by their music. They also share the common bond of being fathers themselves.

O’Shea, who plays drums and percussion for Shades of Green, has two children. Silver, the band’s guitarist and lead vocalist, also has two children. Shades of Green bassist Schreiber has three children and rhythm guitarist and vocalist Briggs has one child.

The band members said that while they discussed doing something musical with the poems, it wasn’t until the pandemic that they finally got around to doing it.

“We had discussed turning the book into music over the years, because each poem has a distinct tone and story,” Silver explained. “Collaborating on our CD during the pandemic actually allowed our band to stay together when we weren’t able to play venues in person. Personally, I’ve released five other CDs, but this is by far my favorite and the most special because it’s so meaningful. It touches a universal nerve. The book and album are a progression from a young boy’s life to being a father.

Shades of Green will be one of the headliners at Kelly Music for Life’s fourth annual Irish Havertown Festival, taking place in the back lot of the Manoa Shopping Center from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. The Irish Festival is free and will feature all things green, with live Irish music, dance demonstrations, a children’s entertainment area, food vendors and a beer garden. Shades of Green will have plenty of their inspiring new Irish CDs on hand and they can’t wait to perform songs from their new CD for festival audiences.

The members of Shades of Green describe their music as “Irish/Americana rock, with traditional Irish music in the mix”. They often use Irish dancers for added rhythm and a whistle to play a pennywhistle for added effect. The local Irish band perform at Irish festivals, Irish restaurants and taverns, Irish parade gatherings, private parties and much more.

“Conversations We Never Had” is an inspiring musical story about how a father and son connect from beyond the grave, with songs created as a blend of father and son poetry,” Silver explained. “Each selection is a combo of father and son woven together in song.”

One of the songs from the CD, “Death and Black”, was the first to receive radio airplay and is now up for the WSTW’s 13th Annual Hometown Heroes Homey Award. “Down the Line” is one of O’Shea’s favorites because it thanks dads for all their hard work. O’Shea said that when her mother heard the finished CD, she was so happy and moved that she cried several times.

“I really learned about my father’s personality and who he was through his poems,” O’Shea said. “Putting her feelings and my feelings into song has been special for me and my mom.”

The CD opens with the song “I’m Irish”, the lyrics of which describe stereotypical characteristics of Irish men, such as loyalty, bravery, drinking, fighting and stubbornness. The chorus sings, “Guess I’m Irish, got it from you, a temper like a boiling stew….”, other songs include, “Rock the Caboose”, “Song To Shatter Stone”, ” In My Mind,” among others.
The album was released on all streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, iHeart Radio and Deezer. The book and CD are available at http://amazon.com.

“Writing a book with my late father’s poetry was the ultimate way to connect with him from beyond the grave,” O’Shea said. “He died young but he was truly an old soul. It’s even more overwhelming to hear his words become songs, and even more personal to be able to merge his poetry with my dedication to the drums!

For more information on Shades of Green, visit http://www.scotsilvermusic.com/shades-of-green. To book Shades of Green for a show or purchase their new CD, call 610-359-8535.

Shades of Green band mates, left to right, Pat O’Shea holds the battered suitcase that belonged to his father, Scot Silver holds the book ‘Conversations We Never Had’ written by O’Shea, and Jim Briggs holds the new ‘Conversations We Never Had CD recently released by the band. Absent from photo is Eric Schreiber. (PEG DEGRASSA/ MediaNews Group)
Pat O'Shea, right, is pictured as a young boy with his late brother Ryan, left, and late father Patrick in the 1970s. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Pat O’Shea, right, is pictured as a young boy with his late brother Ryan, left, and late father Patrick in the 1970s. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

New Japanese audio technology packs the sound of trillions and trillions of CDs

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TOKYO — As streaming replaces most other ways of listening to music, a Japanese company believes there are still audiophiles out there who want to push the boundaries of immersive sound.

New audio chips from Velvet Sound, a brand of Asahi Kasei Microdevices, combine to reproduce up to nearly 10 quadrillion times more sound data than a typical CD.

This adds up to a “like being there” experience, said the Japanese materials group unit Asahi Kasei.

To achieve this, Asahi Kasei Microdevices has split its previous generation of technology into two. The new AK4499EX digital-to-analog converter will go on sale this fall. Samples will be shipped this summer.

The chip works in conjunction with the AK4191 chip which will be released this month.

New audio chips from Asahi Kasei Microdevices will go on sale this year. (Photo by Shoya Okinaga)

The chips are designed for high-end audio equipment. Asahi Kasei Microdevices anticipates an increase in demand as electric vehicles become mainstream. Because electric vehicles don’t have noisy motors, drivers will be able to hear their music better and want better sound quality. The chips will go to the mainstream market by the end of this fiscal year.

Digital audio is described in kilohertz – the number of audio samples taken per second – and bits, which measure the number of levels available to capture the range of sound.

The higher the values, the more detail and the greater the volume of numerical information. This amount of data is directly related to the fidelity of the sound coming through the speakers

The standards for CDs are 44.1 kHz and 16 bits. This translates to a sample rate of 44,100 times per second and the ability to store sounds at 65,536 discrete levels.

For audio to be considered hi-res, the quality must be at least 96kHz and 24-bit. Chips from Asahi Kasei Microdevices reach up to 1,536 kHz and 64 bits, according to the company. In terms of sound data, this means a theoretical upper limit of about 9.8 quadrillion times that of CDs.

Asahi Kasei Microdevices’ chip redesign also reduces noise.

“High-speed digital signals of ones and zeros do not exist in nature, so these signals themselves are the source of the noise,” said Jun Tokunaga, Head of Audio Product Planning and Development at Asahi. Kasei Microdevices.

As CD sales continue to decline, the audio streaming market is booming. Faster data connections mean that audio can be delivered over the Internet at increasingly higher resolution.

Amazon Music supports streams up to 192kHz and 24-bit, easily breaking the high-res threshold. The higher the sound quality, the closer the listening experience is to a live concert hall.

The Velvet Sound brand debuted in 2014 and has been used by high-end audio equipment brands such as Linn and Astell & Kern.

One of the barriers to wider adoption is the volume of data. For a five-minute song, a standard CD contains about 50 megabytes of data. But 7 gigabytes are necessary for the same song with the new chips of the Asahi Kasei group, that is to say approximately 140 times more than with a CD. Even with the rise of 5G communications, this is a considerable amount of data for streaming.

That said, the initial response from people who tried the new technology was music to the company’s ears. When the chips made their debut at Germany’s audio trade show, High End Munich, last month, visitors said the sound produced was as natural as hearing live musicians.

How educational games have evolved over time | Entertainment News

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Having fun increases the levels of dopamine, endorphins and oxygen in a person’s body: all essential ingredients for learning.

For educational games to succeed, their creators must be meticulous about striking a delicate balance between education and entertainment. The top universities have compiled a list of the evolution over time of different types of digital games for teaching students, ranging from DOS games like Oregon Trail to the latest version of the Scratch programming app for kids. .

Twenty years ago, children took computer classes in school with specific units for programming, typing, and other concepts. Today, students learn these same concepts by playing Minecraft, creating their own servers for games, creating and installing “mods” that change the gaming experience, and learning old-school HTML to create 90s flashback looks on their itch.io pages.

But with any discussion of video games comes the debate over screen time, which has long been a point of contention between parents and children. While educational games served as a compromise, the pandemic has caused most parents to concede screen time for online learning. And without a physical classroom, many educators seized the opportunity to use video games in unconventional ways to teach history, science, and coding during the height of pandemic-induced remote learning.

The world of educational video games is a rich industry with decades of history. These games tie directly into analog educational technologies such as creative worksheets, classroom role-playing projects, and even educational vinyl albums from decades past. Developers are constantly iterating to make the latest technologies more educational.

Here’s what happened to your first cars

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First car that was “my car”? Dad’s used BMW X3.

Mom and Dad wanted a safe car to let their car-crazed son drive. Mom wanted an SUV because “they’re safer” (much to my chagrin). They both agreed that giving a high school student a new car was overkill. So the decision was to buy a car from my dad (instead of leasing it) and then let me drive it a year and a half later. Dad was/is a lawyer and mom is a little brand conscious (read: pretentious), so a RAV4 wasn’t going to do the job. This buying decision dates back to 2004 before every automaker became an SUV/Crossover maker that sometimes sold cars, so the choices weren’t great. So they opted for a BMW X3. Not just any X3, one of the first shipments to the United States and fully equipped, including the navigation system. They let me choose the color – I chose blue as an homage to my favorite color for an E39 M5.

I drove it in high school and didn’t like it from the start. I remember we had a number of issues, including at least one engine mount that broke before the car was two years old. Except for one instance where a friend opened the driver’s door in a stone driveway wall, I left it pretty unscathed when I went to college.

Then my brother took it. By the time I got home from my first semester of freshman, he had driven it through the garage door.

Then the electric gremlins started to appear. Who would have guessed that an early model year BMW with all the fancy new electronics would have this problem? It got so bad that my parents only let my brother drive the car locally because the car wouldn’t start unpredictably. I experienced this myself when, after sitting in the car for five minutes with the radio on but the engine off, it wouldn’t start. Not to mention my brother trashed the inside – nothing broken or missing, just very dirty.

Dad finally threw in the towel in the early 2010s – getting around $11,000 from the local MB dealership where he leased an E350. No idea what happened to it after that, it probably went to a wholesale auction, then to a BHPH lot and shortly after to a junkyard when the next unfortunate owner abandoned the electric drain.

First car I bought myself? 2013 Infiniti G37x Sedan. Bought CPO in Cleveland, definitely got watered as I was new to the world of car buying. I needed an all wheel drive/4 wheel drive for my girlfriend (now wife) who would need to commute during midwestern snow storms, didn’t want to invest in snow tires and didn’t like still no SUVs. I tried an Impreza and hated it and got the Infiniti for not much more than the fully loaded Mazda 3 I looked at. Impossible to find a BMW 3 Series, an Audi A4 or a Lexus IS at the same price. Ownership was uneventful and the car was extremely reliable. The interior was dated even from two years of use and it had a thirsty engine but nothing to complain about. Went back to New York and garage parking wasn’t kind to him. On a whim I visited a local BMW dealership and they had the car I really wanted when I picked up the G, a blue/saddle BMW 3 series. Traded the Infiniti that day – did a much better job negotiating the trade/purchase. My wife was sad to see him go, not because she particularly liked this car (no matter what she says), but because it is very sentimental and it was “our first car”.

Kept the VIN of the G37x. It ended up at a new car dealership in Rochester, NY (ironically, I have ties to that city). The dealer did a paint job to fix all the scratches and cleaned it up nicely. Still, it sat around for a while, and after several price drops, ended up selling for less than $1,000 of what I traded it for. It’s still going strong in Western New York according to Carfax. I told my wife about it recently and she wants to find it and buy it. We won’t.

So your first car was a luxury crossover, which eventually gave way to an all-wheel-drive performance Japanese car that lived out the rest of its days in Rochester. Are you me? What number am I thinking of?

Buy Beyonce’s “Renaissance” box set? You will need a CD player

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Bey Hive, rejoice: a new Beyonce album is coming. This week, the music mogul announced her new record ‘Renaissance’, due out July 29 on her Instagram, where she logged onto her website allowing fans to pre-order the album on their respective streaming services. . Also for sale on its website are four box sets (dubbed “poses”) that include different variations of t-shirts, posters, a collector’s box, and a CD version of the record.

The choice to generate physical sales via a collector’s box (in CD form, not vinyl, no less) is unexpected but logical given the rumors that his mysterious new music is disco. She appeared on the cover of ‘British Vogue’ this week atop a horse on a dance floor, which Twitter users have already pointed out echoes a famous photo of Bianca Jagger at Studio 54. Edward Enninful , in the cover story, writes that it is “music that lifts you up, that turns your mind to cultures and subcultures, to our people past and present, the music that will unite so many on the dance floor, music that touches your soul.”

While the signs point to disco, it’s too early to tell. But we know that if you bought the Renaissance Box, you’ll get Beyonce’s music in the favorite ’80s medium, and you’ll need a CD player to get your money’s worth.

Here are the best portable and affordable CD players for playing “Renaissance”.

Deluxe Products CD Player (19% off)

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This Deluxe Products portable CD player boasts hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. For just $18, you’ll be able to listen to your music on the go, with pause and skip functionality that makes it effortless to customize your listening experience. Plus, an included USB AC cable means you can easily power the discman using your phone charger.


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Unpair Personal CD Player

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It is the best choice for those who want to take their music CD out of the car. In addition to supporting almost all audio formats (CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 and WMA audio files from CD), it also supports auxiliary connection so you can play from of a variety of speakers. An OLED screen on the front allows you to browse titles and browse the track list.


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Boombox portable CD player GC04

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Really get into the 80s vibe with this groovy boombox from hPlay. It comes in three vibrant spring shades (neon green, pink, and purple) in addition to a classic black. It has a top-loading portal for CDs, but the playful discman also functions as an AM FM radio.


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Running SingleStore on Apple Silicon

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This guide will walk you through the installation Single store on your Apple Silicon machine for development purposes. SingleStore is working on establishing official support for development workloads only, which means that this solution involving UTM/QEMU is not officially tested or supported by SingleStore.

SingleStore is a modern database solution designed for rapid aggregation within your data-intensive applications. It is much faster to retrieve and aggregate data than traditional MySQL-based solutions. This has personally been a crucial part of my gaming-focused analytics platform, so let me explain who I am and why I wrote this guide.

I’m Charlie Joseph and I run a Minecraft Server Analysis platform called Analysis. I built Analyze because I ran and managed various gaming communities, and I felt frustrated with the complexity and memory of other solutions, so I built my own. Analytics is fundamental to understanding the growth of your game servers, and creating Analytics meant I knew I would be dealing with large volumes of data from launch. SingleStore has been a fantastic solution for quickly aggregating data, which led me to want to host it locally so I could experiment with it more.

Facility

For this guide we will create a Debian based virtual machine that will host our SingleStore database, for this you will need to download the Debian-ISO next to UTM to run our virtual machine with Apple Silicon.

Once you have downloaded these files, drag the UTM application in your Mac’s applications folder, then open the application.

Establishment

With the UTM application open, press the key + symbol present at the top of the application to create a new machine. So..

  1. Select the "Emulate" option followed by "Linux" option.
  2. Then select "Browse" and choose the Debian ISO we downloaded earlier and click "Continue".
  3. Now under "Architecture" ensure that x86_64 is selected and Standard PC (Q35+ICH9, 2009) (alias of pc-q35-7.0) (q35) is selected under "System".
  4. Below "Memory" it’s recommended by SingleStore to have at least 4GB of RAM selected, so I’d go with at least 4096. You can optionally specify how many CPU cores you want to allocate, but I left that as the default. Then press "Continue".
  5. For the disk space of our machines, it is recommended to allocate approximately 100GB however you can go slightly lower. Then press "Continue".
  6. Once you’re on the "Shared Directory" tap Continue again.
  7. Finally, you will be taken to "Summary" page where you can specify a name for the virtual machine I went with Single store for this guide. Then tick the Open virtual machine options checkbox and press "Save".

Enabling Networking

Now that our virtual machine is created and the settings page is open, we will configure networking so that our machine has access to the Internet. So..

  1. Select the "Network" sidebar tab.
  2. Under the "Network Mode" drop-down list select the Emulated VLAN option.
  3. Then press "Save".

Starting our machine

With our machine created and our network configured, it’s finally time to start booting it up so we can install our virtual machine. So..

  1. Press the start button next to your virtual machine.
  2. Once started, select the "Graphical Install” option.

Install Debian

Once the menu has loaded you will be greeted by a Debian 11 banner at the top. Once you see this…

  1. Select your language using the AT THE TOP and DOWN keys then press WALK IN to choose this option. I chose “English”.
  2. Then select your location and press WALK INI’m British so I opted for “United Kingdom”.
  3. Now select your keyboard layout and press WALK IN. I chose “British English”.
  4. You will have to wait about 5 minutes for the installation media to load until you see "Configure the network".
  5. Then choose the hostname you want to appear on your local network and press WALK IN. I chose “harleyquinn”.
  6. Once you see the "Domain Name" option, just press WALK IN.
  7. Next, you will be asked to create a password for the root user, as this is for development purposes, then press WALK IN. I chose “password”.
  8. You will now be asked to create a new user next to root:
    1. For the "Full Name" choose what you would like to be called.
    2. For the "Username" choose the username you want.
    3. For the "Password" choose the password to use, I went with the same as above.
    4. Finally press the WALK IN key.
  9. Now wait to see the "Partitions Disks" page. choose the Guided – use entire disk option and press WALK IN.
  10. Select the QEMU ATA HARD DISK option and press WALK IN.
  11. Select the All files in a partition and press Enter.
  12. Select the Finish partitioning and write changes to disk option and press WALK IN.
  13. Select the Yes option under "Write the changes to disk?" and press WALK IN.
  14. Now wait for the installation to complete, which takes about 10 minutes.

Configuring the package manager

Once the installation is complete, you will see the "Configure the package manager" screen, once you are here..

  1. Select Nope for the "Scan extra installation media" and press WALK IN.
  2. Select the location of your mirror using the AT THE TOP and DOWN keys then press WALK IN to choose this option. I chose “United Kingdom”.
  3. Below "Debian archive mirror" to assure deb.debian.org is selected and press WALK IN.
  4. For "HTTP proxy information” leave this field empty and press WALK IN.
  5. After a few minutes you will see the "Configuring popularity-contest" page, select Nope and press WALK IN.
  6. Then uncheck both Debian Desktop Environment, GNOME and standard system utilitiesand tick SSH server and press WALK IN.
  7. Now wait for the "Installation complete" message.

Eject ISO

Once the installation is complete, we can now eject the media like this.

  1. Select the CD icon in the top right and hover over CDs/DVDs.
  2. Then press the Eject button.
  3. Finally select Continue of the installer.

Configuring local port forwarding

To make configuration easier while allowing us to access our SingleStore instance locally from our Mac, we will configure the ports from our machine. To do this..

  1. Click the power icon on the top left to turn off the machine.
  2. Right-click on the virtual machine and select Edit.
  3. Go to the "Networking" tongue.
  4. Next to "Port Forward" select the new tab.
  5. Select 22 for the "Guest Port" and 2222 for the "Host Port" so we can SSH in locally and click save.
  6. Now do the same for the port 3306 (database) and 8080 for the SingleStores viewer. If you want to use a different port for any of these ports, be sure to only change the "Host Port" assess.
  7. Click now "Save" basically.

Single store configuration

Once our machine is installed and configured, we can finally start installing SingleStore. Press the start button next to the machine option. So..

  1. Click the start button to launch the machine.
  2. Once started, enter root for the username.
  3. Enter the password you created earlier.

Configuring SSH for our Mac terminal

Now that we’re logged in, we need to configure SSH to be able to paste from our Mac to our machine. To do this, you will need to type the following commands in the terminal:

  1. To run nano '/etc/ssh/sshd_config.
  2. To add PermitRootLogin yes to the file, then press CTRL + X then press Yes to save the file.
  3. Finally, type systemctl restart ssh to restart our SSH server.

Installing SingleStore

Now that we’ve enabled SSH, open your Mac’s terminal (you can use CMD + SPACE then typing "Terminal" to do this). So..

  1. To run ssh -p 2222 r[email protected] (or change 2222 for the other SSH port we configured earlier).
  2. Enter your password that you set up earlier and press WALK IN.

Now that we’re connected, let’s get started:

  1. To run apt -y install apt-transport-https gnupg to install our base packages.
  2. So wget -O - 'https://release.memsql.com/release-aug2018.gpg' 2>/dev/null | apt-key add - && apt-key list to add the SingleStore repository.
  3. So echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://release.memsql.com/production/debian memsql main" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/memsql.list to add the package.
  4. To finish apt update && apt -y install singlestoredb-toolbox singlestore-client singlestoredb-studio to install SingleStore.

Creation of our cluster

With SingleStore added, we can finally create our new cluster. To do this, go to your SingleStore Portal and log in. Next..

  1. Click on "Org:" on the left.
  2. Select the "On-Prem Licenses" option.
  3. In your terminal, run LICENSE_KEY= followed by the license key found under "Free License" on the SingleStore portal.
  4. Now let’s set up a database password using LOCAL_PASSWORD= followed by the chosen password.
  5. Run now sdb-deploy cluster-in-a-box --license $LICENSE_KEY --version 7.8 --password $LOCAL_PASSWORD --bind-address 0.0.0.0 to install our cluster.
  6. In the prompts, type y and y again for both options.

Configure our cluster

Now that our cluster has been created, we need to make sure that it starts on boot alongside our cluster starting now. What can be done like this…

  1. To run systemctl enable singlestoredb-studio.service
  2. To run systemctl start singlestoredb-studio.service

Login to SingleStore Studio

With our cluster configured and started, go to your browser and navigate to http://localhost:8080 (or another port if previously configured). Once here, we’ll have to…

  1. Select "Add Existing Cluster".
  2. Type 0.0.0.0 for the "IP Address".
  3. Type 3306 for the "Port".
  4. For login credentials.
    1. Use root for the "Username".
    2. Use the password you specified for LOCAL_PASSWORD above.
  5. Select Development for the "Type".
  6. For the final details…
    1. Choose a custom name for it.
    2. Optionally specify a memorable description.
  7. Finally, click "Create".

You can now connect to your cluster for the online portal and connect locally to your database using the port 3306.

This was a long blog post, if this helped you be sure to tweet me @heychazza.

Outgoing? Use your annual leave package to create a certificate of deposit ladder

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The Federal Reserve’s annual report on the economic well-being of American households hailed a new milestone. At the end of 2021, 78% of Americans said they were doing well or living financially comfortably. This was the highest percentage since the Fed launched the survey in 2013. Additionally, in 2021, 68% of households believed they could cover a $400 emergency with cash. It was also cause for celebration as a new high percentage for families.

This year’s inflation has changed the financial situation of most Americans. A report released this month by PYMNTS.com and LendingClub found that nearly two-thirds of the US population now live paycheck to paycheck. How prepared are you for a financial emergency in the early years of retirement given current inflation?

Budgeting for the interim period at retirement

If you have a budget, how will it hold up in the interim period between your last paycheck and the Office of Personnel Management adjudicating your retirement pension? Depending on all facets of your retirement and current forecasts, it may be at least several months before your interim payroll process is complete.

If you don’t have a budget, the interim period can be a twilight zone of uncertainty. The interim period doesn’t have to be a stress test for your household cash flow.

My advice for those who are about to retire is to consider the check you receive for up to 240 hours of annual leave as a Get out of prison card not only for the interim period, but also for the first year of your retirement. Nobody wants to go to jail and nobody needs a financial crisis.

Retirement cash inflows and outflows will be different from employment-related cash inflows and outflows. Just getting a pension check once a month instead of a paycheck every two weeks is a challenge for some households. For those on a budget, the vacation package is a nice cushion. For those without a budget, this can be a lifesaver.

My suggestion for anyone transitioning from a federal job to retirement or even a follow-on career is to not do anything flashy with the check you’ll receive for annual leave. Deposit the vacation lump sum outside of your checks and savings and even consider placing it at another financial institution. If you don’t currently have an account with a credit union, now might be a good time to explore this option.

Credit unions are customer-owned and their non-profit status is a good alternative to banks. And if you already have a credit union, there’s nothing wrong with joining a second one. I belong to several and this is convenient, for example, when buying a car loan. It’s nice to get a low-cost loan, but it’s even better to have two or three credit unions bidding against each other for your loan.

Separating the vacation paycheck from your existing funds reduces the temptation to view it as potential crazy money. Separate statements each month reinforce a mental barrier. Some of us need all the help we can get to guard against the impulse, except in an emergency, to tap into a very liquid source of money.

Budgeting for retirement after the first year

After your first year of retirement, you might want to start thinking about doing something with the money you’ve set aside. By now, you’ve paid your taxes for the first year of retirement and know your retirement cash flow.

So what if you didn’t have financial downturns in the first year of retirement? Congratulations. You just survived your first year. And the years to come?

Consider a Certificate of Deposit (CD) scale

Now is the time for you to consider turning the account holding vacation leave assets into an emergency fund set up for security and liquidity for the duration of your retirement. Now would be the time to start a Certificate of Deposit (CD) ladder.

A CD ladder is made up of multiple CDs with different expiration dates. You can divide your money into different due dates. For liquidity consider something like 20% in a 3 month CD, 20% in a 6 month CD, 20% in a 9 month CD, a 12 month and 20% in an 18 month CD. When the shorter-term CD matures, you take those dollars and the interest paid and reinvest them in a longer-term CD. If interest rates rise, then this new deposit will pay more than the CD that just matured. Investopedia has a good overview of what a CD ladder is and explains the concept in more detail.

There’s nothing stopping you from exploring a pre-retirement CD ladder if you already have an emergency fund. For those without a dedicated emergency fund, consider using the lump sum or most of the annual leave day lump sum as a pool of cash that you can eventually use to create your own CD ladder.

© 2022 Francis Xavier (FX) Bergmeister. All rights reserved. This article may not be reproduced without the express written permission of Francis Xavier (FX) Bergmeister.

Diego Boneta, Adria Arjona and More Attend the ‘Father of the Bride’ (2022) Premiere in Miami!

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The remake of father of the bride airs on HBO Max this week and the cast stepped out for a red carpet premiere!

Diego Boneta, Adria Arjona, Gloria Estefanand Andy Garcia attended the premiere on Tuesday, June 14 in Miami, Florida.

Also present were the co-stars Isabelle Merced, Chloe Fineman, Casey Thomas Brownand Ruben Rabasaas well as director Gary Alazraki and producers Jeremy Kleiner and Paul Perez.

Here is the synopsis of the film: “Billy (Garcia) and Ingrid (Estefan) are surprised when their eldest daughter Sofia (Arjona) returns to Miami for a visit, announcing a new boyfriend, Adan (Boneta)—who is now her fiancé—and their plans for a wedding and a new life together in Mexico. Family relationships are tested like the roller coaster of wedding planning races to the altar. This bubbly story of a modern romantic comedy updated from a timeless classic illustrates the surprising and fun ways the heart can fit in the name of love.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Isabella wear one Dior dress and Stuart Weitzman shoes. Chloe wear one CD Green dress, a Judith Leiber bag, and Jacob & Co. jewelry.

Click through the gallery for more than 25 photos from the first…

New CD with the Dayton Philharmonic Highlights Guitar-Centric Works

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A: By pure chance, I ended up making the world premiere of “Gee’s Bend”, the concerto for electric guitar, with the Alabama Symphony. Whoever was supposed to lead the concert dropped out for some reason and they invited me. I got the score a few weeks before the concert. I learned about it and thought it was a really cool piece. I had a wonderful time doing it and I knew Michael. I had done bits of him before so after the Birmingham shows I said, ‘Let’s do it in Dayton. Maybe we could make a recording of it. He said he had the perfect pieces to go with it. His idea was to have a concerto for electric guitar, a concerto for classical guitar and then a third piece. There is no guitar in it but there is a very important harp part, so there are these three plucked string parts.

Q: So it was still planned as an album? I wasn’t sure since the tracks weren’t presented in the same concert or even the same season.

A: Yes, we programmed the three songs with the idea of ​​making an album out of them. We record everything for radio broadcast, and we were hoping to have the material from these radio broadcast recordings to use for a commercial recording. It took time for the plan to come to fruition. We had the funding, but there were a lot of little pieces that had to come together to do that.

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Q: There are times when the orchestra sits for long periods. I know it’s common, but what does it do for you, as a conductor, to follow?

A: Yeah, in almost every concerto-like piece, there’s usually at least one bit where it’s just the soloist doing his thing. In some cases, more than one pass. It sort of goes with the territory, but I don’t just sit and listen during those bits. I’m glued to the music and I’m because it keeps me engaged. I don’t just sit there waiting for the last three bars before playing. I also have this superstition that if I am, the player won’t have a memory slip. It forces me to stay in the moment, but, at that point, it’s all in the other person’s hands, so I just follow along and wait for our turn to come.

Q: What does it mean to have these compositions now available for posterity?

A: It’s always fun to have recordings there. It’s even more exciting whenever you have a project like this CD where you have three tracks that haven’t been recorded before. It’s an important part of getting these pieces out into the world and having a life so that another orchestra or conductor has a chance to hear this piece and think, “Oh, I’d like do that with my orchestra.” It is an important mission for us to help these parts. I’m glad we were able to do that.

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Q: Congratulations on the recent announcement of your five-year retirement plan. What does it do?

A: Thanks. It’s good. It’s much better for the organization to have time to decide how to do it and to do it right. If it lasts four years, so much the better. If it ends up lasting six years, we can probably make it work too. It gives us a chance to be careful and do what’s best for the institution (because) that’s still what I’ve always been.

Q: Do you have another CD project you would like to release before you retire?

A: I hadn’t thought of that, but I’d be open to the idea. We could dig through the archives. The only good thing to come out of all this (pandemic) is that we had this weekly radio show where we rebroadcast concerts from the archives. It was really fun for me to go through the archives and hear all these performances. We almost certainly wouldn’t do a recording project from scratch as it would cost too much, but making releases from archival material is much more possible. If someone said to me, “In honor of your retirement, we should choose a farewell CD,” that would be really great because there’s so much good stuff to choose from.

More information: daytonperformingarts.org.

HOW TO LISTEN

What: The new CD of compositions by Michael Daugherty from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

Where: DPAA’s weekly “Concert Night” on Discover Classical, WDPR-FM (88.1, 89.9)

When: 8 p.m. Sunday, July 3

More info: Discoverclassical.org, daytonperformingarts.org

Best defensive ETFs for plummeting markets

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Markets continue to be shaken by excessively high inflation, the Federal Reserve’s aggressive tightening of monetary policy and lingering concerns surrounding the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. The combination of relentless price pressures, rapidly rising interest rates and geopolitical strife provided the perfect storm for tumultuous transactions.

Worries about the global economy and the prospect of an impending recession have rattled financial markets in recent months.

That’s why it’s so important to make sure your investments are well positioned to defend against prolonged periods of market volatility.

The best defensive ETFs for portfolio protection

One way to do this is to consider some of those popular low-cost ETFs that are invested in areas that tend to do well when markets turn bearish. Below are some of the best defensive funds to review. (Data is as of June 14, 2022.)

iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF (USMV)

This popular fund has over $24 billion in assets and is a way to stay invested in stocks while minimizing risk exposure. The fund does this by looking at the top stocks with the lowest volatility, then further narrowing the selection using their own ranking system and expected future volatility to decide whether or not they will be included in the fund.

The fund mimics the MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index, which aims to create the least volatile basket of stocks from large and mid-cap stocks. According to Morningstar, the fund has experienced 25% less volatility than its parent index since its inception in 2011.

5-year returns (annualized): 8.59 percent

Dividend yield: 1.39 percent

Spending rate: 0.15 percent

Fidelity MSCI Utilities ETF (FUTY)

Sectors such as utilities and water tend to remain strong during market downturns because their demand is part of everyday life, regardless of market movements. Utilities stocks are generally considered a good defensive against bear markets/market downturns.

Two of the fund’s largest holdings – NextEra Energy (NEE) and Duke Energy (DUK) – provide electricity to millions of Americans along the country’s southeast coast.

5-year returns (annualized): 8 percent

Dividend yield: 2.61 percent

Spending rate: 0.08 percent

High Divide, Low Vol Invesco S&P 500 ETF. (SPHD)

With one of the highest yields on this list, the Invesco High Dividend/Low Volatility ETF offers exactly that – risk-free gain. The majority of the fund’s holdings are in the defensive and consumer-oriented sectors, utilities, consumer defensive and healthcare.

All three sectors are well positioned for dividend growth, even during market downturns. Utilities are a constant need regardless of market conditions, as is healthcare, and defensive consumer stocks that produce everyday staples like personal goods and food all position a portfolio for volatility. of the market. Some of its largest portfolio holdings include Kinder Morgan (KMI) and The Kraft Heinz Co (KHC).

5-year returns (annualized): 5.71 percent

Dividend yield: 3.36 percent

Spending rate: 0.3%

Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (VDC)

Similar to the Fidelity MSCI Utilities ETF, this Vanguard fund places a heavy emphasis on sectors that can defend a portfolio against market volatility. VDC in particular, however, focuses more on consumer goods than utilities.

The fund’s three largest holdings are in Procter & Gamble (PG), Coca Cola (KO) and PepsiCo (PEP).

5-year returns (annualized): 7.05 percent

Dividend yield: 2.12 percent

Spending rate: 0.1 percent

Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU)

Another utility-focused fund, this ETF from State Street Global Advisors holds over $15 billion in assets, making it the largest utility-tracking ETF in the equity market. Like the Fidelity fund on this list, the company focuses on energy companies that provide things like electricity and gas to millions of Americans across the country. These funds are stable pillars in times of market volatility.

5-year returns (annualized): 8.32 percent

Dividend yield: 2.7 percent

Spending rate: 0.1 percent

iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY)

This bond fund does not give much yield, but offers considerable stability with a variety of short-term US Treasuries. The two largest holdings are Treasury bills that mature next year, and the rest swing between 2023 and 2025.

Short maturities reduce the risk of runaway interest rates weighing on the price of the fund. The fund is designed to hedge market declines and could fit into a diversified portfolio positioned for volatility.

5-year returns (annualized): 0.62 percent

Dividend yield: 0.28 percent

Spending rate: 0.15 percent

At the end of the line

There are a variety of investments that sophisticated investors can always tap into during periods of market downturns. The ultimate answer shouldn’t simply be to sell during tough times. Instead, you can turn to low-cost ETFs positioned in defensive stocks and consumer goods whose services are essential to everyday life. These ETFs can position an investor well in the face of multiple simultaneous stressors on the global economy.

More adventurous investors can also choose to invest alone in these sectors, via individual stocks. It is important to reassess your portfolio ahead of anticipated volatility and consider incorporating defensive investments as needed.

Editorial Disclaimer: All investors are advised to conduct their own independent research into investment strategies before making an investment decision. Further, investors are cautioned that past performance of investment products does not guarantee future price appreciation.

Java Developer – Gauteng Johannesburg

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12 month renewable contract

  • Minimum computer training (BCom or BSc in Information Systems or Computer Science)
  • Matric with English and Mathematics
  • Experience in developing back-end source code
  • Java
  • Spring (start, batch, data, test, messaging, event)
  • Camunda or similar
  • SOAP, REST, JSON
  • IC/CD
  • Maven/Gradle
  • Experience working with containers (Docker, Kubernetes)
  • Knowledge of SDLC processes, unit testing, database structure design, engineering change control
  • Experience in open source technologies (Atlassian Suite), DevOps including Agile methodology
  • Strong documentation skills in technical and architectural specifications
  • Advantageous
  • Deployment: Docker and Kubernetes
  • Cloud Exposure: Azure
  • Support Tools: Jira, Confluence, Bamboo, Bitbucket, GitHub, Nexus, Harbor

Technical skills, knowledge and experience

  • Minimum 5-6 years of experience in software development
  • Understanding of software development principles
  • Technical project experience (Java)
  • Strong knowledge of microservices/APIs, cloud solutions and experience integrating public cloud into traditional hosting/delivery models with a particular focus on Azure
  • Knowledge of DevOps methodologies and tools, integrating security requirements
  • Health insurance experience
  • ITIL Services Framework
  • Knowledge of Agile management tools, techniques and systems
  • Good experience working with cross-functional teams
  • Exposure to and knowledge of compliance standards and industry legislation

Desired skills:

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More aliens, more inmates? NJ could rewrite its laws

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TRENTON — “Illegal aliens” could be set to be kicked out of New Jersey laws, replaced by “undocumented foreign nationals,” under a bill introduced Monday by a Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on State Government, Gambling, Tourism and Historic Preservation voted 4-0 to advance a bill, S2599, that would update terminology in state laws that refer to nationals foreigners as “aliens” and “illegal aliens”.

These would be replaced by “foreign national” and “undocumented foreign national”, respectively, in laws referring to a person’s immigration status.

The proposed law would prohibit agencies of the executive branch of the state from using the terms “alien” and “illegal alien” in any rule, regulation, interpretation, publication or other proposed or final document, display or sign issued by the agency.

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“The words we use to describe individuals in laws are extremely important because of the power they have to isolate and dehumanize communities,” said Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez, D-Camden, sponsor of the project. of law.

“As a nation of immigrants, our laws should stop using terms that actively ostracize those in our country who may have been born elsewhere,” Cruz-Perez said. “Particularly in the context of such a controversial issue as immigration, discontinuing the use of the terms ‘alien’ and ‘illegal alien’ will establish a more welcoming environment for incoming foreign nationals and provide recognition of their personality. in the laws of this State.”

History of changing words

The proposal was first made in 2016. Only once before today has it won committee approval – in 2018 in the Senate, but it went no further.

The Law Review Commission, which reviews state laws to recommend modernizations to the Legislative Assembly, meets Thursday to consider a draft final report in which it suggests removing the word “detained” from the statutes, in favor of “person” or “incarcerated person”. .’

From time to time, the Legislature passes bills that remove from state laws words that were once commonplace but have come to be seen as demeaning. A 2010 law, for example, removed phrases such as “mentally retarded”, “feeble-minded”, “crazy”, and “mentally ill”.

A 2020 bill would have replaced “postpartum depression” with “perinatal mood disorders”, but it did not go to a vote.

Michael Symons is the Statehouse Bureau Chief for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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CD Projekt Studio may be working on a Witcher multiplayer game

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Recent job postings from The Molasses Flood suggest the studio could be working on a Witcher multiplayer spin-off game.

In October 2021, the CD Projekt Group announced the acquisition of The Molasses Flood: an up-and-coming studio responsible for popular indie titles like Drake Hollow and The Flame in the Flood. In the last paragraph of the accompanying press release, it was revealed that the newly acquired studio would be independently working on an “ambitious project” based on one of CD Projekt’s existing IPs. Naturally, this led to a flurry of speculation.

Since the only notable IP addresses associated with the Polish powerhouse are the witcher and Cyberpunk 2077, most assume that the project in question must be related to one of the two. Since the former is the most popular franchise and already has some kind of extended universe, the witcher seemed like the strongest candidate, and the studio’s recent job postings back that up.

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The Molasses Flood is currently looking to hire a multiplayer designer to work on an Unreal Engine built game based on an IP from CD Projekt. The listing suggests it will be a systems-heavy action game with a strong emphasis on multiplayer combat and procedural generation of some sort. Similar openings in the company indicate that the game has a leveling system and non-player enemies, as well as a mix of armed and unarmed combat.

This is not the only evidence that points to a multiplayer Witcher the game being in preparation either. During a Q&A session late last year, CD Projekt president and co-CEO Adam Kiciński confirmed that the company was looking to bring multiplayer to its two Cyberpunk 2077 and the witcher franchises in the years to come. With a free multiplayer update for the former having started development long before the acquisition was confirmed last year, it seems fairly plausible that The Molasses Flood project could be multiplayer. Witcher experience to which Kiciński was referring.

If that ends up being the case, the news will likely be welcomed by fans of the series, many of whom have discussed the possibility of multiplayer. Witcher game in the past. Admittedly, some have wondered if the integration of online multiplayer might somehow dilute the witcheris a proven formula, but knowing that The Witcher 4 is also under development should help alleviate these concerns.

From CD Projekt’s perspective, the idea of ​​bringing multiplayer to the franchise via a standalone spinoff before implementing it in a mainline entry arguably makes a lot of sense. This would allow the company to understand what exactly an online multiplayer is Witcher game could look like without having to compromise the integrity of The Witcher 4.

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UK watchdog seeks to make mobile browsers competitive • The Register

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Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Friday it intended to launch an investigation into the market power of Apple and Google in relation to mobile browsers and cloud gaming. , and to take enforcement action against Google for its payment practices in the App Store.

“When it comes to how people use mobile phones, Apple and Google hold all the cards,” CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli said in A declaration. “As good as many of their services and products are, their strong grip on mobile ecosystems allows them to shut out competitors, holding back the UK tech sector and limiting choice.”

The decision to open a formal investigation follows the CMA’s year-long study of the mobile ecosystem. The competition watchdog’s findings were published in a report that concludes that Apple and Google have a duopoly that limits competition.

“We found that Apple and Google have substantial and entrenched market power in mobile operating systems, as effective competition between the two is limited and rivals face significant barriers to entry and expansion,” said the final report [PDF] said.

This is the third Google-focused survey conducted by the CMA this year. In March, the CMA and the EU announced an investigation by Google and Meta (Facebook) into an alleged advertising collusion called Jedi Blue. And the AMC said it was also reviewing Google’s ad technology last month.

In March 2021, the CMA opened an antitrust investigation into the terms and conditions governing Apple’s App Store.

In March 2022, while the CMA was still accepting input from tech companies on how it should proceed, Apple urged the UK regulator to look beyond the “often self-serving complaints from a limited number of the biggest market players “, as Apple law firm Gibson Dunn put it.

Google also argued that the status quo works well [PDF] while challenging some of the CMA’s conclusions. Asked to comment, a Google spokesperson said the company is reviewing the final report and will continue to engage with the CMA – as if the alternative, ignoring authorities until they kick down the doors, was an option. viable.

“Android phones give people and businesses more choice than any other mobile platform. Google Play has been the launch pad for millions of apps, helping developers build global businesses that support a quarter of a million people. ‘jobs in the UK alone,’ a Google spokesperson said. “We regularly review how best to support developers and have responded quickly to CMA feedback in the past.”

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

Set the limits

Earlier this year, the UK delayed defining the statutory powers of the Digital Markets Unit, which was created within the CMA last year to oversee big tech. This leaves it to the CMA to pursue these matters to the extent permitted by its own powers, at least until the role of the DMU has been defined.

The investigations into Apple and Google in the UK coincide with numerous competition investigations by other countries, as well as legislation and lawsuits. South Korea has required Apple and Google to allow third-party in-app payment providers. The Netherlands has taken similar steps specifically for dating apps. Japan’s Fair Trade Commission forced Apple to allow reader apps to accept payments outside the App Store and last year began looking into anti-competitive behavior in the mobile ecosystem, focusing on Apple and Google.

Various bills that would regulate Apple and Google, among others, are being considered by US lawmakers, and the Justice Department is pursuing an antitrust case against Google over its advertising business, as are a number of US state attorneys general.

The EU’s Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act contain new rules designed to promote competition, such as the rejection of Apple’s iOS requirement that all mobile browsers in its App Store must be based on the company’s WebKit engine.

The UK’s CMA has also expressed interest in resolving competition issues related to web technology, in particular the unfairness of private browser APIs, the diversity of browser engines and the guarantee that web applications can implements the same functionality as native apps.

“There are good reasons to demand a level playing field between Apple’s browser (Safari) and third-party browser apps, whether or not the WebKit restriction is removed,” the final report says. “So we would expect there to be comparable API access between Safari and other browsers using WebKit.”

“There are also strong general arguments for leveling the playing field between feature availability for native app developers and web app developers. Following the removal of the WebKit restriction, competition may contribute to enforce standards on iOS, but there may continue to be some functionality that would continue to be restricted in iOS or Android, and in some cases there may be good reason to require parity with native app processing.”

In a blog postTom Smith, a solicitor at Geradin Partners, a London and Brussels-based competition law firm, says CMA seems to have made a good choice in focusing on narrow aspects of the mobile ecosystem rather than trying to rewrite app store rules in once.

“On the face of it, it seems browsers and cloud gaming are a smart choice for intervention,” Smith said. “These are areas where the CMA can add value because they have not been the subject of extensive international scrutiny, and the CMA clearly has targeted remedies in mind that it thinks to be able to impose successfully.”

The Japanese authorities, in the recent summary of the interim report on the competition assessment of the mobile ecosystem, are also considering abolishing restrictions on Apple’s iOS browser.

“It may be possible to introduce a rule prohibiting an operating system vendor from forcing third-party browser vendors to use a particular browser engine,” said the report [PDF] said.

Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial live updates: Breaking news today, verdict reactions, appeal…

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Depp teams up with Jeff Beck for cover album

Johnny Depp and English guitarist Jeff Beck will release an album of mostly covers next month, after they hit the stage together for the ex-Yardbird’s UK tour.

Entitled “18”, the 13-track album will be released on July 15. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor played alongside Beck across multiple UK locations over the past two weeks.

“It’s almost like you’ve gone through a record store and jumped from genre to genre,” beck told Reuters on Friday, saying they started working on the album at Depp in France. “There’s a couple Motown, there’s a couple Beach Boy covers… Sounds pretty good for a home recording.”

Depp and Beck have been recording music since 2019 for the album, which also includes two original songs by Depp, who has his own band, the Hollywood Vampires.

18 tracks

“Midnight Walker” (Davy Spillane)
“Death and Resurrection Show” (Killing Joke)
“Time” (Dennis Wilson)
“Sad Motherf*** in ‘Parade” (original by Johnny Depp)
“Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)” (Beach Boys)
“It’s a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr” (original by Johnny Depp)
“Carolina, No” (Beach Boys)
“Ooo Baby Baby” (The Miracles)
“What’s Going On” (Marvin Gaye)
“Venus in Fur” (The Velvet Underground)
“Let It Be Me” (The Everly Brothers)
“Stars” (Janis Ian cover)
“Isolation” (John Lennon cover) – digital and CD version only

“We slowly built songs that we love. We didn’t really do any design,” beck said. “He has…a very distinctive (voice) and he gets music and I hope I’ve allowed him to open up to songs that he wouldn’t otherwise be interested in.”

From the verdict, Depp said the jury gave him back his life. beck said: “I hope I helped him a little bit to have some kind of understanding, closeness and banter, and keep having fun.”

Arias gets a new team; Greene and Santana remain undefeated

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The region is well represented in professional baseball. Every Friday throughout the season, we’ll update the performance of area players in minor league baseball. Want to know how local products are doing in Major League Baseball? This update is released on Thursday. All stats are through matches on June 9.

Pos., Player, Local Tie, Level, Team, MLB Affiliate

P, Skylar Arias, Oakleaf, Rookie, ACL White Sox, White Sox, released by Cleveland on Monday and signed as a free agent by White Sox on Wednesday. Is 12-5 with 3.59 ERA, 219 Ks in 168 IP in 5 minor league seasons.

P, Michael Baumann, JU, Triple-A, Norfolk, Orioles, Rough the season continues for the former third-round pick. Is 0-4 with 8.22 ERA, 20 Ks in 15.1 IP this season in the minors. Shelled in 2/3 inning against Jumbo Shrimp last week, giving up 4 earned runs. Is 1-2 with 4.91 ERA, 8 Ks in 11 IP in the majors this year.

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P kyle birdFlagler, Triple-A, Tacoma, Mariners, is 2-1 with 10.20 ERA, 16 Ks in 15 IP.

P, Zach BryantJU, Double-A, Portland, Red Sox, East 0-3 with 8 Ks, 11.40 ERA in 15 IP.

IF, Tyler Callihan, Providence, Class-A, Daytona, Reds, Hitting .259 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 stolen bases and 9 runs scored. Solid start to June (8 for 26).

P, Blair CalvoNease/Flagler, Double-A, Hartford, Rockies, remains undefeated (3-0) with 21 Ks, 3.78 ERA in 16.2 IP and on the 7-day disabled list.

LF, Willie CarterFort White, High-A, Rome, Braves, Hitting .175 with 3 RBIs, 5 runs scored and a stolen base.

P, Bradford Depperman, UNF, High-A, South Bend, Cubs, East 2-1 with 17 Ks, 3.55 ERA in 12.2 IP. Has been on the 7-day disabled list since June 4.

heart rate, Donnie Dewees, UNF, Triple-A, Tennessee, Cubs, Hitting .286 with 6 RBI, HR, 8 runs scored and 4 stolen bases. Hasn’t played since April 27 due to injury. Remains on the 7-day disabled list.

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P, Austin DruryUNF, Double-A, Tulsa, Dodgers, East 3-1 with 3.20 ERA, 14 Ks in 19.2 IP.

IF, Max FergusonBolles, Class-A, Lake Elsinore, Padres, Hitting .220 with 45 runs scored, HR, 27 RBI and 37 stolen bases.

P, JC FlowersTrinity Christian, Double-A, Altoona, Pirates, is 3-4 with 23 Ks, 3.51 ERA, 2 saves in 33.1 IP.

P, Chris GauJU/University Christian, Double-A, Montgomery, Rays, Is 1-1 with 20 Ks, 4.35 ERA, save in 20.2 IP.

P, german francUNF, Triple-A, Worcester, Red Sox, is 3-1 with 2.60 ERA, 27 Ks in 17.1 IP.

P, Zach GreeneAtlantic Coast, Triple-A, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yankees, East 4-0 with 4.50 ERA, 26 Ks in 22 IP.

VS, Nathan HickeyProvidence, Class-A, Salem, Red Sox, Hitting .261 with 28 RBI, 4 HR, 29 runs scored.

P, AJ LabasTrinity Christian, Class-A, Fort Myers, Twins, Has been on the 60-day disabled list since last October with a herniated disc.

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OF, Todd Lot, First Coast/Trinity Christian, High-A, Peoria, Cardinals, Hitting .203 with 18 RBI, 4 HR, 22 runs scored. Home run in a Thursday night game against Quad City.

heart rate, austin martinTrinity Christian, Double-A, Wichita, Twins, Hitting .243 with 14 RBIs, 21 stolen bases and 35 runs scored.

P, Chris Mauloni, Oakleaf/JU, High-A, West Michigan, Tigers, hasn’t seen action this season as he remains on the injured list. Is 3-5 with a pair of saves, 87 Ks, 4.34 ERA in a minor league ball season.

P, Liam McCall, First Coast, Low-A, St. Lucie, Mets, was released March 19. Is 6-6 with 82 Ks, 2 saves, 5.69 ERA in 91.2 IP.

OF, Tanner MurphyBartram Trail/UNF, High-A, Brooklyn, Mets, Hitting .170 with 2 RBI, 2 runs scored.

P Tyler MyrickColumbia, Class A, San Jose Giants, Giants, is 1-0 with 10 Ks, 4 saves, 4.15 ERA in 13 IPs.

VS, Brian NavarretoArlington CD, Triple-A, Nashville, Brewers, Hitting .250 with 6 RBI, 6 runs scored.

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P, Trent PalmerJU, Double-A, New Hampshire, Blue Jays, is 1-3 with 3.62 ERA, 49 Ks in 37.1 IP.

P, Zach Rafuse, Baker County, High-A, Lansing, Athletics, Did not play this season. Currently on the 60-day disabled list.

P, Tyler Santana, JU, Class-A, Myrtle Beach, Cubs, Has yet to lose a minor league game. Is 5-0 with 37 Ks, backup, 2.70 ERA in 36.2 IP. Was 1-0 last season.

OF, DJ Steward, Bolles, Triple-A, Norfolk, Orioles, Hitting .273 with 3 HR, 9 runs scored, 7 RBI. Had 3 at bats in the big leagues this season before being sent to Triple-A. Good start in June (3 for 8, HR).

2B, LJ TalleyCharlton County, Double-A, New Hampshire, Hitting .272 with 18 RBI, 17 RBI, 3 HR, 3 stolen bases.

P, Alec wiselySandalwood, Class A, Lynchburg, Guardians, was released on Monday.

2B, Brett wisely, Sandalwood, Double-A, Montgomery, Rays, Hitting .272 with 6 HR, 17 RBI, 11 stolen bases and 28 runs scored. Has 4 stolen bases, 6 points scored in 8 games this month.

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OF, Jacob YoungPonte Vedra, Fredericksburg, Class A, Nationals, Hitting .230 with 23 stolen bases, 13 RBIs and 46 runs scored.

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DevSecOps Requires Focus on Developer Experience, Says IT Pros

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AUSTIN, Texas — DevSecOps platforms operated by in-house service providers are becoming more common, but simply providing infrastructure to developers is not enough, experienced platform engineers have learned.

Leveraging a DevOps platform tends to create a shift towards a product mindset, with platform teams acting as service providers who deliver an organized set of tools and pipeline frameworks to customers internal developers. As their products mature, platform teams must also focus on improving the experience of their developer customers, or risk losing those customers to shadow computing and others. risky practices, according to IT experts at this week’s cdCon.

It’s especially important to focus on the developer experience given the recent volatility in the job market, also known as Big resignationsaid KellyAnn Fitzpatrick, analyst at RedMonk, in an introductory presentation.

“In addition to a big resignation, we’re also seeing a big onboarding — of people trying new careers in tech,” she said. “Developer experience can be essential for onboarding and training and keeping new developers up to date.”

Developer onboarding was the driving factor in creating a “golden path” to production for Spotify engineers, according to a 2020 blog post by Gary Niemen, product manager at the music service in streaming headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. This Publish used the term “golden path” to describe an approach that places as much emphasis on detailed developer training tutorials as it does on packaged platform tools.

The “golden path” concept influenced the development of the DevOps platform of UK IT consultancy Kainos, which began building a centralized CI/CD pipeline tied to a cloud provider’s PaaS infrastructure in 2018. This platform, now running on Azure Kubernetes Service, replaced a set of ad-hoc pipelines and became the only production method of deployment supported by the company. But the transition is the result of developer training and awareness, rather than fiat.

“We recently adopted the Golden Path methodology, obtaining [developers] on board from the start to find out how [continuous delivery] work, leading training sessions, [providing] documents and [support] said Tim Jacomb, lead software engineer at Kainos, in an interview with cdCon. “Rather than just giving them documentation of the different things they can do, it’s like ‘start to finish, this will make your service operational.'”

Fidelity Investments underwent a similar consolidation of bespoke pipelines on a centralized DevSecOps platform beginning in 2019. The financial services firm could have relied on the “stick” approach rather than the “carrot” approach when made this change, given its compliance and security requirements, and simply required developers to use its sanctioned toolchain.

But instead, the platform engineering team made developer customers its collaborators in building the platform from the start, emphasizing education and discussion rather than the app.

“Everyone had a voice; it was a democratic situation,” said Jamie Plower, director of cloud platform architecture at Fidelity, during a cdCon presentation. “Developer experience is essential to ensure that everyone, whether you’re a seasoned programmer or systems engineer, or even just want a light touch [with the system] can get involved in how we design it.”

Balancing DevSecOps Guardrails with Developer Flexibility

While centralized DevOps platforms allow organizations to control application deployment processes that maintain application security, they also offer self-service controls that support customization by developers.

“There are very few lines of code that load the pipeline, and then there is a [domain-specific-language] which allows you to add your own steps,” Jacomb said. “The selling point was that all teams should have these mandatory checks and steps, but then they can add more — it’s expandable.”

Fidelity’s platform team also had flexibility in mind when it developed an event-driven architecture to orchestrate its pipelines, according to Plougher’s presentation. It’s a leaner and less labor-intensive approach to interoperability than direct integration, so developers can easily add and remove pipeline stages while compliance data is captured reliably in Fidelity’s Pipeline Intelligence repository.

In addition to automatically applying security and compliance policies in real time as pipelines run without developer intervention, the Pipeline Intelligence repository has also helped Fidelity platform engineers improve the experience of developers by giving them access to data that shows the performance of deployments.

“We get engineering metrics that we can provide to our larger teams, and it gives them the ability to do analytics [specific] to the race that’s happening, which we couldn’t do before,” Plougher said.

Fidelity profited from building its DevSecOps platform the same way it built apps using Agile workflows — in a collaborative and iterative way.

“Coming together, we have more richness, robustness and reliability – we haven’t had a drastic change since the launch of this project,” Plougher said during a question-and-answer session after his presentation. “Many problems we found [before] were [from]essentially, the teams that were throwing [platform designs] on the wire, then the developers would test them.”

However, developers’ appetite for “left shift” can vary by team or organization, which can make it difficult to improve DevSecOps platforms. Kainos’ platform team surveys hundreds of developers in its organization every few months, but gets between 20 and 50 responses, Jacomb said.

“[The platform] is under their control now and they can do anything, but do they want to? Some want it and some don’t,” he said. “Should they need to know all this? Has it gone too far? And how can we make it easier for them?”

Beth Pariseau, Senior Writer at TechTarget, is an award-winning veteran of IT journalism. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @PariseauTT.

Bitrise Announces Apple Silicon M1 Virtualized CI/CD Development Environment

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For developers working on enterprise applications who need to develop for both Intel and Apple Silicon platforms, Bitrise now offers a cloud-based option offering the world’s first virtualized M1 CI/CD environment.

Ease the transition to Apple Silicon

“The M1 chip offers many advantages, but to take advantage of them today, developers must be able to switch seamlessly between Apple Silicon and Intel build options,” said Bitrise CEO Barnabas Birmacher.

The company, whose customers include N26, Transferwise (now “Wise”), Virgin Mobile, Tag Heuer, Mozilla, Paysafe and Philips Hue, sought to provide developers with that kind of flexibility while providing a scalable solution built on its own. of the company. iOS CI/CD technology.

“As a result, teams can focus on expanding capabilities, instead of manual configuration and troubleshooting that can cause release frequency to drop. For sophisticated mobile product organizations that rely on Bitrise today, a delayed feature or fix can cost millions of dollars,” he said.

The introduction reflects a reality where millions of Apple Silicon Macs are already deployed across the enterprise, meaning the need to port applications from Intel to M-series processors is also growing.

What is the Bitrise offer and who is it for?

The cloud-based solution was developed in collaboration with over 100 companies and is designed to meet the needs of sophisticated development projects. It is a managed solution that does not require the purchase of physical hardware.

Birmacher said the product is for “everyone who develops on iOS – so every iOS developer and every development team. Apple is completely removing Intel-based machines and the entire Intel-based development environment , so anyone developing for iOS will have no choice but to upgrade to Apple Silicon.

If you are using Bitrise, you can access the virtualized Apple silicon environment in Bitrise’s workflow editor under the Stacks and Machines tab. The M1 Elite XL machine will be available there.

The environment has multiple layers of automation, including an Insights tool that allows teams to monitor application performance to identify weaknesses. It allows developers to build, test and deploy app updates to the App Store faster than any other solution on the market.

“This launch of a fully virtualized Apple silicon environment designed for iOS CI/CD is the first available, reinforcing our commitment to getting these kinds of capabilities into the hands of our customers faster than anyone else,” Birmacher said.

“Before using Bitrise’s Apple Silicon compute option, we struggled with our M1 builds because our third-party libraries don’t support Apple Silicon yet,” Radoslov Radenkov, an engineer at Paysafe, said in a statement. “We were able to transition and increase the speed of our builds by 50%. We’ve also reduced test times from one hour to 22 minutes.

And the WWDC?

To some extent, M1 Macs are already on the verge of being replaced after Apple introduced the first M2 Macs earlier this week.

“The new M2 chip is even more efficient than the M1 and offers some great features,” Birmacher said. 16GB memory isn’t ideal for handling larger apps, M2 will struggle to be a viable option for many iOS teams. Even M2’s 24GB memory isn’t quite enough .

Like most developers I’ve come into contact with since the show, Birmarcher was generally optimistic, saying:

“Apple’s combination of immediately available developer APIs with the many new features and functionality in iOS 16 stands out…. Developers will be able to quickly support newly announced features. It also saw the introduction of real-time widgets, l HomeKit opening and CarPlay improvements as big opportunities for app developers.

Apple also introduced some interesting changes to device management and declarative device management for Mac at the event, which I’ll have more information about tomorrow.

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Dover startup wins $225,000 Amazon accelerator prize

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Rush Roto aims to give small business owners the tools to produce product videos suitable for social media promotion through a user-friendly smartphone app. | PHOTO COURTESY OF RUSH ROTO

DOVER – Serial entrepreneur Chris Morris was working on his latest idea when he received an email telling him about a new Impact Accelerator program targeting black founders that was launched by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

“I was shocked because it’s not something you see often. There aren’t many programs like this that are specifically for black founders,” he said .

AWS, the website hosting and development services of e-commerce giant Amazon, has launched a $30 million commitment for early-stage startups led by underrepresented founders, along with the first program, the AWS Impact Accelerator for Black Founders.

After vetting thousands of applicants from across the country, year-old Rush Roto was selected from 25 shortlisted startups for a cash prize of $125,000, $100,000 in AWS site credit, and training. by Amazon officials. This week, he and co-founder/chief technology officer David Asbery are at Amazon headquarters in Seattle for this training.

Dover-based Rush Roto aims to give small business owners the tools to produce product videos suitable for social media promotion via a user-friendly smartphone app.

“One of the things we’ve noticed is how extremely expensive it is to be able to do promotional stuff as a small business,” Morris said. “And coming from the African-American community, resources are always scarce.”

Rush Roto co-founders Chris Morris, left, and David Asbery pose at Amazon headquarters in Seattle, where they are receiving AWS training. | PHOTO COURTESY OF RUSH ROTO

Morris didn’t go through a high-tech training program to design apps – he started at the age of 15, teaching himself using guides and manuals on the Internet.

As a teenage entrepreneur, Morris ran a local recording studio in his Philadelphia neighborhood. Seeking to make his products stand out to buyers, he discovered a niche.

“I found out you could encode a video onto an audio CD, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to do that,” he said, noting that buyers of his CDs can play them on their stereos, but also insert them into a DVD player. to watch promotional content and music videos.

After this discovery, Morris became addicted to learning more and eventually trained in app and product development, working for Fortune 500 companies.

About eight years ago, the Philadelphia native moved his family to Smyrna to take advantage of Delaware’s cheaper cost of living. Morris was developing a different app which accidentally led to Rush Roto.

He explained that he was working on a mixed reality app that would allow users to see a musician or performer as if they were in 3D in front of them.

“Following this idea, I needed software that could remove the background and leave only the subject,” he said, noting that paying for the design turned out too expensive, so he built it himself. “I showed it to a bunch of people, and they weren’t that enthusiastic. So, I took that and was like, ‘What else can I do with it? ‘ »

The answer was in his own home, as his wife runs a successful Etsy shop. They used it to showcase some of its products in short videos for popular social media sites, and found the results to look great and get views.

Recognizing that most small business owners like his wife don’t have big advertising budgets for Facebook or Google, and rely heavily on their own social media posts to sell products, they sensed an opportunity to reach a untapped market.

“They need repeating videos that are slightly different or something more interesting and dynamic for users to scroll through on social media,” Morris said.

They are preparing to launch a beta version of the Rush Roto app in about three weeks and, after weeks of testing and feedback, hope to launch the full retail version of the app to the public this summer.

With $125,000 in seed funding currently in the pipeline, Morris said he plans to grow Rush Roto’s small workforce – aside from Morris and Asbery, they employ a user interface and experience designer in Nigeria. whom they met through another startup founder program. At least initially, the new roles would be focused on product design, as they would create additional backgrounds and templates to help small businesses showcase their products.

Morris said he was delighted to be recognized in such a big national competition and hoped victory would produce long-term growth here.

“I felt like this was a time when I could realistically have a big impact on my family and start leaving a bigger legacy,” he said. “We want to put stakes and grow them in Delaware.”

Escape the police named Big Blue

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June 8, 2022

Alex Woodie

The name “Merlin” conjures up an image of a magical place where wizards cast spells against evil spirits and fairies fly through the air. In other words, the exact opposite of the buttoned-up image of enterprise computing that IBM strives to convey. That’s what makes the story of how the newest member of the IBM i product line got its name so improbable.

Twenty-two months ago, the people of IBM Rochester had an idea for a new product that would help modernize development and operations processes on IBM i. In addition to the web-based IDE based on VS Code, it would bring integration with Git for source code management and Jenkins for continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD). It was chosen to run in a container on OpenShift, Red Hatis the Linux-based distribution of Kubernetes.

The product, of course, would be called Merlin, which made headlines at the POWERUp conference two weeks ago in New Orleans. The new face of modern development on IBM i generated a lot of interest at the conference, which IBM executives said was pleasantly surprising.

“The Enchanter Merlin” (Image credit: Howard Pyle).

During his POWERUp 2022 Merlin keynote on the afternoon of May 23, Steve Will, the longtime chief architect of IBM i who recently added IBM i CTO and engineering titles distinguished, explained what prompted the decision to call him Merlin. Turns out it wasn’t a straightforward process to get the name approved.

“We created this idea and said we wanted to come out with a catchy name,” Will told an audience of about 300 people. “We started talking about what it was, and because it makes things easier for people, we thought about the fact that things that make things easier in the computing world are often called assistants. So as soon as we got thought of that, I wanted to call him Merlin.

However, IBM doesn’t let product managers — or event CTOs or distinguished engineers for that matter — name products whatever they want to name them. There are certain standards that must be respected, protocols that must be followed. So Will approached the group at IBM responsible for maintaining these standards and protocols and pleaded his case.

“So we went to the name police,” Will continued. “At IBM, there are naming policies. You must go to the name police to have the name approved.

While Will wasn’t trying to push a ridiculous name past the censors – like WebSphere Automation for IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOPs or anything like that – he understood that there might be some push back from his idea. initial. To help convince the board, Will armed himself with evidence that they had recently approved a name the mainframe team wanted for their VS Code-based IDE for IBM Z, called Wazi, which, in the occurrence, was Merlin’s model.

It took some tweaking by the IBM Rochester team to get the Merlin name and Merlin logo approved by the “IBM Naming and Design Policy”.

“There had been a recent announcement from somewhere else at IBM where they had this cool name that meant nothing,” Will said. “It wasn’t an acronym for anything. Just two syllables, with az in it. Surely they’ll let us call him Merlin, won’t they?

Well, it turns out it wouldn’t be so easy. The nominating committee rejected Will’s opening offer. “Too fancy,” they said, according to Will. “So we can’t call ourselves Merlin. What are we going to do?”

Will went back to the drawing board and thought about how his team could create an official IBM name that the naming board would like and understand. The name would need multiple words, IBM-style, and maybe even spell out a catchy acronym, which IBM is known to do.

Will put on his thinking hat and thought about the situation, word by word. “First of all,” he said, “this product helps people modernize and it’s a lot of complex technology that helps you get ahead. So it’s a driver of modernization,” he said. ME. So far, so good.

“What does it do? Well, it helps people with their software lifecycle, and it’s all nice and integrated together, so lifecycle integration,” Will said. So we called IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration, and if you look at the right letters, you get Merlin.

IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration was a good name, according to the naming committee, and they gave Will their approval to use it. But there was a catch (there always is a catch): the name “IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration” should always be used, the council said. Only the acronym, Merlin, could not be used by itself.

Wizards were everywhere at the Spring 2017 COMMON Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“All of our screens happen to be talking about Merlin. They don’t talk about the modernization engine for lifecycle integration,” Will explained. “But the official name of the products is [that] because we wanted to call him Merlin. We told all the name police that no matter what we call him, they’re always going to call him Merlin. They said you still couldn’t call him Merlin. Alright, we’ll call it that then. This is how Merlin got his name.

Steve Sibley, vice president and head of global supply management for Cognitive Systems, has a different take on the matter.

“I still think we named him Merlin not because of the big acronym somebody came up with,” he said during his opening speech on the morning of May 23, “but so that Steve can reuse her Hogwarts COMMON robe.”

But wait, there’s more to the denomination’s history. In addition to a group within IBM that controls product names, there is another group that oversees the icons and logos associated with those products. Tim Rowe, the enterprise architect in charge of application development, said there were initially questions about using Merlin’s favorite icon – er, IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration.

“There is the name police. Well, there’s also IBM’s design font,” Rowe said during his deep tech dive into Merlin on May 23. “These are real people. And all of our images, all of our icons, all had to be approved by IBM Design.

Rowe submitted six or seven different design ideas for an icon, and to his delight, they approved his favorite design, which featured what appears to be a magic wand (the mythical Merlin wielded an oak wand).

Rowe was flabbergasted. “The police who named Merlin wouldn’t let us get away with Merlin, but I was blown away they let me get away with it,” he said. “Who are you and what have you done with the IBM design police?”

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Rose Matafeo, creator of “Starstruck”, plans a season 3

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Although HBO Max’s “Starstruck” is a charming romantic comedy, Rose Matafeo, its creator, co-writer and star, hadn’t originally intended it to be such a thing. The comedian, who is from New Zealand and now lives in London, simply believed that every good movie or TV show should feature a love story, whether romantic or not.

“I really didn’t realize it until [the series] came out and everyone was like, ‘Check out this rom-com,’” Matafeo says with a laugh at a café in his north London neighborhood. “I was like, ‘I thought it was just a comedy with me in it.’ Every story must have a love story [and] I think that’s just more my concern with it. That’s the subconscious value of writing – it probably seeps through.

Matafeo wrote the first season with Alice Snedden before the pandemic, but COVID delayed its production, so the pair soon began writing a second set of episodes. Once they were finally able to shoot in fall 2020, the writers realized they would need to rework season 2. The first season premiered in April 2021, introducing hapless Londoner Jessie (Matafeo), who has a one-night stand with a man. who turns out to be a top movie star named Tom Kapoor (Nikesh Patel).

Rose Matafeo and Emma Sidi in HBO Season 2’s “Starstruck.”

(Mark Johnson/HBO Max)

High jinks ensue, as they do in all good rom-coms, and the initial season left Jessie to decide whether to return home to New Zealand or stay in London with Tom. Filming this story with the cast on location in London helped Matafeo and Snedden figure out where Season 2 should go.

“Once you start doing the show, the huge asset as writers is being on set,” Matafeo recalled. “When you see the shape the show takes – because there are so many variables beyond the script – we [realized] those scripts didn’t fit the world we were creating: “We have to rewrite it.” And I’m so glad we did. I like the second series much more than the original scripts.

In Season 2, Jessie struggles to have a real relationship with Tom, who is offered the opportunity to star in a big movie and deals with tensions in his family. Meanwhile, Jessie’s toxic ex-boyfriend Ben lurks in the background. In the spirit of all good romantic comedies, the season ends with a grand romantic gesture with deliberate gender references throughout the episodes – including Matafeo turning “being Alan Rickman-ed” into a verb when Tom gives Jessie a Joni Mitchell CD (a call to “Love Actually”) — but the finale wasn’t meant to evoke that memorable lake moment from “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” despite how it looked.

Rose Matafeo pictured in Clissold Park.

(Tami Aftab / For The Time)

“Once you start doing the show, the huge thing as writers is being on set,” Matafeo said.

(Tami Aftab / For The Time)

“A lot of it was accidental,” says Matafeo. “Everyone says, ‘Oh, what a great reference,’ and I go, ‘Oh…yeah.’ It’s so funny how you put something out in the world and how it gets taken and absorbed and obsessed with. [season], the end came because we were originally going to do an airplane thing and couldn’t afford it. It’s really the result of budget constraints, and [that’s where] I think creativity flourishes. And with the lake scene, we wanted to do it in the canals and they’re very, very polluted. It was just super hard to orchestrate. So we thought, ‘And a lake?’

While many viewers may assume that Jessie is designed as an avatar for Matafeo herself, the character was written to be exactly that – a character. Jessie is likeable and often hilarious, but she also makes questionable choices and generally struggles to figure out her life. This feeling of uncertainty and mess is interesting for Matafeo, who says she feels “very defensive” towards Jessie and her decisions.

“I think she’s a real character. And, yeah, maybe some of the ways she would mess up I would too. Nothing is autobiographical, but her attitude towards the storylines she’s in [and] her reactions to the often exacerbated situations she finds herself in are probably influenced by my own reactions to those things. It’s almost like a role-playing game.

At this point, Matafeo has not determined whether there will be a third season of “Starstruck.” She recently returned to live-action stand-up comedy, where she got her start, and she’s taking some time off this summer to reflect on her career path. But the actress is also aware of the love for the show and hopes to find Jessie’s next chapter.

“I always try to explore that because I don’t really know. It was so funny to see the reaction to the first [season] and everyone says, “What a perfect ending, with no notes.” Never continue the story. But we did. I’m such a fan of ‘Before Sunrise’, the trilogy vibe of it [film series]. It’s always difficult to know with television too when things should stop. For me, it’s really about whether or not there’s a story to tell.

Rose Matafeo pictured in Clissold Park.

(Tami Aftab / For The Time)

Target stock drops after indicating it is overstocked – Should you sell stock or shop the sales?

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IInflation is also hitting big-box retailers like Target. The company says it is overstocked and has lowered its financial forecast. In turn, the stock is down 7.68% in premarket trading on June 7 and 31.6% year-to-date.

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To address the overstocking issue, Target said it plans several actions in the second quarter, “including additional markdowns, removal of excess inventory, and cancellation of orders,” according to a press release.

Target added that it is reviewing sales forecasts, promotional plans and cost forecasts by category. “Specifically, the company foresees continued strength in frequency categories such as food and beverage, household essentials and beauty, and plans more conservatively in discretionary categories like home, where trends have changed. rapidly since the beginning of the year.”

Based on the company’s current expectations for the economy and consumer environment, Target said it now expects its second-quarter operating margin rate to be in a range of approximately 2 %, according to the press release. That’s a staggering drop from the outlook the company released three weeks ago, when it expected its operating margin rate to be around 5.3%, according to its guidance. May 18 results report.

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Target released its first quarter results in May, which were below analysts’ expectations. The company said its “operating margin rate of 5.3% was well below expectations, primarily due to gross margin pressure reflecting actions to reduce excess inventory as well as rising costs. freight and transportation”.

“We’ve had a bit more time after earnings to really assess the overall operating environment,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said in a June 7 interview, according to The Wall Street Journal.

He said that included observing consumer behavior in the face of high inflation rates and seeing many other retailers talk about high inventory levels during their earnings presentations. “We have to be decisive and come out ahead of that to make sure it doesn’t persist into the second half of the year.”

That said, it might be time for investors to decide whether Target is a buy, sell, or hold — and for buyers to be on the lookout for bargains.

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My Top Six OT Comments: Job (Guest Writer: Dr. Richard Middleton)

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(Want to keep up to date with all of our previous guest posts and their commentary recommendations? Here’s the index link to that series.)

Today, we have Dr. Richard Middleton (Northeastern Seminary), author of the recent book, Abraham’s silence. In this book, Middleton’s two chapters on Job are a mini-commentary on the whole book (chapter 3 covering Job 1–37, chapter 4 covering Job 38–42). He is currently working on a stand-alone commentary on 1 Samuel 1–15 (Eerdmans), titled Portrait of a Disgruntled Prophetand another on Genesis 2–3 (Cascade), titled Life and Death in the Garden of Eden.


David JA Clines, Job 1–20, Employment 21–37, Employment 38–42Word Biblical Commentary 17, 18A, 18B (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1989, 2006, 2011).

This is the major and comprehensive commentary on Job. While I often disagree with Clines’ interpretations of specific passages, his treatment of the Hebrew text of Job is indispensable for serious study of the book.

L.Seow, Task 1–21: Interpretation and CommentaryIlluminations (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013).

This is my new favorite substantial commentary on Job. I learned Hebrew many years ago through Seow’s Hebrew Grammar. This commentary, which combines the history of interpretation with a detailed commentary on the Hebrew text, is paradoxically one of the most lucid and clear commentaries I have read.


Samuel E. Ballentine, UseSmyth & Helwys Bible Commentary (Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2006).

This beautifully presented commentary takes a predominantly literary approach, with fascinating inserts (some visual) that connect Job to many interpreters throughout history, both religious and secular (some additional material is included on the CD-Rom).

Gerald Janzen, UseInterpretation (Atlanta: John Knox, 1985).

This is one of the most theologically profound Job comments I have come across. Although written primarily for pastors, Janzen brings his knowledge of Hebrew, Semitic languages, and ancient Near Eastern mythology to bear on the text, along with a poetic sensibility and earthly spirituality. Before reading this comment, I was drawn to reading Job by Janzen in a very personal post-cancer meditation called Scent of Water: The Foundation of Hope in the Book of Job (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009).


Gustavo Gutierrez, On Job: God Speaks and the Suffering of the Innocent, trans. Matthew J. O’Connell (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1987).

A short but powerful commentary from the father of Latin American liberation theology. I am convinced that Gutiérrez is right to see Job’s central problem as how to speak of (and to) God from within a situation of innocent suffering. His reflections on justice and the connection between the book and the suffering of Jesus are inspiring.

Carol A. Newson, “The Book of Job,” in The New Interpreter’s Bible, flight. 3, ed. Leander E. Keck et al. (Nashville: Abingdon, 1996), 319–637.

A useful commentary for preachers who are mindful of the multiple possibilities of interpretation on many issues throughout the book. It is a precursor to his later monograph on the contest of moral imaginations in Job, which asserts that there is no unifying point of view in the book.

Andrew Zack Lewis, Employment in approachCascade Companions 33 (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2017).

Although not a commentary, it is a wonderful introduction to Job in four chapters that deal with the book’s content, structure, key individual passages, and theological and ethical implications.


Thank you, Dr. Middleton! Take a look at his book Abraham’s Silence


The Harman room: JBL Summit Everest DD67000 speakers, JBL SA-750 integrated amplifier, Mark Levinson No5909 headphones, ML-50 monoblock amplifiers, No519 audio player, No5105 turntable

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The Harman Hall in Munich’s High End presented a wide range of products in active and passive display. Several classic JBL designs revamped with modern technologies and materials have taken center stage in a long line of loudspeakers.

The retro-modern integrated amplifier JBL SA-750 was presented alongside them. The “class G” amplifier is inspired by the vintage JBL SA600 model but contains a DAC with integrated UPnP streaming and Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast. Her initial “remake” had had teak side panels as a decorating option; it’s coming soon with walnut veneer panels as standard for its MSRP of $3300/pair. Among other models in the Classic line, the L52 Classic ($1100/pair) was also featured.

The JBL 4305P small powered studio monitor has a scaled down version of JBL’s compression driver; the horn also acts as a waveguide for wider dispersion. Bidirectional offers a balanced input between other connectivity: Ethernet, USB Type B and TosLink digital inputs, a single auxiliary input, a secondary output, etc. It showed a “Roon Tested” designation with the usual streaming services: Qobuz, Tidal Connect, Spotify, Amazon, HD, etc. Settings on the rear include a choice of -10dB or +6dB input sensitivity, and 0dB or -3dB bass contour.

The main active system in the room included the large JBL Summit Everest DD67000 loudspeakers. This loudspeaker uses an exclusive Bi-Radial horn, as well as a 1″ super-tweeter and a 4″ tweeter with beryllium diaphragms. Two 15″ woofers with tri-layer sandwich cones handle the bass.

The Summit Everests were driven by a pair of Mark Levinson ML-50 monoblock amplifiers ($50,000 per pair) with fully balanced discrete circuitry. The ML-50s commemorate the brand’s 50th anniversary; the limited edition of 100 pairs will be sold only in pairs. Shipping begins later in 2022. A Levinson Noh526 preamplifier with an integrated phono stage, which picked up signals from an Ortofon cartridge on the Levinson NohThe gimbal tonearm of the 5105 turntable was in the chain ahead of the glowing monoblocks with glass platters. System wiring was sourced from AudioQuest.

But the order of the day was the playback of dynamic digital tracks, reproduced by a Mark Levinson Noh519 audio player with network streaming, CD player and D/A converter. Learning to listen to one of my records on the Levinson N setupohThe 5105 turntable took a while. I patiently waited while the guys handling the room worked on the transition as needed. It was worth the wait: “Alma Seca” from my LP Juanita Euka revealed lively dynamic energy. Transient percussive attacks were quick and crisp. The guitar sounds sounded right. The basslines were clear enough to follow easily, as they should be for those funky Afro-Latin grooves.

Harman’s Mark Levinson brand continues to expand beyond amplification into new product categories: first there was the Noh5105 record player, now there’s the new Noh5909 Wireless Headphones. The Mark Levinson NohThe 5909 headphones ($1000) use 40mm beryllium-coated drivers “optimized for the Harman curve” plus some EQ options, three active noise-canceling modes, and an “ambient awareness mode” for the ” situational awareness”, i.e. safety. They work with the latest aptX Bluetooth 5.1 (LDAC, AAC and aptX Adaptive codecs) and feature a four-mic voice array with “intelligent wind adaptation”, the company said. These modes are controllable by the application.

A handful of pairs were installed in a few demo “stations”, each pair being powered by an Arcam SA30 integrated amplifier (to which they were connected by wire) running a Roon playlist controllable via an iPad. (Or you can go “off-script” and try out bits by searching Roon.) They come in Pearl Black, Radiant Red, or Ice Pewter — Levinson’s brand colors — and are now shipping.

Cyberpunk 2077 finally works well on latest-gen consoles

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Cyberpunk 2077 is one of those games that everyone knows about but everyone has different opinions about it. Partly due to an extremely botched launch, some gamers canceled the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Cyberpunk entirely because the state of the game upon release was sufficient to warrant Sony refunding those who purchased it on platforms like the PlayStation. 4. Here now, months later, it’s worth revisiting Cyberpunk 2077 after releasing a number of performance and balance fixes.

Editor’s note: Check out our Cyberpunk 2077 review with patch 1.5 running on a PlayStation 5.

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of those games that has been thoroughly reviewed by others, so retreading a lot of information about the game’s story or subsystems would be a waste. What I imagine most people would be interested in is how the game behaves on the latest generation consoles, as most outlets have basically ignored the Playstation 4 in favor of the most recent and brightest. So this particular piece is for those of us who don’t have a PS5 and are unwilling to pay scalpers to pick one up – so how does Cyberpunk 2077 run on latest-gen hardware? Let’s find out.

Cyberpunk 2077 received a massive balancing and performance patch in February 2022, overhauling many of the game’s mechanics and systems, reducing the performance load, and attempting to bring all platforms up to some general level of playability. With that stated goal, well over a year after release and with another patch or two even after that, I’ve been playing the game expecting something else to break. It just never happened. Performance was reasonably decent from start to finish, and no major issues like broken quests, forever cars, or unkillable NPC tagalongs occurred during my playthrough of the updated PS4 version. Whatever they revised, they did it right this time.

The number of things that CD Projekt changed in recent patches was of a countless nature. There have been revisions to the quest system that increase objectives and prevent entire quest lines from breaking through no fault of the player, and improvements to the driving system make using any car more predictable and fun, especially when braking. Even motorcycles handle and work better in the updated version of Cyberpunk 2077. Combat AI has also been improved, with far, far fewer instances of hostile AI crashing mid-combat, freezing in place and doing nothing at all. Enemies with shotguns no longer try to shoot you, that sort of thing. CD Projekt has essentially overhauled many systems and subsystems in Cyberpunk 2077, a series of much-needed improvements to virtually everything the public has sold as Cyberpunk.

Clothing and armor have also been slightly revamped. Some mods can now only be attached to specific types of clothing and armor, forcing the player to pay attention to what armor they are using if they want to use a specific mod. This introduces a greater strategy challenge to the game, as you can’t just slap your mods all over the place, although having to use specific types of clothing can make your character look a bit on the spectrum clown shoes.

Of course, for the PS4 version of the game, there are still a few issues that are clearly apparent. The town itself is more like a town in the middle of a lockdown due to a global pandemic: there are few NPCs and cars pretty much everywhere you go. A look at the PC or PS5 iterations of the game shows a city teeming with life – NPCs and vehicles are everywhere. On the PS4 version, you can sometimes jump in your car and see maybe a vehicle or two on the road. From one perspective, it’s kind of nice not having to fight traffic to get where you’re going, but it can make the city noticeably lifeless until you’re in a hub where an event will occur.

Load times can also be quite long, with initial boot loads taking between 45 and 90 seconds, but they seem to be vastly improved over the release date version of Cyberpunk on previous-gen consoles. The frame rate has also been significantly improved over the initial PS4 release, where dropping to 10-20FPS was common. Outside of minor, specific instances, the PS4 version of Cyberpunk is now able to maintain a reasonably consistent frame rate between 26 and 30 frames per second. The torturous stutter and frame drops of 1.0 are pretty much nowhere to be found in the updated PS4 version, thankfully.

The cost of better running performance certainly came at the expense of visual fidelity. Cyberpunk 2077 is still a beautiful game, even on its PS4 version, but NPCs and objects look very blurry and rough around the edges in a ton of places. The more activity there is on the screen, the more the dynamic resolution will drop to compensate, resulting in a much blurrier image. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is entirely up to the person playing the game – I’m a type of gamer who prefers a game with a consistent frame rate every day, and sudden, hard frame drops to me. bother more than a vein in an NPC’s arm being indistinguishable.

Truth be told, if the version of Cyberpunk 2077 that exists today was the one that released in December 2020, it’s hard to underestimate how different the reaction to that title would have been. Cars disappearing, or cars stuck in the same place forever for the rest of the player’s save file, are not things players should have dealt with, especially not for $60+. Now, in 2022, combat feels more balanced, quest lines work as they should, and performance issues, even on last-gen consoles, aren’t so prevalent that they affect the gameplay experience.

The current updated version of Cyberpunk 2077 is the version of the game we all deserved in December 2020, and I can finally say with confidence that this is a game worth playing for anyone with a addiction to open world games. They can finally sit down with a version of this game, whether on PC, next-gen or last-gen consoles and have a good time. It’s hard to understate how much better cyberpunk is in 2022 than it was over a year and a half ago. Cyberpunk 2077 has also had a lot of sales lately, making it a pretty easy recommendation for those who like shooters, futuristic games, or first-person games with role-playing elements.

Microsoft launches public preview of NGINX for Azure as a SaaS solution on its Marketplace

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Microsoft recently announced NGINX for Azure, a natively integrated software solution (SaaS) with advanced traffic management and monitoring. The service is available in preview in Azure Marketplace.

NGINX for Azure is the result of close collaboration between Microsoft and F5the company behind the open source solution Nginx – one of the most used traffic managers. The fully managed Azure Nginx offering provides a simplified developer experience for deployment, management, billing, and support.

Azure integration enables easy provisioning and configuration in a few steps in the Azure portal. Users can take advantage of advanced traffic management features, such as JSON Web Token (JWT) Authentication and active health checks, with built-in security integrations such as Azure Key Vault for SSL/TLS certificate management.

Source: https://www.nginx.com/blog/introducing-f5-nginx-for-azure-load-balancing-available-natively-as-saas-offering-on-microsoft-azure/

On a technical community blog post about the preview of Nginx for Azure, Rohit TatacharSenior PM at Microsoft said:

The service integrates the Nginx SaaS offer into the Azure infrastructure (Control Plane). With this integration, you will be able to provision a new Nginx service and configure your Azure resources to leverage Nginx as a reverse proxy/load balancer.

Additionally, users can also bring their existing Nginx configuration file (single or multiple files) and apply it directly to Ngnix for Azure or via CI-CD pipelines via GitHub integrations.

Overall, the objective of the offer is to facilitate the use of Nginx. Chris GuzikowskiProduct Marketing Manager, NGINX at F5, said in an Nginx blog post:

Above all, NGINX Plus is no longer an “external” solution. NGINX for Azure unleashes the power of NGINX Plus fully within your Azure environment, reducing your overall stack complexity.

In addition, Jeff Girouxglobal solutions architect at F5, explains in an F5 community article the advantage of using Nginx for Azure:

F5 NGINX for Azure frees you from having to deploy your own NGINX Plus cluster, install libraries, upgrade, and other tasks. Whether you’re an existing or new NGINX customer, that means speed and simplicity with no IaaS to manage. This ease of use means there is no need for specialist knowledge, which is especially great for customers new to NGINX.

Pricing for NIGNX for Azure starts at $0.01, and more pricing details are available at pricing page. Additionally, details of the SaaS offering itself are available on the documentation landing page.

The new Mega Drive mini is one of the coolest things SEGA has ever done

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SEGA launches a new mini console that includes 50 games on the Mega Drive and SEGA CD generations.

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Back then, nothing looked like SEGA. The console just had its own mystique; it was so pompous and in your face. Things got even more intense when SEGA started rolling out its expansion consoles. Instead of releasing separate systems, SEGA turned the Genesis/Mega Drive into a monster Frankenstein abomination, attaching add-ons like the SEGA CD and 32X to the base unit. The result was a curious, puzzling and captivating experience in gaming technology.

Now that the console wars are behind them, SEGA can joke about the Mega Drive, SEGA CD and 32X. The new Mega Drive Mini 2 is a humorous nod to simpler times, an impressive nostalgic throwback that features a slew of games from the Mega Drive and SEGA CD generation, including the Sonic CD Shining Force and the arcade hit Virtua Racing. The console will eventually include 50 games but only 11 have been announced.

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SEGA is even releasing a SEGA CD add-on that includes miniature cartridges and CDs. Players can open and close the lid of the SEGA CD-ROM and place cartridges in the Mega Drive slot. The add-on is not functional and won’t play games – it’s just a fake accessory designed for old school nerds.

Console emulation is handled by M2 and the Mega Drive Mini 2 will feature multiple resolution modes as well as save states. The system will launch in Japan on October 27, 2022. Check below for more information, including an in-depth video on the system.

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Size and specifications

  • 55% the size of the original Mega Drive
  • Body Size: Width 120.8mm x Height 32.3mm x Depth 116.5mm
  • Controller size: 140mm width x 70mm height x 29mm depth
  • Controller cable: length about 2 m
  • Input terminal: HDMI terminal, USB terminal (USB Micro-B)
  • Video output: 720p, 480p
  • Audio output: Linear PCM output from HDMI
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Games

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Price

  • Console – 10,978 yen ($80)
  • SEGA 6-Button Controller – Released October 27, 2022 for 2,500 yen ($19)
  • Additional SEGA CD Unit – 4950 yen ($38)

Or buy

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Graphic kit for “Mega Drive Mini 2”!

  • Introducing the “Decorating Kit” to realistically replicate the appearance of the “Mega Drive Mini 2” which allows you to play Mega CD software.
  • The “Mega CD 2” released at the same time as the Mega Drive 2 was miniaturized to the same size.
  • Like the original, it is possible to connect the Mega Drive Mini and the “Super 32X Mini” supplied with the “Mega Dora Tower Mini”.
  • The period spacer was also faithfully reproduced.

Equipped with opening and closing gadgets!

  • Unlike the previous “Mega CD Mini”, “Mega CD2 Mini”, which is the basis of “Megadora Tower Mini 2”, opens the cover by pressing a button, and it is possible to put a miniature CD inside . It’s more realistic.
  • Includes 2 kinds of miniature software Two kinds of software that can be configured on Mega Drive Mini 2 and Mega CD 2 Mini, “Virtua Racing” and Sonic the Hedgehog CD” are included.
  • The exclusive size and color of the “Virtua Racing” cartridge can also be attached to the previous works “Mega Drive Mini” and “Mega Dora Tower Mini”. You can make the tower even taller.
  • * You cannot play games with this product.

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5 Coupes and 5 Sport Sedans We’d Prefer to the Nissan Z

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Almost everyone is excited about the new Nissan Z. The 370Z debuted in 2009 and went on sale until 2020 – without any major updates. While it was still a great car, it was showing its age quite blatantly.



The new Z is a new version of the Nissan sports car and from what we have learned, it will be quite good. Borrow the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, the Z will make the same 400 hp. The biggest difference is that the Z will be rear-wheel-drive only and won’t have the ability to power all wheels. The Nissan Z’s transmissions have already been confirmed to be either a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed automatic. While everything about the Nissan Z is brand new, it still has the same DNA as the older Z cars. The overall design is very reminiscent of the original 300ZX and 240Z, while the proportions stay true to the newer 350Z and 370Z .

While there is very little doubt that the new Nissan Z would be a great sports car, there are alternatives for anyone who wants the same level of performance and engagement – especially in the $40,000-$50,000 price bracket that the Nissan Z will most likely cost. With that, here are 5 sports cars and 5 sports sedans that we would have preferred to the new Nissan Z.

ten Sports coupe – Toyota Supra

The Toyota Supra is one of the most popular sports coupes on the planet, thanks to its enormous tuning potential and spare parts. The current A90 Toyota Supra debuted in 2020 and has since received mixed reviews, mostly related to ergonomics.

The Supra is available with a choice of a 2.0-liter turbocharged i4 or a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six. Starting later in the 2022 model year, the 3.0-liter will be available with a 6-speed manual transmission, but an 8-speed automatic is the standard option.

Related: Everything We Love About The New 2023 Toyota GR Supra Manual

9 Sports coupe – BMW M240i

The The BMW M240i is the smallest sports car offering from the German brand. It’s powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six — the same as the Toyota Supra — and produces 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. BMW recently updated the options for the M240i and the range now includes a non-xDrive variant.

The only transmission option available is the 8-speed torque-converter automatic, which is a bit of a shame as the M240i is a great sports car, and having it with a manual would greatly increase the level of driver involvement. driver. Hopefully the next M2 will have a manual.

8 Sports coupe – Lexus RC 350

The Lexus RC 350 is the intermediate offer of the Lexus RC range and is equipped with a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6. The engine powers the rear wheels as standard, but all-wheel drive is available as an option. The V6 produces 315 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, all mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Lexus RC was first and foremost designed for luxury and comfort, but sportiness was also part of the equation, especially to compete with the BMW 440i Coupe and Audi A5 Coupe. The Lexus RC has been around since 2014 now, but it’s still a great option for anyone looking for a sports coupe.

seven Sports coupe – Ford Mustang GT

The The Ford Mustang GT has always been the more affordable option when you’re looking for a muscle car, but thanks to the vastly improved sixth generation, the Mustang has become more of a sports car than a true muscle car.

That doesn’t mean he’s lost his muscle car spirit, though. The GT is still powered by a 5.0-liter V8, producing 450 hp and 410 lb-ft in the less powerful version, going up to 480 hp in the Mach-1 version. The Mustang GT starts at around $39,000 and goes up to $58,000 for the Mach-1.

Related: Ford wants to save the manuals with its 7th generation Ford Mustang

6 Sport Coupe – Chevrolet Camaro SS

Like the Ford Mustang GT, the Chevrolet Camaro has become more of a sports car than a muscle car. It is available with a choice of engines – from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 to a 3.6-liter V6 and a 6.2-liter V8. Transmission choices include either a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic.

The powers start from 250 hp in the 4-cylinder, to the 335 hp V6 and end with a 455 hp V8. The Camaro starts at around $25,000 and ends around $45,000 for the top-tier SS. The Camaro SS is a great sports car and a great alternative to the Japanese and German choices.


5 Sports sedan – Kia Stinger GT

Sport coupes aren’t the only choices available when looking for an alternative to the Nissan Z. Sport sedans offer the same power and driving experience as the sport coupe, but add practicality and interior space. One of the best entry-level sports sedans is the Kia Stinger GT.

Equipped with a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that develops 368 horsepower and 376 lb-ft, the Stinger GT is a pretty good and reliable sedan. It can even be equipped with all-wheel drive for those who need it. Kia recently updated the Stinger with new wheels and a slight facelift, but at $45,000 the Stinger GT is a bargain.

Related: Why We Love the 2021 Kia Stinger GT

4 Sports sedan – Lexus IS 350 F-Sport

The Lexus IS 350 F-Sport has the same engine as the RC 350 – which is a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6, which produces 315 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, the IS 500 F-Performance costs over $12,000 more than the IS 350 F-Sport, which starts at $45,000.

The IS is now a slightly older model – even if it doesn’t necessarily look like it, thanks to the design. One aspect where it shows its age is inside – it still has a CD slot and the sat nav hasn’t been updated all that much since 2013. Still, the IS 350 F-Sport is a refined and outrageously reliable sports sedan.


3 Sport Sedan – Dodge Charger Scat Pack

The Dodge Charger Scat Pack is a great car because it offers a lot of cars for relatively little money – as is traditional American automotive tradition. Starting at $46,000, the Scat Pack comes with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that produces 485 hp. The Charger Scat Pack is only available with an 8-speed automatic transmission, but it’s a ZF unit, so there’s no problem with that.

The Charger Scat Pack has plenty of room both inside the cabin and in the trunk, making it a sporty sedan and a great family car. Interestingly, the V8 in the Scat Pack was only 1 MPG less than the base spec V6, which is around 26 MPG.


2 Sports Sedan – Genesis G70 3.3T

The Genesis G70 is a premium luxury sedan built to take on the Germans – like the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class – at their own game. The G70 range starts with a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4, but the sportier version to go for is the 3.3T. As noted, the G70 is powered by a 365bhp twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 – the same as the Kia Stinger GT.

The Genesis G70 3.3T starts from $44,000, with the “Sport Advanced” spec being $4,000 more. The G70, like most Genesis models, offers luxury and ride refinement almost as good as the best rivals, but for far less money. Even though the G70 3.3T is down in power compared to many sport sedans, it’s still a great choice.

Related: What we love most about the 2022 Genesis G70

1 Sports sedan – BMW M340i

Finally, the best small sport sedan of them all – the BMW M340i. The Bimmer is one of the more expensive options to choose from – starting at around $52,000 – but it’s worth every penny. The M340i is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, which produces 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The car is also equipped with a 48-volt mild hybrid system which aids emissions and provides a power boost.

The BMW 3 Series has been the standard for the compact executive sedan, with the top-of-the-line M3 variant setting the benchmark for the smaller sports sedan. With the Series 3 just updated with a new look, it just got even better. It is definitely a valid alternative to the Nissan Z.

Which 2023 Subaru Legacy Trim Level is Best for You?

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Subaru abandons the Legacy? Not for this year, at least. There seem to be concerns about Subaru sedans, but they’re holding their own. In fact, the new 2023 Legacy may be the best yet. Read on to learn more about the five 2023 Subaru Legacy trim levels available this year. Compare specs, features, security, technology and more to determine which is right for you.

Changes to the 2023 Legacy midsize sedan

Subaru Legacy 2023 | Subaru

The Subaru Legacy is one of the brand’s most reliable cars, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring (at least not all the time). For example, the new model brings some exciting changes for the 2023 model year. These changes include a new standard turbo for the Sport trim level, exciting new safety features for the Touring XT model, and a new grille trim that covers range.

However, it looks like Subaru has dropped the Limited XT trim level for this year. The 2023 Subaru Legacy release date is expected to be in the fall, so look for it around November.

2023 Subaru Legacy Base

Starting price: estimated $23,995

Here’s a quick look at the Legacy Base 2023 specs:

  • Standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • EyeSight driver assistance technology
  • SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia
  • Steering responsive LED headlights
  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 182 horsepower
  • Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

While the affordable base Legacy trim level is one of the best cars for new drivers, it’s sparsely equipped. It’s one of the less expensive mid-size four-wheel-drive sedans, so it’s not a bad deal.

However, for near or more than $23,000, you’ll miss out on power-adjustable front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Subaru Legacy Premium 2023

2023 Subaru Legacy Premium trim level black cloth interior

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Starting price: estimated $26,245

Here’s a look at the quick specs of the 2023 Legacy Premium:

  • All features included on the base model
  • 11.6-inch STARLINK Plus infotainment system
  • Electrically adjustable front driver’s seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Subaru All-Weather Package
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle

I’ve driven Subarus for 10 years, and I’ll tell you — always spring for the Premium. Still. It doesn’t matter what model you are looking for. The Legacy’s Premium trim level is hands down the best value if you’re not looking for anything too fancy.

It’s the least expensive model in the 2023 Legacy lineup to offer the all-weather package, so it’s well worth the cost.

Subaru Legacy Sport 2023

Starting price: estimated $29,790

Here’s a look at the quick specs of the 2023 Legacy Sport:

  • 2.4-litre BOXER turbo engine developing 260 horsepower
  • Red front grille accents
  • 18-inch gray rims
  • Interior in two-tone black and gray fabric
  • Sports suspension
  • Electric sunroof
  • Navigation

The 2023 Legacy Sport trim level received some fun upgrades for the new model year. Namely, the 260 horsepower turbo engine is now standard on this model. That’s an increase of 78 horsepower over last year’s Sport version. In addition, the new 2023 version brings eye-catching accents that stand out.

This fun turbocharged model, with unique sporty accents, is a serious competitor to the 2023 Honda Accord.

Subaru Legacy Limited 2023

Brown leather interior of a 2023 Subaru Legacy mid trim level sedan

2023 Subaru Legacy leather interior | Subaru

Starting price: estimated $30,945

Here’s a look at the quick specs of the 2023 Legacy Limited:

  • All features included on the Premium model
  • Keyless entry with push button start
  • Perforated leather seat trim
  • Harman Kardon® premium audio system
  • Heated rear outboard seats

The ultra-premium 2023 Legacy Limited trim level should start at nearly $30,000, but you get an incredibly well-equipped sedan for that price. Leather seats, grilled kiesters for your rear passengers, a high-end audio system and all the little extras of the Premium? Plus, of course, standard all-wheel drive.

2023 Subaru Legacy Touring XT

Blue 2023 Subaru Legacy midsize sedan driving on a wet road

Subaru Legacy 2023 | Subaru

Starting price: estimated $36,695

Here’s a look at the quick specs of the 2023 Legacy Touring XT:

  • All features included on the Limited model
  • EyeSight wide-angle monochrome camera
  • Front view monitor
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Electric sunroof

This fully equipped Legacy sedan is at the forefront of safety technology, as it is equipped with Subaru’s new EyeSight mono wide-angle camera for an unparalleled field of vision for the safety system.

In a huge surprise to me, the nearly $40,000 Legacy 2023 version is the only one that comes with a CD drive. Apparently people with big budgets also have big CD collections? Someone with a big budget, please confirm.

So which 2023 Legacy trim level is right for you? There are no wrong answers

RELATED: 2022 Subaru BRZ trim level features, specs and price

The gold standard of SUVs

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The all-new 2022 Land Rover Range Rover is a British full-size SUV offered with two wheelbases and in two- and three-row configurations for up to seven passengers. Today’s redesigned Range Rover is a fifth-generation model, following a line of predecessors introduced in 1969. Early models used a body-on-frame chassis, a rugged 4×4 powertrain and an interior designed for utility – vinyl seats and interiors could be watered down.

Today’s Range Rover is built with a unibody platform, an even more capable 4×4 system and a well-appointed interior that rivals the best luxury cars on the road. Capable, luxurious and with well-deserved cachet, the all-new 2022 Land Rover Range Rover is recognized as the benchmark for SUVs.

2022 Land Rover Range Rover Powertrain

Standard P400 models feature a 3.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged inline-6 ​​engine with 48-volt hybrid assist. This Ingenium family powertrain is rated at 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. It provides a 0-60 mph sprint in just under 6 seconds and will deliver up to 26 mpg on the highway. P530 models feature a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. Sourced from BMW, the engine is rated at 532 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. The V8 delivers a 0-60 mph sprint in just over 4 seconds while gaining 21 mpg on the highway. An 8-speed automatic torque converter is standard on all models.

The Range Rover features Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (iAWD) controlled by Land Rover’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) system. The computerized system constantly monitors each tire’s grip and distributes it between the front and rear axles (and across the axle) to optimize on-road and off-road traction. Additionally, all Range Rover models are also fitted with an active locking rear differential which adds even more off-road capability.

2022 Land Rover Range Rover Interior

It’s a challenge to find a cabin as luxurious as that of the all-new Range Rover, whatever the price. Land Rover decorates the cabin with superb leathers, fine woods and premium metal trim. The overall appearance is upscale and modern – warm and welcoming – despite a strong integration of innovative technologies. The operator faces a sleek 13.7-inch Interactive Driver Display, which offers several different visual layouts (including a conventional analogue look). Infotainment is projected onto a 13.1-inch floating screen that controls nearly all vehicle functions. There are analogue dials for climate control, driving modes and a dedicated audio volume control, all well positioned and easy to use. The shifter is a raised rocker on the center console (the flush start/stop button is to its right).

The front seats are very comfortable and support all body types. Head, shoulder and legroom is generous for the two front occupants (the seat controls are on the doors, making them easy to use). The second row is almost as comfortable as the front, with outboard passengers seated in seats that closely mirror the seats in front of them in design and support. The middle passenger sits on a flat cushion, but that’s more than enough for short trips. The Range Rover offers a third row, but it’s still not adult-sized – kids will find it fine. Those looking for the ultimate in luxury should opt for the SV Signature Suite in the Long Wheelbase (LWB) model. It has 24-way reclining seats in the second row, with massage function. A deployable club table allows passengers to work while traveling in first class.

How does the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover work?

Land Rover has paid a lot of attention to on-road driving dynamics, and their hard work has paid off. The vehicle uses the brand’s MLA-Flex architecture, which is aluminum-intensive (over 75% of the structure is alloy). As a result, the vehicle is lighter and chassis stiffness is impressive – this provides a solid base for the suspension and all but eliminates squeaks and rattles inside the cabin. The Range Rover comes standard with twin-valve air suspension, 48-volt electronic anti-roll bars and four-wheel steering. Additionally, the vehicle can be raised up to 11.6 inches of ground clearance (or lowered 5.7 inches for easier entry/exit). Wheel sizes range from 18 to 20 inches in diameter.

The 2022 Range Rover drives surprisingly well on the road – it’s one of the most comfortable SUVs I’ve driven in a long time. It’s nimble and easy to maneuver even on twisty roads (credit low profile tires and rear axle steering) despite its sizable size. The overall theme is luxury, so the ride is comfortable and never harsh. Thanks to a low drag coefficient (Land Rover claims an impressive 0.30 Cd., making it the most aerodynamically efficient SUV on the road), laminated glass and plenty of noise insulation, the cabin is quiet on the road . Off-road, the vehicle can be driven on dirt roads, up steep hills, over rocks and through snowdrifts without breaking a sweat – its only limitation is tire choice (low-profile summer or all-season tires will reduce ability). And if anyone plans to cross a river or stream, the Range Rover is capable of wading through 34.5 inches of water.

How much does the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover cost?

Land Rover offers two models in the US market (a PHEV is coming for 2023). The Range Rover P400 SE (SWB), with a mild-hybrid 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6, starts at around $105,000. The Range Rover P530, with a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8, starts at around $123,000. The top-of-the-line model is the Range Rover P530 First Edition (LWB), which has a suggested retail price of around $170,000.

Who should buy a 2022 Land Rover Range Rover?

Land Rover is targeting a very affluent audience with its all-new 2022 Range Rover. These discerning buyers, male and female, lead active lifestyles and are typically between the ages of 35 and 55 and usually own multiple vehicles. They welcome the Range Rover for its size, passenger capacity, utility, off-road capabilities, luxury, cachet and prestige. The targeted buyers will own several vehicles, but the Land Rover Range Rover will be used as a daily driver.

Is the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover a good SUV?

Visually striking, the beautifully sculpted 2022 Land Rover Range Rover is an extraordinary SUV. Its capabilities, luxury amenities and innovation are world-class – buyers will be hard-pressed to find another such accomplished vehicle in this segment.

Trillium Gold signs an option agreement for the Wenasaga gold project 35 km from the Dixie deposit in Red Lake, Ontario

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Trillium Gold Mines Inc. (TSXV: TGM, OTCQX: TGLDF, FRA: 0702) (“Trillium Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it signed the Wenasaga Property Option Agreement (the “Agreement”) to acquire a 100% undivided interest in the Wenasaga Gold Property (the “Property”) held by Bounty Gold Corp. (“Bounty Gold”). The 1,692 hectare property is contiguous to Trillium Gold’s Eastern Vision land package and effectively extends Trillium Gold’s dominant footprint along the Confederation Belt on trend with Kinross Gold’s LP fault zone of Dixie deposit (see Figure 1).

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Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, in order to keep the option thereunder in good standing, Trillium is required to pay Bounty Gold an aggregate amount of C$25,500 over a two-year period, to issue a total of 64,500 common shares in the capital of Trillium over a two-year period, and grant Bounty Gold a 2.0% net smelter return royalty on the claims comprising the property upon exercise of the option . The Company has the right to redeem 50% of the royalty (i.e. 1.0%) by paying the holder an aggregate amount equal to $1,000,000.

The common shares of Trillium Gold issued pursuant to the agreement will be subject to a hold period of four months from the date of closing. The agreement is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange and other applicable regulatory authorities, as well as the approval of the Mining Recorder of Ontario to extend the due dates for the appraisal work.

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About the Wenasaga Gold Property

The Wenasaga gold property is located 30 km northeast of Ear Falls and 55 km southeast of Red Lake. The property is located on a crustal fault structure1 and is on strike with Kinross’ Dixie project, 35km to the west. The Dixie Project hosts the LP Fault Zone, a 4.6 km long, drill-tested zone containing 16 highly continuous bulk mineralized domains and 5 high-grade mineralized domains with attractive grades and true thickness.2 The Wenasaga gold property contains a regional geology similar to that of the Dixie project, underlain by felsic intrusive and metasedimentary rocks to the south, with intermediate felsic to mafic metavolcanic rocks to the north. Historical drilling to the west and strike along the crustal fault structure on the Wenasaga gold property intersected strongly deformed, chlorite and carbonate altered green basic metavolcanic rocks.3 Trillium’s exploration programs will focus on delineating the fault structure that crosses the Wenasaga gold property.

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The technical information presented in this press release has been reviewed and approved by William Paterson QP, P.Geo, Vice President of Exploration of Trillium Gold Mines, as defined by NI 43-101.

1 Lemkow, DR, Sanborn-Barrie, M., Bailes, AH, Percival, JA, Rogers, N., Skulski, T., Anderson, SD, McNicoll, V., Whalen, JB, Tomlinson, KY, Parker, JR, Hollings, P. and Young, M.2006: GIS Compilation of Geological and Tectonostratigraphic Assemblages, West Uchi Subprovince, West Superior Province, Ontario and Manitoba; Geological Survey of Canada Open File 5269, Manitoba Geological Survey Open File Report OF2006-30, Ontario Geological Survey Divers Release–Data 203. Scale 1:250,000. 1 CD-ROM.
2 Kinross Gold Corporation, BMO Investor Presentation February and March 2022, accessed May 4, 2022.
3 File evaluation: 52K14SE0024, diamond drill report

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Figure 1: Map showing the Wenasaga gold project
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On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Trillium Gold Mines Inc.

Russell Starr
Acting President, President and CEO

For more information, please contact Donna Yoshimatsu, Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations at [email protected], (416) 722-2456, or [email protected]

Visit our website at www.trilliumgold.com.

About Trillium Gold Mines Inc.

Trillium Gold Mines Inc. is a growth-oriented company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties located in the Red Lake mining district of Northern Ontario. As part of its regional consolidation strategy, the Company has assembled the largest pool of potential land in and around the Red Lake mining district, close to major mines and deposits, as well as greenstone belts Confederation Lake and Birch-Uchi. Recently, the Company signed a definitive agreement for control of a significant portion of the Confederation Lake greenstone belt over 100 km in length. In addition, the Company holds interests in highly prospective properties in Larder Lake, Ontario.

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Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking information, which involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual events to differ materially from current expectations.

Forward-looking information is based on management’s reasonable assumptions, estimates, expectations, analyzes and opinions, which are based on management’s experience and perception of trends, current conditions and expected developments, and other factors that management considers relevant and reasonable in the circumstances, but which may prove to be incorrect. These factors, among others, include: impacts resulting from the global disruption caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, business integration risks; fluctuations in general macroeconomic conditions; fluctuations in the securities markets; fluctuations in spot and forward prices of gold or certain other commodities; change in national and local government, legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments; risks and hazards associated with exploration, development and mining activities (including environmental risks, industrial accidents); failure to obtain adequate insurance to cover risks and hazards; the presence of laws and regulations that may impose restrictions on mining; employee relations; relations with local communities and indigenous peoples and their claims; the availability of rising costs associated with mining inputs and labor; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development (including the risks of obtaining necessary licenses, permits and approvals from governmental authorities); and title deed.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation, except to the extent required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Former Cowboys player Marion Barber found dead in her Texas apartment

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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber was found dead Wednesday at his apartment in Texas. Fort Worth Star Telegram reports. The cause of his death is unknown. He was 38 years old.

A Frisco Police spokesperson released the following statement: “Officers are currently out on a wellness issue, but we are unable to provide any further information at this time.”

The Cowboys released a statement following news of Barber’s death. “We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III,” the statement read. “Marion was an old school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every try. He had a passion for the game and a love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Marion during this difficult time.

Barber was selected by the Cowboys with 109e overall pick in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played seven seasons, all but one in Dallas. It burst onto the scene in its second season. The following year, Barber was named to his first and only Pro Bowl after rushing for a career-high 975 yards.

Barber was nicknamed “Marion the Barbarian” for his aggressive running style and nothing epitomized that moniker quite like his infamous 2m run where he dodged almost certain safety after being pushed back around 20m .

In 2012, Barber decided to retire from the NFL after playing one season with the Chicago Bears.

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More IBM i Merlin details appear at POWERUp

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June 1, 2022

Alex Woodie

We get a fuller picture of IBM i Merlin, the DevOps offering that IBM introduced last month with the launch of IBM i 7.5. One of the more interesting revelations from COMMON’s annual POWERUp conference last week is that Merlin will be a vehicle for delivering a range of functionality to the platform in the future, not necessarily limited to application development.

IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration, or Merlin, is a new offering from IBM. The software, as it exists in its first incarnation, allows users to develop IBM i applications in the ILE languages ​​through an open source version of VS Code, a browser-based integrated development environment (IDE).

Specifically, Merlin uses Eclipse Theiaan open-source version of Microsoftthe original VS Code, and Eclipse Chewhich provides the workplace server that builds, manages, and orchestrates the IDE in a Kubernetes environment.

In addition to these open source components, Merlin includes software for ARCAD software. There are four areas where ARCAD has contributed to Merlin, including an RPG conversion tool called Transformer (which IBM has renamed Converter); ARCAD’s impact analysis tool, called Observer; ARCAD’s software for the integration of Cottage code repository with IBM i; and ARCAD build management software. IBM has developed its own integration code to integrate support for Jenkinsthe open source project for building and running continuous integration-continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines, which is a high priority with Merlin as it currently exists.

One of the big technical requirements for Merlin that can cause problems for IBM i stores is Red Hat OpenShift, the Kubernetes-based container management system that runs on Linux. IBM i CTO and Chief Architect Steve Will said there was no doubt that OpenShift was going to cause problems for IBM i customers.

“Most of our customers don’t have people who know how to do this,” Will said during his Merlin keynote last week at the POWERUp 2022 conference in New Orleans. “It’s going to be one of the biggest initial stumbling blocks you’ll have. I’ll just admit it up front.

IBM has some ideas on how it can reduce the Open Shift learning curve for IBM i folks, possibly including training sessions, Will said.

“We worked with some of our partners who knew this was coming to get them information on how to do this, so they could help you get answers,” Will said. “It will be like learning how to install a Windows environment from scratch. You will understand. [You] won’t need to know much other than how to do it. But it will take time [time] learn.”

It took some tweaking by the IBM Rochester team to get the Merlin name and Merlin logo approved by the “IBM Naming and Design Policy”.

IBM is also considering creating a hosted OpenShift environment where it could provide Merlin as a service, according to Tim Rowe, IBM’s business architect for application development.

“It’s one of the things that’s on my list. . . how can we make this easier for our IBM i community,” Rowe said during his Merlin Deep Dive session at POWERUp last week. “Day one may not be something for everyone. We are well aware of this.

One factor that may make OpenShift more accessible to the IBM i masses is the ability to run it in an X86 environment. While IBM executives initially touted the OpenShift requirement as a potential reason for IBM i stores to create an OpenShift environment in a Linux partition on their Power servers, Merlin will actually run OpenShift running on Linux in an X86 server. .

However, once the OpenShift environment is launched, it becomes much easier. According to ARCAD DevOps Product Manager Andrew Clark, who co-presented the Deep Dive session with Rowe, installing Merlin should only take around 30 minutes.

“Half an hour to get it going,” Clark said. “OpenShift: Not half an hour.”

Several ARCAD competitors have expressed their dissatisfaction that they were not invited to participate in the deployment of Merlin. Although ARCAD has a long history of working with IBM and several of its products are listed in the IBM catalog, competitors have indicated that they feel ARCAD has been given an unfair advantage.

However, IBM has indicated that it will work with many change management and DevOps vendors in the future to integrate their offerings with Merlin. Additionally, IBM will even expand Merlin’s reach beyond web application development and operations into other areas.

“When we think of Merlin, an overview, we create a suite of tools to do more than just modernize applications,” Rowe said during his Deep Dive. “We had to start somewhere. We plan to add a bunch of other stuff: app catalog, PTF management, security development, security compliance. Many other options are available to help customers manage both their system and application modernization lifestyle.

OpenShift’s choice for Merlin is an integral part of IBM’s long-term plan to deliver functionality in the future, according to Will. This will include features from IBM as well as its business partners, he said.

IBM i Merlin will expand to support disciplines other than DevOps in the future, according to IBM.

“Initially, everything that comes from us will be integrated into this framework and will come from us,” said the technical director of IBM i during his speech. “At some point in the future we open this up. We can plug in other stuff. It’s not on the immediate horizon. But we can consider doing it.

Will has been a big proponent of next-generation apps, which are characterized by features like breaking down monolithic apps into microservices, modularizing business logic, and using REST APIs for communication, etc. Modernizing development lifecycle tools is a logical place to start this process, but it’s only the beginning.

“We were able to build using the technology behind it [OpenShift]and then create a big platform ourselves that has room to grow but has a set of standards necessary for how things are going to interact with each other and how they’re going to look the same,” he said. he declares.

Merlin’s development and delivery time was very short by IBM standards: about a year and a half. This resulted in a somewhat haphazard release schedule, which has the Merlin IDE but no debugger with which to debug code as it heads into production.

IBM has basic debugging functionality that works in the lab, according to Rowe. It could be delivered within the next few weeks or months, he said.

“I’m hoping to put it in a patch bundle and hope it’s not too long,” Rowe said during his Deep Dive session. “I’m not going to ship it until it’s ready. But we are actively trying to set up the debugger and work on it. We have code that works. It’s just not over yet.

You’ll likely see several Merlin patch packs over the summer and fall months, one of which will have the debugger, according to Rowe. The company is also working on version 2 of Merlin which will ship later this year. The functionalities remain to be defined.

IBM worked with a group of early adopters on the first version of Merlin, and it’s open to hearing from the community about what features they want to see in the product, Will said.

“If you start watching this say, ‘God, 75% of this is exactly what I want, but until I get the next 25% I don’t think I can pass it’ – say tell us what that 25% represents,” says Will. “And then we’ll find out if that 25% should come from us or if we should go to the supplier community. We will find that.

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A short film about shopping for CDs and vinyls in Munich

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CD-5 candidate Sam Yebri targets softness on guns and gangs

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DEEGAN ON LA—Perps walking free is the cornerstone issue that may give undecided CD-5 voters a reason to vote for Sam Yebri in the June 7 primary election.

He is against the lax consequences of prosecution for criminals which have become a key issue as voters prepare to cast their ballots.

Although this is a citywide problem, Yebri notes the impact in CD-5, saying that “the explosion of violent crime and gun violence in CD-5 is undeniable. In the Wilshire Division of the LAPD, the heart of CD-5 alone, homicides have gone from 1 in 2020 to 13 in 2021 and 4 already in 2022. This is unacceptable.

The LAPD offers this explanation for the spike in crime: “More than a dozen Los Angeles gang target some of the city’s wealthiest residents in new and aggressive ways, sending crews in multiple cars to find, track and rob people driving high-end vehicles or wearing expensive jewelry,” according to Captain Jonathan Tippet, who leads an LAPD task force to look into the growing wave of “tracked-at-home” crimes. He also leads the Robbery-Homicide Division of the LAPD.

It’s not just the rich with luxuries who are branded by perverts. Break-ins at retail stores, armed robberies by day, theft of catalytic converters from vehicles at night, and the theft of packages left outside front doors are bringing the crime wave back to ordinary people.

[A catalytic converter, that contains the precious metals rhodium platinum and palladium, can be cut out of an exhaust system in thirty seconds. They are prized by thieves for their ubiquity and their black-market profit margins].

It has become a double-edged sword in the hands of the criminals: the victims who have suffered losses and those who fear they are next.

The situation has skyrocketed to a plateau where the candidates can no longer count on defunding the police and abolishing prisons as winning stakes. These hashtag moments do not correspond to today’s reality.

Sam Yerbi points out that “we cannot continue to demonize the LAPD while continuing to demand that they be the first response to all problems on the streets, from mental health issues and homelessness to crowd control and traffic stops. We need more unarmed mental health crisis response teams so police can focus on the core policing job that only a trained and armed professional can handle – tackling the guns to fire and gangs that invade the neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

The flip side of the high crime wave is the soft cushion criminals land on when brought before a judge. District Attorney George Gascon was accused of “directing his prosecutors, ordering them to be soft on crime, pamper the criminals, and violate the dignity and rights of victims of crime. In office for only two years, Gascon faces his second removal from office by angry voters.

“The breakdown of our public safety in Los Angeles,” Yebri explains, “has many contributing factors, including fewer police on the streets, increased guns, untreated mental illness and addictions, and the unintended consequences of certain well-being”. planned criminal justice reforms like Proposition 47 and no cash bail. Unfortunately, District Attorney George Gascon’s new policies are also contributing to increased recidivism and a general sense of lawlessness throughout Los Angeles.

It’s random crime, often out in the open, that worries people. Appearances can be deceiving. Just last week at noon in the parking lot of the Classic Cat restaurant on the Sunset Strip, criminals stole two $18,000 Rolex watches, then upped their game by jumping into a dark Rolls Royce getaway car. The use of luxury cars to transport victim victims to the fences is not unusual. “Many of the attackers were in expensive vehicles,” added Lt. Bill Moulder of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department.

Crime control has become the top election issue, along with homelessness, for many voters. From the local council district level to the citywide mayoral race, to the countywide question of who will be elected county sheriff, the crime wave is what binds us together.

(Tim Deegan is a civic activist whose weekly column Deegan on LA on urbanism, new urbanism, the environment and homelessness appears in CityWatch. Tim can be reached at [email protected].)

Pokemon Fans Baffled By Diamond & Pearl Sound Library Shutting Down After Just Three Months

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The Pokemon Diamond & Pearl sound library is being shut down, and fans are furious that they’ve lost another way to listen to the game’s soundtracks.

An important element of every video game is its soundtrack, and this is especially true for Pokemon games. A battle theme or route track can send a player back to when they first played through a generation.

However, The Pokemon Company and Nintendo have made it increasingly difficult to listen to high-quality versions of their games’ soundtracks outside of the game. They are not officially available on YouTube or music streaming services except if you want to buy each soundtrack for $9.99 on iTunes.

And those who attempt to upload Pokemon soundtracks to YouTube are often faced with copyright claims. The Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Sound Library used to be an official way for fans to listen to the games soundtrack, but now that’s gone too.

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Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Sound Library Is Shutting Down After Just Three Months In Business

Pokemon Fans Furious After Sound Library Takedown

On May 24, people visiting the Pokemon Diamond & Pearl sound library website received a notice that the website would be shutting down on May 31, 2022. This news came just three months after the service went live.

The Sound Library was an official Pokemon website that allowed fans to download high-quality versions of the Diamond & Pearl soundtrack for free.

But, after hearing the news of its impending discontinuation, Pokemon fans have again requested that the soundtracks be made available on streaming services. A Twitter post by YouTuber LewTwo shared the news, and it was met with a flurry of disappointed comments.

A number of users were confused by GAME FREAK’s decision to end the service. One user replied, “I never understood why Nintendo doesn’t just put the game soundtracks on streaming services like Spotify.”

Despite this outcry, it doesn’t look like GAME FREAK has any plans to release Pokemon game soundtracks on streaming platforms anytime soon.

While Pokemon fans may not like the current accessibility of game soundtracks, they are in love with the new Naruto Rowlet costume released in Pokemon Unite.

What the theme of your board says about you

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A painting theme says a lot about a person…for example, it indicates which painting color you like. But more than that, it gives important insight into your personality and style of play. We’ve looked at some of the most popular and controversial board themes on Chess.com. Prepare to feel seen.

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Green

You totally knew you could change the color of your board (yes, you can, here), but you kept it the classic Chess.com green anyway. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, right? I bet you haven’t changed your coffee order, your haircut, or your favorite pair of shoes in a while, either. No. Your green board says you don’t like to rock the boat.

Brown

Chess.com really said “What if we assimilated Walnut or Dark Wood?” when they created the Brown board. Honestly, it’s kind of an offbeat choice; the feeling of playing on a real board, but without the pesky wood grain that reminds you that the offline world exists. It’s the neo-classical choice – no really, tell me about the new line you learn at the Grunfeld.

Dark wood or walnut

As a true admirer of the classics, you probably prefer to play chess overboard, but recognize that it’s as close as it gets. You think it’s rude to turn down a rematch and you’d rather replay through annotated gamebooks than do online puzzles. I won’t tell anyone that you sleep with Capablanca My Chess Career on your bedside table.

icy sea

Icy Sea has all the class of one of those frosted-glass chess sets people display in their homes, but without the constant worry of dropping a rook mid-blitz and smashing it into a thousand pieces. Yet another case where online is just better… but you’re using the Icy Sea set, so you’ve known that for a while. Imagine yourself as someone who can play any in the opening, you’re pretty ruthless in blitz, and you’ve taken way too many 3+0 plays.

Tournament

The dark green of the Tournament board makes it feel like playing a weekend convention without having to sit across from someone kicking you under the table every time you make a good move. This is a nostalgic board theme, not used by anyone who learned to play the game after Pogchamps. Reminiscent of the plastic roll-up sets at your local chess club, it tries to be a serious chess board, just like you try to be a serious player.

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Blue

Sitting somewhere between green and the icy sea, the blue board is refined yet simple. You didn’t want the default, but you weren’t ready to stray too far from it. It’s like always ordering the same latte, but with an extra dose of vanilla. No one is judging you for that, don’t worry.

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Chewing gum

Using the Bubblegum board makes you the Elle Woods of your Chess.com league division. You know what they say, underrated board suit… underrated player? Yeah, people definitely say that. You show up, make 15 theoretical moves (or at least, 15 moves of…something) and win on the board in style. What, like it’s hard?

Marble

You have chosen one of the most worthy chessboard styles on Chess.com. This design was practically made for longer games of 15+10 in classic main lines. Every move played on this board theme feels a little heavy, and even the Botez gambit comes with a bit of weight and grandeur here. You probably have a library full of chess books at home, and you wouldn’t be caught playing 1.b3.

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Glass

The glass board may be a niche, but it’s quite sophisticated. You drink your coffee black and all the apps on your phone are in dark mode. You’re a 1.e4 player because you think it’s “best per test”, and I bet 10+0 is your favorite time check.

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lolz

Players with the Lolz board should really be feared. Anyone who feeds on this amount of glitter is a force to be reckoned with. Lolz board users have no respect for pawns or hardware in general, promoting activity and chaos. In this way, they are the opposite of Bubblegum board users. The silver sparkles of the Lolz board serve up a Y2K aesthetic that reminds you that chess is actually meant to be fun, with a clear message that “I’d rather play 1.g4 every game than ever face a Berlin”.

3D

3D board users grew up playing Battle Chess on CD-Rom and probably turned on Arcade animations for their pieces. The top-down view gives the full board game experience, while the color of the board is left up to the player (and while I’m personally a fan of Bubblegum, all of the best board colors look great in 3D too). Also, the knight pieces that come with this style of board don’t have eyes, so at the very least they can’t see when you goof.

While the 3D look might not be the most popular choice, you can finally say you’ve found a way to play ball chess “over the board” without knocking pieces off the table.

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Check out Lularobs on Twitch for more fun content! Be sure to comment below and tell us how you customized your board theme. Which did you choose, and why?

1965 Chevrolet Biscayne, once owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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It’s the biggest day on the motorsport calendar with the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 all taking place. Motorsports fans can look forward to a day packed with dawn-to-dusk racing across three different racing disciplines as Formula 1, IndyCar and NASCAR can show off their wares to Memorial Day Weekend viewers. .

As NASCAR wraps up the night with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, my daily window-shopping on ClassicCars.com Led me to a Chevy with the NASCAR Hall of Fame pedigree.

Today’s pick is this 1965 Chevy Biscayne formerly owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Chino Hills, CA. (Click on the hyperlink to display the list)

“The car was originally built by Todd Nelson of Land O’ Lakes Florida in 1999 and was featured on the July 2000 Super Chevy magazine cover,” the listing reads. “The car was later acquired by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and was later featured in an episode of the TV show “Ride with Funkmaster Flex” originally aired in June 2004 in which Earnhardt Jr. and the host can be seen driving the car during an interview.”

It has a custom two-tone black and teal exterior with an induction-style hood, hood pins, and Corvette flag emblems on the fenders. This Chevy has a lowered stance and rolls on offset Torque-Thrust style wheels, with 245/40 tires up front and 275/35 rear tires.

“The interior includes power-adjustable front bucket seats upholstered in black tweed with turquoise tweed insert and black vinyl side,” the listing reads. “The custom door panels are tailored to match the machined billet armrests and cranks for the side and vent windows. A custom-made center console covered in black tweed with a simulated carbon fiber trim panel is mounted between the bucket seats, housing the CD changer, a pair of cupholders and a storage box.

Under the hood is a bored 454ci V8 .060 engine with a high rise Weiand Stealth intake manifold, Holley 650cfm carburetor and cast iron heads with roller rocker arms. The engine is mated to a 700R4 automatic overdrive transmission with a shift kit and 3,000 rpm stall converter that sends power to a 12-bolt rear with a 4.56 positive-drive differential :1.

The seller is asking $42,500 for the Biscayne and with its previous owner, TV appearance and custom work, it’s a bargain. The sale includes a laminated title from North Carolina in the name of Dale Earnhardt Jr with signature, as well as a copy of the July 2000 issue of Great Chevy magazine.

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LA on the Record: The Mayor’s Race, Live from the Grove

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Hello and welcome to LA on the Record – our local election newsletter. It’s Julia Wick, here with an assist from David Zahniser for our penultimate dispatch (!) before the primary.

The Grove – a Disney-esque Los Angeles shopping complex developed by a mayoral candidate Rick Caruso – has become an unlikely campaign destination in recent weeks.

First, board member Joe BuscainoThe mayoralty campaign took its last breath just steps from an AMC multiplex. Isolated from shoppers and tourists by a set of small black velvet ropes, Buscaino abandoned the race and endorsed Caruso in the heart of the grove.

Two weeks later, a small group of reporters returned to the luxury mall to see the longshot contestant Ramit Varma support Caruso.

This event took place on an outdoor patio accessed by Caruso’s private office suite, where fresh orchids abounded and the encrusted Caruso family crest shone in the center of the marble floors.

A single copy of the Montecito Journal featuring Caruso sat on the upstairs lobby coffee table, opposite purple couch cushions that appeared to match Caruso’s costume on the magazine’s cover.

The candidate’s malls are known for their spectacle and highly organized sense of place, and every detail in the offices has been equally considered.

Campaign events in a candidate’s mall are a surreal experience, even in a race upended by mountains of cash and shiny production values. But is there really anything wrong with it?

Jessica LevinsonLoyola Law School professor and former chair of the LA City Ethics Commission, said she sees no problem, as long as the Caruso campaign pays for the use of the space or properly registers it as a donation in kind.

Pierre Ragone, a spokesperson for the Caruso campaign, said the grove was chosen for these events because it was a convenient and central location that made sense on those days. Most of the campaign events took place in other locations in the city, he said. The campaign paid Caruso’s company comparable market rates for space and resource usage during the Buscaino event and has yet to report on the more recent Varma event, Ragone said. .

Caruso’s vast wealth and personal brand are inseparable from his candidacy: he could not cover the city with his message without his personal fortune. And that message hinges on using his success as a businessman (developing malls like the Grove) as a reason to vote for him.

But there was no promotional flogging of the mall at either event. In fact, it would be hard to argue that Caruso is using her campaign for financial gain, given that he has already hemorrhaged tens of millions of dollars paying her.

(Caruso said he would put his company, which owns and operates billions of dollars worth of commercial properties in Southern California, into a blind trust and allow its chief development officer to take the helm s ‘he wins.)

Still, Levinson said the standards for impropriety would be higher if Caruso won the election.

“There’s something very different about a mayoral candidate having a rally at their place of work, compared to the mayor having an event there,” she said.

State of play

‘WHY DID RICK CARUSO DARKEN THIS IMAGE?’: Caruso campaign is under fire for artificially darkening its opponent’s images Rep. Karen Bass in an attack announcement published last week. At a rally organized by Bass supporters on Thursday morning, posters featuring the images were displayed and a speaker denounced the ads as racist.

“Caruso stokes racial fears by running ads that artificially darken Congresswoman Bass’ face,” the Moms in Office founder said. Simona Grace said at the rally. “The Republican Party has been using this kind of racist dog whistle policy for years.”

The Caruso campaign said the high-contrast filter was quickly removed from the ad after objections were raised, and noted that Bass supporters used a high-contrast filter in an attack ad targeting Caruso.

It is true that contrast or shadow effects are not uncommon in lead ads. But Caruso is a white man and Bass is a black woman, which makes the optics of a complexion-darkening ad a very different matter for the two. There’s a long history of controversy over political attack ads that darken the skin of black candidates. And whatever the intent, research shows that such images can exacerbate viewers’ implicit racial biases.

Footage of the Rick Caruso ad that drew criticism was displayed at a rally in support of Rep. Karen Bass’s mayoral campaign on Thursday morning.

(Julia Wick/Los Angeles Times)

FERVENT ’50+1′ SPECULATION UNBOXING: Whispers about whether Caruso might attempt a moonshot strategy by breaking the 50% threshold in June have become deafening in recent weeks. Although it is technically possible for a candidate to win mayoralty in June, experts say it would be highly unlikely. Here’s why.

WHERE THE VALLEY? The San Fernando Valley has evolved from its largely white and conservative past to resemble the more diverse city of Los Angeles as a whole. Which, as columnist Sandy Banks writes, begs the question: Karen Bass or Rick Caruso?

CANDIDATES’ POSITION ON THE POLICE: Police and crime in Los Angeles have been among the race’s dominant issues. The Times’ James Queally examines where the candidates stand on various aspects and how their positions differ.

— A PISSING MATCH BETWEEN BOSSES: Caruso and the Hollywood Titan Jeffrey Katzenbergwho supports Bass, have publicly argued about the race.

PLAYING CATCH-UP: Did you miss last week’s KCRW-Los Angeles Times Mayors Forum on Homelessness? You can still listen to the podcast version.

And in non-municipal news …

CALL MOM AND DAD: With Los Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiWith Antonio’s ambassadorial nomination stalled in the US Senate, his parents took a step more typical of industries or governments: They hired a national lobbying firm to help pave the way for a vote. It is highly unusual for the parents of a politician to hire a lobbying firm on behalf of their adult son.

HOME IS WHERE THE ELECTORAL REGISTRATION IS: The Times looked at the race between Current Council Member Awards and college administrator Dulce Vasquez, which focused heavily on Vasquez’s time living — and voting — in the 9th Ward, which encompasses part of South Los Angeles. Price said Vasquez lacks roots or knowledge in the neighborhood. Vasquez, the daughter of immigrants, said she was well aware of the neighborhood’s problems.

TENANT REVOLT: The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to make an offer on Hillside Villa, a 124-unit apartment complex in Chinatown, following an emotionally charged hearing in which residents expressed their rage over huge rent hikes. The proposal comes as Councilman Gil Cedillo, who represents Chinatown, is in an uphill battle for re-election. But there are still a number of uncertainties, including the price of the building and each tenant’s ability to stay.

The money shot

The latest installment of campaign finance disclosures was released Thursday, revealing what candidates received and spent from April 24 to May 21, according to documents submitted to the City of Los Angeles Ethics Commission.

We’ll start with the two headlines: Bass is experiencing a real surge in donors and has raised almost half a million in less than a month. And Caruso is continuing to pour money into his campaign, with cash flow likely to top $40 million before the primary.

Bass’s campaign received about $466,000 in contributions during the April 24-May 21 filing period and spent about $1.75 million.

Caruso raised about $145,000 in contributions and spent about $12 million over the same period. The new filings (along with an additional 24-hour contribution report just after the May 21 deadline) reveal that Caruso has now poured $37.5 million of his own money into his campaign.

Member of the board Kevin de Leon received about $156,000 in dues and spent about $775,000. He also received more than $100,000 in matching funds from the city during the same period.

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QUICK KEYS

  • Who runs the city? It’s still Eric Garcetti. His confirmation as Indian Ambassador remains in limbo, but Gil and Sukey Garcetti are on the case.
  • The latest approvals from the mayor: Mazel tov in Bass over endorsements from a large group of Jewish leaders, including Rabbi Sharon Brousformer representatives. Howard Berman, Mel Levine and Henry Waxman and former LA City Councilwoman Roz Wyman. Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovitch approved Mel Wilson. Caruso has been endorsed by the Central City Association and reality TV moguls Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner.
  • And other mentions of the city: Korea Daily and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 99-Education Workers United endorsed Tim McCosker in CD 15. Los Angeles County Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Approved Greg Good in CD 11.

(If you have a recommendation you want to flag for next week, please send it to us.)

  • Digging of the week: “It’s bizarre that Caruso is spending tens of millions of dollars persuading Angelenos to vote for him while largely ignoring one of the most pressing challenges facing the city.” — Times Energy Reporter Samy Rothwriting in his climate newsletter about Caruso’s lack of a climate action plan.
  • On the agenda for next week: Monday is Memorial Day. The Woodland Hills Warner Center Ward Council is hosting a Zoom forum with candidates for the LAUSD District 4 Board of Directors seat on Tuesday evening.

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Uturn Audio turntable review

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I like to collect old records. I’m hipster, I’m vintage, I’m different – say what you will, but I love vinyl. There was, however, a certain quality lacking in my curated musical setup until recently. Frankly, it kinda sucks to have all the coolest records you can find at the flea market or a vintage store and not have a decent sound system to play them.

Until about a month ago I had my $50 Victrola record player for years. You know, the 1930s one with Vinyl, CD, Cassette, FM/AM, and Bluetooth capabilities, just like our grandparents had it (OK, minus the Bluetooth.) I actually bought the same one, twice . The first broke almost immediately and the second…well, it didn’t look like it was going to make it either.

I had a lot of issues with my standard low level record player, but I put up with them because I thought it would cost hundreds of dollars to upgrade my setup. After a while, however, its audio quality varied wildly from day to day and some of the most essential functions seemed to have worn out, two things that became increasingly difficult to ignore. Often, console turntables try to incorporate as many features as possible, resulting in lower priority vinyl sound quality.

U-Turn Orbit Basic turntable

After putting up with its “quirks” for what felt like a century, I knew it was time for me to update my setup. I wanted to build a quality system worthy of my impressive record collection, but it had to fit within my budget. It turns out you don’t have to sacrifice performance for affordability, and U-turn’s Orbit Basic turntable is living proof of that.

U-turn’s catalog of high-quality audio equipment offers a range of prices and capabilities. The Orbit Basic turntable that I use is a simple piece of equipment; it plugs in and spins your records. However, there is elegance in its simplicity. The spinning mechanism is designed to be quiet, using a wide band to spin the record, eliminating the squealing noises typically produced by low-end record players.

U-turn also offers stylishly patterned speakers with seamless connectivity to their turntables. The turntable upgrade is nothing without some new speakers. The Ethos Powered speakers come in a variety of stylish colors and can optionally come with Grill covers, which I think gives them a super cool retro look.

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Robotic hand uses old CD-ROM parts

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Robotic arms and actuators are fascinating things to watch, and as popular among manufacturers as they are crucial to modern industry. [kthod2000] built their own design, which is based on parts salvaged from old CD-ROM drives.

The arm itself is made up of numerous components that appear to be 3D printed, with three main motors visible along its length. These appear to be the ejector motors harvested from several optical drives, which helpfully come with a threaded screw on the output shaft which makes them perfect for a linear drive application. Managed by a TMC2208 driver via a microcontroller, the ejector motors control the multi-stage movement of the robot arm as it moves up and down.

The intention seems to be that one of these three-level assemblies can act as a single finger. Combined multiple times, this could create something akin to a five-digit robot hand. [kthod2000] also did a lot of work on the software side of things that handles arm control. The kinematics can be simulated on screen in concert with the actual movement of the arm.

We’ve seen similar versions before, like this plotter built from scrap DVD players. They are a great source of quality electromechanical components for small projects, so it’s no surprise to see them working here. Video after the break.

7 Best CD Players for Home Listening in 2022

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Spotify and its ilk make it easier than ever to spread the full musical story, but all those audio files are compressed to tiny sizes and end up lacking in warmth and richness. There’s a reason audiophiles call it “CD quality” – it sounds better.

Today, alongside the decade-long vinyl revival and the resurgence of the record player, we are seeing a resurgence of CDs. Last year in the United States, sales of compact discs increased for the first time since 2004 and music fans in the UK bought over 14 million CDs in 2021.

So whether it’s time to dust off your physical record collection or you’re looking for new CDs onlinehere’s the Esquire edition of the seven best CD players to buy in 2022:

    There are a whole host of arguments why you should go back to CDs. They’re affordable, support artists for more than just pennies per streamed game, sound even better than records (and don’t skip), and come in collectible cases with great artwork and lyric booklets. Say goodbye to shuffle and listen to your favorite songs the way the musicians intended.

    The need to know

    You don’t want to buy a new player only to find that you can’t connect it to your speakers or that it needs batteries. So, before you buy, here are a few things to keep in mind:

    Type of player: The most high-end type is a component player that fits into a larger system and won’t come with built-in speakers. Alternatively, you can look for an all-in-one system with built-in speakers and additional connectivity options, a simple boombox that can run on mains or batteries, or a portable battery-operated model. We’ve included at least one model of each of these types in our roundup.

    The exits: You will want to take note of the outputs that can connect to your drive. All on this list have a headphone jack, but some devices will also have analog RCA outputs for connecting to an amplifier or speakers. Some devices will have optical and coaxial outputs as well as the usual RCA, making them more versatile. If you choose a player that is just a “transport” it means that it only includes CD mechanics and will need a separate DAC (digital to analog converter) to output the sound . It’s also worth checking if the one you choose can play files from a USB drive or if it has wireless options like Bluetooth or wifi.

    Best CD player for audiophiles

    Marantz SA-10 Super Audio CD Player Black

    Available on AV.com and Vickers Hi-Fi

    After some serious high-end specs? The best CD players are components that fit into a larger system, like this model that can play just about any disc imaginable and also play Hi-Res Audio via USB. Mix in some high end speakers to make your music sing. It’s pricey, but it’s a key part of an amazing home hi-fi system capable of the best dynamic range and detail.

    Speaker: n / A
    Power source: Power supply
    Connections: Digital optical input and output, digital coaxial input and output, USB, headphone jack
    Dimensions: 12.7 x 44 x 41.9cm
    Mass: 18.4kg

    Cambridge Audio AXC35 CD player

    Available at Amazon and Richer sounds

    This slim player comes to us from UK sound specialists Cambridge Audio and is a capable performer at a sub-£400 price. Compared to its high-end CD player rivals, it’s on the more affordable end of the spectrum, and it has a classic look that reminds us of our old DVD player. It produces clear, detailed sound from its minimal design but lacks an optical or USB connection.

    Speaker: n / A
    Power source: Power supply
    Connections: Headphone jack, digital coaxial input and output, line output
    Dimensions: 51 x 42 x 15cm
    Mass: 4.3kg

    Best Portable CD Player

    Oakcastle CD100 Portable Bluetooth CD Player

    Available at Amazon, curries and oakcastle

    We all remember the Sony Discman, but you’ll be hard pressed to get your hands on one of these models in 2022. That doesn’t mean the portable CD player is dead, though, and it does offer a few times today’s conveniences, including a rechargeable battery (via the included USB cable), car compatibility and Bluetooth to connect your headphones wirelessly. It also includes an aux cable to hook it up to external speakers and retro headphones with in-line controls.

    Speaker: n / A
    Power source: Rechargeable battery (lasts 12 hours)
    Connections: Headphone jack, Aux, Micro USB
    Dimensions: 2.8 x 14 x 14cm
    Mass: 230g

    Best Classic Boombox CD Player

    Sony CFDS70B.CEK Classic CD and Cassette Boombox with Radio

    Available at AmazonO.A., Argos and Very

    I can’t resist recreating the scene where John Cusack held his boombox above his head in say anything? This traditional Sony has a classic design – it can play CDs, has a built-in cassette deck for some serious throwback vibes (can’t we be the only ones who recorded Top 40 on cassettes?), and FM radio /AM tuners. It’s a boombox like the one you had in your childhood bedroom and while familiar, it doesn’t have any of today’s comforts, so don’t expect DAB or Bluetooth here.

    Speaker: 3.4W output
    Power source: Mains powered or six 1.5 VC batteries
    Connections: Headphone jack, Aux
    Dimensions: 35.1 x 22.8 x 15.8cm
    Mass: 2.3kg

    Best Minimalist CD Player

    Panasonic SC-HC302 Bluetooth DAB+ Micro Hi-Fi System, Black

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    £139.00

    Available from John Lewis, Amazon and curries

    For a sleek and minimal home stereo system, opt for this Panasonic model. More than a basic CD player, it also provides DAB radio stations, audio files via USB and streaming music via Bluetooth and Chromecast Audio. You can mount it on a wall so it also disappears into your decor. Ideal as a versatile mini hifi, there aren’t many downsides given its good value for money, but it should be noted that it can’t transmit to wireless headphones.

    Speaker: 20W
    Power source: Power supply
    Connections: USB, headphone jack, auxiliary
    Dimensions: 19.7 x 40 x 10.7cm
    Mass: 2.5kg

    Best all-in-one music system

    Ruark R3 DAB/DAB+/FM/Internet Radio and CD Bluetooth Wi-Fi Wireless All-in-One Music System

    Available from John Lewis and Amazon

    Looking for a compact player to sit on a table? Go for it. The Ruark R3 plays CDs, DAB and internet radio, and can stream via Bluetooth and wifi. It’s a sleek and versatile package that’s tough and capable. If you want something more eye-catching, Ruark’s R7 is a bigger, more powerful version that packs great acoustics into a sleek piece of furniture. It is a centerpiece to make the guests talk before impressing them with its sound quality.

    Speaker: 30W output
    Power source: Power supply
    Connections: RCA input and output, optical input, USB, Ethernet, headphone jack
    Dimensions: 42 x 22 x 16.7cm
    Mass: 5.3kg

    John Lewis & Partners Tenor Hi-Fi music system with DAB/DAB+/FM/Internet radio with CD and wireless connectivity

    Available from John Lewis only

    Like the sound of the Ruark above but not sure about the price? John Lewis makes a similar player for around half the price, and it connects to wifi, Bluetooth, DAB and USB players in addition to playing your treasured CD collection. It’s loud enough to be a good option for the kitchen or living room, or with its dual alarm functions – which can wake you up with your favorite radio station, a CD or a buzzing sound – it can work best in the bedroom.

    Speaker: 40W output
    Power source: Power supply
    Connections: USB, Aux, Headphone Jack, Line Out, Ethernet
    Dimensions: 15.3 x 45.8 x 22.7cm
    Mass: 5.84kg

    Compact discs – invented 43 years ago – aren’t obsolete, but it’s fair to say that the “revival” is more of a cultural resurgence than an economic resurgence. They are in tune with the times in 2022, carried by the nostalgia of the 90s.

    Even with the news that CD sales increased last year, it’s worth noting Adele’s latest album 30 is solely responsible for the increase with 898,000 units sold in the United States, and you can’t call it a comeback if a single artist is the cause. Yes, we all know that the vast majority of music consumption happens through streaming, but niche formats persist. CDs are far from gone though buyers in the United States bought 40.16 million in 2021, while UK record lovers bought more than 14 million.

    Why do CDs sound better than streaming music?

    If you listen to all your music on streaming services, nine times out of ten it will be a compressed digital file small enough to stream over the internet. Unless you’re on Hi-Res Audio from Apple Music, Tidal, or Amazon HD Musicyour songs are grouped into more manageable files for easy streaming.

    While perhaps a little less convenient than streaming, humble compact discs offer uncompressed audio that can get louder without distortion and has more dynamic range and detail. We’d be the first to admit that you might not always notice the difference, especially if you’re not using high-quality speakers, a full home audio system, or a pair of the best wired headphones.

    At Esquire, we appreciate any physical media just slightly more than digital alternatives. For all its convenience, you can never truly cherish that downloaded file stored somewhere in the cloud or think your streaming subscription matters as much as an actual music collection. That said, there are a few differences between CDs and vinyl if you’re forced to choose between the two.

    As the name suggests, CDs are more compact but they also lack a bit of the nostalgia factor and analog fullness of vinyl sound. They are less susceptible to damage, won’t warp, or pop like LPs can. If you’re looking for perfect audio clarity without crackles or scratches, go for CDs. There’s also nothing wrong with owning both a CD and a record player. If you have room for both, why not?

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    Kanye West asks Naoto Fukasawa to redesign McDonald’s packaging

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    It’s the collaboration you didn’t know you needed: Ye, Fukasawa, and the Golden Arches themselves. Yesterday (May 24), Kanye West announced on his personal Instagram a collaboration with “industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa to reinvent McDonald’s packaging”. The post featured a glimpse of a reworked box – we’re guessing Big Mac – in 8-bit, industrial fashion, brandishing the burger ingredients and the McDonald’s logo. The post was accompanied by an Instagram story referring to Gold digger: “Next week it’s fries”. Keeping things incredibly short and sweet, as is often the case with West launches, the internet was left, largely loving it, but with many questions. So here’s the context.

    Ye has a long history with design. In fact, in a 2007 interview with Complex, he went so far as to say, “I always say I was a designer before I was a rapper.” While his evolution in the world of fashion – from an internship at GAP in 2009 to his current global projects with Yeezy – is well known, this is not the first time that West has championed initiatives in the fields of design. . In 2018, West announced the introduction of Yeezy Home, an architectural and product design arm of his fashion empire, beginning work on social housing projects inspired by the Star Wars igloo. From Yeezy shoes to Luke Skywalker-inspired cases, shapes that connect the world between functionality and sculptural futuristic visions have always been West’s signature.

    This design approach lends itself well to the legacy of Naoto Fukasawa, a designer who has been at the forefront of the world of product design for decades. Best known for his work with Japanese homewares retailer Muji, Fukasawa is the designer behind several singular pieces in graphic design history. Examples include his iconic wall-mounted CD player for Muji in 1999 and his famous INFOBAR mobile phone from 2003, which featured a long, thin, brightly colored shape. Both were highly unusual for the time and remain so. Having also designed for Herman Miller, Alessi, B&B Italia, Magis and HAY, Naoto Fukasawa is renowned for his modern, minimalist and contoured forms that seamlessly integrate and respond to people’s daily lives. Naoto Fukasawa also believes in blurring the line between a product – be it a kitchen fan or a chair – and other familiar objects, which makes sense given his latest riff. on form with West.

    Ye McDonald’s relationship is more surprising, but still pre-existing. A figure in constant collaboration with major brands, from Gap to Adidas, he featured in Mcdonald’s Instagram promotional stories in 2020 revealing his favorite dish – milkshake, side of fries, Chicken McNuggets and spicy barbecue sauce, for those who are ask.

    While it has yet to be revealed if the new Fukasawa, Fifth element-the worthy packaging is an official collaboration with McDonald’s, we hope the next preview of the potential range will be a reimagined Happy Meal box.

    How to Enable Lossless Audio on Apple Music

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    One thing that gives Apple Music an edge over its competitors is its massive lossless music library. In fact, every track in its library has a lossless audio option. That’s over 75 million tracks.

    It’s ridiculous, and everything is encoded with the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) to retain all those little details from the source recordings. This should make every lossless Apple Music track sound exactly as it did in the studio, as the artist intended.

    That’s important because streaming apps have become the de facto standard for how we get our music. However, this comes at a cost to quality. Most of the time, they do not deliver high quality music files to our devices, in order to limit the amount of data sent.

    It’s a simple math, CD audio takes a lot of data and unlimited data plans weren’t exactly a thing when streaming services first started. Even now, most audio streams are “lossy” or encoded to a lower quality than your CD collection.

    Fortunately, thanks to better recording and mastering techniques, this lossy encoding isn’t as noticeable as it could be – most of the time. For the most visible tracks, music streaming services have started adding “lossless” audio, which increases the quality of the recording, while destroying your data plan.

    About a year ago, Apple Music started adding lossless quality tracks to its library. Now each of the over 75 million tracks has a lossless option, but it’s not enabled by default.

    What is “lossless” audio in Apple Music?

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    All digital audio creation uses a process called sampling to create digital files from analog recordings. This process is usually “lossy“, where it removes information from the original file to create a smaller saved file.

    Lossless audio attempts to preserve the original analog recording as much as possible. This makes the digital version as close to the original as possible, but it comes at a cost. It comes at a cost for how much storage it has to take up and how much data it will use if you stream it.

    Unlike some streaming services, Apple Music offers every subscriber the lossless audio option at no additional cost. This is in addition to the existing higher resolution audio stream of CD quality, or 16bit/44.1kHz.

    It comes in two variants:

    • Lossless: Stream at up to 24-bit/48kHz resolution
    • Lossless High Resolution: Stream at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution

    The entire Apple Music catalog was encoded using Apple’s lossless codec, Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC). This means that each track has a lossless version, which ranges from 16bit/44.1kHz (CD quality) to 24bit/192kHz.

    What else do I need to use lossless audio in Apple Music?

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    Your iPhone or iPad must have the latest software. You can listen to lossless audio from the built-in speakers or a wired connection to headphones, receivers, or powered speakers.

    If you want to listen at sample rates above 48kHz, you will also need a external digital-to-analog converter (DAC). You can use a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapterbut that’s limited to 24-bit/48kHz at maximum bitrate, like the internal speakers.

    Lossless audio requires a lot of bandwidth. You can also use it with WiFi-enabled wireless speakers, like the HomePodwhich supports lossless streaming.

    Can I use lossless audio via Bluetooth?

    Third generation Apple Airpods
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    The short answer here is no, Bluetooth does not have the bandwidth to handle the high bitrate of Apple Music lossless audio.

    This means that your AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, AirPods (3rd Gen), or Beats wireless headphones will not give you lossless audio quality, even if you have it set up on your device.

    You will get the Apple AAC Bluetooth codec which is one of the premium offerings for Bluetooth audio. Maybe a future pair of Apple wireless headphones will offer lossless support.

    How to Enable Lossless Audio on Apple Music (iPhone & iPad)

    All Apple Music subscribers have the lossless audio option as part of their subscription. Here’s how to set it up.

    1. To open Settings app on your iPad or iPhone
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    1. Scroll to Music and faucet above
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    1. Faucet on Music quality
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    1. Faucet on Lossless Audio to turn it on or off
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    1. Change the quality you want to stream at Cellular broadcast, 5G and Wi-Fi, and for Downloads

    Choose lossless lets you stream audio at up to 24-bit/48kHz quality. Choose Lossless High Resolution gives you a maximum quality of 24bit/192kHz.

    Remember that unless you have an unlimited data plan, your cellular or 5G data will drain quickly. Hi-Res Lossless operates at a maximum data usage of 9216 kbps. That’s a huge leap from the 320KB max bitrate of high-quality MP3s you’re used to streaming.

    high-speed Internet indicates that you must have at least 20 Mbps broadband to use Hi-Res Lossless. This amounts to roughly doubling the bit rate of the transferred files. With this logic, Lossless would require 5 Mbps, which could be handled by almost any broadband connection.

    How to Enable Lossless Audio on Apple Music (Android)

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    The latest version of Apple Music app for Android supports lossless audio. The same restrictions apply, i.e. a wired connection to headphones, receivers or powered speakers, the built-in speakers or a DAC if you want to listen to more than 48kHz.

    Some Android devices support sample rates above 48kHz without the need for an external DAC, so check with your device manufacturer.

    To enable or disable Lossless:

    1. To open Apple Music app
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    1. Faucet the After button (the three-dot menu)
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    1. Then, faucet on Settings
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    1. Faucet on Audio quality
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    1. Faucet on lossless to turn it on or off
    screenshot of apple music on android showing lossless audio toggle
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    You also have the same options for maximum quality as iPhone or iPad users. Choose lossless lets you stream audio at up to 24-bit/48kHz quality. Choose Lossless High Resolution gives you a maximum quality of 24bit/192kHz.

    Again, this will chew up your data plan if you’re going to use it on cellular or 5G data.

    Is there anything else I need to know about Apple Music lossless audio?

    While Apple’s official support pages state that “all Apple Music apps” offer lossless audio, this is not the case.

    This is the version of Apple Music that recently appeared on Roku devices. Roku said The edge this support is not available “at the moment”, which could mean that a future update will enable it.

    It’s not entirely surprising. Apple Music app on PS5 does not mention lossless audio and Apple TV 4K only supports sample rates up to 48kHz.

    Now you know how to listen to the best audio quality through Apple Music, lossless (or more precisely, Hi-Res Lossless).

    It’s a shame that you need to buy additional hardware to enjoy the highest level of audio quality. Future Apple devices might support Hi-Res Lossless on their own, and Apple might just future-proof its services here.

    Do you have any thoughts on this? Let us know below in the comments or forward the discussion to our Twitter or Facebook.

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    Can you auto-skip a CD?

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    When you sign up for a certificate of deposit (CD), you agree to leave your money in a particular account for a specific period of time. It may take a few months or a few years. Once this time has elapsed, your CD will mature and your money will be returned to you with the interest it has accrued. At this point, your CD supplier will write to you outlining your options.

    Generally, you can either withdraw the funds at this point or let them roll over to a new CD. Every bank and credit union has different rules, but in most cases you don’t have to do anything to roll your CD. Just make sure you know the rules that apply to your CDs and be sure to check the rate you will be paid for the new CD, as it might be lower than the previous one.

    Key points to remember

    • At the end of your CD’s term, your money will be returned to you with the interest it has accrued.
    • As the end of the CD’s term approaches, your CD supplier will inform you of your options.
    • Your choices are usually to withdraw the funds or transfer them to a new CD.
    • Be sure to check the price of the new CD if you choose a rollover, as it might be lower than the previous price.

    How to Roll on a CD

    For most CDs, you don’t have to do anything to turn them into a new CD of similar length. Most CDs held by most banks and building societies will be automatically replaced if you do nothing.

    Each bank, credit union, and other CD provider has its own rules when it comes to CD maturities. As your CD approaches maturity, your vendor should write to you and explain your options. Generally, they will offer you three options:

    • Transfer funds to another bank account. Options include a savings account, checking account, or money market account.
    • Remove the product. They can be transferred to an external bank account or mailed to you as a paper check.
    • Roll on the CD in a new CD to this bank. Typically this would be in a CD that best matches the length of your maturing CD. For example, if you have a one-year certificate that is ending, they will likely transfer your balance to a new one-year CD.

    For most CDs, the third option is the default: if you do nothing, your CD will be replaced with a new one that matches the duration of the old one. You should, however, check with your provider what their rules are, as each provider sets their own.

    Although most CDs automatically convert to a new CD if you don’t withdraw the funds at maturity, you may not receive the same interest rate as with the previous CD. You should check with your CD supplier about the interest rates they will pay on new CDs to avoid a nasty surprise.

    Find the best CD prices

    Although most CDs will roll over if you do nothing when they mature, this does not necessarily mean that the terms of the CD will be the same. Your bank will usually place your money on another CD of the same length as the CD that just matured. For example, if your six-month CD is coming due, you may have 10 days after the due date to instruct your bank. If you don’t provide new instructions, your bank can put the money in another six-month CD.

    That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll earn the same rate as before, though. When a CD flips, it is equivalent to the end of the previous CD and a new beginning. The interest rate paid by your provider on new CDs may have changed since you purchased yours, and if rolled over, you will receive the new rate. This may be more or less than what you earned on the previous CD.

    If you want to maximize the yield on your CDs, that means paying attention to when your CDs mature and trying to find the best rate possible. Interest rates on CDs depend on a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the control of individual institutions (such as the prime rate and the Fed rate). However, there is a wide variation in how much each vendor will pay, so it’s as important to hunt for the best deal when rolling your CD as when you first release it.

    What happens when a CD matures?

    When a CD matures, your bank or credit union will write to you to explain your options. You can normally withdraw your funds from the CD, or allow it to roll onto a new CD. If you do nothing, most vendors will automatically replace your CD with a new one.

    Will the interest rate on my CD change if I roll?

    It could. Your bank will likely turn your CD into a CD with a similar term, but will pay the interest rate available to new CD customers. This may be higher or lower than your previous rate.

    What happens if I do nothing when a CD matures?

    It depends on who you are holding the CD. Most financial institutions will turn your CD into a new CD with a similar term. Others may withdraw your funds to another type of account. You should check with your provider to be sure of the rules that apply to your accounts.

    The essential

    When a CD matures, your bank or credit union should write to you outlining your options. Typically, you will have a short window to withdraw your funds. If you do nothing, your CD will probably turn into a new CD.

    The term of your new CD will normally be similar to that of the previous one, but the interest rate may be different. Your bank or credit union will pay you the same interest rate as new CD customers, and this rate may be lower or higher than your previous rate. If you want to make sure your CD is paying the highest rates possible, you need to shop around each time your CD comes due.

    How to Fix Virtual Disk Service Error in DiskPart

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    Are you getting virtual disk service error when trying to run DiskPart? This can be a very frustrating problem, but luckily it’s easy to fix. In this article, I will guide you through the steps to fix this problem. This is a technical article for virtual machine users. But first, some definitions in case you’re new to virtual operating systems.

    A virtual machine (VM) is a digital version of a physical computer. Virtual machine software can run programs and operating systems, store data, connect to networks, and perform other computing functions, and requires maintenance such as updates and system monitoring. The main purpose of virtual machines is to run multiple operating systems at the same time, from the same hardware.

    A virtual hard disk (VHD) is a disk image file format for storing the entire contents of a computer’s hard disk. The disk image, sometimes called a virtual machine (VM), replicates an existing hard disk, including all data and structural elements. It is important to note that the VHD is a backup copy of your disk drive.

    What is Virtual Disk Service?

    Virtual Disk Service is a Windows service that manages and provides information about virtual disks. This service is required for many disk management related tasks, such as creating or extending a volume.

    In the Windows 2000 era, each storage device manufacturer offered its own application to install and manage its devices. Therefore, if users have different types of storage devices on their computer system, they should use separate applications. Managing disks and partitions has become difficult because of this.

    Virtual Disk Service (VDS) was created in Windows Server 2003 to solve the management problem. VDS is a set of application programming interfaces that include Disk Management snap-in, DiskPart command-line tool, and DiskRAID command-line tool, which provides a unified interface for disk management .

    VDS eliminates the need to use multiple storage applications to manage various storage devices. Instead, any hardware with a VDS hardware provider can be managed using the same compatible storage application.

    Why are you getting a virtual disk service error?

    There are several reasons why you may get virtual disk service error.

    • The most common reason is that the service is not working.
    • Another common problem is that the security descriptor of the VDS registry key is corrupted. This can happen if you recently installed or uninstalled a third-party storage app.
    • The VDS dynamic link library (DLL) may be damaged or missing. This is usually caused by malware or a virus.
    • The storage device is not compatible with VDS.
    • You do not have the appropriate permissions to manage the storage device.
    • The storage device is in use by another process.

    Common DiskPart virtual disk service errors and their solutions

    The DiskPart Virtual Disk Service error can occur due to various circumstances. We will list all the errors and their solutions with.

    In most solutions, you will need to use third-party applications such as EaseUS Partition Master or Minitool Partition Wizard.

    Error #1: Cleaning is not allowed on the disk containing the current boot, system, pagefile, crash dump, or hibernation volume

    While confirming the DiskPart clean command on the system disk, if you receive the following error message, this solution is for you:

    “Virtual Disk Service Error: Scrubbing is not allowed on the disk containing the current boot, system, pagefile, crash dump, or hibernate volume.”

    This error is caused by trying to clean up the system disk. You cannot use the DiskPart clean command on the current boot, system, pagefile, crash dump, or hibernate volume. To fix this error and use DiskPart clean command successfully, you will need to create a bootable disk using EaseUS Partition Master. This will allow you to boot your system with external media and clean up your system partition.

    Here are the steps for that:

    1. Create a disc or hard drive. You will need a storage medium, such as a USB flash drive or CD/DVD disc, to create a bootable EaseUS partition master disc. Properly connect the device to your computer. Then from the top menu bar choose “WinPE Creator”. Select it to continue.
    2. When you select a drive, your computer detects the connected device and indicates whether it is a USB device or a CD/DVD. If you don’t have a storage device, you can also save the ISO file to a local drive and then burn it to storage media later. Once you have chosen an option, click “Continue”.
    3. Connect WinPE bootable disk to PC. Restart your computer and press the Esc button several times to enter the BIOS. Set it so that the PC boots from “Removable Devices” or “CD-ROM Drive” instead of the hard drive. Press “F10” to save and exit the BIOS menu.
    4. Install and open EaseUS Partition Master. Select the hard drive or solid state drive to erase. Then right-click and select “Clear data”.
    5. Set the number of times to erase data. You can only set it to 10 at a time. Then press “OK”.
    6. A message box will appear telling you that “A computer would restart after wiping the disk is recommended”. Click “OK” to continue.
    7. To start erasing data, click “Execute Operation” and then “Apply”.

    Error #2: The volume size is too large

    The following error message may appear when trying to format a partition to FAT32 using DiskPart:

    “Virtual Disk Service Error: The volume size is too large. »

    If you get this error, the size of the disk you are trying to format is probably larger than 32 GB. Windows does not support formatting a device beyond 32 GB in FAT32 due to the system limitation of files. You have two choices to solve this problem, either use a third-party tool like EaseUS Partition Master to format the drive to FAT32 file system, or you can format the drive to another format such as NTFS or exFAT. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. In the Windows search box, type Disk Management and launch it.
    2. Right-click on the disk and choose Format.
    3. Choose a volume label, file system (like NTFS), and allocation size. Click OK to format.

    Error #3: There is not enough usable space for this operation

    If you receive the message “Virtual Disk Service Error: There is not enough usable space for this operation”. this may be because there is no unused free space or not enough unallocated space available on a hard drive for some specific operation, such as extending a partition or creating new partitions. a primary partition using the DiskPart utility.

    The solution is to reduce the volume:

    1. In the Windows search box, type Disk Management and launch it.
    2. Right-click on the disk and choose Shrink Volume.
    3. Follow the on-screen instructions to lower the volume.

    Error #4: The service failed to initialize

    Normally, the Virtual Disk Service automatically launches on a Windows PC. However, sometimes it may fail to start or fail to initialize. In such a scenario, you will get the following error:

    “Virtual Disk Service Error: The service failed to initialize.”

    To fix the error, you need to start the VDS service, from Windows services. Here are the steps for that:

    1. In the Windows search box, type Services and click its icon to launch Windows Services.
    2. Find Virtual Disk Service and double-click it.
    3. Click the Start button to start the Virtual Disk Service.

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    Windows DiskPart is a powerful command-line tool you can use to manage partitions on your hard drive. However, sometimes you may encounter errors when trying to use it. In this article, I have provided solutions to some of the most common DiskPart errors.

    How to Fix Invalid Parameter DiskPart Error?

    If you get the error “DiskPart encountered an error: the parameter is incorrect”, it may be because you are trying to clean up a drive that is in use. To solve this problem, you must first unmount the drive and then run the clean command.

    How to Fix Virtual Disk Service Error in Windows Server 2008?

    If you get the error “Virtual Disk Service Error: The service failed to initialize”, it may be because the Virtual Disk Service is not running. To solve this problem, you need to start the VDS service from Windows Services.

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    Every player linked with a move to Real Madrid Femenino

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    Real Madrid Femenino have already secured a place in the UEFA Women’s Champions League for next season, with their next game against Primera champions Iberdrola Barcelona Femení in the Copa de la Reina semi-finals on Wednesday.

    With Las Blancas hoping to reach their first-ever Copa de la Reina final with their first-ever victory over their rivals, attention has already turned to next season, and several names are already linked with a move to Madrid. in summer.

    Let’s take a look at all the players rumored to be on Real Madrid Femenino’s radar since the start of the season.

    Jenni Hermoso (Forward, Barcelona)

    The greatest goalscorer in the history of Spanish women’s football and the Barcelona Femení, Jenni Hermoso would be a welcome addition to the Real Madrid Femenino.

    The 32-year-old’s contract expires with Barcelona in June 2022, and according to AS’s Mayca Jiménez, Las Blancas could swoop in for the striker. Hermoso was the UEFA Women’s Champions League top scorer in the 2020-21 season, where the Blaugranes won the treble. She also finished second in the Women’s Ballon d’Or rankings in 2021.

    However, while we would love to have a Champions League winner at Real Madrid Femenino, it looks like Hermoso will stay at Barcelona.

    “We had conversations with Madrid before, but it never went any further. I always felt Barca at home. Hermoso said in an interview with SER Catalunya in January.

    Laia Aleixandri (Central Defender, Atlético Madrid)

    According to that same report by Mayca Jiménez, Real Madrid Femenino were monitoring Laia Aleixandri, who is a 21-year-old centre-back playing for Atlético Madrid Femenino.

    Aleixandri played 140 games for the club, winning the Primera Iberdrola twice (2017-18, 2018-19) and the Supercopa Feminina in 2020-21. The young defender has eight caps with the Spanish national team, while also succeeding at age group level.

    Aleixandri’s contract ends in June 2022 and has recently been linked with Manchester City Women, so it remains to be seen if Real Madrid Femenino will be in the running for the player.

    Tessa Wullaert (Forward, RSC Anderlecht)

    “There have been contacts with Atlético and Real (Madrid), but who knows. It will depend if we reach an agreement with a team, but I would like to play in Spain,” Anderlecht’s goal-scoring machine Wullaert told AS in April.

    The 29-year-old has scored 62 league goals in 42 games (according to stats on globalsportsarchives.com) for Anderlecht. Wullaert is also on a blistering goal streak for Belgium women, scoring 15 goals in 8 games in UEFA’s qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, more than anyone.

    Wullaert has experience playing for Manchester City Women and VfL Wolfsburg Women, reaching the UWCL final twice with the latter. With Real Madrid already having Nahikari García and Esther González (who finished as the team’s top scorer this season), adding Wullaert to the mix would be interesting. She has made her desire to play in Spain very clear and would definitely be a good addition to the current squad as she is a consistent goalscorer.

    Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Forward, Paris Saint-Germain)

    You’d be surprised by the number of forwards Real Madrid Femenino are looking for, but that’s the way it is. They want to add a No. 9 superstar to their ranks, someone who can bolster the forward line immediately and play at the top level for years to come. Marie-Antoinette Katoto of PSG is “the” player who perfectly meets these requirements.

    A world-class striker and one of the best in the business when it comes to goalscoring, Katoto became PSG’s all-time top scorer at just 23 years old. She has 98 goals and 26 assists in just 96 league appearances, quite incredible numbers for someone so young, especially considering the fact that those numbers were produced in one of the women’s leagues. most difficult in the world.

    RMC Sport’s Anthony Rech reported in March that Katoto – whose contract with PSG ends in June – wanted a way out due to her PSG team-mate Kheira Hamraoui being attacked by two masked men on her way home after dinner.

    PSG tried to renew Katoto’s contract, but Katoto is ready to try new pastures.

    “There are many reasons why we don’t agree,” Katoto told the French outlet. AFP. “I am open to anything, whether abroad or in France. There is a lot of discussion [with interested clubs], many considerations and I thank them. I didn’t think there would be so many.

    “I am very open, for the moment the discussions are going well, very well even. The next choice I will make will be the right one I hope. It will be an important moment in my career. »

    Let’s hope Real Madrid Femenino wins the race for her signature as she can help secure the No.9 position for the next 8-10 years.

    Caroline Weir (central midfielder), Lucy Bronze (right-back), Keira Walsh (defensive midfielder) (Manchester City)

    The highly talented trio of Weir, Walsh and Bronze are already high on Las Blancas’ shopping list for the next season.

    Caroline Weir, as The Telegraph’s Tom Garry reports, is all but confirmed as a Real Madrid player next season. The official announcement, according to the same report, will not be released until later this summer.

    Weir would arrive on a free transfer as his contract with the FA WSL outfit expires in the summer. The 26-year-old is a fantastic attacking midfielder who can also play as a striker at times. In a Real Madrid Femenino midfield that doesn’t produce many goals, Weir would be a breath of fresh air as she has an eye for goal, especially from distance.

    To introduce you to Lucy Bronze, I will tell you that she is one of the best right backs in the world. Not only is she a brilliant defender, but she also poses a threat to opposing defenses when she charges towards the final third. The 30-year-old Englishwoman could be strong competition for Kenti Robles. However, the right-back has been linked with a move to the National Women’s Super League (NWSL, the top flight of the United States), so let’s see how that goes in the coming weeks. She would also arrive for free,

    Keira Walsh is a defensive midfielder who plays as a sole pivot for Manchester City Women. Walsh signed a three-year extension with City in 2020 which would keep her at the club until the end of the 2022-23 season, so Real Madrid will have to pay some, probably a few hundred thousand euros, to acquire the service. of Walsh.

    Is it worth the money? Absolutely. No one has a higher success rate than Walsh in the WSL over the past year, according to FBRef. And even though she is a defensive midfielder, you have to be careful with her pyrotechnics.

    Real Madrid Femenino have been keen on buying a defensive midfielder for quite some time now. Tom Garry tweeted in November 2021 that the club were after Swedish defensive midfielder Freja Olofsson, offering Racing Louisville €100,000 for his signing. Although that signing couldn’t materialize, let’s hope the club can get Walsh because 1) she’s a huge improvement over Olofsson, with all due respect and, 2) she’s a player wonderful, and one that will bring a lot of balance to the team. Midfielder.

    Kathellen Sousa (Central Defender, Women’s Inter)

    There are rumors that a player who could have joined CD Tacón (as Real Madrid Femenino was known during the 2019-20 season) in 2019 would join Las Blancas this summer.

    In a report from MARCA’s David Benayo, who also said the club would be looking to sign Sandie Toletti from Levante and Naomie Feller from PSG, it was mentioned that the Brazilian centre-back would be brought in to fill the void left by Babett Peter, who will be retiring from all football after an illustrious career (thanks for everything, Babett!).

    Sousa is one of the tallest central defenders in the world at six feet tall, so she would definitely bring some sort of X-Factor to the core of defence. Her contract with Inter ends in June, so she will be signed for free.

    Sandie Toletti (Central Midfielder, Levante)

    One of the best midfielders in the league, Toletti already had a pre-agreement with Real Madrid Femenino conditional on the team qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Champions League next season. Now that a place has been secured, the transfer is expected to be completed in the coming weeks. His contract with Levante expires on June 30.

    Toletti is known for her vision and range of passing, as well as her adaptability to thrive in different midfield roles. That kind of versatility, in addition to his familiarity with Primera Iberdrola, would be a huge boost for Real Madrid’s shallow midfielder Femenino.

    Naomie Feller (Forward, Paris Saint-Germain)

    Listed by UEFA as one of the players to watch in 2022, the promising striker is seen by the club as someone who could play a role in both the club’s present and future, like Katoto.

    She possesses the ability to play in multiple positions in attack which is certainly an exciting prospect for Las Blancas, not to mention her jaw-dropping speed. She is one of the fastest young players in Europe.

    She has to work on her productivity because she hasn’t managed to score many goals. But considering she’s only 20, the Real Madrid Femenino might be willing to bet on the player who is believed to have a bright future ahead of her.

    Adriana Leon (winger, West Ham United)

    Real Madrid linked up with this player when David Ornstein of The Athletic said in one of his columns that Madrid had turned their attention to Canada international Adriana Leon.

    On top of that, an article from The Sun claimed that Leon was being watched by Real Madrid Femenino, Barcelona Femení and another English club as the player canceled her contract with the club. Meanwhile, West Ham Women have offered him a two-year extension.

    As Om Arvind stated in his post last week, this rumor makes no sense. The player isn’t that wanted, and the interest in Barcelona makes it harder to believe the reports. But having the timing of this news coincide with the shocking revelation made by journalist Carlos Alvarez on Twitter made sense:

    Barbra Banda (Forward, Shanghai Shengli Women)

    Oscar Moya Torrente has reported that Real Madrid have also made contact with Zambian striker Barbara Banda, who plays in the Chinese League. Managing Madrid received similar information and heard that these links will be relayed by other journalists tomorrow.

    As for Banda, she is a power forward who is good at finishing, good at heading, has good movement off the ball, possesses very good speed and is a physically astute striker. She is the first player in Olympic Games history to score two hat tricks in a tournament, and also the first player to score consecutive hat tricks at the Olympic Games. She also has 22 goals with the Zambia women’s national team.

    We’ll say more about Barbra Banda’s potential move to Real Madrid Femenino as more details emerge.


    That’s about it with this roundup of transfer rumours. I hope you all enjoyed reading this article. Which players would you like/not want to see at Real Madrid next season?


    American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSWA) Receives Average “Buy” Rating from Analysts

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    Shares of American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMSWA – Get a rating) received an average recommendation of “Buy” from the seven analysts who currently cover the company, reports MarketBeat.com. One investment analyst rated the stock with a hold recommendation, three gave the company a buy recommendation and one gave the company a strong buy recommendation. The 12-month average price target among brokers who updated their coverage on the stock in the past year is $32.33.

    A number of research analysts have weighed in on AMSWA shares recently. B. Riley cut his price target on American Software stock from $24.50 to $23.00 in a Thursday, February 24 report. StockNews.com upgraded American Software from a “buy” rating to a “strong buy” rating in a Friday, March 25 research report. To finish, Zacks Investment Research downgraded American Software from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a Tuesday, April 26 research report.

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    Several hedge funds have recently changed their holdings in AMSWA. FMR LLC increased its stake in American Software shares by 107.5% during the first quarter. FMR LLC now owns 2,075 shares of the software maker worth $25,000 after acquiring an additional 1,075 shares in the last quarter. Quantbot Technologies LP acquired a new stake in American Software stock during the first quarter worth approximately $37,000. Eagle Bay Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in American Software stock during the third quarter worth approximately $38,000. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. increased its holdings of American Software stock by 387.2% during the third quarter. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. now owns 3,118 shares of the software maker worth $74,000 after buying 2,478 additional shares during the period. Finally, Meeder Asset Management Inc. acquired a new stake in American Software stock during the first quarter worth approximately $80,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 82.09% of the company’s shares.

    NASDAQ:AMSWA shares opened at $16.95 on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $18.79 and its 200-day moving average price is $22.24. The stock has a market capitalization of $568.84 million, a PE ratio of 45.81 and a beta of 0.83. American Software has a 12-month low of $15.02 and a 12-month high of $33.26.

    US Software (NASDAQ:AMSWA – Get a rating) last reported results on Wednesday, February 23. The software maker reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.09 for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.04 by $0.05. American Software had a net margin of 10.09% and a return on equity of 9.77%. The company posted revenue of $32.42 million in the quarter, versus analyst estimates of $30.27 million. During the same period of the previous year, the company posted an EPS of $0.07. Stock analysts expect American Software to post earnings per share of 0.31 for the current year.

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    American Software, Inc. develops, markets and supports a line of computer application software products in the United States and around the world. It operates through three segments: Supply Chain Management (SCM), Information Technology Consulting (IT Consulting) and Others. The SCM segment provides demand optimization, inventory optimization, supply optimization, retail optimization, quality and compliance, PLM, procurement and integrated business planning.

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    Dear Taarak Mehta, you have been our maximum comfort content for 14 years. Now is the time to retire

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    gRowing into a middle-class family, all I had was an old TV and CD player. No cable or DishTV or Tata Sky – my family never felt the need. But around me there were worried friends. How could a child grow up without television? This led one of them to start sending me DVDs with recordings of Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah episodes. But nearly 14 years later, the iconic show, which introduced Jethalal and his family to the world, has become more than stale. With speculation about actor Shailesh Lodha, who plays Taarak Mehta, potentially leaving the franchise, there’s little fans can look back on. It served its purpose in an era without OTT, but Hindi TV no longer needs it. Taarak Mehta needs rest.

    Even now, Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmahwhich began in July 2008, operates 24/7 on Sony SA. The only difference is that in about 6-7 years, the warm family show began to feel alien. The kids on the show are all grown up now, and with them, so are we. That the Gokuldham Society and its members are subject to change beyond their characteristics and typicality simply feels wrong. It’s embarrassing to watch Gogi, the adorable little Sardar child who made the most unreasonable demands and required constant supervision, as an overgrown student.


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    The Legacy and Success of Taarak Mehta

    The TV show touched a whole generation of Indian children in a way that allowed them to sit with their families at the table. In reality, Taarak Mehta established itself as the best alternative for parents who did not want their children to watch too much television. For many, the show was their first foray into the idea of ​​’mini-India’ – as members of Gokuldham anointed themselves. Although the show has its own set of problematic elements and reinforces stereotypes, it means a lot to a generation of children who watch it as comforting content. Take, for example, the whole track where the people of Gokuldham create a fake chudail stopping a gang from carrying out illegal activities is something I can watch over and over again.

    The main appeal of the TV show is the idea of ​​ethics and “Indian values” at the very heart of its scripts. Taarak Mehta gives people hope that even if bad things happen, those who are true to themselves will eventually be right. To his credit, he also spoke on a host of social issues and raised awareness about them in his lighthearted way. It also had an age-inclusive cast that set it apart from other family dramas, beyond the confines of a typical female audience focusing on saas bahu serial. The lack of OTT platforms was also a reason for the show’s success.


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    An institution of nostalgia

    But for a few years, the charm has disappeared, it has escaped from the popular imagination. Although still in production, it has become an institution of nostalgia. Memes and social media references around the TV show are selected from old plot lines. GenZ and Millennials are adamant about maintaining the legacy of authentic distribution and the concept of Taarak Mehta alive. Daya Ben (Disha Vakani) left the show for a maternity break and never returned. Taarak Mehta of the show is now rumored to leave. They changed the heart of the show – Tapu (Raj Anadkat) – a few years ago. Sodhi (Gurucharan Singh) was replaced, Nattu Kaka (Ghanshyam Nayak) died last year, and Gokuldham members renovated their homes and changed the interior design of the company, even the architecture and space of the new Taarak Mehta evokes no sense of familiarity.

    The advent of stand-up and improv on OTT platforms may also have rendered the niche of slapstick comedy with thunderous background music obsolete. The characters, which once seemed funny, are no longer. Neither does the moralizing tone of the TV series. Jethalal is always craving fafdaJalebi is now monotonous and redundant. And the constant intervention of actors to promote their films through the series makes it look more like a marketing gimmick than a story. Even the nature of the issues they deal with have become repetitive or mundane – dragging out Champaklal’s worry about a dream for almost three episodes shows that the script and characters are overwhelmed beyond justification. Just like the Truman Show, it feels like no matter what, everything Taarak Mehta the plots have kind of been the same for 14 years. Ideas run out and creativity can run out. And it’s good to accept it.

    Even though the TV show is still garnering a pretty decent TRP, the question is whether it should operate or just accept the fact that its telecast prime is over and give our childhood a sweet ending. Now that they even have a Guinness World Record for being the longest-running soap opera of all time, it’s high time the characters came out of their shells and stayed with us in a different form – the memory of our childhood that we carry with us forever.

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    Marantz introduces $999 60 CD player

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    In addition to its stereo product line, Marantz has announced its new CD 60 CD player.

    Marantz claims that its latest source component has been developed to deliver high levels of sound quality through the implementation of its latest circuit designs and advanced internal parts and materials.

    “With so much attention devoted to the burgeoning vinyl market and the popularity of streaming content, we sometimes forget that an entire generation of music lovers has built significant collections of beloved compact discs,” says Joel Sietsema , Marantz brand president.

    “Marantz was present at the dawn of CD technology with our original player, the CD 63. Today, the CD 60 reminds us why we fell in love with the format 40 years ago – offering more warmth, musicality and detail than any player in his class.”

    The Marantz CD 60 CD player features a new industrial design

    Complementing the company’s recently launched MODEL 40n integrated amplifier, the new CD player uses a modern aesthetic to allow the component to blend into a range of home interiors without looking out of place.

    Focusing on the entertainment capabilities of the CD 60 CD player, the global AV manufacturer claims that the unit uses the latest version of its Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAM) amplifier modules in the player’s analog circuit stage .

    The company points out that the HDAM modules offer superior overall response compared to standard components that other products typically use.

    Marantz claims to have optimized HDAM specifically for use in the CD 60 CD player to produce more accurate current flow at lower distortion levels at higher frequencies.

    Supporting the value side of the new source component, Marantz explains that the unit includes a USB-A input on the front panel to allow the CD 60 CD player to act as a DAC (digital-to-analog converter). The unit’s DAC capabilities provide users with the ability to play MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC HD, ALAC and AIFF files at up to 24-bit/192kHz and high-resolution DSD files at up to 5.6 MHz.

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    To aid the player’s digital audio performance, Marantz notes that the unit incorporates a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter, and to allow users to customize the CD 60’s sound, the player offers a choice of two filter options. The first filter is said to produce a soft attenuation, while the second filters a sharper attenuation which is supposed to result in improved imaging.

    Additionally, the CD 60 CD player also features the company’s proprietary HDAM-SA2 headphone amp circuitry that comes with three settings: low, mid, and high.

    These settings allow users to match the headphone amp with their favorite headphones, and when the headphone amp is not in use, the circuit can be disabled to eliminate any possible interference.

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    DevSecOps deluge: choosing the right tools

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    Over the past few years, DevSecOps has become the security process of choice for many forward-thinking companies.

    These organizations have come to understand that fixing bugs in the later stages of product and application development only do favors for cybercriminals. So they redesigned traditional processes and brought together development, operations, and security teams to form DevSecOps where teams now work in tandem, cooperating to integrate security into the entire application and software development process.

    The benefits of this are clear; finding and fixing bugs early closes the doors to cybercriminals while bringing peace of mind, cost savings and better products to customers. However, one of the challenges that many organizations face when transitioning to DevSecOps is making the process transparent, ensuring that it doesn’t slow down the software development lifecycle, make the controls of heavier security or does not cause frustration among the teams.

    Security teams need to ensure their DevSecOps program delivers value to the organization’s culture while accelerating time to resolution, capturing the right metrics, and categorizing and prioritizing issues based on their risk to that nothing is put online that could cause major damage. .

    In addition, they also need to select the correct DevSecOps Toolkit to perform application security testing while ensuring that the tools integrate easily into software development and can be used across multiple projects. When identifying test tools, DevSecOps teams are often overwhelmed by the huge range and volume available, making choosing which ones to use and learning how to use them a minefield, even for those who have the appropriate training and know-how.

    A DevSecOps automation program needs a lot of technical tools and cultural aspects to make it work. Security teams need static analysis tools to verify code, 3rd party library analysis to check dependencies, separate analysis to verify infrastructure as code (IaC) configuration , scanners to check for container issues, tools to test the running system, cloud security checks, and infrastructure testing for patches and ports. They also need to match these tools to the right technology used by each team and keep up with constant changes.

    Given all of these complexities, how can DevSecOps teams overcome these challenges and build an effective DevSecOps program with the right set of tools?

    Here are some tips to help them along the way.

    Keep security processes flexible

    Your teams will use different technology stacks, different languages, frameworks, etc. If you tie your process too tightly to a few tools, it will be more difficult to insert new checks when things change. Remember, the goal is a consistent, repeatable security process with the right visibility — the technical tools help with that, but they don’t make up the whole process. What security checks will you need in 12 months that you don’t have now? How about 36 months? These are questions that need to be asked constantly.

    Automation is your friend

    If development pipelines are working correctly and automatically, manual security steps won’t fit into the process. Automating security tools together, from orchestrating their execution to aggregating their responses and managing issues, will save you a lot of time and give you the results you need based on your releases.

    Keep an eye on your return on investment

    It is very common for expensive business tools to be underutilized; you have the licenses for repeated testing and you have frequent code drops, but processes or integrations mean that tests are not applied as often as needed or results take time to collect and process. Explore ways to easily integrate business tools into existing processes.

    There’s nothing like a free lunch

    The open source community provides great security tools, but remember: there is a cost associated with the time it takes your teams to use them and manage releases. Developers learning to run them in the time it takes to actually run them or fetch the results or deal with false positives, it’s not free. A “free” tool that costs two hours of work each version may not be worth it.

    DevSecOps is about collaboration

    Integrating security controls into development processes, CI/CD pipelines, ticketing systems, and sprint meetings helps security be part of the development process, but not all developers are or want to be security experts. Consider how development and security objectives can meet each other. How can developers include security without too much effort and thought? How can security help deliver the tools and help triage issues in developer pipelines? How can the process be aligned with auditor tools and with correct profiles, and not just zeroed out to avoid reporting issues? How can security add value at scale to help developers resolve issues faster, regardless of the tool used?

    Michael Gosney, early internet philosopher who introduced Ken Kesey to pioneers of SF tech, dies at 67

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    Michael Gosney was a seventh grader in Shawnee, Kansas on Human Be-In on January 14, 1967, and missed it with regret. But on the 25th anniversary of this historic day at Golden Gate Park, Gosney has given it a modern twist by producing the Digital Be-In.

    This meeting of the hippies with the techies at a South Market art gallery proved more enduring than the single Be-In, and Gosney hosted 18 of these sprawling geekathons over the next 30 years. He also curated Green Street Alley, a cannabis scene at How Weird Street Faire, and was a trance DJ at Burning Man.

    Gosney, who made a living as a publisher of books, periodicals, and multimedia, possessed a rare combination of traits that came across as both a personal computer nerd and a charismatic party planner. His longest-running event was the Goz Salon, a think tank and speakers’ bureau held in the living room of his home near Ocean Beach in Outer Richmond.

    Gosney died April 28 at his home, three months after being diagnosed with bile duct cancer, his daughter, Kate Gosney-Hoffman, said. He was 67 and had made the decision to stop all medical interventions, including painkillers and sedatives. His final moments were spent with his daughter holding his hand and his one-year-old granddaughter, Clara, holding his gaze.

    “She smiled and carried it gently,” Gosney-Hoffman said. “He orchestrated his death like he did just about everything else. He was the master in this area.

    As orchestrator, Gosney was late to the gathering of the tribes that sparked the Summer of Love. But his timing was perfect for the next generation of counterculture seekers who came to San Francisco in the 1990s. As a matchmaker, he introduced the city’s tech pioneers to Ken Kesey, Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Wavy Gravy, Todd Rundgren and the two Browns – Jerry and Willie.

    “Michael was the most connected person I’ve ever met, and he had a superhuman ability to bring people together in ways that inspired deep friendships and vital creative endeavours,” said former “Film Trip” host Steve Wagner. on KGO-TV and director of the San Francisco Art Exchange, dealer in original rock photographs and album covers.

    “He really brought together the spirit of the 1960s counterculture with the cyberculture of the 90s, early Internet users,” said former Chronicle religious writer Don Lattin, author of “Changing Our Minds: Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy”. “He missed the glory days himself, so he really kept that spirit alive.”

    Gosney started Verbum, a computer art magazine, in 1986. It is considered one of the first magazines to be printed solely with desktop publishing tools. Essentially, the software replaced the art director and the printer physically laying the pages. He folded the print edition in 1991 and put his magazine online as Verbum Interactive, one of the first CD-ROM periodicals and a platform for digital art, which Gosney himself has created a large part.

    “Michael did the first of so many things that were foundational,” software designer Alden Bevington said, noting the San Francisco Bay Area Deep Green Conference, held in 2011 and 2012. It included panels on ecology and cannabis legislation and exhibitions of green cultivation techniques. . “He comes from the philosopher class of the early Internet, which is a dying breed.”

    Michael William Gosney was born on July 11, 1954 in Pittsburgh. Her father, William, was a sales manager for a plastics company. His mother, Lou, worked in real estate and raised three children, Michael being the eldest. At Shawnee Mission South High School, he played on the football team and center of the basketball team while writing poetry. After graduating in 1972, he went to Arizona State University before transferring to the University of Kansas.

    But he was bored in school and never graduated. In the mid-1970s, he was traveling to San Diego to catch up with friends and was working as a bellhop at the Town and Country Resort when he met Jeanette Menter, a front desk employee. They married in 1978 and had two daughters, Kate and Rachel. They divorced in 1990. A few years later, he met writer Carla King at a party in Santa Cruz. They eventually moved to San Francisco together and became partners and collaborators.

    Gosney was first and foremost a man of letters, and his first startup was a San Diego literary agency called Word Shop. From there, he opened his own publishing house, Avant Books. Its titles ranged from a biography of naturalist John Muir to the first English translation of the Greek play “Buddha,” by Nikos Kazantzakis.

    He had the idea for Digital Be-In while still living in San Diego in 1988.

    “Michael recognized that San Francisco was ground zero for the digital revolution,” Wagner said, “and he had to be where the action was.”

    He showed up at his first Be-In, a private party hosted by Verbum Interactive. He relied on Macworld Expo, a trade show at the Moscone Center for Apple computer enthusiasts.

    “The Mac grew out of that whole ’60s scene,” Gosney said at the time. “It’s about spiritual power, personal power and evolution. Now, throughout the computer industry, you find people who were active in the 60s in San Francisco.

    Within five years, the Digital Be-In was big enough to invite the general public in the form of a ticketed event combining music and dance with a showcase of new technologies and a very primitive attempt at live streaming.

    “The ’60s reached the ’90s, and the ’90s came back,” wrote San Francisco Examiner reporter Scott Rosenberg, who covered the 1992 anniversary event. facsimile editions of Oracle and T-shirts displaying “Peace” in 37 languages ​​(100% cotton, pre-shrunk). On the other side, a sign read “Welcome to the digital world” and a narrow hallway led to a cybernetic games room. »

    Gosney co-produced versions of the Digital Be-In in Tokyo and London. His last digital Be-In in San Francisco took place on January 12, 2017, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Human Be-In.

    “After that he pulled the concept,” Wagner said. “He was on other things.”

    A month ago, Wagner spent two weeks with Gosney helping him organize his archive of artwork and essays, as well as a large number of digital files. Gosney’s goal was to donate the archives to UC Berkeley or Stanford University. But his illness caught up with him before he could make the necessary introductions. His colleagues and followers plan to complete the project, however long it takes, and to entrust Gosley’s material and digital works to an academic institution.

    “The archive is meant to mark the transition from the pre-digital era to the digital age,” Wagner said. “Michael recognized that digital technology self-organizes in the same way as nature and biology, and so he was able to effect meaningful change in both areas.”

    A public celebration of life will be held Friday, May 27 at Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway, San Francisco. Doors open at 3 p.m., with service at 5 p.m. A donation of $20 is requested.

    Survivors include his daughters, Kate Gosney-Hoffman of Long Beach and Rachel Gosney of Las Vegas; his mother, Lou Gosney, and brother, Jeff Gosney, both of Greensboro, North Carolina; sister, Kimberly Bruton of Wilmington, North Carolina; and three grandchildren.

    Sam Whiting is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @SamWhitingSF

    Marantz commits to Silver Discs with its new 60 CD player

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    It seems we haven’t heard from Marantz in a while, but the company has now launched a new CD player at the High End Show in Munich. The CD 60 is a high performance CD player, designed to deliver excellent sound quality through advanced circuitry and the use of premium components. The CD 60 also has a striking industrial design and the kind of solid build quality that Marantz is known for.

    “With so much attention devoted to the vinyl market and the popularity of streaming content, we sometimes forget that an entire generation of music lovers has built significant collections of beloved compact discs,” said Joel Sietsema, President of the Marantz brand. “Marantz was present at the dawn of CD technology with our original player, the CD 63. Today, the CD 60 reminds us why we fell in love with the format 40 years ago – offering more warmth, musicality and detail than any player in its class.

    The new CD 60 is made with modern materials and has a striking design that matches the existing range of Marantz amplifiers. The CD 60 is the ideal companion for the new MODEL 40n Integrated Stereo Amplifier.

    Marantz was involved in the development of the CD format when it was part of Philips. The CD 60 uses the latest HDAM amplifier modules, an exclusive Marantz technology used in the analog output stage.

    The new HDAMs (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules) are superior in their overall response to commercially available amplifier chip modules found in many other products. These modules have been further optimized for the CD 60 to flow current more accurately, resulting in lower levels of distortion at high frequencies.

    In addition to excellent CD playback quality, the CD 60 also offers the convenience of a front panel USB-A port, allowing playback of a wide range of digital files such as MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV, FLAC HD, ALAC, AIFF (up to 192kHz/24bit) and DSD (up to 5.6MHz) from an attached USB storage device.

    The CD 60 features a new industry-leading D/A converter (up to 192 kHz/24-bit and DSD 5.6 MHz) providing clarity across all frequency ranges. A unique advantage of the CD 60 DAC is the ability to choose between two filter options. Filter 1 provides smooth attenuation while Filter 2 provides sharper attenuation for more accurate imaging.

    The CD 60 also features the exclusive Marantz HDAM-SA2 high-performance headphone amp circuit with three gain settings (Low/Mid/High) for a perfect match with almost any headphone. The headphone amplifier can also be disabled when not in use, eliminating any potential interference.

    Price and availability: The Marantz CD 60 player will be available from June and will retail for €899 / £749 from authorized Marantz retailers.

    More information: www.marantz.com

    Intel opens a virtual museum to show more than 50 years of technology

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    Intel has announced that its virtual museum experience is now ready for visitors. The museum traces over 50 years of Intel history, and you can experience it from the comfort of your home or anywhere you can get a 3G/4G/5G/Wi-Fi signal.

    In a Tweet about the opening, Intel recommends that you take a walk through the virtual museum space and take a look inside its chip manufacturing plant. This is just one of many areas of the Virtual Museum where you can soak up Intel information.

    For those that even visiting a virtual museum might be too much of an effort, the Embedded tweet contains a one-minute video clip encapsulating the experience. If you see something that interests you, it’s just a mouse click away to explore further.

    Rather than create a bespoke virtual museum experience, Intel asked the Google Street View Maps team to walk through the brick-and-mortar museum of Santa Clara. To this map, the wandering experience has added various exhibit hotspots.

    Virtual visitors can walk around the museum by clicking on the floor in front of them. Zoom in and out using the mouse wheel. When you see something interesting, click on the exhibit hotspot. Next, you are presented with a pop-up that will show you a mix of text and video clips, a 3D model, and links for further reading.

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    For example, we walked near the Chip Design exhibition. As we have already hovered over the mouse pointer, a video play icon has appeared on this section. Clicking on it will display a four-minute video and two short paragraphs of text on the topic of bullet design. Intel’s vaunted peek inside its chip-making factory is just a pop-up video.

    Overall, the Virtual Museum experience is a little underwhelming, given that Intel is extremely rich and up to date with PC technology. The experience is probably too much like a “multimedia CD-ROM” to be applauded in 2022. There’s some consolation that after experiencing the virtual museum, you haven’t spent any gas money on drive there and then felt the urge to buy an expensive water bottle made in China with a souvenir Intel logo on it.

    As of this writing, the Intel Bricks and Mortar Museum in Santa Clara is “temporarily closed.” If you are in the area and planning to pass, please check before adding the museum to your itinerary.

    Revolution II defender Colby Quiñones called up to Puerto Rico men’s national team

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    Revolution II defender Colby Quiñones has been called up to the Puerto Rico men’s national team for his first two Concacaf Nations League games. This is the Puerto Rico senior men’s team’s third call-up for the Revolution Academy product. Quiñones, still looking for his first senior cap, has already played twice for Puerto Rico’s U-20 national team.

    Quiñones, 19, signed a professional contract with Revolution II on November 30, 2020 and became the first active Revolution Academy player to play in a professional game. He has since played 40 games with the New England second team, recording 24 starts and over 2,200 minutes played.

    The Bedford, NH native, whose Puerto Rican heritage extends to the paternal side of the family, joined Revolution Academy before the 2017-18 season and made more than 65 appearances in the youth ranks. He scored four goals while playing in various positions, including midfield and full-back. Additionally, Quiñones was one of the first four members of Revolution Academy’s residency program which began in 2019.

    Composition of the Puerto Rico men’s national team (club):

    KEEPERS (3): Joel Serrano (Bayamon FC), Sebastián “Tito” Uranga (Metropolitan FA), Aurie Echevarría-Briscoe (Rutgers – NCAA)

    DEFENDERS (7): Nicolás Cardona (Chattanooga RW FC), Zarek Valentín (Houston Dynamo – MLS), Rodolfo Sulia (Puerto Rico Sol), Colby Quiñones (New England Revolution II – MLS NEXT Pro)Darren Rios (Michigan Stars – NISA), Diego Rossi (NYCFC II – MLS NEXT Pro), Parker O’Ferral (UNC Chapel Hill – NCAA)

    MIDFIELDERS (7): Gerald Diaz (Bayamon FC), Juan O’Neil (Santa Clara University – NCAA), Isaac Angking (Columbus Crew 2 – MLS NEXT Pro), Devin Vega (Free), Roberto “Beto” Ydrach (UFC – NCAA), Ian Silva (Orlando City B – MLS NEXT Pro), Brian Flores (NYCFC II – MLS NEXT Pro)

    FORWARDS (7): Ricardo Rivera (Union Omaha), Jaden Servania (North Carolina FC), Wilfredo Rivera (Orlando City – MLS), Alec DIaz (Toronto FC II – MLS NEXT Pro), Jeremy De León (CD Castellon – España), Leandro Antonetti (CD Lugo – España), Chris Dilan (The Villages – USL League Two)

    Authorities are looking for this Toyota, linked to the converter theft

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    Converter Thieves (BCSO)

    Converter Thieves (BCSO)

    Benton County deputies are looking for this Toyota.

    Vehicle wanted in connection with suspected theft of catalytic converter

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    Investigators did not say how many, or when and where the robberies took place, but shared these images.

    The Toyota appears to be light blue or silver, BCSO says it has black wheels and a temporary paper plate tag.

    They used the plural word “thieves”, so apparently no more suspects. Anyone with information is encouraged to call (509)-628-0333. All leads can be confidential.

    Did the legislature pass new converter crime laws?

    The state legislature overwhelmingly passed, without a single no, new laws making converter theft less lucrative. Some of the most effective methods of the bill include:

    • Limits cash payments for a sold (scrap) converter to $30, the rest is by check or electronic funds transfer (so it can be tracked)
    • Requires scrapyards to keep records of where they came from, who brought them, etc.
    • This forces scrap yards and recyclers to establish ownership of the vehicle (where the converter came from) before buying and donating money.

    However, the legislation stopped short of making it a crime. Although it has been enacted, we do not yet know exactly how many of these practices have been implemented.

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    Cyberpunk 2077 looks amazing in this Unreal Engine 5 fan project

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    Since its official release last month, Unreal Engine 5 has been used to create some impressive projects. The latest example comes from YouTuber and developer Enfant Terrible, who created a content reel that reimagines Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City in Epic’s software.

    A number of artists helped create the project, with the following talents contributing to the tech demo (via IGN and 80.LV):

    Artists used environment megapacks from Epic Marketplace to recreate Night City and populated it with characters from Epic’s the MetaHumans Creator and additional work in ZBrush and VFX.

    Cyberpunk 2077 was developed inside the Red Engine, CD Projekt Red is switching to Epic’s software for its next title as The Witcher 4 will be developed inside Unreal Engine 5. Crystal Dynamics has also started work on a new Tomb Raider in Unreal Engine 5 and Gears of War developer The Coalition recently showcased some of their latest projects developed with the software.

    For another chilling example of how Epic’s game development software is able to create photorealistic environments, you can also check out this bizarre recreation of Etchu-Daimon Station in Japan that was created by the 3D artist Lorenzo Drago.

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    SLASH with MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS – Japanese CD version of 4 to include bonus DVD

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    The Japanese version of Slash 4 with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators will be released on CD on June 22 and will include a bonus DVD of the album performed live in its entirety at Studios 60. Pre-orders can be placed now at this location.

    Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators (SMKC) have released a video for “April Fool,” featured on their new studio album, 4, and which will be included on the upcoming Live At Studios 60 release. Watch below:

    SMKC will release Live At Studios 60 – their first-ever live double LP, which includes the band’s acclaimed new album 4, plus four additional band songs, for Record Store Day on June 18.

    Recorded live in Los Angeles at Studios 60, the exclusive SMKC Live At Studios 60 Record Store Day double LP is limited to just 2,250 copies.

    The full concert features SMKC’s vibrant new album 4 (Gibson Records/BMG) – which debuted as the top-selling hard rock album in the US, as well as, landed at No. 1 on the hard music albums chart and at No. 3 on Top Canadian Album Sales Chart in Canada during release week and earned the band the best critical acclaim of their career.

    Additional performances of the band’s top 5 rock radio hits, including “You’re A Lie”, “World On Fire”, “Anastasia” and “Driving Rain”, are also included in the double vinyl package, giving fans from all over the world the chance to see SMKC. electrifying live performance.

    Track list:

    In front of
    “Action speaks louder than words”
    “Whatever Passes You”
    “That’s life”
    “The Path Less Followed”

    B-side
    “The River Rises”
    “Spirit’s Love”
    “Fill My World”
    “April Fool”

    C-side
    “Call the Dogs”
    “Come Back to Earth”
    “Driving Rain”

    D-side
    “You are a lie”
    “World on Fire”
    “Anastasia”

    (Photo – Ross Halfin)

    Jesse Smathers of the Lonesome River Band releases his first solo album

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    “One of the greatest joys of my life is playing music with friends,” says jesse smather. “It’s always been my goal to capture that joy and excitement that comes from a circle of five or six musicians.” Music has always been an important part of Smathers’ life – his grandfather, Harold Smathers, and great-uncle Luke Smathers, received a North Carolina Heritage Award in 1993 for their contributions to North Carolina folk music. North.

    Originally from Eden, North Carolina, and now living in Floyd, Virginia, Jesse started playing guitar at age 11. He learned the mandolin at age 15 and was heavily influenced by the music around him in his youth. In 2009, he won the Virginia Folk Music Association Guitar Championship. The following year, after graduating, he began his career as a touring musician with the James King Band.

    Jesse joined Nothin’ Fancy in 2014. The same year he was also inducted into Phi Mu Alpha, a musical fraternity, as a Sinfonian – joining greats like John Phillip Sousa, Count Bassie, Duke Ellington and Andy Griffith. In 2015, the Lonesome River Band welcomed him into the band as vocalist and mandolin player, and in 2017 Jesse won the IBMA Momentum Award for Vocalist of the Year! Following Brandon Rickman’s departure from the Lonesome River Band, Jesse switched to guitar in 2021.

    Through battling the 2020 pandemic, Jesse has found time to put his creative mind to work. He started working on the solo project he had dreamed of doing for many years. “This album is made up of friends and like-minded musicians I’ve been blessed to make music with over the years and musicians who have had a big impact on me,” Smathers shares. And, even if he had a sound in mind that he wanted to capture, “the energy and what happened in the studio could not have been planned,” he continues. “It was real magic.”

    The final single from Smathers’ self-titled debut album, “Under the Weather”, was written by award-winning songwriter Mark “Brink” Brinkman. “Brink sent me a handful of songs, and ‘Under the Weather’ immediately stood out,” Smathers explains. “When I heard the lyrics and the melody, it reminded me so much of the first generation bluegrass that I love so much.”

    In addition to Smathers on guitar, octave mandolin and vocals, the song features Jonathan Dillon on banjo, Gaven Largent on dobro and Joe Hannabach on bass. Harmony vocals are provided by Patrick Robertson and Jessie Baker, and “Under the Weather” also features Jason Carter and Mike Hartgrove on twin violins. “The song is really inspired by all the pioneers of bluegrass music,” says Smathers.

    In conclusion, Smathers speaks to listeners, “I hope you have the same pleasure listening to this project as we had playing and recording it.”

    Jesse Smathers’ debut album is out Friday, May 13. CD copies of the album are available here, and the album is available on all major streaming platforms. The album is also available for radio download via AirPlay Direct. Jesse – along with a cast of star musicians – will celebrate the album’s release with a live performance at the Floyd Country Store in Floyd, VA on Sunday, May 15. Tickets are on sale here.

    A former food critic is now reinventing comic opera

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    For 30 years, Byron Nilsson has written insightfully and candidly about restaurants and classical music under the BA Nilsson byline for Metroland, which folded in 2015. These days, he practices the culinary arts primarily at home qu he shares with his wife in the small community of Glen. , Montgomery County, and he applies his writing skills primarily to a blog and a slowly developing first draft of a novel. Also fluent and prolific in acting, Nilsson is an Equity actor who performed for 10 years with the now-defunct New York State Theater Institute and wrote a significant number of plays and musicals.

    Over the past few years, Nilsson’s dramatic talents have found their place, on and off stage, with the Ma’alwyck Musicians. In one of the chamber ensemble’s highest-profile and ambitious releases, Max Caplan’s 2018 commissioned opera “Aleda: The Flight of the Suff Birdwomen,” Nilsson played a sharp-eyed journalist who followed a group of suffragettes in their daring antics. “It was a difficult piece. Max is incredibly talented but I’m a musical theater guy. I don’t sing diminished sevenths,” he recalls, adding that he was saved by music software that helped him learn the tricky part.

    Nilsson’s friendship with band manager Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz dates back to the early 1980s, when they both had relatively short tenures as on-air hosts for WMHT-FM. “She always comes up with inventive stuff and we work well together,” he says.

    Their latest collaboration was an English-language production of “The Ship’s Captain,” an 1817 one-act comic opera by Carl August Blum. The hour-long show for three singers and three instrumentalists is light in spirit, something akin to a vaudeville or Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Most of the melodies are borrowed from more famous works, including Mozart’s “Magic Flute”. “The audience will come humming the tunes,” says Nilsson.

    There are three upcoming performances: 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at the Strand Theater in Hudson Falls; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Conservancy in Glen; and 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany. (More info on musiciansdemaalwyck.org)

    Luckily for Schwartz, Nilsson loves a challenge. He took on the task of making an English edition of the songs and writing a new book. He also did the staging.

    “It really took me. I translated from German with the old German typeface, which made it difficult to distinguish many characters. Between my German high school and Dr. Google, I understood what was going on in the story. I then reworked the booklet to make sense and have a little more contemporary humor,” he says.

    Crafting flowing, rhyming lyrics is no easy task, but Nilsson brings a natural sense of humor and, inspired by his ancestors, seems to love the work. “I’m a bit particular, I like that they rhyme correctly and have punchlines that work. There are so many lazy songwriters now. They don’t make the rhymes work,” says Nilsson. “The discovery of Gilbert and Sullivan got me started, and then there was Porter and Berlin. When I found Sondheim, it was all over. A crucial tool in Nilsson’s work is Clement Wood’s Rhyming Dictionary, which has was first published in 1936 and was also Sondheim’s go-to resource.

    Another high-profile songwriter in Nilsson’s pantheon is Tom Lehrer, whose ’60s tracks cleverly poke fun at the politics of the day. Last year, Nilsson and his longtime sidekick, Malcom Kogut, performed a concert at the historic Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs to celebrate Lehrer’s 93rd birthday. They later released the live recording on a CD titled “Songs to Amuse”. (songsforamusing.com)

    “Lehrer’s lyrics are beautifully rhymed and were perfect for thwarting the stuffy conventions of the 1960s in a wonderfully literary way,” says Nilsson. Among the cabaret duo’s favorite numbers from the set were “Alma” (about Alma Mahler-Gropius-Werfel), “The Masochism Tango” and “Vatican Rag.” In a nod to the pandemic, the finale was “I Got It from Agnes.”

    Coming next month from Nilsson and the Musicians of Ma’alwyck is a cover of “Buxtahude’s Daughter”, a comedy cantata with music by Thomas F. Savoy and lyrics by Nilsson. Savoy was a prominent church musician in the Capital Region who now lives in Charlotte. One of many collaborations between Nilsson and Savoy, the cantata tells the true (albeit embellished) story of how a young JS Bach applied for the post of church organist which the elder Dieterich Buxtahude was giving up. It would be a good stable position, but it came with an unusual condition. The engaged musician was to marry Buxtahude’s daughter, a 30-year-old spinster.

    “It’s totally irreverent, a clash of wills between Bach and Anna, the girl. It’s full of little musical jokes and it’s just something we create for fun,” says Nilsson.

    The concert, June 25 at Hyde Hall in Cooperstown, will also feature PDQ Bach’s “Twelve Quite Heavenly Songs,” a satirical journey through the signs of the zodiac. “It’s funny and delightful with many layers of humor,” says Nilsson, who has had various contacts over the years with PDQ Bach creator Peter Schickele, a Woodstock resident. Schickele, 86, has retired, but Nilsson learns he is working on an autobiography, which may be a more true-to-life sequel to the fictional biography he wrote about his famous imaginary character.

    Recently, Nilsson celebrated his 66th birthday by delivering a personal new verse to “Route 66”, Bobby Troup’s standard. Given how smart and playful Nilsson is in conversation, it seems pretty clear that he has deep reserves of ideas and good humor. When asked if his relatively remote and presumably quiet farm was conducive to creativity and productivity, he replied that it was actually the opposite for him.


    “I do more work sitting in a place like Uncommon Ground, where there’s a bit of hubbub. At home, there is always something to do like sweeping or cleaning. The only time I clean up is when there’s a deadline,” he says. Yet once he embarks on a new endeavor, the world slips away from him, as he explains: “I’m very project-oriented, not time-oriented. I’ll go into a tunnel and later dive in and think that’s it? I don’t remember doing anything!

    Joseph Dalton is a freelance writer based in Troy.

    MiniDisc player supports full data transfer

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    Between the CD era and the eventual rise and dominance of streaming music platforms, there was a period of limbo where random MP3 players mixed with the ubiquitous (and now officially discontinued) iPod. In some regions, however, the digital music player of choice was the MiniDisc, a miniature rewritable CD player with some additional digital features. Among them was the ability to transfer music to the discs via USB, but they lacked the ability to transfer the songs to a computer. At least so far, thanks to this awesome hack of [asivery].

    Although it sounds simple, this trick has many moving parts that had to fit together perfectly. The MiniDisc player uses a proprietary encoding format called ATRAC, so a codec is needed for this. The MiniDisc player stores disc data in a 40-second buffer when playing, so the code reads data directly from DRAM in 40-second chunks, moves the playhead, repeats the process at need, then assembles the parts of 40 seconds. back together. It can run on any Sony NetMD laptop, if you’re lucky enough to still have one.

    The project is a tremendous asset to the MiniDisc community, especially since the only way to recover data from a MiniDisc player previously was to use a specific version known as RH-1. Like [asivery] reports, used RH-1 drives fetch incredibly high prices, in part because of this feature. Since this new method demonstrates that it is possible to do with other devices, perhaps its reign in the MiniDisc world will come to an end. For those unfamiliar with this esoteric technology, take a look at this MiniDisc teardown.

    Thanks to [Maarten] for the tip!

    Arsonist who threatened to set fire to ex-girlfriend’s apartment locked up

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    A convicted arsonist who left blood on his ex-girlfriend’s curtains after sending her pictures of a can of petrol has been locked up. Joshua Hayes messaged the woman on social media and said ‘I’m coming to watch it burn call me’ after threatening to set her apartment on fire.

    He pinched items from her home after forcing their way into the property while she was away. The 27-year-old even told him “if you don’t come back, I’m going to break your apartment” and caused hundreds of pounds of damage inside.

    Police were told Hayes was inside the woman’s home after a neighbor sounded the alarm when they heard loud music. Two laptops, an audio system and a karaoke machine were stolen.

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    The latest offense comes after he was jailed for burning down the same victim’s house in 2016 after finding out she was having a baby. Hayes has now been locked up for 28 weeks, StokeonTrentLive reports.

    Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Hayes and the victim, who have one child together, resume their ‘on-off’ relationship when he was released from prison and subsequently separated. On the day of the offense, Hayes called the victim while she was away and asked “if she was coming back.” She said no.

    Prosecutor Gemma Maxwell said: “Later that evening the victim received another call. The defendant said: ‘If you don’t come back, I’m going to break into your apartment. I take the two laptops and the karaoke machine”.

    “The next day she received a call from an elderly neighbor indicating that she could hear loud music coming from the victim’s apartment. She called the police to report that the accused was at her home.

    “She then received two photographs on Facebook from the defendant – pictures of a petrol can. In another message, the defendant said ‘I’m coming to watch it burn, ring me’ and ‘ I play, I wait.

    “When she returned home, she found blood on the curtains. Two laptops, an audio system and a karaoke machine had been taken away.

    “There was writing on the bedroom wall and a number of items were damaged including a mirror, picture frame and CD player. The total value of the damaged items was £420 and the stolen items were valued at £200.”

    Hayes, of St Andrews Drive, Newcastle, was arrested and questioned. He told police he “didn’t steal anything that didn’t belong to him”.

    The following day, while in the North Etruria Zone Detention Center, Hayes refused to cooperate with officers as they attempted to escort him to a cell. There was a confrontation and Hayes bit a guard officer in the leg.

    He later pleaded guilty to theft, sending malicious communications, criminal damage and assaulting a rescue worker. Hayes has been remanded in custody since he committed the offenses last December until his sentencing hearing.

    Mitigating Barry White said: “The time he has been in detention has had a sobering effect on him and how he sees himself in the future. It’s important that when he sent the photo of the essence, he also wrote: ‘Plus moi’. He was talking about hurting himself. It wasn’t a direct threat.

    “At the police station, there were fears that he would harm himself. He wants to change his life.”

    Recorder Francesca Levett sentenced Hayes to 28 weeks in prison – although he could be immediately released on license due to the time he spent in pre-trial detention.

    The judge said: “You have already served a long prison sentence for burning down his home. You sent him a picture of a petrol can which, in the context of your previous conviction, must have scared him. .”

    Hayes also received a restraining order that prohibits him from contacting the victim or visiting her home for the next five years.

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    How Businesses Can Benefit from GitOps – The New Stack

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    Pavan Belagatti

    Pavan Belagatti is a global DevOps influencer, tech writer, and storyteller. Currently, he is a Developer Advocate at Harness.io.

    As businesses become increasingly software and digital focused, they are turning to software delivery and digital transformation to drive growth. In the digital age, software is at the heart of every aspect of business. Developers become the focal point while software drives the growth of the organization. Therefore, organizations need to choose the right set of technologies, tools, and practices to help their developers do a better job.

    Companies have embraced the idea of ​​code review and code optimization (i.e. code review taken to the next level) to help developers write better code. Likewise, they have also adopted DevOps and other cloud native best practices to make the whole software deployment process very smooth. GitOps is a new entrant in the industry, facilitating software deployments. It is also a term that has become popular in recent years in the software development market. This article explores the concept of GitOps.

    What is GitOps: A detailed introduction

    The term “GitOps” was coined by Alexis Richardson of Weaveworks in 2017. GitOps is a cloud-native approach that aims to speed up the software deployment process by using the power of the push/pull mechanism that uses the open version control system source git as a single source of truth. It boosts the CI/CD of Kubernetes-related deployments and manages the infrastructure in an easy way. It takes a more holistic approach to managing code, making it easier to track code changes.

    It is an evolution of the traditional practice of IC/CD (Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery) which aims to automate the entire deployment pipeline. Git is used as the sole source of truth for all infrastructure and application code changes. GitOps creates an automated deployment pipeline for the infrastructure. The goal is to allow developers to collaborate on infrastructure changes without knowing the underlying systems. This way, developers can work on code in their own environment without worrying about the impact on production systems.

    Simply put, GitOps is a DevOps practice for providing visibility into the production environment. It provides an audit trail of changes made to production environments, which can be useful when troubleshooting. It also makes it easier to identify when changes were made and by whom. GitOps also provides an easy way to roll back changes that may have caused production issues.

    Many of you might be wondering, “How is GitOps different from DevOps?” Below is a self-explanatory comparison chart.

    GitOps versus DevOps

    Source credits: The Linux Foundation

    GitOps and CI/CD: hand in hand

    Given the flexibility and agility of software development today, it makes sense for most software vendors to adopt a continuous delivery (CD) model. Software development has become continuous, with the ability to release software quickly, iterate on products and services to find bugs earlier, and evolve services as needed. It is important to remember that any approach to software development is an ongoing process. Even when you adopt a more traditional software development model, you are still committing to continuous software development with each new release. To keep your software development process agile and cohesive, you need to adopt an integrated software delivery model, which seamlessly integrates the different phases of software development.

    Continuous integration and continuous deployment are the pillars of iterative software development. The approach is to automate the process of testing code each time it is pushed to a repository and to automate the process of merging code from different developers each time new code is ready for release. The result is faster software code iteration and a more streamlined development process that results in fewer bugs and more frequent releases.

    With the emergence and popularity of cloud-native platforms such as Kubernetes, GitOps is becoming a default approach for deploying applications. Developers find GitOps useful and easy to use due to its simplicity and minimal learning curve. An agent-like technology will track the changes, and if there is a difference between the actual state and the desired state, it pulls the changes to achieve the desired state – so the system still works as specified.

    GitOps makes pipeline management easy with a simple pull approach. If you work in an environment around software releases, you’ve no doubt heard the term “Pipeline Management”. In short, a continuous delivery pipeline is a series of procedures designed to help developers release code frequently and reliably, and it can be further simplified with GitOps.

    Why is GitOps important?

    The code/software deployment process was often seen as manual, but no more! Iterating code and deploying it isn’t something developers like to do manually, which is boring, tedious, and tedious. Developers love super-fast things, tools and approaches that make their job easier. This whole process of software deployment, maintenance, and tracking can be simplified with GitOps.

    Not only that, GitOps doesn’t require developers to learn another shiny new tool; it uses git extensively, and developers are already expert in its use. Git and its robust extension ecosystem give developers a more efficient way to manage their code. The changes made will be visible with a simple pull/sync. GitOps facilitates configuration management and software deployments; it’s what developers like to do instead of tedious hard-coded configurations and scripts.

    How to get started with GitOps

    For some, GitOps may be relatively new and require some guidance. We’re very optimistic about the GitOps approach here at Harness, and our engineers are working on a superior GitOps experience for you. As Harness is already known for its modern continuous delivery platform, we know how to optimize workflows and pipelines to streamline your software development activities.

    For companies that have adopted microservices and DevOps practices, GitOps is an added advantage. Manual CI/CD and using scripts to automate pipelines takes a lot of developer time and effort. Therefore, adopting the GitOps approach will free up your developers to work on important things that matter.

    GitsOps in action

    We assume that you use a source control management system such as GitHub, where your code repository resides, and that you practice containerization with Docker. The next step would obviously be to use an orchestration system like Kubernetes to manage and deploy your applications because GitOps works well with Kubernetes. Kubernetes is generally represented as a declarative system where we specify things via YAML files.

    GitOps examines and analyzes our source control repository where our manifest files are present and compares it with what should be running in production. Then, if anything is changed in the manifest files or it finds a difference, it pulls and starts syncing the changes to keep the actual and desired states the same. This way, GitHub becomes a single source of truth. The ultimate goal of using GitOps is that the entire system and configurations are managed declaratively and not just applications.

    Conclusion

    GitOps continues to gain traction as more communities support this new approach, and it’s expected to be standard deployment practice for companies working with Kubernetes. GitOps gives developers more control over their code and helps speed up deployment. With the growing adoption of Kubernetes, GitOps is a blessing in disguise to help companies deploy their software in a much easier way.

    Let’s move on to GitOps!

    The New Stack is a wholly owned subsidiary of Insight Partners, an investor in the following companies mentioned in this article: Docker.

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    What are Stablecoins? | The bank rate

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    A stablecoin is a type of cryptocurrency designed to hold a fixed value over time. The value of a stablecoin is usually tied to a specific real currency, often the US dollar. In this configuration, one unit of the cryptocurrency is generally equivalent to one unit of the real currency. Unlike highly volatile cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, the price of stablecoins is not meant to fluctuate.

    But recent events in the stablecoin market – namely, the drop of TerraUSD – that federal officials look closely at this area. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen cited risks to general financial stability from stablecoins, while the Federal Reserve released a report on the uncertainty of what actually backs stablecoins and the lack of oversight over it. market.

    Here’s how stablecoins work, what risks they pose, and how to check if a stablecoin is safe.

    Stablecoins: what they are and how they work

    A stablecoin is a cryptocurrency whose value is pegged to another asset, often currencies such as the US dollar or euro, although other assets are possible. This type of cryptocurrency tracks the underlying asset, making its value stable over time, at least relative to the currency it is pegged to. In effect, it is as if the underlying asset had gone electronic, for example, like a digital dollar.

    Because their goal is to track an asset, stablecoins are often backed by the specific assets they are pegged to. For example, the organization that issues a stablecoin usually sets up a reserve with a financial institution that holds the underlying asset. So a stablecoin could hold $100 million in reserve and issue 100 million coins with a fixed value of $1 per coin. If the owner of a stablecoin wants to cash out the coin, the real money can ultimately be taken from the reserve.

    This structure contrasts with most cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, which are not backed by anything at all. Unlike stablecoins, these other cryptocurrencies fluctuate widely as speculators drive their prices up and down as they trade profits.

    While many stablecoins are backed by hard assets, others are not. Instead, these others use technical means (such as destroying part of the coin supply in order to create a shortage) to keep the price of the cryptocurrency fixed. These are called algorithmic stablecoins, and they can be riskier than asset-backed stablecoins.

    Why are stablecoins used in crypto trading?

    Stablecoins solve one of the key problems with many common cryptocurrencies, which is that their drastic fluctuations make it difficult, if not impossible, to use them for real transactions.

    “Digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are extremely volatile, which makes it very difficult to price things,” says Anthony Citrano, founder of Acquicent, an NFT marketplace. “Stablecoins avoid this problem by locking their prices to a known reserve currency.”

    Additionally, their stability allows many stablecoins to be used as a functional currency within a crypto brokerage. For example, traders can convert Bitcoin to a stablecoin such as Tether, rather than dollars. Stablecoins are available 24/7, making them more accessible than cash obtained through the banking system, which is closed at night and on weekends.

    Stablecoins can also be used with smart contracts, which are a kind of electronic contract that is automatically executed when its conditions are met. The stability of digital currency also helps circumvent any disagreements that might arise when dealing with more volatile cryptocurrencies.

    What are the most popular stablecoins?

    Stablecoins generally don’t get the same press (and hype) as other cryptocurrencies, in part because they don’t offer the same kind of “get-rich-quick” opportunity. But a few are among the most popular cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, as of May 2022:

    • Tether (USDT): $82 billion
    • USD coin (USDC): $49 billion
    • Binance USD (BUSD): $17 billion

    Of course, the size of these coins pales in comparison to the biggest cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, with a market capitalization of nearly $560 billion, and Ethereum, valued at over $242 billion.

    TerraUSD, an algorithmic stablecoin, had been another popular option, but it lost its peg to the dollar in May 2022. This stablecoin used other cryptocurrencies and a sophisticated arbitrage system to maintain its valuation at the 1:1 level . But the decline of the crypto markets and the subsequent loss of confidence in the stablecoin caused its price to plummet.

    What are the risks of stablecoins?

    At first glance, stablecoins may seem low risk. In comparison to popular cryptocurrencies which are not backed by anything, they are. But stablecoins come with typical crypto risks and at least one of their own type of risk as well:

    • Security: Like other cryptocurrencies, stablecoins need to be held somewhere, whether it’s your own digital wallet or with a broker or exchange. And this poses risks because a given trading platform may not be secure enough or have certain vulnerabilities.
    • Counterparty risk: Although it may seem like cryptocurrency is highly decentralized, in reality you are dealing with multiple parties in a transaction, including the bank holding the reserves and the organization issuing the stablecoin. They need to do the right things (security, proper reservation, etc.) for the currency to retain its value.
    • Reserve risk: A key part of the stablecoin ecosystem are the reserves backing a stablecoin. These reserves are the last safety net on the value of a stablecoin. Without them, the coin issuer cannot confidently guarantee the value of a stablecoin.
    • Lack of confidence: If a stablecoin is not sufficiently backed by durable assets, especially cash, it could suffer a run and lose its peg against its target currency. This is effectively what happened to the algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD in May 2022, since it was not backed by cash but rather by other cryptocurrencies. The price of the stablecoin broke and tumbled as traders lost faith in its ability to hold the peg.

    “The main risk of stablecoins is that they are not fully backed by the reserve currencies they claim to be,” Citrano says. “In an ideal situation, the issuer of the stablecoin has enough currency reserves (in cash or other highly liquid and safe investments) to fully back the stablecoin. Less than 100% and risk is introduced.

    How secure are stablecoins?

    So how do you know if a stablecoin is safe? You will need to read the fine print on its issuer’s statements. And it’s absolutely essential that you do, says Citrano.

    “Check the issuer’s reserve reports,” he says. “If they don’t provide any reserve report, be extremely careful.”

    And even then, stablecoin owners need to pay close attention to what is supporting their coin. The stablecoin Tether has to be under fire for his reservations disclosures. And those who think that cryptocurrency is entirely reserved by real dollars should be careful.

    In its reserve of March 31, 2021 report, the company has shown that it has more reserves than liabilities. It’s good on the surface, but the devil is in the details:

    • Approximately 76% of its reserves are held in the form of cash or cash equivalents (the vast majority of which is short-term corporate debt, also known as commercial paper).
    • Almost 13% are secured loans.
    • Nearly 10% is made up of corporate bonds, funds and precious metals.

    These other assets may act like real money most of the time, but they are not real money.

    If you look closely, less than 4% was actual cash, while most is held in the form of short-term corporate debt. This commercial paper is not the same as cash, especially in an emergency. If the markets fall, these assets (and other non-monetary assets) could quickly lose value, rendering the Tether coin less than fully reserved exactly when it needs it most.

    Unless a stablecoin pledges to hold 100% (or more) of its reserves in cash, there is no guarantee that the money will be there to redeem the coins. In this case, the value of stablecoins may turn out to be much less than stable. Stablecoin holders may find themselves on the losing side of an old-school banking race, a surprising fate for a technology that bills itself as very modern.

    Since then, Tether has reduced its holdings of certain types of these non-monetary assets.

    In 2021, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission fined Tether $41 million for making false claims that its stablecoin was 100% backed by real currency. Since the March 2021 report, Tether has reduced its commercial paper holdings, and in Q4 2021 they were around 30% of reserves, down from 44% in Q3. The company said it would continue to reduce its reliance on this funding.

    Finally, a currency’s best guarantee of security is that people will widely accept it in exchange for goods and services. And the only widely accepted currency in the United States — in fact, the only price at which products are ultimately denominated — is the dollar.

    At the end of the line

    Stablecoins offer some of the stability that most cryptocurrencies lack, making them unusable as real money. But those who use stablecoins need to know the risks they are taking when they own them. While in most times it may seem like stablecoins have limited risk, stablecoins can become the riskiest in a crisis when it should be the safest to own them.

    Editorial Disclaimer: All investors are advised to conduct their own independent research into investment strategies before making an investment decision. Further, investors are cautioned that past performance of investment products does not guarantee future price appreciation.

    How we’ve listened to music over the past 25 years

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    The evolution of music devices is constantly evolving. The way we’ve listened to music over the past 25 years will amaze you and most of these devices you probably don’t even know exist!

    Every street has at least one person walking down the street wearing the apple white headphones. They may shake their heads to the sound of music or weave through crowds to work while keeping their heads down.

    These music streaming services all point in the same direction: music is essential to our culture and our daily lives. It is a crucial element for humanity on a personal, societal and technological level. The gadgets we use to listen to music have a direct impact on today’s technological environment.

    Listening to music can be as much of an experience as the music itself, depending on the quality of the equipment we use. Similar to how artists, styles, and trends evolved, so does how we learned about them.

    Over the past quarter century, we have listened to music in different ways. This article explores how we’ve listened to music over the past 25 years.

    CD/Double Cassette/Radio Mini System

    The little system my parents bought me at the local Caldor store in the 1990s was the one I relied on the most as a kid for listening to music. It was my primary method of discovering new music, especially hip-hop, for many years before I had a CD burner.

    Rap music has been marked with a PARENTAL ADVISORY notice due to concerns about the dangers of explicit lyrics. Whenever my cousins ​​sent me new CDs like “Enter the Wu-Tang Clan”, I made cassette copies of the songs. I spent a lot of time at school listening to New York’s Hot 97 rap station instead of doing my homework. Angie Martinez and Funkmaster Flex will be on duty during the afternoon shifts. I used to compile mixtapes to allow me to take long bus rides to school and study late at night. Of course, with dad-approved radio edits of my favorite songs.

    Sharp portable minidisc player

    Quickly switching between my favorite songs from Radiohead, Bjork and the Smashing Pumpkins while driving around suburban Long Island in my used 1999 Oldsmobile was an important consideration for me. When I got my car there was no iPod and a cassette deck was the only option.

    This is the MiniDisc player, a small metallic square that you can use to record stereo mixes onto floppy disks. This allowed me to create my own mini mixes one song at a time using a cassette converter. I was able to quickly play music from the MiniDisc player with the press of a button. No matter how big the potholes, this gadget did not jump out, unlike a CD player. He had a magical quality about it.

    My favorite song on the white album, “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide,” played on my MiniDisc as I drove home from high school one day. As I shouted and shouted over the music with my hands clapping on the steering wheel, I listened to it through the car speakers. As a result, I was inspired to think of myself as a superhero. It didn’t last very long.

    Sharp portable minidisc player

    HitClips

    HitClips enjoyed a brief but substantial heyday when CD players disappeared and the iPod gained momentum. Primary school children were targeted with these products. They looked like little boomboxes, cat heads, and, oddly enough, pens. They were tiny musical devices that could be taken anywhere.

    There was one headphone in particular that had a very short wire and sounded like a mixtape. You purchased $3.99 cartridges that each included a one-minute mix of a song for your collection. Typically a quick intro and three choruses mixed together. To make matters worse, some of my headphones got water damaged due to frequent use in the bathroom.

    An informal term for these devices has been “toys”. By age 7, HitClips was a serious listening device. Probably the only culturally acceptable listening device. My buddies were more concerned with putting on a pair of glitter bells than discussing the intricacies of music quality.

    hit clips

    Radio Shack Computer Speakers

    Since my freshman year of college in 1999, RadioShack computer speakers have been an integral part of my life. I used Winamp to play new MP3s a number of times over dorm speakers when I was in college. I turned to more singer-songwriter music like Ben Folds, Guster and Elliott Smith during those difficult years. I loved Wilco’s acoustic version of “I’m Always in Love” and a millennial-turning mashup by your Matthews and Mayers. Music that could be heard without any bass, by the way.

    When I was a kid, I could fall asleep listening to the RadioShack set because of my familiarity with it. Plus, they were unbreakable.

    Apple iPod Mini retro with pink tones

    I must have bought the first pink iPod nano as soon as I saw it. My 45-minute commute to college needed a new CD player in 2004, so I convinced my parents to buy me one. Although my friends were delighted, I was charmed by the Mini. Due to its four gigabytes of hard drive space, it felt like I had my own radio station in my pocket. Beyonce, Modest Mouse and The Killers were some of the artists I listened to. I used iTunes gift cards I received from strawberry scented lip balms to buy Love by Gwen Stefani. Angel, music and a baby were all there when he came out. Even in the Christian summer camp, where secular music was forbidden, the Mini accompanied me.

    Apple Ipod Mini retro with pink tones

    Final Thoughts

    We live in a streaming world these days. We are consume music by streaming. What if streaming loses its dominance as the most well-known method of music consumption? Simply, I have no idea. However, I believe that in the next five or ten years, music technology will advance so rapidly that we wouldn’t even need to listen to artists.

    We connect to computers. Like in computer games, we took our preferences and created new pieces that precisely matched what we already had in our collections. Even if some are experimenting with procedural music, we are not there yet, just like gaming. However, that seems to be the direction.

    UFO Network continues to grow as the most in-depth and comprehensive EDM source for all things electronic dance music. With audiences in over 125 countries, we are quickly becoming a popular and trusted source of electronic dance music news, reviews, interviews and features for DJs, artists and labels.

    Best Buy has a new strategy to win over bargain hunters | Business

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    Shown is a Best Buy location in Philadelphia, Wednesday, November 17, 2021.


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    Prices are skyrocketing and Best Buy has a plan to entice shoppers looking for deals on TVs and laptops: no more factory outlets.

    Over the next year, Best Buy will double the number of outlet stores it has to 32 — starting with new outlets in Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and Manassas, Va. — and add a the point-of-sale deals section at its website, the company said Wednesday.

    Best Buy has been operating outlet stores since 2014, offering discounts on TVs and major appliances that have been returned, repaired, exchanged or discontinued by manufacturers. It also has a similar “open box” discount section in most of its approximately 1,000 stores.

    Now the chain is opening new outlet stores with a wider assortment of products, including laptops, tables, game consoles and cell phones. It will add more services to those stores, such as same-day delivery, curbside pickup, and a Geek Squad center where shoppers can get tech support.

    Best Buy thinks it needed to expand its point-of-sale strategy to better attract customers who buy based on the discounts they can find.

    People also read…

    Outlets are also a way for Best Buy to attract new buyers and re-engage old ones. The retailer has flourished in recent years, but faces stiff competition in the consumer electronics business from Amazon, Costco, Walmart and others.

    Best Buy said 16% of customers who shop at current outlets have never purchased from Best Buy and 37% have not made a purchase from Best Buy in the past year.

    Outlets are “important to customers,” Damien Harmon, executive vice president of omnichannel at Best Buy, said in an interview. “When you don’t have a solution like that…you also potentially disengage customers.”

    Opening new outlet stores also has other benefits for Best Buy, Harmon said.

    It allows the retailer to move discount sections out of their regular stores and free up space to showcase new full-priced merchandise.

    And it gives Best Buy, the retail industry’s largest recipient of returned consumer electronics, another way to sell these products and keep them out of landfills.

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    CD-DVD Players Market Size and Forecast

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    By Product Type, the market is primarily split into:

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    Communication Converters Market Size and Forecast

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    New Jersey, United States – Comprehensive analyzes of the fastest growing companies Communication Converters Market provide information that helps stakeholders identify opportunities and challenges. The 2022 markets could be another big year for Communication Converter. This report provides an overview of the company’s activities and financial situation (a company profile is required if you want to raise capital or attract investors), recent developments (mergers and acquisitions) and recent SWOT analyses. This report focuses on the Communication Converters Market in the assessment period 2029. The report also provides analysis of the growth of the Communication Converters Market which includes five factor analysis and analysis of the Porter’s supply chain.

    It describes the behavior of the industry. It also outlines a future direction that will help companies and other stakeholders make informed decisions that will ensure strong returns for years to come. The report provides a practical overview of the global market and its changing environment to help readers make informed decisions about market projects. This report focuses on growth opportunities that allow the market to expand its operations in existing markets.

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    The Communication Converter report contains data based on rigorous studies of elementary and secondary schools using best research practices. The report contains exhaustive information which will enable you to evaluate each segment of the Communication Converter market. This report has been prepared considering various aspects of market research and analysis. It includes market size estimates, market dynamics, and company and market best practices. Entry marketing strategy, positioning, segmentation, competitive landscape and economic forecasts. Industry-specific technology solutions, roadmap analysis, alignment to key buying criteria, in-depth vendor product benchmarking

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    • Ethernet
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    • Industrial
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    ATTRIBUTES DETAILS
    ESTIMATED YEAR 2022
    YEAR OF REFERENCE 2021
    FORECAST YEAR 2029
    HISTORICAL YEAR 2020
    UNITY Value (million USD/billion)
    SECTORS COVERED Types, applications, end users, and more.
    REPORT COVER Revenue Forecast, Business Ranking, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors and Trends
    BY REGION North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
    CUSTOMIZATION SCOPE Free report customization (equivalent to up to 4 analyst business days) with purchase. Added or changed country, region and segment scope.

    Geographic segment covered in the report:

    The Communication Converter report provides information on the market area, which is further sub-divided into sub-regions and countries/regions. In addition to the market share in each country and sub-region, this chapter of this report also contains information on profit opportunities. This chapter of the report mentions the market share and growth rate of each region, country and sub-region over the estimated period.

    • North America (USA and Canada)
    • Europe (UK, Germany, France and rest of Europe)
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    Almac Group consolidates its cybersecurity infrastructure with

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    SAN CARLOS, Calif., May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Checkpoint® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP), a leading global provider of cybersecurity solutions, announced that Almac Group, a global pharmaceutical company, has upgraded its cybersecurity defenses across its network, cloud environments and endpoints with the Check Point solutions. By deploying Check Point Quantum Security Gateways, Quantum IoT Protect, CloudGuard Network Security and Harmony Connect, Almac Group now has a fully consolidated infrastructure for advanced threat prevention.

    Based in Northern Ireland, Almac Group is a development and manufacturing company specializing in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology products. It has over 6,000 employees in the UK, US, Singapore, Japan, Denmark and Sweden. Due to the pandemic and the global shift to remote and hybrid working, Almac Group has encountered new cybersecurity challenges, including increased demand for VPN connectivity and throughput. Almac Group also leverages a complex web of business-critical manufacturing and laboratory technologies, including Internet of Things (IoT), Operational Technology (OT), and more.

    “These technologies were difficult to secure even before the pandemic due to their age, architecture or sensitivity,” said Stephen Park, senior information security specialist for Almac Group. “However, the problem has been exacerbated during the pandemic as more malicious actors have targeted remote offices and devices. During this time, we were also opening new sites requiring secure connectivity to the Internet and corporate resources. We even moved on-premises email to cloud-based Microsoft 365 and started migrating development workloads to AWS. All of these changes happened at a faster pace and highlighted an urgent need for more security features and flexibility. We needed to extend robust security, extend the protection of our IoT environments, and consolidate management with better visibility. For that, we turned to Check Point and have now gained a dynamic advantage against advanced threats.

    Check Point has consolidated and simplified the Almac Group’s security infrastructure and now provides advanced threat prevention across its organization. The solutions implemented by Almac Group include:

    • Check Point Quantum Security Gateway clusters to secure the network and deliver up to 1.5 Tbps of threat prevention performance with on-demand scalability. Quantum DLP (data loss prevention) and compliance blades help Almac Group protect privileged data while ensuring compliance requirements are met.
    • Check Point CloudGuard Network Security to provide advanced threat prevention and automated security for Almac Group cloud assets. Data is protected against the most sophisticated fifth-generation attacks. Automation supports rapid deployment and automation of developer CI/CD workflows, while unified management enables the security team to quickly and easily ensure consistent policy across on-premises and in the cloud.
    • Check Point Quantum IoT Protect to enable zero-trust protection for Almac Group IoT/OT/ICS/SCADA environments. Quantum IoT Protect identifies all IoT devices on the network and assesses their risk. It prevents unauthorized access to and from these devices with zero-trust segmentation, and it blocks threats against IoT devices. Zero-trust policy and runtime protection can be customized per device, securing them the first time they connect to the network.
    • Check Point Harmony Connect to provide the same level of threat prevention, access control and data protection to remote users and Almac Group branches without requiring a local perimeter firewall. Sites connect to the Internet and corporate cloud resources through a third-party SD-WAN solution integrated with Harmony Connect. Almac Group enjoys centralized control and visibility over access and data while ensuring up-to-date security with high performance.

    Rupal Hollenbeck, Chief Commercial Officer of Check Point Software, said, “We are excited to enable the Almac Group to gain advanced protection against known and even emerging threats, such as the Log4j vulnerability. At the same time, Check Point’s innovative cloud-based solution gives them single-screen visibility, eliminating the need to juggle multiple solutions across their remote locations, network and internet connections, and numerous specialized IoT devices.

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    Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com) is a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions for businesses and governments worldwide. Check Point Infinity’s portfolio of solutions protects businesses and public organizations against 5and generation-to-generation cyberattacks with an industry-leading capture rate of malware, ransomware and other threats. Infinity comprises three main pillars delivering uncompromising security and Generation V threat prevention in enterprise environments: Check Point Harmony, for remote users; Check Point CloudGuard, to automatically secure clouds; and Check Point Quantum, to protect network perimeters and data centers, all controlled by the industry’s most comprehensive and intuitive unified security management. Check Point protects more than 100,000 organizations of all sizes.

    Kendrick Lamar turns into OJ, Kanye, Kobe in new video

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    Kendrick Lamar’s album rollout has begun.

    The famed Compton rapper released a new song on Sunday, his first as a lead artist since 2018. “The Heart Part 5” comes less than a week before the release of Lamar’s long-awaited new album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” which is due Friday; the look of the single is reminiscent of “The Heart Part 4,” a non-album cut that was released shortly before 2017’s “Damn.”

    Built on an interpolation of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You,” “The Heart Part 5” opens with 34-year-old Lamar announcing, “As I get a little older, I realize that life is a perspective.” The densely lyrical track continues to reflect on gang violence, mental health, religion and the murder of Nipsey Hussle, who was shot in 2019 outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles.

    Hussle is one of several public figures that Lamar transforms using deepfake technology in the music video for “The Heart Part 5”; at various times he also resembles OJ Simpson, Kanye West, Will Smith, Jussie Smollett and Kobe Bryant. On YouTube, where the video had racked up more than 5.5 million views as of Monday morning, the deepfakes are credited to Deep Voodoo, a studio run by Trey Stone and Matt Parker of “South Park” fame.

    Little is known about “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” which will come five years after Pulitzer Prize-winning “Damn” and four years after Lamar’s Oscar-nominated soundtrack for “Black Panther.” 2018. Last week, the rapper – who started using the name Oklama online – posted a photo of two CDs, one labeled ‘Morale’ and the other ‘Steppers’, leading to speculate that the new LP is a double album.

    Cyberpunk 2077’s romance options are underwhelming

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    Despite its hectic launch in December 2020, Cyberpunk 2077The many patches have made it much more playable. The game follows the customizable Mercenary V as he navigates the seedy, dystopian world of Night City. The game’s developer, CD Projekt Red, is renowned for its brilliantly engaging writing and character relationships, which again shine in cyberpunk.

    Unfortunately, however, the story is let down by the game’s underwhelming romance options. There are only four options in the entire game: one for the straight male, straight, gay, and gay female versions of V. This choice very limited contradicts and harms the rest of the game and is definitely something CDPR should address in future updates, expansions or sequels.

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    V’s relationships with the various characters in cyberpunk are incredibly well written. Players can see and feel the shared emotions on screen and learn to care deeply about these people. However, only being able to truly romance one character, despite being able to heavily flirt with all four, is a disappointing limitation to these relationships.

    Players who want to play as a particular version of V, with a set gender and sexual orientation for example, have no choice but who they can like. As a result, this aspect can feel forced and take over the player. In a game where the protagonist can be largely shaped to match the player’s desired identity, with its extensive character customization, life paths, story, and combat choices, the limited romance options present themselves as a flagrant and disappointing contradiction.

    Additionally, players who find that their version of V has a better relationship with one character than another may feel disappointed that pursuing those feelings is not an option. For example, those who have chosen the nomadic life path might find that their V can share more and understand Panam more deeply than other characters, given their nomadic bond. However, she’s only available for male-to-male romance, which means Female Nomads V are forced to settle for a character they have less of a connection to. Of course, this limitation is somewhat true to real life, and not everyone will be romantically interested in the player, but cyberpunk should have done more to make players feel less rejected.


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    The most obvious way to fix this would be to have other similar characters romanticized as well. For example, during side quests involving the Aldecaldos nomads, V gets close to several other party members. CDPR could have given players the option to romance one of them, so all versions of V could find someone they really bonded with. This option would mean that players could experience realistic rejection of characters who are simply not interested, without feeling stuck in a drastically different relationship.


    The game’s endings further highlight the disappointment some players feel at not being able to choose the partner they really want. For example, the widely regarded “best ending” sees V leaving Night City with Panam and the Aldecaldos, with Panam even hinting that she might have a friend who could help with V’s life-limiting condition. haven’t had a romance with Panam, this ending is less joyous as V is forced to leave his romantic partner behind.

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    cyberpunk should have allowed other fictionalized characters to join the finale, or written equally satisfying endings for them. As it stands, the other romance options seem half-baked in comparison. Given how well-written the other characters of River, Judy, and Kerry are, the lack of a happy ending involving them is a major injustice to players who have felt a stronger bond with them.


    Globally, Cyberpunk 2077 is a great game with emotionally compelling writing that brings its characters and world to life. Unfortunately, this major force is unfortunately limited by its severe lack of romantic options. CDPR must prioritize improving this area to ensure that the stories of future games have an even deeper impact, allowing players to freely pursue the love interests of their choosing.


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    24 years ago, Steve Jobs made tech sexy again

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    Tech is sexy, or at least it can be, and that’s mostly thanks to Steve Jobs and the iMac, which was unveiled 24 years ago this week.

    Your options for home and office computing in 1998 were getting more and more boring. White-box PCs dominated the personal computing landscape. They were invariably white or tan rectangles, with several removable storage slots, a grille to let some air in on the large motherboards, and giant CRT monitors balanced above them. The keyboard and mouse were rote efforts that got the job done.

    The unusual design of the iMac was born out of absolute necessity, not just to shake things up in a boring industry like dishwater, but to save Apple from the trash.

    Steve Jobs joined Apple just about a year before unveiling the first iMac. The plan, as Walter Isaacson explained in his biography of Steve Jobs, was to build “an all-in-one product with a keyboard, monitor, and computer ready to go right out of the box. It should have a distinctive design that would make a brand statement.”

    With its curved design and no sharp corners, translucent candy-colored back, front-facing stereo speakers, small keyboard, and perfectly round mouse, the iMac accomplished all that and more.

    While nearly every brand name computer in the entire Windows PC industry in 1998 could hardly be picked from a lineup, there was no doubt that the iMac was anything other than an Apple product.

    1998 Classic PC

    It was the pinnacle of PC design in 1998 before the iMac. (Image credit: Getty Images)

    The iMac wasn’t just a distinctive product, it was a statement of intent. Apple, as it had nearly fifteen years before, would think differently, abandoning the known and the comfortable for the exciting, the eye-catching and the special.

    To Apple and Job’s credit, the first iMac wasn’t just a sexy package, Apple took a risk on the component side as well. It had a PowerPC processor (co-developed with IBM and Motorola), but had no floppy disk drive. At the time, every desktop-worthy PC (and many laptops) had a 3.5-inch floppy drive. Apple got rid of it and only included a CD-ROM drive inside. The iMac introduced the still relatively new USB port to the Apple public (no previous Mac had one).

    Apple also pushed the boundaries of connectivity by introducing the 56K V.90 modem, a connectivity option so new that many ISPs weren’t ready to hook up to it. And in a nod to the original Macintosh, the iMac even had a handle that let you carry the somewhat bulky computer.

    Jobs wanted the new iMac (which came in five different candy-colored options – another first in the PC space) to be a consumer device. But sales were quick and I remember them popping up in every office in 1999. In fact, a design team I worked with at the time insisted that we only buy from them new iMacs.

    The iMac appealed to a generation of tech consumers like few products before. It got us excited about not just what the technology could do, but also how it looked and felt. Most competitors have been slow to get the message, but not Apple.

    In the years that followed, Apple would unveil one iconic product and one product design after another. In the iBook, iPod, iPhone, and iPad, we would see echoes of the iMac’s inspiration. Not that all products looked like the iMac. They did not do it. In fact, the next iMac, which featured an LCD screen, looked nothing like that first design, but the DNA of that approach, of emotion-first design, was clear.

    TONY LI, MARKETING DIRECTOR OF APPLE HK, WITH THE NEW IMAC COMPUTER.  (Photo by MARK RALSTON/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)

    From 1998: Tony Li, Apple’s marketing director in Hong Kong, with an iMac (Photo by MARK RALSTON/South China Morning Post via Getty Images) (Image credit: Getty Images)

    Apple has somewhat given up on allowing form to totally replace function. Today’s Apple designs are now marked by both simplicity and beauty. Where the original iMac might have been accused of overdesign, one could say that a Mac Studio has almost no design at all.

    That wouldn’t be true, however. In my opinion, every Apple product is always designed to elicit a response, much like a car you see driving down the road. You can’t touch it because it goes 70 mph, but you’ve seen it, remember it and have an opinion on it.

    Without the original iMac, our laptops would still be ugly, boxy extensions of their desktop counterparts. Shelves can have square edges. Our phones might look more like phones rather than smooth, shiny slabs.

    Every piece of technology we touch is built in the shadow of the first consumer electronics technology design to break the mold since the original Mac. Few seemed to learn from this 1984 product, but the industry got the message in 1998 and thankfully nothing has been the same since then.

    Childish Gambino Ranks No. 1 on Best-Selling Albums Chart – Billboard

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    Record Store Day 2022 fingerprints are everywhere Billboard‘s Top Album Sales chart (dated May 7), as six of the top 10 have sales due to a special release for independent retailers’ annual holidays.

    Leading the pack at No. 1 is Childish Gambino kauai EP, which debuted at the top of the list with 17,000 sold in the United States in the week ending April 28, according to Luminate. This is his first number 1 on the ranking and his third top 10.

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    kauai was originally released in 2014 as a retail digital download and charted for five weeks that year. It was first released on vinyl for Record Store Day (April 23) and nearly all of the album’s sales in the week ending April 28 came from its vinyl LP. kauai was pressed onto three randomly distributed surprise color vinyl variants around the world.

    BillboardThe Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based solely on traditional album sales. The history of the chart dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began compiling tables with information on electronically controlled room counts from SoundScan, now Luminate. Pure album sales were the only metric used by the Billboard 200 albums chart in the list dated December 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that mixes album sales with equivalent album units of tracks and equivalent streaming album units. For all charting news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on Twitter and Instagram.

    Bonnie Raitt’s new studio album Just like that… bows to No. 2 best-selling album with 14,000 copies sold. It’s his highest effort on the count since Desire in their hearts reached No. 1 in 1994. Jason Aldean’s Georgia – the second of his two-part album project, after last year’s Mason – starts at No. 3 with 13,000 sold.

    The former number 1 of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Unlimited love is a non-mover at No. 4 with 13,000 sold (up 42%). The album is in its fourth week on the chart, but won a new silver vinyl release for Record Store Day, fueling its sales boost.

    Stevie Nick’s Bella Donna debuted at No. 5 with 12,000 copies sold (up 6,984%) – almost all from vinyl sales from its new Record Store Day pressing. The classic album, which was released in 1981 and reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, has been re-released exclusively for Record Store Day retailers as a double vinyl with outtakes, B-sides and recordings from demonstration added as a bonus.

    Kirk Hammett’s first solo effort, Portals, starts at No. 6 with just over 11,000 sold. The Metallica guitarist’s instrumental four-track EP saw most of its sales come from two editions originally released by participating Record Store Day retailers: an ocean blue colored vinyl record and a standard CD.

    Exclusive to Wallows’ Record Store Day wallow Singles collection 2017-2020 enters at No. 7 with 10,000 sold. The compilation was pressed on sky blue colored vinyl.

    by Anne Wilson My Jesus debuted at No. 8 with just over 9,000 sold, while former leader Jack White fear of dawn falls 3-9 with 9,000 (down 21%).

    that of the priest Pornography debuted at No. 10 (9,000; up from virtually no sales the previous week) thanks to sales generated by its Record Store Day exclusive picture disc pressing. Pornography was originally released in 1982, but this week marks its debut on any US Billboard chart. It also bows on The Billboard 200, Top Rock Albums, Top Alternative Albums, Catalog Albums, Vinyl Albums and Tastemaker Albums.

    In the week ending April 28, 2.342 million albums were sold in the United States (up 34.2% from the previous week). Of this sum, physical albums (CDs, vinyls, cassettes, etc.) accounted for 1.941 million (up 42%) and digital albums accounted for 384,000 (up 4.9%).

    There were 615,000 CD albums sold in the week ending April 28 (up 1.9% week over week) and 1.316 million vinyl albums sold (up 74, 8%). Year-to-date CD album sales were 10.702 million (down 12.3% from the same period a year ago) and vinyl album sales year-to-date the year amounted to 12.667 million (up 4%).

    Overall year-to-date album sales were 30.395 million (down 8% from the same year-to-date period a year ago). Year-to-date, physical album sales totaled 23.536 million (down 4.1%) and digital album sales totaled 6.869 million (down 19.3%).

    Why we love the Ferrari 550 Maranello

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    When it was first shown, many were a little hesitant, perhaps anticipating something more aesthetically daring, but the car’s unique features quickly won them over. The 550 Maranello was Ferrari’s answer to those who thought that a front-engined V12 automobile could not compete with a mid-engined sports car in terms of performance. Above all, it was a practical and comfortable two-seater, with a large luggage capacity and a pleasant ride.

    In July 1996, the Ferrari 550 Maranello had its public premiere on the Nürburgring circuit in Germany. Former F1 team drivers Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine, as well as several former Ferrari team drivers, including former Ferrari world champions Niki Lauda and Jody Scheckter, were there to test the car on the course.

    With a front-mounted engine like that of its 456 GT sibling, the new vehicle was capable of delivering blistering acceleration paired with perfect driving qualities. The 550 Maranello was built between 1996 and 2001, and each car was given a unique chassis number ranging from 99928 to 126807. Now is the time to take a look at the car’s history to find out why we got it. we are so in love.

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    As expected from Ferrari, the design of the Ferrari 550 Maranello is impressive

    Pininfarina was responsible for the exterior and interior design of the 550 Maranello. Elvio D’Aprile is credited with the exterior design, which was done by Lorenzo Ramaciotti. Maurizio Corbi also took part in the design phase, while Goran Popović created the interior design. It’s no surprise that Pininfarina’s design echoes the 456 GT.

    However, there were also nostalgic cues from older legendary models, such as the twin air vents in the front fenders reminiscent of the 250 GTO and 275 GTB of the 1960s. Conversely, the rear lights looked more like the legendary 365 GTB/4 Daytona model. The new model’s deep, wide radiator air intake gave it a distinct look. The body was made of a lightweight aluminum alloy that was welded to the steel frame using Feran, a newly created material that allowed the two incompatible metals to be fused together.

    The cabin was standardly furnished in leather, with electronic seat adjustment and a spacious luggage compartment. Air conditioning, automatic windows and mirrors as well as an audio system with CD player were included. Sports seats, along with a variety of Carrozzeria Scaglietti customization equipment products, were offered as alternatives, allowing customers to personalize their cars.

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    Did you know that the Ferrari 550 Maranello broke three speed records?

    Due to Ferrari’s obsession with aerodynamics, the 550 Maranello had a low drag coefficient and consistent downforce on both axles. The car’s unparalleled quality and aerodynamic efficiency enabled it to set new production car speed records in Ohio on October 12, 1998. The 550 set three speed records: 100 miles at average speed 190.2 mph; one hour at a speed of 184 mph; and 100 km at an average speed of 188.9 mph. These achievements stood until 2002, when a pre-production Lamborghini Murciélago smashed them at the Nardo circuit.


    A limited edition of thirty-three “World Record” units was created in 1999 to celebrate the world speed record achieved in 1998. Later, Ferrari launched the limited edition 550 Barchetta Pininfarina at the Paris Motor Show in Paris in September 2000. The Barchetta was conceptualized to commemorate Pininfarina’s 70th anniversary, and it arrived three months after Pininfarina’s 550-based concept, the Rossa 2000. As expected, the most significant changes were made to the body of Barchetta.

    As mentioned earlier, the 550 has always been lauded for its strength and agility. The engine was a variant of that used in the 456 GT, while the overall displacement of 5.5 liters was chosen to match the model name. The naturally aspirated F133 A engine has four valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts and a variable intake manifold. It has a displacement of 334.0 cubic inches and delivers 478 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 419 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm.


    This engine allowed a top speed of 199 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 4.4 seconds. In addition, the steering characteristics of the new car have been enhanced by the ideal 50:50 weight distribution.

    To put it succinctly, Ferrari’s decision to revert its high-end two-seater production vehicle to a front-engine design was an absolute triumph. The 550 Maranello was a popular car for a long time before the redesigned 575M took its place in 2002. It was not an all-new vehicle, but rather an improved variant of the previous model.

    The 550 also had some racing experience. Although not intended for racing, several independent teams turned the 550 Maranello into a competitive GT. In 2003, a Prodrive-tuned vehicle won the GTS class at Le Mans, and the group also finished second in the American Le Mans Series that year, while the BMS Scuderia Italia team won the FIA ​​title. GT. That said, the Ferrari 550 Maranello is one of our favorites. It was always one of our favorites.



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    How to Install DEB Packages in Arch Linux

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    Many popular programs are available on Linux exclusively as a DEB package. This might worry you if you’ve recently migrated to Arch Linux and aren’t sure how to install your favorite programs.

    DEB files are intrinsic to derivatives based on Debian or Ubuntu. However, you can still install them on your Arch-based system in several ways. Let’s review the methods of installing DEB files in Arch Linux.

    What is a DEB file?

    A DEB or “.deb” file is basically an archive containing scripts, configuration files, and other data needed to install a program. DEB files are primarily designed for use on Debian desktop or Debian-based computers such as Pop! _OS, Ubuntu and MX Linux, to name a few.

    If you’re coming from Windows, you can think of DEB files as a Windows executable (EXE) file.

    While installing a DEB package on Arch Linux isn’t as simple as running a Windows executable, it’s certainly not rocket science. The installation is quite simple and the steps are easy to follow.

    1. Install the program from the AUR

    AUR or Arch User Repository is the largest software library among all Linux distributions. In case you can’t find an officially supported package for Arch Linux, the AUR is where you should look before anywhere else.

    While it won’t help you install a DEB file, chances are you’ll find an Arch-compatible package for the software you need.

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    You can install AUR packages manually or through an AUR wizard. We recommend going ahead with yay, a popular and easy to use AUR helper. To get started, just search for the package name with yay :

    yay search_term

    yay will list all relevant packages. Copy the correct package name and install it by running:

    yay -S package_name

    This should successfully install the software on your Arch Linux system. To learn more about yay, check out this guide to managing packages with yay.

    2. Install DEB packages on Arch Linux with Debtap

    If you can’t find an alternative in the AUR, you should opt for Debtap. It is a command line tool that converts a Debian package into an Arch compatible package.

    Debtap gets the job done for the most part, but you should always exercise caution as incompatible package updates can break its functionality.

    Install Debtap on Arch Linux

    To install Debtap, launch the terminal and install it using an AUR wizard:

    yay -S debtap

    Change to the DEB file directory using the cd command and use Debtap to start converting the package.

    cd ~/Downloads
    debtap yourfile.deb

    Debtap will create a “yourfile.zst” which you can easily install with your package manager, in this case, pacman.

    sudo pacman -U yourfile.zst

    This should install the package on your Arch Linux machine.

    3. Manually Install DEB Packages on Arch

    For those who prefer a more hands-on approach, you can manually extract the DEB package and place the contents in the appropriate directories.

    Before reading further, note that this is not the recommended way to install DEB packages. Only resort to this method if all alternatives fail.

    This method is platform independent, meaning you can apply this method to all distributions, Arch Linux or not.

    Start by using the ar command to extract the .deb file in a folder.

    ar x /path/to/file

    Then move into the folder and extract the archives with the tar command.

    tar xvf control.tar.gz
    tar xvf data.tar.gz

    You will find three new folders: etc, optand usr. Copy the contents of these folders to the appropriate directories. For example, copy the contents of etc folder in the /etc your system directory and do the same for the rest accordingly.

    sudo cp ./etc/* /etc/
    sudo cp ./opt/* /opt/
    sudo cp ./usr/* /usr/

    Program execution

    Once all the files have been placed in their place, you can run the shell script inside the /usr/bin folder to run the application. For ease of use, consider creating a desktop shortcut to run this program.

    This is quite a tedious method and will not work one hundred percent of the time, so we suggest that you refrain from manual installation and treat it as a last attempt.

    You can now install DEB packages on Arch Linux

    You can install Debian packages on Arch Linux. However, a package that is not inherently intended for Arch Linux can often break over time when being updated.

    With a state-of-the-art distribution, sometimes all it takes is one broken package to bring the whole system down. It is essential to regularly scan for faulty packages, repair them and update the package list of your Linux system.


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    The power of data to enable better business decision-making

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    Financial services organizations often struggle to store data in multiple disparate systems, including core banking systems, spreadsheets, and customer relationship software. This leads to manual reporting, which can be messy and put them at risk of non-compliance.

    JourneyTEAM’s Chad Dunbar, Account Manager, and Igor Salamatin, Business Intelligence Developer, explain how the company’s extensive experience in helping industry consolidate data enables key stakeholders to better understand and visualize data to make smart business decisions.

    How can JourneyTEAM help financial services organizations track, monitor and analyze data?
    Igor Salamatin (IS): We have helped many financial services organizations implement Microsoft Power BI, providing various insights into their data, such as which customers are making the most money, if they are losing customers, and sales and marketing effectiveness. We worked to combine insights from Dynamics 365 and Power Platform to show our customers data they didn’t even know they needed to access.

    We have also partnered with a non-profit lending organization that helps people start a business. Previously, this organization’s reporting process was manual and involved collecting Excel data and cleaning it multiple times, which inevitably led to errors. Now, we’ve connected its CRM system to data sources so it can generate accurate, real-time reports every hour.

    Why is it important for financial services organizations to provide excellent customer service and how does JourneyTEAM help them achieve this goal?
    Chad Dunbar (CD): The old style of banking focused primarily on savings and loans. Now there are so many products available, from mortgages to financial planning. With a better understanding of their customers, financial goals and family profile, financial institutions can identify more cross-selling opportunities such as credit card offers, business services, retirement plans and car loans. If customer loyalty is low, opportunities like this diminish.

    IS: With so many options to choose from, financial services organizations really need to find an edge to stay competitive. This benefit attracts and retains customers and customers by meeting their financial services needs. One bad experience and those customers will go elsewhere.

    How do JourneyTEAM solutions help business teams in the financial industry?
    IS: One of our clients is a large bank that provides large loans to other financial institutions. She implemented Dynamics 365 Sales and Marketing along with Power Platform to manage and track marketing activities, opportunities won and lost, and how each group of bankers was doing with their deals.

    We helped the bank set specific goals for their sales team and with Power BI they can now see this information summarized, averaged and fully calculated to make better business decisions. It can see a relationship between the number of wins and losses, how long it takes for sales to close deals, and more. Sales reps can now open a page to see what they need to do to achieve their various goals. Likewise, managers can easily consult with their sales team to compare the best performance and offers on their site as well as other branches.

    How does JourneyTEAM help financial services organizations protect their data, reduce risk and simplify compliance?
    CD: There are many ways we specialize here, from access management to cloud security. This is a major concern for our financial services customers and a top priority for JourneyTEAM. One of our customers, a lending institution, used Microsoft Intune to systematize security setup for their more than 30 new contact center employees each week. This allowed the company to enforce security settings and profiles for laptops, and reduce training time for new employees.

    How will JourneyTEAM continue to help organizations in the financial services space?
    CD: The formation of our Financial Services Specialization team is a great meeting of the minds, helping us learn and understand how to help the financial services industry.

    We also have a corporate project manager who helps us communicate between teams so that we are working towards a single goal. Our clients have a single point of contact to manage the entire process for them, and they work with our team of dedicated experts.

    IS: Our background in financial services helps us bypass any learning curve, because we’ve been there before. We’re getting even better at evangelizing that experience to estimate accurate timelines and budgets, implement the right approach much faster, and deliver a range of insights. We can guide our financial services clients from start to finish.

    This article originally appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of Technology Record. To receive future issues straight to your inbox, sign up for a free subscription.


    Stream vinyl throughout your home with the Bluesound HUB

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    New to Bluesound is the HUB, a networking accessory that streams a turntable’s output to compatible network endpoints like Bluesound’s NODE and POWERNODE; or its range of wireless speakers.

    Concrete example: for a week, my turntable has remained inactive, its distance from the amplifier being too great for an analog interconnection to connect it. However, if I had a Bluesound NODE connected to the amplifier, I could connect the output of the turntable to the input of the HUB’s MM phono stage to create a network audio bridge between the two Bluesound devices. Additionally, the HUB would allow me to stream the turntable’s output to the POWERNODE which drives a pair of speakers upstairs.

    Now comes the plot twist: the HUB also has a line-level input on its rear panel for connecting a phono stage or other analogue sources. TOSLINK and coaxial inputs are also present for game consoles, CD players and legacy music streamers. And anyone worried about latency should note the HUB’s inclusion of an HDMI eARC input which most likely maintains believable lip-sync when streaming audio from its smart TV over the network to a NODE or POWERNODE.

    The HUB is not for purists who want their turntable output to stay in the analog realm forever. But again, the NODE and POWERNODE’s own analog inputs aren’t aimed at analog or die vinylistas either – these streaming devices digitize all incoming analog signals for the internal DSP to perform all EQ adjustments and the subwoofer cross-filtering.

    The more pragmatic will want to know if a digitization process like that of Bluesound will homogenize the sound of the analog source. In my experience, the answer is no firm. Depending on the quality of the A/D converter, it can “reduce” anything from a few tenths of a percent to one percent. Differences in flavor of phono cartridges are retained, just as differences in recording quality are retained by streaming services such as Tidal and Apple Music.

    It’s a sacrifice that many pragmatists – including yours truly – are willing to make. Why? Because hi-fi equipment must adapt to our way of life and not to us. In addition, the power of DSP gives us much more than converting the signal to digital could take away from us.

    The Bluesound HUB will sell for US$319 / €349 / £309 when it goes on sale in mid-June.

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    The Music of Martin Wesley-Smith (Canberra International Music Festival)

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    Two halves of a concert program in adjacent rooms. Another original idea at this year’s CIMF focuses on a tribute to Australian composer and pioneer of electronic and computer music, Martin Wesley-Smith, who died on September 26, 2019 at the age of 74. The two halves ran simultaneously and repeated, with the audience led from room to room.

    Entering the National Film and Sound Archive’s Arc Cinema – despite opening in 2009, Arc is still considered by many to be ACT’s most comfortable and modern cinema – audiences were greeted with a full photo screen of Martin Wesley-Smith brandishing a fish he had just caught in the Timor Sea. CIMF Artistic Director Roland Peelman was a friend, champion and collaborator of the Wesley-Smith lads, twins Martin and Peter, often bringing the Song Company to perform at charity events in Kangaroo Valley. Their collaboration also produced this extraordinary musical drama Quitowinner of the Paul Lowin Song Cycle Award in 1994.

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    Ruben Palma performs during ‘Eyes and Ears: The music of Martin Wesley-Smith’ at the 2022 Canberra International Music Festival. Photo © Peter Hislop.

    Peelman presented the program’s first play, beta-globin DNA (1987) as “the happiest piece of computer music” we have ever heard. Three minutes later, that joy was completely dispelled with the first of three tracks devoted to one of Wesley-Smith’s key and enduring concerns, the quest for political self-determination for Timor Leste.

    Venceremos (1978/2008) is a piece for computerized sounds and images. In clear terms, it condemns the capitulation of the Hawke government by recognizing the subjugation of Timor Leste by Indonesia. It mixes Australian and American anthems and popular songs. Wesley-Smith’s advocacy for Timor Leste was universally recognized. For a concert of his political music at the NFSA in February 2008, then-president Jose Romas Horta said that Martin Wesley-Smith was “a true creator, activist and humanitarian, all rolled into one”. (On May 20 of this year, Ramos Horta resumes his duties as president of his country.)

    In 2002, barely three years after the independence of Timor-Leste, Martin Wesley-Smith visited the country accompanied by clarinettist Ros Dunlop, herself an ardent activist committed to the cause. After gaining independence, there was a sense of victory and reconciliation in the new nation, epitomized by President Xanana Gusmão’s slogan “To resist is to win!”

    Wesley-Smith has composed a new work celebrating this moment, with an almost ecstatic clarinet part for Dunlop. Teke Toke Tomaktranslating to something like “Let’s all get together” was to become Wesley-Smith’s last piece openly linked to the Timor struggle which had largely consumed his creativity since 1975. It was good to see it performed here by another clarinetist , the splendid Jason Noble, picking up on threads heard in Steve Reich’s music earlier this week.

    The third piece from this triumvirate of Timor was the well-known work for cello and CD-ROM, Welcome to Hotel Turismo (2000). It was played by a young cellist from El Salvador, Ruben Palma, who currently teaches at Sydney Conservatorium High School (It should be remembered that the composer himself was once a fairly accomplished cellist and was well acquainted with the expressive voice of the instrument.) Palma negotiates the turns of this music with persuasion, oscillating between cabaret music and contemporary techniques with consummate ease. For me, this will go down as one of the standout solo performances at CIMF 2022.

    Listening to these pieces again after a few years (they have become quite familiar to me), I am struck by the integrity and depth of their foundation. At the same time, things like quoting hymns and patriotic songs seem to come close to agitprop slogans. In the visual dimension, at least, some images seem dated and require more recent treatments.

    At the same time, it should be remembered that Martin Wesley-Smith was a true pioneer of Australian computer music; without her music and advocacy for the Fairlight CMI, would we have seen the emergence of younger generations of computer-savvy composers like Kate Neal, whose play while you sleep impressed me so much only a few nights ago? As Roland Peelman wrote so eloquently in his friend’s CIMF program book on music and mission: “Two decades [after their first appearance] these works are stronger than ever, like music capturing the enormous capacity of the human brain for rational deduction, intricate articulation and broad empathy”.

    It was a loving and well-meaning tribute to a great composer, teacher and humanitarian who enriched and animated our minds over 50 years of his creativity. He will be greatly missed in our musical lives.

    Alice Giles performs during 'Eyes and Ears: The music of Martin Wesley-Smith' at the 2022 Canberra International Music Festival. Photo © Peter Hislop.

    Alice Giles performs during ‘Eyes and Ears: The music of Martin Wesley-Smith’ at the 2022 Canberra International Music Festival. Photo © Peter Hislop.

    Several years ago, Martin Wesley-Smith teamed up with a dear friend, harpist Alice Giles, to create a new work for his Ensemble of Seven Harps (SHE). This association took a step forward in 2011 when Wesley-Smith created a work for a recital around the theme “Alice in Antarctica”. Giles had discovered journals and photographs belonging to his uncle Cecil Thomas Madigan (1889-1947) who was the meteorologist for the first Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-14). With help from the guys at Wesley-Smith, Giles designed an hour-long presentation that she created at Mawson Station Red Shed in Antarctica in February 2011, to celebrate Shackleton’s AAE centenary.

    Taking two harps with her to Antarctica, an electroacoustic and lever harp specially designed to withstand the freezing climate, Giles devised a program of eight short solo pieces, interspersed with readings from her uncle’s journals. The centerpiece of its program was a new 10-minute work by Martin Wesley-Smith, Aurora Winnis (2011), as whimsical, eccentric and insinuating as any of his previous Alice tracks. This particular piece featured Madigan’s diary entries and songs that were played “on the grammo” each night in the frozen tents. Giles spoke and sang the lyrics expertly. In fact, the whole concept was superbly designed and executed in the NFSA’s smallest Theaterette with its ability to project both black and white (the historic footage) and color (Giles’ own expedition a century later) movies. . Kudos to CIMF and NFSA for embarking on this rare collaboration. There will surely be others in future CIMF programs.

    It’s no surprise that Giles has proven herself to be a natural theatrics. Would we dare to hope for a posthumous play by Wesley-Smith? It could be an emanation of Boom!this wonderful musical fantasy piece last staged by State Opera South Australia in July 2019. It was based on Giles’ namesake Alice Pleasance Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s inspiration. Alice through the looking glass.

    Either way, it was a quirky and perhaps unique undertaking, one that charmed every member of its largely elderly audience. School performances next time, please. For my part, I would not be disappointed if I never saw another penguin for a very long time.

    Your guide to the perfect weekend in Honolulu: May 4-11, 2022

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    Na Leo Piliméhana. Photo: Courtesy of Hawai’i Theater

    Na Leo Pilimehana Mother’s Day Concert

    Sunday May 8

    Na Leo Pilimehana means “voices that melt in the heat” and, fittingly, this Sunday at 1:30 p.m., the award-winning trio will fill the Hawai’i Theater with their beautiful voices and uplifting lyrics in honor of moms. . High school friends Nalani Jenkins, Lehua Kalima and Angela Morales, who have been performing together for over 35 years, have won an impressive 23 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and recorded over two dozen CDs. Some of their greatest hits (which live on in our hearts) are “Local Boys”, “Flying with Angels”, and “Rest of Your Life”. Ticket prices start at $35, but if you really want to go all out for the family matriarch, there’s a $75 option that includes VIP seating, a signed commemorative CD, and a photo op with the ladies of Na Leo. .

    1130 Bethel St., (808) 528-0506, hawaiitheatre.com

    House of Mana Up Mother’s Day Special

    Now until May 8

    Mom at House of Mana Up this week. The shop, known for its carefully curated selection of locally designed and created products, makes it easy for shoppers looking for a special Mother’s Day gift. Build your own personalized gift box and fill it with spaaaa-mazing essentials from Ua Body, Jules + Gem and Ao Organics Hawai’i. For mums who love savory treats, locally made pantry products including chocolates, honeys, teas and butters are available and can be wrapped together as a sweet gift. On Saturday, one of our favorite artists, JT Ojeri of Aloha de Mele, will be in store from 2-5 p.m. to talk history with customers and give away a free Aloha de Mele card with an in-store purchase of 50 $.

    Royal Hawaiian Center A108, (808) 425-4028, houseofmanaup.com, @houseofmanaup


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    Dinner for Mother’s Day

    May 8

    If you’re looking to treat mom to a great meal, check out Frolic Hawai’i’s story on Mother’s Day take-out and take-out menus. No surprise, restaurants are sprucing up their menus with specials for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Podmore Bar offers a tantalizing three-course prix-fixe brunch, with an option to upgrade by adding flowers and sweets from Blume Ruhm. Kapa Hale keeps it playful (and delicious) with a “mom-u-mental” roasted pork belly porchetta and “olive you, mom” olive oil cake. Indulgent take-out options are also available, including a Mother’s Day feast – small lobster rolls, local snapper with ginger scallion sauce and New York-style cheesecake with fresh berries – from Feast by Jon Matsubara. This amazing and helpful list also includes treats from local bakeries and confectioneries that can always be ordered. Some reservations and pre-orders are already closed, so keep checking the story for the latest updates.

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    2022 Hawaii Triennial Closing Celebration

    Friday, May 6

    The 2022 Hawai’i Triennial wraps up this weekend with an art-heavy celebration at the Hawai’i State Art Museum. As planned, the free event will feature star artists and performers, including an exciting performance by The Queeries, a queer dance collective from the University of Hawai’i. Yass! Guests will also be treated to a mask-making workshop led by The Tetorapotz member Izumi Kato, and will have the chance to don their masterpieces while swaying to the sound of the band’s lively performance. For more information, read Lisa Shiroma’s story detailing the night’s festivities and the performers involved.

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    Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    Throughout the month of May

    In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, local and national media will feature the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities who have contributed to society and the arts. On May 10, PBS Hawai’i will present American Masters: Waterman—Duke: Aloha Ambassador, a film depicting the life and outstanding achievements of the legend of surfing, lifesaving and Olympic victory, narrated by Jason Momoa. Also, on PBS this week are: Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond, a digital series highlighting the diversity of the AAPI community; and Curtain up! an honest behind-the-scenes look at fifth-grade students at PS 124 Drama Club in New York’s Chinatown rehearsing an adaptation of Frozen. McDonalds also launched its APA campaign featuring video talks with inspiring leaders and creatives who continue to create opportunities for themselves and other Asians in this country.

    To verify pbs.org for viewing hours; mcdonalds.com


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    Best Boytone turntable of May 2022

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    This list is about the best Boytone turntable. We will do our best for you to understand this Best Boytone Turntable list. I hope you like this list Best Boytone Turntable. So let’s start:

    Quick list of the best Boytone turntables

    If you are a music lover, you should seriously consider what the Boytone company has to offer. it’s about the music. The Boytone was created with the vision of creating a brand that would bring a family together to sing and dance. Boytone is best known for their wonderful vintage-style turntables that look great and let you play all your favorite vinyl records, CDs and cassettes. They sound great and are sure to bring back great memories… The styling of the system with the mahogany finish makes the system truly beautiful and a great design for the home.

    The company combines modern technology. in its musical systems and has for vision the basic principle to accompany each customer according to his musical tastes. It ensures that all music lovers have a memorable music experience wherever they go. Music systems have become one of the prerequisites of every individual now. However, finding an authentic equipment and music system is not so easy. The electronics market is full of brands that offer music systems. So today we present to you the best Boytone turntable.

    Check out the list of the best Boytone turntables

    Boytone BT-58W

    The BT-58W Bluetooth Wireless Turntable with Stereo Speaker System combines classic turntable style with modern technology. Stream music wirelessly from your device via Bluetooth, insert a USB flash drive or SD memory card containing MP3 digital music files, find your favorite AM/FM radio station and connect an external device like a CD player. MP3 or a tablet via the AUX input with your favorite vinyl records.

    This turntable will also give you the ability to convert your vinyl records, CDs and cassettes into digital MP3 music files. The two external stereo speakers will fill any room in the house with crystal clear stereo sounds, while the vintage design will make this turntable the centerpiece of any room.

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    Boytone BT-38SM