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Mark Barden on Recruiting Fellow Musicians to Heal After Sandy Hook – Billboard


On December 14, 2012, Mark Barden experienced the unimaginable horror of losing his seven-year-old son Daniel in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 children and educators dead.

In the aftermath of the violence, Barden, who was a professional guitarist before the massacre, put his music career aside and sought to prevent other families from suffering the same devastation by co-founding and serving as Newtown’s chief executive. , Connecticut. Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit organization that creates and runs programs to educate youth and adults to prevent gun violence in schools.


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On Saturday, August 13, a benefit concert at the Warehouse in Fairfield, Connecticut, led by Barden, will kick off a new initiative Sandy Hook Promise: Artists for School Shootings and Youth Violence Prevention.

In addition to Barden and his daughter, Natalie, the bill will include the former Conan bandleader Jimmy Vivino, Aztec Two-Step and The Alternate Routes (whose guitarist Eric Donnelly lost his parents when they were murdered in a 2005 jewelry store robbery).

The concert will be filmed for inclusion in A father’s promise, a documentary about Barden and the work of Sandy Hook Promise and Barden rediscovering his love of music, which he lost after Daniel’s death. The film, which will be released in December around the 10th anniversary of filming, will also include Barden performing with artist friends including Sheryl Crow, who performed at a fifth anniversary Sandy Hook Benefit in 2017; Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bernie Williams and Tim McGraw, who donated a 2014 concert to Sandy Hook Promise in Hartford, Conn.

Artists for School Shooting and Youth Violence Prevention provides a roadmap for musicians who want to be part of SHP’s mission by hosting a fundraising concert with Barden in the artist’s hometown, by participating in the documentary through a performance or interview, joining them for the August 13 fundraiser, promoting SHP through social media and live events, or making a donation.

As school shootings become mundane and depressing, Barden says he thinks more musicians are willing to speak out despite the possibility of upsetting some fans. “We see more and more artists wanting to take a stand and understand that part of the base will not agree. It took time,” Barden says. “Artists say, ‘We’re going to champion this because it’s the right thing to do.’ We need to unite people around a common message of protecting our children, making our communities safer and getting to a better and safer place and music plays a vital role in this as it reaches people in a completely different way and connects people.

Director Rick Kornwhich is producing the documentary through partner SA Baron’s Plain View Entertainment, has begun filming A father’s promise nine years ago with a focus on the role of music in healing after an unimaginable tragedy.

The problem was that Barden could find no joy in music, only pain, in part because of the intimate bond he and his three children had forged through music that had been ripped apart.

“Even as a toddler, when Daniel was crawling on the floor, he used to put his head towards the speaker because he wanted to investigate the sound source more closely,” Barden explains. “When I was giving guitar lessons away from home, he wanted to greet the students, bring them water, make them feel welcome. He was just a wonderful little ambassador.

At a young age, Daniel already showed musical talent, serving as the drummer in a Barden family band set up for his stepfather’s surprise 90th birthday party. (In the film, Barden watches footage of that performance with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, whom he met four years ago while filming the documentary and remain friends with.)

“We were looking at the role of music as a healer, as it relates to Mark’s life and as it coexists with his advocacy work,” says Korn. “When we started filming, Sandy Hook Promise was really in its infancy and Mark still wasn’t performing.” Pivotal to Barden’s musical journey and film is the former New York Yankee/Grammy Williams nominated guitarist. The two have been friends and teammates for years and Williams kindly brought Barden back onstage playing an advantage with Paul Simon in 2013, although “it was very traumatic for Mark,” Korn says. “We have a movie of it all.”

In December, Abramorama will oversee a limited theatrical release of the Barden-related documentary performing concerts in a number of cities, as well as a tie-in with streaming partners.

Playing live again, hopefully with high profile partners under the new initiative, seems fair to Barden. “It’s been a struggle to get back to music [but] I identify as a musician. It’s all I’ve ever been. I really had to put this on hold to be able to dedicate myself to advocacy work because there is a huge learning curve for me. I feel like [SHP] is self-contained enough that I can now bring those two things together. It’s a symbiotic pairing of my two lives.

Even though he returns to the stage, there’s still music Barden can’t listen to, including tunes his son loved to hear in the family van in the weeks leading up to his murder. “Little Daniel had some interesting songs,” Barden says. “Alison Krauss & Union Station’s ‘Another Day, Another Dollar’ and Steely Dan’s ‘Turn That Heartbeat Over Again’, which has a line with Michael’s name on it – and it has two cousins ​​named Michael, so it relied on those words.” The van still sits in the Bardens’ driveway, with the unplayed CDs in the CD player. “I haven’t been able to play them since. Like literally 10 years they’ve been in my CD player in the van,” Barden says.

As he turns tragedy into transformation, Barden’s role as head of SHP’s advocacy arm, Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund, keeps him busy working on sensible gun reform. He was at the White House in July to celebrate the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the first major federal gun safety bill in nearly 30 years.

As important as the work is, it remains a double-edged sword for Barden as it is a constant reminder that he is only doing this political work because his son is deceased. “We have been heavily involved in meetings with legislators as we approach the [Bipartisan Safer Communities Act] and drafting the wording of the bill itself,” he says. “We were very proud of the work we were able to contribute to finally get this passed and enacted into law. We passed federal legislation with bipartisan support that we wrote and passed state laws. The wins along the way have all been bittersweet because Daniel is always gone.

Stereo Jack’s Records packs up after 40 years and moves under new ownership to Ball Square


A customer shops Friday at Stereo Jack’s Records, which closes at 1686 Massachusetts Ave. after 40 years. (Photo: Tom Meek)

Stereo Jack’s Records closes Monday between Harvard and Porter squares after a 40-year tenure – an impressive existence selling only old-school vinyl in an industry that transitioned from records to tapes to CDs and eventually digital, surviving a Tower Records and a pandemic.

Since reopening after the worst of Covid, owner Jack Woker says business has never been better – appeal for vintage vinyl is at a remarkable high due to its audio quality, usefulness to DJ and his collection – but the venue makes way for a recreational marijuana dispensary called Budega. Woker believes the cannabis store will pay significantly higher rent, as well as renovations at 1686 Massachusetts Ave., Ward 9, to update a structure that dates back to around 1890.

Woker’s store has been in its current location for 29 years, after 11 years just up the road from Porter Square. A cannabis store warning came in 2019, followed by a pandemic reprieve.

When he first heard the news about Budega, Woker thought he was just going to shut up and go home. Then he was approached by an employee, percussionist Chris Anzelone, who offered to buy the company and move it.

Jack Woker, owner of Stereo Jack’s Records. (Photo: Tom Meek)

“I was thrilled,” said Woker, who still plans to retire – but thankfully as the store continues.

After Jack’s closing on Monday, workers will pack up the store and move to 736 Broadway in Ball Square, Somerville. The plan is to open the new store, which has roughly the same square footage, as close to September 1 as possible.

The storefront is expected to house a Budega recreational cannabis store. (Photo: Tom Meek)

Among the things he will miss most about running Jack’s, “are the people,” Woker said.

The feeling was mutual. “Jack’s store has always been a treasure trove of the best music on the planet,” said Matt Millstein, a longtime local resident and frequent customer, who now lives in Sudbury, “and also a haven for heated debates. . Every day at Jack’s you hear strong opinions about where to have lunch, Tarantino’s catalog of films, or the general disdain for Rod Stewart’s solo career. The speech and customer base were always varied and totally captivating, as was the selection of music in the store. »

Stereo Jack’s Records-themed jacket displays have entertained shoppers and passers-by on Massachusetts Avenue for decades. (Photo: Tom Meek)

Jack’s kitsch-cool themed storefronts – in which the display cases are covered in visual record covers – have become an institution and a draw for strollers along the avenue. “I often photographed them and sent them to my musician son in Los Angeles,” said Michael Bogdanow of Linnaean Street, who once sold his vintage vinyl collection to Jack’s. “First you’re struck by the diversity of artistic concepts,” added George Emlen, musical director of the Revels organization, “then you try to imagine what the music sounds like, and finally you marvel at the way which these album covers reflect and represent a specific zeitgeist in our culture.It will be difficult to replace this incredible tradition.

Five of the best karaoke spots in Dubai


Because when singing in the shower is not enough…

Sometimes you have to let go and tap into your inner popstar. We’ve rounded up the five best karaoke venues in Dubai to unleash your inner Gaga.

At Mr. Miyagi’s

mr miyagi karaoke

Where: Media One Hotel

The truth : This karaoke place is perfect for relaxing. Crush some classics while indulging in elite Asian delights like satay and kung pao. There are also other daily events, like ladies’ and boys’ nights, brunches, and a happy hour from 5-8 p.m. on weekdays. Be sure to book ahead, as the place fills up on the weekends.

Best for: People who are just looking to have a good time.

Mr. Miyagi’s, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Monday and Tuesday closed, Wednesday to Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Tel: (04) 420 7489. mrmiyagis.xyz

Hibiki Karaoke Lounge

hibiki karaoke

Where: Hyatt Regency

The truth : The hotel offers the Hibiki Karaoke Music Lounge, the first authentic karaoke lounge in Dubai. Hibiki offers guests the option of singing in front of an audience or in the privacy of one of two themed private rooms, equipped with individual state-of-the-art, state-of-the-art karaoke units.

Best for: A Gathering family and friends for a melodious evening with a selection of drinks and snacks.

Hyatt Regency, Al Khaleej Road, Dubai, Tuesday-Sunday 7:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Tel: (04) 209 6914. hibikilounge.com

lucky voice

lucky voice

Where: Barsha Heights

The truth : There’s a lot to love about this Barsha Heights bar: live music, a daily happy hour, a sweet girls’ night out…oh, and private karaoke modules. There’s a huge list of tracks that you select from an on-screen menu, including predefined themed playlists (such as the 80s and 90s) so you don’t even have to worry about choosing the good song.

Best for: Groups of friends with varying degrees of love for karaoke. Lucky Voice is a fun destination in its own right, so you can easily hang out at the bar while the band’s vocalists enjoy the pods.

Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai, daily from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., Dhs 50 per hour for the first two hours, then Dhs 30 per hour. Such. : (800) 58259.luckyvoice.ae

Kung Korean Restaurant and Karaoke

korean kung karaoke

Where: Barsha Heights

The truth : If you like karaoke, this Korean restaurant and bar is probably already on your speed dial. Located in the Byblos Hotel, it’s famous for its maze of private karaoke booths, fully equipped with plastic menus, microphones and TVs – the karaoke system even rates you out of 100 for your performance. Order mandu (Korean dumplings) to the room and indulge. Be sure to book ahead, as the place fills up on the weekends.

Best for: Hardcore karaoke fans; Kung’s is not a destination you visit for anything other than singing your heart out.

Byblos Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai, daily from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Dhs 110 per hour. Tel: (04) 432 7966. bybloshoteldubai.com

ZRoom Karaoke


Where: The point

The truth : It’s a luxury nighttime karaoke experience. Delight in a lively atmosphere brought to life by electric performances from professional singers, dancers, fire-eaters and aerial artists, while sampling a Slavic Mediterranean menu.

Best for: Party people!

The Pointe, West Side, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily from 1 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tel: (04) 582 9333. zroom.ae

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How CI/CD Pipelines Put Enterprise Networks at Risk


LAS VEGAS — When it comes to the software supply chain, organizations shouldn’t just worry about external threats like poisoned open source dependencies.

During a Black Hat 2022 session on Wednesday, cybersecurity vendor NCC Group presented findings from studying continuous integration and continuous delivery software pipelines across numerous organizations over the past five years. Companies have embraced CI/CD pipelines in recent years to increase the speed and efficiency of software development.

As supply chain security has become a concern for companies amid growing reports of poisoned software libraries and compromised repositories, NCC Group researchers argued that the pipelines themselves pose a significant risk. for organizations.

During the Black Hat presentation, Iain Smart, Principal Security Consultant at NCC Group, and Viktor Gazdag, Security Management Consultant at NCC Group, explained how they were able to compromise virtually every CI/CD pipeline they have tested over the past five years, with very few exceptions. They described how gaining unauthorized access to pipelines, which are often not properly segmented and hardened, could allow threat actors to turn them into “remote code execution as a service” threats. ” that deliver signed malware instead of enterprise applications.

In an interview with SearchSecurity, Smart said CI/CD pipelines are a dangerous attack surface that hasn’t been realized in a long time. But that might not last, as threat actors continue to search for weak spots in enterprise environments, especially around the software supply chain.

“I think a lot of it comes down to a lack of threat modeling, which is a formal way of saying you just don’t think about what you’re deploying,” he said.

CI/CD pipeline attacks

Smart and Gazdag detailed several customer engagement where they were tasked with compromising a CI/CD pipeline and then breaking out of the pipeline to gain access to a company’s core infrastructure.

Smart described an engagement where the client granted NCC Group researchers a set of developer credentials, which lacked admin privileges, to see if they could get out of the pipeline. Although they only had access to a single Bitbucket repository, they were also able to modify the dependencies necessary for the pipeline to build an application.

Smart’s team added their own malicious addiction to the mix, and when the pipeline connected to it, NCC Group gained access to a Jenkins runner. While the runner had a limited environment, Smart said NCC Group discovered a private SSH key hiding there for unknown reasons. With the key, researchers were able to access all Jenkins control nodes in the organization and obtain all secrets (which NCC Group described as non-public data such as credentials and API keys) on all the client’s Jenkins projects.

“In this case, it turned out that we had full access to deploy whatever we wanted into the customer’s production workload,” including malware, Smart said.

In another red team engagement, NCC Group compromised a client who Smart said was a “relatively difficult target.” The researchers were unable to access the CI/CD pipeline through their usual methods, but they managed to phish a developer and used their credentials to gain access to a wide range of repositories.

Even though the customer had hardened their development environment and restricted permissions and access, the red team was able to modify some of the pipelines functions and recover secrets that had not been filtered out. Eventually, the researchers found a single pipeline that had domain admin access, which gave the red team significant control.

“That shouldn’t be said in 2022 — don’t do everything as a domain admin, please,” Smart said. “It’s just not a good idea.”

Gazdag and Smart discussed other customer engagements where the research team was able to break out of a compromised pipeline not only in the full product environment, but also in customer cloud and on-premises infrastructure. In one case involving a particularly well-defended client with extremely limited developer access, Smart was able to obtain production API keys and modify the company’s AWS environment.

Smart said the client initially denied such an attack was possible and was so confident that it allowed him to execute the attack. “Two redacted screenshots later, we were on an incident response call,” he said.

He also said that code signing software in production is a good practice, but it is not a magic bullet to prevent malicious activity. In fact, he said, it could be used by threat actors to create an RCE-as-a-service.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, I’m signing at the very end of my pipeline, so I’m safe,’ and they’re pretty much right,” he said. “But if an attacker compromised your pipeline before this step, then congratulations – you just programmatically signed my malware, and now everyone is going to trust it more.”

Lessons learned

Gazdag pointed out that none of the CI/CD pipeline engagements that NCC Group has worked on involved exotic exploits or new techniques. “None of these issues are new, and we haven’t used any zero days,” he told the audience.

In an interview with SearchSecurity, Gazdag said there were a few customer engagements where the research team couldn’t get into the pipelines. “When we couldn’t compromise a pipeline, it was because the company had the security controls in place that we recommended or they had already deployed,” he said.

These controls include relatively simple steps such as segmenting production environments, applying the principle of least privilege, using role-based access control, and configuring alerts and logging. suitable for pipelines. Gazdag and Smart also encouraged organizations to limit pipeline access to external dependencies that have been validated.

Smart told SearchSecurity that many of the customers NCC Group worked with did not fully understand the scale of the attack surface of their CI/CD pipelines and the extent of the damage that could be caused if compromised. .

“These pipelines are, by their very nature, privileged. The more automation you add, the more privileges you need to empower your automation,” he said. “If you have a box that can automatically do things for you, and someone compromises the box, then that attacker has all the permissions the box had.”

PR and influencer marketing during a brand crisis


Influencer marketing has grown from a $1.7 billion industry in 2016 to $16.4 billion in 2022. So it’s no wonder influencer marketing has become an indispensable part of the business. approach to public relations and crisis management for most brands.

Here are five ways to make PR and influencer marketing work for your brand during a crisis.

1. Rebuild trust in your brand

Data from IZEA shows that 62% of consumers trust influencers more than celebrities. Therefore, in addition to being so instrumental in building your brand, influencers can also help you rebuild the brand by recovering some of the lost trust after a PR crisis.

Starbucks suffered a significant backlash in 2018 when two black men sitting in a store were arrested without probable cause. For the black community, this meant a breach of trust.

Starbucks closed more than 8,000 stores to conduct racial bias training. CEO Kevin Johnson also personally apologized to both customers. Starbucks offered to pay for their tuition.

The friendly faces of our Seattle SODO 8 store partners (employees), who helped lead the Black History Month coffee tastings. Photo courtesy of Adrienne Hairston.

Posted by Starbucks on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

It didn’t end there, however. Starbucks has also ramped up its influencer marketing efforts, working with the likes of Jordan Fisher to expand the reach and inclusivity of their campaigns.

With this arsenal of influencers who have promoted Starbucks products and other strokes of genius, the brand has regained the trust of the black community, which now constitutes about 8% of its partners.

2. Help promote your upgraded products

Brand awareness is key, especially for small businesses and emerging brands. Brand awareness is also critical in managing a crisis, especially if it’s the company’s own product that has damaged brand reputation.

Video game maker, CD Projekt Red, suffered an embarrassing PR crisis in 2020 when there were major recalls of its Cyberpunk 2077 game due to bugs. CD Projekt Red had spent nearly 10 years and nearly $300 million developing the game.

The bugs affected consoles such as PlayStation and Xbox One. Sony pulled the game from the PlayStore for nearly six months, and CD Projekt Red returned millions of dollars in refunds to customers. It was a total mess.

Once the game was cleaned up, CD Projekt Red enlisted social media influencers to bring new brand awareness to the upgraded product. His influencers included big-name players such as Alanah Pearce, Cohh Carnage and Jesse Cox.

Since the PR and influencer marketing campaign and its re-release, Cyberpunk 2077 has sold over 18 million copies, with a user score of 7/10 on Metacritic.

3. Steer the conversation away from the crisis

An essential part of PR crisis management is the ability to assess public perception of your brand in real time. Social listening tools like Sprout Social make this possible and effective, so you can take control of a crisis situation before it escalates. When you know what people are saying about you, you can find ways to change the narrative in your favor if necessary.

Coca-Cola knows a thing or two about moving convos away from a crisis. In July 2021, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed company drinks during a presser for the Euro 2020 competition.

Negative searches for Coca-Cola dominated the internet. Coca-Cola has lost nearly $4 billion in its market valuation.

Immediately after, Coca-Cola launched the “One Coke Away From Each Other” and #RealMagic campaigns, partnering with micro-influencers, gamers and athletes.

With this successful campaign, Coca-Cola was able to quickly divert the conversation from the PR embarrassment they faced just weeks before.

4. Get support for your cause

Influencers can help rally support for your cause which may have been deemed controversial.

In 2018, Nike teamed up with Colin Kaepernick for an ad with the tagline “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything”. Prior to the collaboration, Kaepernick, then an American professional soccer player, had received backlash from some Americans after he repeatedly refused to perform for the national anthem in protest against police brutality. He ended up losing his position in the National Football League.

Nike ended up taking some heat for the controversial announcement, but instead of backing down, the brand used influencer marketing to drown out the noise made by the few people who accused Nike of collaborating with someone. one they believed to be anti-American. One of those influencers was Casey Neistat, a famous YouTuber:

Casey’s Tweet in support of the Nike ad garnered over 12,000 retweets and 72,000 likes. It has certainly earned Nike credibility points, cementing its reputation as a brand that stands for what it believes in.

5. Improves search results for your brand

The relationship between search and social media is hard to ignore. When a PR crisis arises, the first inclination for anyone interested is to Google your company/brand name and news. The echo chamber effect can exacerbate negative searches for your brand.

Influencers can increase your visibility on their networks, helping to improve search results for your brand.

High-end sporting goods maker Peloton came under heavy criticism in December 2019 when one of its viral ads was called “sexist and dystopian”. The ad was parodied, stocks took a hit, and negative searches for Peloton dominated the SERPs for weeks.

By leveraging the power of influencers, Peloton was able to seal any further leaks from its ship in its “Connected Fitness” strategy.

Peloton has partnered with trainers and fitness enthusiasts with a high engagement rate to promote different products and their classes.

As a result, Peloton survived the crisis – the company’s revenue more than doubled to $1.82 billion in 2020 from $714 million in 2019. Their users also grew from 1.4 million in 2019 to 3.1 million in 2020. Granted, much of the jump here was likely due to the pandemic and more people investing in fitness at home. But in a way, influencers may also have played a role in helping Peloton manage its online reputation and be a priority for consumers when gyms were no longer an option.

Influencers and PR: a powerful combination in times of crisis

Marketers should not be shy about looking outside their own organizations to mitigate a crisis. Used in the right way, influencers can sway public opinion in their favor, no matter how severe the crisis.

Influencers can do this in many ways with their huge following. They can help your brand weather the storm by improving trust and brand awareness, building on audience engagement, and driving positive search traffic. Potential influencers can also help rally support for your cause and promote your improved products.

All you have to do is take the time to research the right influencer for your brand. With PR and influencer marketing combined, you have a powerful tool that will help you weather any crisis and ensure you stay in the good books of your clients and the general public.

Ready to improve your crisis communication strategy? Grab our template to document your three-step crisis management plan.

A country boy playing the blues




“People have given me so much in this business, I just want to give something back,” Bob Stroger said of playing with young musicians.

(Photo: Peter Hurley)

Just before the COVID pandemic, bassist Bob Stroger’s touring itinerary took him around the world. He also recorded the recent release It’s my name (Delmark) with his Brazilian blues band, The Headcutters, near the southeast coast of their country. Now that theaters are reopening, Stroger has picked up where he left off. At 91, he sees no reason to slow down.

“As long as I keep my fans happy, I’ll keep going,” Stroger said from his South Side Chicago home. “I never think about retiring from music. In retirement, if you have money, you travel. So I’m retired now because I travel the world doing this.

It’s my name sums up Stroger’s vast and long experiences. His compositions, especially the title track, showcase his graciously spacious bass lines and his expertise in the history of this music. It embraces material from artists ranging from blues singer Ma Rainey to jazz bandleader Jay McShann. He also revisits pieces that some of his former colleagues wrote, including Eddie Taylor. Such versatility has always been crucial to his work.

“My style changed when I played with Otis Rush and then when I played with Eddie Taylor,” Stroger said. “Then when I played with Snooky Pryor, I changed my style again. I had to listen and find styles that matched their playing. With this CD, I didn’t want all the songs to sound like same way. So I played all my heroes.

The album also spotlights Stroger’s quietly compelling vocals. Still, he remains humble about the emotional impact of his subtle delivery.

“I’m my biggest critic, I just sing my personality,” Stroger said. “A lot of good singers can sing like different people, but I can’t. I sing as I speak. I’m a country boy and it shows in the way I sing.

This country childhood was spent in Hayti, Missouri. As a young adult, Stroger moved to Chicago, where his father worked for a railroad and, fortuitously, they lived near a hotbed of the city’s thriving West Side blues scene.

“When I lived on Oakley Avenue, Silvio was on Lake Street,” Stroger said. “I could walk out the back door and look out Silvio’s window and saw Muddy Waters, Hubert Sumlin, Howlin’ Wolf. I saw all the big players. I never had a suit and they wore suits and ties and I said, ‘I really want to do this.’ When I was in the cotton fields in the countryside, we didn’t have a university education and music was the only thing I could do to be recognized. So I took this route.

Stroger also developed his technique through different idioms. He played in R&B bands and with jazz saxophonist Rufus Forman before becoming bassist for blues guitarist Eddie King throughout the 1960s. These encounters continue to shape Stroger’s sound.

“A lot of people said I was a smooth bass player because I play a lot of chromatic notes,” Stroger said. “And it’s sort of smoothing things out, that’s where my style comes from. I think it comes from picking up the jazz notes and some of the things you do on the double bass.

Bandleaders Otis Rush and Sunnyland Slim admired this approach and included Stroger in their sets as more global festivals began to feature blues artists in the 1970s and 1980s. Gradually he began to release records under his own name, starting with In This House: Living in Lucerne, vol. 1 (Crosscut) in 2002. His main inspiration for recording these days is to spotlight his international collaborators, primarily The Headcutters. comics

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Knock Yourself Out With 91 Python Videos


The presentations and tutorials presented at the 4th Annual Python Web Conference are now available for free. Topics ranged from code and technology to social and business advice.

Six Feet Up’s Python Web Conference 2022 (#PWC2022) was a virtual event that ran from March 21-25 and was geared toward Python web developers. It brought together 90 international experts presenting 85 topics such as Django, CI/CD, containers, serverless, REST API, web security and microservices, divided into 6 tracks. Tickets were priced at $99 for students and $199 for pros, and attendees were 376 developers from 36 countries.

Post-event presentations and recordings were shared as a huge playlist on YouTube. Development discussions covered topics such as:

  • Deployment/Automation/Containers/Serverless
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • machine learning
  • big data
  • Plone
  • Simplified software development
  • Flask/Pyramid/Tornado
  • native cloud
  • Django
  • IC/CD
  • Team Building / Remote work
  • Front end development
  • Websockets/AsyncIO
  • Scale/scalability
  • Web Security
  • Microservices

As is obvious, there are too many videos for me to detail, but here is my selection of the best and must-haves:

  • Python coding errors, causes of vulnerabilities and how to fix them! by Christopher Van Der Made
  • Towards Reliability by Jayesh Ahire
  • A vulnerable story about burnout by Julia Simon
  • Why should developers care about container security? by Eric Smalling
  • You Won’t Have a Password: Modern Authentication for Web Applications by Eli Holderness
  • How to TDD a REST API by Gil Zilberfeld
  • CI/CD with Python: From Code to Cloud by Daniel Keler
  • Production-Ready Python Serverless Web APIs by Raphael Jambalos
  • From Scratch to Production-Ready: A Best Practices Process for Docker Packaging by Itamar Turner-Trauring
  • Writing Better Developer Documentation by Meredydd Luff
  • Tutorial: End-to-End Testing with Playwright by Andrew Knight
  • Communication is just as important as code by Mr. Scott Ford

Of course, the conversation wasn’t just about code. Other presentations included:

  • An Imposter Is Among Us (Pretty Sure It’s Me…): Battling Imposter Syndrome by Elizabeth Gray
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    What does career success mean to you? How are you going to achieve this? In this session, whether you want to move up the corporate ladder or grow more in your current role, you’ll learn creative methods to help you achieve ultimate career success.
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    During 17 years of professional Python development at Octopus Energy, NASA, and various agencies, Daniel Roy Greenfeld has learned many easy tricks stolen from the best and brightest in the software community that make him look good in front of his peers and colleagues.
  • Enterprise-Wide Tech Communities by Marianna Polatoglou and Monica Ho
    Bring the techs together and the tech communities will form organically. It is therefore a question of perpetuating and encouraging this collaboration to promote their success.
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A small but fierce DAC


The Rhodium DAC makes a big difference for music, but it turns out it’s not quite enough. Not everything it tries to do is entirely positive, and therefore it’s not as easy to recommend, even in light of its modest price.


  • Brings wired connectivity to (most) smartphones
  • Open and revealing sound
  • Compact and well made

The inconvenients

  • High-end reproduction is too assertive

  • ConnectivityUSB-C with USB-A adapter

  • CADRealtek ALC5685 DAC


“Wireless” might be the word, but not everyone is sold on the concept. Some people understand that the best pound-for-pound performance of a pair of headphones, for example, is that of a wired pair.

But the sight of a headphone jack on a smartphone is getting rarer, and half-decent sound from the headphone jack on a laptop is even rarer. So what if you want to know what your wired headphones are capable of?

Periodic Audio of California wants to help. Its tiny Rhodium DAC/headphone amp is small and lightweight, remarkably spec’d, and has a USB-C input on one end and a 3.5mm analog jack on the other. So it can turn your smartphone into a source for wired headphones, and/or bring a big improvement to your laptop’s sound, without costing a fortune.

That’s the theory, anyway.


  • UKMSRP: £49
  • EuropeTo confirm
  • CanadaTo confirm
  • AustraliaTo confirm

The Periodic Audio Rhodium DAC/headphone amp is on sale now, and in the UK it’s priced at £49. In its native America, the price is $49, while Australian customers should expect to part with AU$79 or thereabouts.

You barely need me to point out that it’s not a lot of money. Certainly Rhodium is not a lot of thing, but if its effect on the sound of your headphones is half as pronounced as Periodic Audio claims, then it will be one of the most cost-effective upgrades you can make.

That’s a big “if,” isn’t it?


  • Weighs only 6g
  • 11 x 8 x 140mm
  • … and that’s all

As befits a product designed to sit between your music storage device’s USB-C output and your headphones’ 3.5mm jack, the Rhodium is small, light and functional.

Periodical Audio Rhodium out of the box

At one end there is an aluminum USB-C socket (there is a small USB-C/USB-A adapter in the Rhodium’s somewhat medical packaging), at the other there is an analog input in 3.5mm aluminum. Between the two there is 63 mm of braided cable.

In short, Rhodium is a utilitarian design, which is precisely what a product like this should be.


  • 32bit.384kHz PCM compatibility
  • Realtek ALC5685 DAC
  • … and that’s all

Almost all of the Rhodium’s significant features are concealed inside the tiny aluminum shell that houses its USB-C socket. And by ‘features’, what I really mean is ‘functionality’.

This is where the digital-to-analog converter is kept. It is a Realtek ALC5685 system-on-chip, just 6 x 6 mm in size and capable of processing PCM digital audio files of up to 32-bit/384 kHz resolution.

Periodic Audio makes bold claims about Rhodium performance, including a super low 5Hz to unnecessarily high 160kHz frequency response, 108dB signal-to-noise ratio and an extremely low 0.007% total harmonic distortion, as well as very Low energy consumption.

It’s safe to say that if any of these numbers are accurate, the Rhodium will perform beyond any realistic expectations you might have when price and product configuration are taken into account.

Sound quality

  • More detail, improved dynamics
  • Overall more punch and low-end extension
  • Relentless in its presentation

The Rhodium’s 3.5mm input is used to connect a pair of Campfire Audio Andromeda wired in-ear headphones on one end, and its USB-C plug attached to an Apple MacBook Pro (2020) on the other (because this is handy for contrasting the DAC’s performance against that of the laptop’s 3.5mm analog jack). It’s also hooked up to a Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone from 2021 (which, of course, is the only way to use wired headphones with this (and most) smartphones).

From both sources, the Tidal app is used to deliver digital audio – Big Thief’s Shark Smile and Low Light by The Soundcarriers in particular. And no matter what laptop or smartphone I’m listening to, the Periodic Audio Rhodium proves stable, consistent, and remarkably outspoken listening.

The laptop is the most useful device here, of course, as it’s possible to listen to its internal DAC and headphone amplification directly against the Rhodium. And while every laptop owner understands that their audio circuitry is usually just an afterthought, the difference Rhodium makes is nonetheless quite startling.

Compared to the unassisted sound of the MacBook Pro, Periodic Audio is an altogether more direct, candid and assertive listen. It extracts and retains a lot more mid-range information than the laptop, which means vocals are considerably more informative, more characterful and more nuanced, which is basically a long way of saying “more enjoyable”. .

Rhodium Audio Periodic connected to macbook

There’s more punch and solidity to low-frequency sounds, and a bigger, more defined soundstage on which all the action happens. And the dynamics (both the broad “quiet/LOUD” elements and the more subtle harmonic variations of each individual strumming of a guitar) are enhanced – or, more accurately, more evident in their effects.

Control, with regards to the attack and decay of individual notes or strikes, is much improved. Rhythm expression is pretty decent too, thanks to those punchy yet controlled low frequencies. The tonality, particularly from the low end of the frequency to the point where the “mids” become the “high frequencies”, is wider in its variation, more assured in its musicality and superior in both timbre and tone. the texture.

It is in the high end of the frequency range that the Rhodium somewhat overplays its hand. All the improvements that are apparent elsewhere on the laptop’s unassisted sound – greater detail retention, better dynamic variation, more space and “lightness” are apparent, but the way this DAC attacks the high-pitched sounds is quite wearisome.

There’s a relentless quality to the way periodic audio serves up the high end, a determination to bite your teeth even when it’s not appropriate, and as a result the higher frequencies have a harshness and jitters to them. tiring at moderate volumes and almost painful at higher levels. ‘Lively’ is great sound-wise, ‘intransigence’ not so much.

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Should I buy it?

You want to equip your smartphone with a headphone jack. This is an affordable and effective way to open up your source player to wired headphones.

You don’t consider ‘living’ a positive with respect to sound. Rhodium’s high-end reproduction will tire you out sooner rather than later.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, being small and affordable while making a big difference in audio performance isn’t enough. For £49 the Periodic Audio Rhodium can have a noticeable effect on the sound of your laptop’s headphone output – but it’s not entirely positive, and therefore it’s not particularly easy to recommend the outlay ( no matter how small).

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Guest Column: Tales from the Library | Opinion


Numerous studies prove that listening to music not only lifts your spirits, but can also lower your blood pressure and basically make you happier. And who doesn’t want to be a happier person? And yet, one of the most neglected areas of our library is CD-recorded music. I grew up with home music playing constantly on my dad’s gigantic stereo console. They made things HUGE at the time. This stereo was gigantic…at least four feet high, three feet deep, and six feet long! The cabinet was mahogany and took up a good portion of one of the walls in our living room. You can slide an open door on top to reveal the turntable where you placed the vinyl records. The front of the console contained the speakers and storage area for approximately 75 albums. While my dad favored jazzy music like Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass, my mom’s interest drifted into crooners like Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and his favourite, Vic Damone.

I had four older brothers who bought all the Beatles records, so I inherited my love for the “fab four” from them. Because of the importance of music in my family, it was only natural that I save on my pocket money and also buy my own albums. The first vinyl I bought was the Mary Poppins soundtrack, with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. But my interests ‘matured’ from there to pop group The Monkees… then I took a detour and bought Tiny Tim’s debut album with Tiptoe Through the Tulips. I spent a lot of my youth making mixes of my favorite songs…and if you’re from that era, you know there’s nothing like a mix to make you happy.

REX NELSON: A focus on well-being


A new fighter pilot training mission is making waves in Fort Smith. And should be. To quote Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman,” it’s “a big deal.”

Last summer, the US Air Force selected Ebbing Air National Guard Base as the preferred location for a training facility for foreign F-35 and F-16 pilots. As word spreads about other countries that will use Fort Smith as a training site, the excitement grows. Singapore, Switzerland and Germany are among the countries expected to participate in what is called the Foreign Military Sales program.

At a meeting at Fort Smith earlier this year, Rob Ator, a retired Air Force colonel who is now director of military affairs for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, said, “It’s is like getting a 2,000 job project. It is enormous. It’s like putting a Nissan manufacturing plant in the middle of Fort Smith. It is a very big problem.

Ator said it would be an “enduring mission” that could last 30 years or more. A retired Air Force general I spoke with confirmed that the mission could be at Fort Smith for decades.

I wrote about the project last Sunday. What I haven’t written about is another sector of the economy that is giving a boost to this former manufacturing hub on the banks of the Arkansas River. It’s health care.

Mercy Hospital Fort Smith and Baptist Health are contributing tens of millions of dollars to improving their facilities in the city. Fort Smith is steadily strengthening its position as a medical center serving large parts of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.

Fort Smith’s health care explosion brought me this Friday to what was once the posh corporate complex of Golden Living, a chain of nursing homes formerly known as Beverly. Last fall, Arkansas Colleges of Health Education announced that the former headquarters at 1000 Fianna Way would become the health and wellness center for the ACHE Research Institute.

ACHE creates the largest research institution of any school of osteopathy in the country.

The complex covers 318,000 square feet and went on the market in April 2018. About 400 Golden Living employees worked there at the time, up from 900 several years earlier. The headquarters moved to Plano, Texas in 2011. Golden Living donated equipment and furniture. The purchase included 63 acres of surrounding land.

In late 2009, Sparks Health System was sold for $136 million to a company then known as Health Management Associates. In 2018, Little Rock-based Baptist Health purchased Sparks Health System, which had nearly 1,600 employees at hospitals in Fort Smith and Van Buren, as well as affiliated medical clinics in western Arkansas and North America. east of Oklahoma.

After the liabilities were settled from the 2009 sale, the hospital foundation had over $60 million to invest. I know of foundations across the country that have benefited from the sale of hospitals, but I can’t think of any that have gotten more bang for their buck than Fort Smith.

Kyle Parker is the visionary who worked to transform Fort Smith from the manufacturing hub of the state to a place where science, technology and intellectual capital play a leading role. Five years ago, I first visited ACHE as its College of Osteopathic Medicine in Arkansas welcomed its first class of 162 students.

“Those of us on the Degen Foundation board started asking what we could do to improve the health of people in this state,” Parker told me at the time. “The thing we’ve been told over and over is that we should start an osteopathic medical school and then place our graduates in towns in Arkansas.

“We then started visiting schools across the country. We asked the principals of these schools what they would do differently if they were starting from scratch. This led us to build one of the most modern in the world.”

The 102,000 square foot building in Chaffee Crossing that houses the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine cost $34 million, and Parker says it is among the most technologically advanced facilities of its kind. It is home to nearly 600 medical students.

Parker’s plans didn’t stop there for the original 228-acre ACHE plot at Chaffee Crossing. An anonymous donation of $15 million in 2017 enabled the construction of a second building. The 66,000 square foot College of Health Sciences building houses physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant programs. The ACHE job is now over 150 with an average salary of $160,000.

ACHE has since added a trail system, student accommodation and retail space to Chaffee Crossing. Parker calls the purchase of Golden Living a “game changer, part two.”

At the time of the announcement of the purchase, Talal El-Hefnawy, Director of Research at ACHE, said: “This colossal addition to our very impressive facilities and campus – and the dedication of a significant part of the building to research space – will be beyond what many of us dreamed of.”

It was announced last fall that Thomas Yorio, an internationally renowned glaucoma researcher at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, had been hired as a consultant at the Fort Smith Research Center.

“Plans to add state-of-the-art research and clinical facilities within the same complex will enable the translation of research from bench to bedside,” Yorio said. “Apart from the enormous effect this will have on the well-being of residents of Fort Smith, it will also add substantial economic impact.”

Parker doesn’t have small dreams. Passionate about technology, he wrote the first artificial intelligence software ever granted registered copyright for the legal profession while still in law school. In 1989, he digitized Arkansas legal opinions as well as statutory and regulatory laws and released a legal CD-ROM known as CaseBase. In 1994, he created the first searchable legal information website.

LOIS (for Law Office Information Systems) grew to 700 employees and went public in 1999. The company helped revolutionize legal research. Its clients included more than 23,000 law firms, every accredited law school nationwide, and most courts. In 2001 it was sold to an Amsterdam-based publishing house.

Parker tired of the corporate rush and entered higher education in 2009 as vice chancellor of technology at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. He later became Vice Chancellor of Operations. Now Parker and those around him talk about overall health, much like Alice Walton does in Bentonville.

There will be an art gallery on the first floor of Golden Living’s former headquarters. There will be a large gymnasium called the “movement laboratory”. There will be teaching, demonstration and production kitchens.

Artists in residence will exhibit their art throughout the building, which will also include a black box theatre. Gardens and walking paths will be a key feature of the complex. Community engagement will be at the center of the first floor.

“There is no doubt that the visual and performing arts help reduce stress,” Parker said in a recent interview. “Our internal research has shown us that the introduction of art plays a role in reducing the stress levels of our students. Therefore, it can do the same for our community. We will continue our partnerships with related entities to art and will emphasize art throughout our course.”

The second floor will include research labs, academic offices and collaborative spaces. The third floor will house biomedical research activities. Space will be leased on the fourth and fifth floors.

Parker makes it clear that he wants ACHE to partner with public school districts, churches, government agencies, hospitals, businesses and non-profit entities to achieve his vision of a stronger West Arkansas. healthy.

“With space constraints not being an issue, we have the opportunity to change the bottom line in health,” he says. “We will have all the tools to work with our community to transform health and wellbeing.”

Rex Nelson is editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Going It Alone – Hikes and Trail Reflections

University of Nevada Press 60th Anniversary Event – Image: Courtesy of Tim Hauserman

What was I thinking? (page 3)

After decades of daytime hikes on my own, I decided I didn’t want to go home at night anymore. I wanted to feel the air slowly cooling while watching the sun set behind the stark peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Lie on the stone in the desert as the countless stars begin to appear in absolute darkness. Catch the sun on the granite peaks as the morning rays slowly warm my tent. And experience it all solo, with the only sounds being the rustling of the wind in the pine needles, the birds fluttering through the trees, and the soft crunch of my feet on the earth.

This is the story of what I discovered while going alone in the desert. I found moments of absolute joy and peace, but also heartbreaking loneliness. I had to deal with a continual battle between the forces in my brain that were crying out for company and the part of me that was thrilled by the power of nature’s grandeur to enlighten my lonely soul.

Loneliness is something we try not to talk about. Men mostly see it as a sign of weakness, something that just needs to be reinforced and get along. Yet, like many things we refuse to talk about, it is an important and universal commonality in life. A bit like death and masturbation. Everyone faces loneliness. To fight it, we surround ourselves with friends, conversations, screens, whatever kind of noise we can to keep us from facing our inner calm. We go to bars, restaurants, school, online, or anywhere we can talk, build relationships, and communicate with other humans. Some even find or stay in bad relationships, just to have someone to talk to, or not talk to, but at least be pissed off, which also helps keep the mind busy so it doesn’t have time. to think about being lonely.

At Muir Pass, about to descend into Evolution Basin and Evolution Lake and in the middle of nowhere – image: courtesy of Tim Hauserman

Day 6 – (Pages 38 – 40)

When I started my day at 11,000 feet, the temperature was in the mid-twenties. When I reached Bishop at 4,000 feet in the Owens Valley, it was near noon and the baking was in the mid-eighties. Even though I’d spent days dreaming of burgers, the pull of home was even stronger, and maybe my stench was just as compelling, so I headed north to get home.

Showers Lake along the Tahoe Rim Trail – image: Courtesy of Tim Hauserman

Life was good. My Subie rolled down the deserted highway through the open sage of the Eastern Sierra toward a hot shower and a soft bed. House: A place where you can touch a handle and water will come out, where you can sit, relax, drain, and not have to cover it with a shovel afterwards.

I had a tank of gas, a bottle of ice-cold orange juice, and Led Zeppelin was talking about “lonely, lonely, lonely times” on my CD player. Everything was fine until. . . five miles north of Bishop: that feeling of sinking and helplessness that life was about to suck and the air was about to disappear from my Zeppelin. A flat tire. As I stood caramelized on the blazing asphalt and tried to conjure air into the flattened piece of rubber, I struggled to comprehend that a few hours earlier I was freezing my ass next to a mountain lake. I was reminded once again that life is like hiking. It is a mixture of joy and pain. . . sometimes every few minutes.

Lake Aloha along the Tahoe Rim Trail – image: Courtesy of Tim Hauserman

Later, while driving through a Bishop tire shop in a AAA tow truck, I thought to myself that of course the reason I got a flat tire was that the dream of a burger, fries and a shake could not be denied. So, to avoid further disaster, I went to BBQ Bill’s and stocked up on essential ingredients that would keep me going on my journey home. Belly full, I headed north. All I needed to save my day was a nice body of water to jump in, something to dull the sour stench emanating from my body a bit and hopefully rejuvenate my tired brain. I knew Bishop is right on the edge of the desert and most of the glistening snowmelt coming down from the mountains was now in pools and washing cars in Los Angeles, but I was hoping to find an oasis .

A spectacular tarn along the John Muir Trail – image: courtesy of Tim Hauserman

Then there it was. A few miles north of Bishop, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a large information board. It boasted a county park with a series of these universal symbols for all the wonderful things available for recent mountain refugees to use. The only sign I really paid attention to was the universally recognized and glorious depiction of what looks like a one-armed swimmer shooting through the water. The swimmer’s face was not visible, but he or she was obviously smiling and enjoying a nice, long swim in incredibly clean, cool water. I drove into this green oasis in the brown of the Owens Valley and thought I had arrived at my Shangri-la. There were wet, immaculately manicured lawns and a large inviting pond with tall palm trees scattered along the shore. Not that the sighting would have stopped me, but later I realized no one else was swimming in the pond and there were swim at your own risk signs. A bathroom and changing room were right next to the pond, so that must have been OK.

I put on a costume and happily greeted the large family enjoying a picnic at a table. I tiptoed for a few steps on a small sandbar, the cool, refreshing water rinsing the pain from my toes. “Ah, that’s more like it,” I thought with a big smile. Then I took the next step, from yellow sand to dark brown dirt. Immediately I was two feet deep in thick quicksand of muddy mud. As I struggled to escape, I only sank deeper into the sticky brown slime, now reaching my hips. Amidst the sounds of my splashing and thumping, I could hear the faint sound of laughter from the picnicking family. They probably couldn’t believe someone was stupid enough to try to swim in that mud hole. I’m sure they were shaking their heads and quietly saying “turons”.

I struggled for a few more minutes, frantically trying to drag myself out of the mud, then I took a deep breath and decided I might as well relax and enjoy the comforting feeling of being locked in. in wet mud. People pay dearly for mud baths in Napa Valley, and I got one for free. Then I started laughing. There is no way around this. Things were going to happen to me. I looked at the still laughing family on the shore and felt proud. At least I had made their day.

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Tim Hauserman is a freelance writer and near-permanent resident of North Lake Tahoe. In addition to Going It Alone, he wrote the official guide to the Tahoe Rim Trail, the recently released 4th edition. He also wrote Monsters in the Woods: Backpacking with Children and has written hundreds of articles on a variety of topics: travel, outdoor recreation, housing, education, and wildfires. Check out Tim’s website here.

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Judge dismisses Rebekah Jones from congressional race


Florida judge disqualified Rebecca Jones of the difficult representative. Matt Gaetz for his seat in Congress.

Judge of the Circuit Court of Leon John Cooper of the bench said Jones could not run as a Democrat because she had not been a registered Democrat for 365 days before qualifying as a congressional candidate.

“I don’t think I can come to any conclusion other than that,” Cooper said. “Jones was not a registered member of the Democratic Party for nearly two months during this time.”

This means Peggy Schiller wins the Democratic primary in Florida’s 1st congressional district by default, though Jones will likely appeal the decision. Her name will appear on the ballot, but votes cast for her will not count.

The hearing was marked by tense moments.

When his decision was released, Cooper had to expel Jones from the trial for a short time for interrupting his decision. He allowed her to come back a few minutes later, and she said she thought her Zoom software was muted when she shouted at his statements and said she had proof that her identity had been hacked. .

When Cooper allowed her to resume the hearing, he told her she couldn’t even complain about the mouth or he would kick her out of the trial again.

The move makes Jones the latest candidate overridden by a new Florida law requiring long-standing and consistent political party membership. Republican Ashley Guy gave up of a State House race this year over similar concerns, as did Democrat Curtis Calabrian of an open congressional race from South Florida.

Republican Austin Brownfield was also started by a Pinellas County judge in a run for the State House because he was listed with no party affiliation a year before qualifying. Cooper cited the ruling in making his own ruling about Jones.

Schiller, Jones’ Democratic primary opponent, sued in Leon County Circuit Court to evict Jones from the ballot. Schiller’s lawyer. Juan Carlos Planasa former state representative, argued in court that Jones could not run due to a new state law requiring candidates to be party members for one year before qualifying as a as a candidate.

Jones, during his own testimony, argued that outsiders had fraudulently sent the paperwork to change his status as a Maryland voter.

“Someone else tried to change my voter registration,” she said.

Planas pointed to a number of documents filed by the Federal Election Commission in which Jones identified herself as an independent or unaffiliated candidate for Congress. Additionally, Jones first announced that she would run for Congress with no party affiliation, then changed plans based on the new law passed by the Legislative Assembly and ran as a Democrat out of necessity.

Lawyer Jones Ben Kuhne asked her about it when she was on the stand and pointed out that Florida law historically allowed candidates to run without party affiliation, whether or not they were registered party members. This has often been the route of candidates who want to qualify for a general election without winning a party primary.

Jones said she didn’t want to run within the confines of partisanship.

“I wanted all voters to feel like they could talk to me and that I would listen to them,” she said.

However, none of this had to do with the fact that she was living in Maryland when she filed her federal candidacy papers, or that her individual party registration in that state fluctuated between Democratic and unaffiliated.

Planas noted that the period Jones’ registration changed from Democratic to unaffiliated in Maryland coincides with when she publicly stated that she would run without party affiliation. He became a Democrat again just as Jones announced she would run for the Democratic nomination.

“It makes no sense, the argument she’s making,” Planas said.

Regardless of whether Jones consciously or intentionally changed her registration within a year of qualifying, she was still not in compliance with the law, Planas said. “She was not a member of the Maryland Democratic Party.”

Kuehne argued that the law does not rely on party registration, but simply says that candidates must be members of a party. Many states do not even have voters registered as party members.

“A member of a political party is not established by voter registration, although that is helpful,” Kuehne said.

But Cooper said the timing of Jones’ party registration changes proved too convenient to believe she had been the subject of a hack or other political misconduct.

He said only a political party can determine that a candidate is not a member, and unlike other cases, the Florida Democratic Party is not a plaintiff in the case against Jones.

Jones, a former Florida Department of Health data scientist, drew national attention when she said she was fired for refusing to manipulate COVID-19 data, but an inspector general in May determined his allegations were groundless and unsubstantiated.

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Ryan Blaney presents Classic Ride in a new video [WATCH]

Ryan Blaney presents Classic Ride in a new video [WATCH]


Ryan Blaney (right) showed off his Ford Bronco.

The driver of Ford Mustang Penske Team n°12 has just presented a unique piece from his collection. Ryan Blaney showcased his 1985 Ford Bronco in a video for Joey Logano’s YouTube channel.

“Carography with Joey Logano” featured two different Broncos. The 2018 Cup Series champion in Logano had his first edition with the Sasquatch package while Blaney had his 1985. The seven-time winner revealed he bought this classic Bronco from the original owner in 2018, and he has everything original minus two main changes. .

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Blaney explained that the Bronco received a fresh coat of paint about 10 years ago. This refreshed the look to be perfect for another 30 years of action. Blaney also revealed he has a CD player in the Bronco so he can play his collection with the Greg Allman Band, Johnny Cash, Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Band and Bob Marley, among others.

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Blaney has already shown other vehicles

Logano’s YouTube channel video is the most recent example of Blaney showing off his Ford Bronco. He also exposed it on social networks while highlighting other vehicles from his collection.

One example was during the 2020 COVID shutdown. Blaney filmed a video for Instagram that showed his Fords in the driveway waiting for a good cleaning. He had a new Ford F-250, a Mustang GT350R, his Ford Bronco and a 1988 Ford F-150. Blaney had no races to prepare for, so he spent the sunny weekend washing parts from his collection. unique.

Blaney used all of these vehicles to navigate North Carolina, but they served other roles as well. They were part of photoshoots, including one announcing that Blaney had teamed up with clothing brand Flag & Anthem.

Another Cup Series driver showcased his car collection

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GettyDaniel Suarez (right) also appeared on Joey Logano’s YouTube series.

“Carography with Joey Logano” featured several vehicles, the vast majority of which belong to the 2018 Cup Series champion. It showed a custom motorcycle, a classic delivery van and a 1953 International Rat Rod that Logano compared to a vehicle from “Mad Max”.

One episode, however, featured another Cup Series driver with a unique taste in vehicles. Logano took his Rat Rod to see Daniel Suarez, who drove for Gaunt Brothers Racing before joining Trackhouse Racing and winning his first career Cup Series race.

Suarez noted at the time that many people dreamed of exotic cars growing up. He went in another direction. His dream revolved around a 23-window Volkswagen bus. Suarez achieved his lifelong goal, bought the van in Pennsylvania and kept it stock.

The episode also revealed that Suarez owned several Volkswagen Beetles. His daily driver, which he purchased in California, featured a brand new chassis and interior. However, he kept the same rough paint. Her other Volkswagen Beetle was actually the one with screen time. It was recreated for “Cars 3”, down to the yellow headlights.

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My PC Gaming Pain and the Wonder of the Steam Deck –


As is sometimes the case in life, love blossomed in the back seat of a car, and heartbreak soon followed. It was 2004, the car was a Vauxhall Astra – in a shade of red that years later would give way to a chipped pink – and in the back seat was me and a copy of Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. The love was crisp and immediate: weapons removed, high-tech typeface, and a hero with smoldering green night-vision goggles. The grief was predictable, but nonetheless cast a shadow over the months and years to come.

First, arriving home and sentencing the PC CD-ROM to an indeterminate, non-eligable sentence in my dad’s laptop – a bible-thick Toshiba, in business blue. Second, the promise of a sumptuous CGI opening film – busy ports, busier US Navy SEALS, the supremely rendered lapping of dirty water. Finally, a deluge of alarming messages: the white X on a bright red badge, like a plague cross tagged on a cursed house, accompanied by the peremptory burst of a Windows XP error noise. Then nothing. The title of this game was born from the scheme of its villain, who spoke the phrase “pandora tomorrow” into an encrypted telephone every twenty-four hours, and thus delayed the start of armageddon. But it sounded like a dirty personal joke: the promise of thrills held permanently at bay. Wherever the Toshiba ended up, that disc is probably still buried inside – a shiny cockade, sizzling like an egg cracked in a hot skillet and hardening into a silvery slime.

Of course, I was a fool. The laptop – while packing a DVD drive and adorned with diamond-shaped media player buttons – wasn’t designed with the intention of shifting reality. It was intended for word processing, email and a bit of light browsing – humble functions, which would eventually come to a halt in the middle of a sticky deluge of Dr Pepper. This basic problem, to any reasonably experienced player of PC games, would have been obvious. The problem was that being a PC game player was not a reasonable experience. It required large reserves of cash, on the one hand, and the common sense and courage to suggest that those vile blocks under our desks – heavy and buzzing, the hue of unbrushed teeth – could be rearranged in devotion to our hobbies.

Even now, it’s hard to get rid of the idea that when we play a game on a PC, we’re misbehaving, on some fundamental level, by diverting these legitimately bland machines from the course of their real, sensible purpose. . When someone on Twitter mentioned the lack of Fez on PC, and the game’s creator, Phil Fish, replied, “BOO HOO. PCs are for spreadsheets,” it was clear that beyond the urge to tease, Fish – who grew up under Nintendo’s thumb – had tapped into something deeply felt. To watch a seasoned PC wrangler prognosticate a game’s ills – curiously without panicking, even intrigued by the challenge – and prescribe a trip to the dark pane of its data files, there to scroll to a specified column and replace the word “FALSE” by the word “TRUE” is to feel the trace of the spreadsheet. There is always that Fezdespite Fish’s retort, has been brought to PC, where an audience was waiting to find out. And just go to YouTube and take a look at the sunny pastures of Red Dead Redemption II, as they’re filtered through the chambers of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, to understand why the wait and potential worry is worth it. Oh, and the price of this particular graphics card? £1,399. BOOOOOO.

Enter the Steam Deck, the portable gaming PC that unleashes, with a hiss under pressure, across the land. The company responsible for this brutal slab of glass and brushed plastic is Valve, which ships it directly to customers. This approach has the downside of being slow, but its advantages are that (a) Valve can weed out resellers, who like to buy in bulk and raise the price; (b) the company can measure its sales – approximately 6,400 shipments per week, which should soon double – more precisely; and (c) when you receive your Deck, it displays the address of Valve Corporation, which is not only appropriate, given that the shape of the packaging would suggest that you ordered a length of pipe, but has l added benefit of making you feel involved in something secret.

This feeling is only heightened when you open it. The Deck, housed in a hard case, is wrapped with a card, which reads: “Your games go ahead”. The inside of the box comes with suggestions on where to locate these places. “In a hammock” and “in the subway” are joined by more intriguing ideas: “in a test chamber” – naturally – “in a submarine”, “sulla ruota panoramic” and, even better, “on the throne “. “Indeed, as is the case with the Nintendo Switch, the Steam Deck nestles in those welcoming nooks – the beds, the sofas, the top of the stairs. No wonder Shigeru Miyamoto described the setting of The Legend of Zelda as “a miniature garden that you can put in a drawer and revisit whenever you want”, and said that his collection of games is a “drawer full of playgrounds”. The game has always been inseparably linked to the house. It might be a joy for your games to go places, but the real fun is when those places – submarines, test chambers, and miniature gardens – can be tucked into furniture.

Not that the Switch comparison is very helpful. Of course, the two consoles must be cradled, with the help perhaps of a lathe; or to fix above his chest, the elbows planted in the mattress like a pair of pegs. But these creatures were designed by very different companies. While Nintendo likes to put you in its gear, tying the snug duvet around your neck, Valve, following the example set by its most prominent game, hands you a crowbar and lets you pry. Install Windows, go to the Epic Game Store and GOG, flip it over and use it to carry steaming cups of tea, or use it for self-defense – you can do, more or less, as you wish. Those at Valve may have watched the panning of the portable gaming space and spotted an opportunity for pleasant and fruitful disruption, but they don’t seem desperate to be on the throne.

So who are these thousands of people who have joined the digital queue, eager to deposit their deposits – paying for the opportunity to pay? There will be many who are already proud PC owners, eager to break free from their desks. But there will also be many like me: those who have been bruised by PC gaming; those who wish could be given to them in a more user-friendly format; those, in other words, who need consolation. This has been my experience, over the past two weeks. First, I treated it like it was a traditional game console. This was due, in part, to Opening office job, which is free and allows you to discover the multiple functions of the Steam Deck. The irony – in a game meant to sell you on a portable device – that its hero was chained, as befits the title, to a desk was both welcome and oddly appropriate.

I’ve spent a lot of time these past few days at my desk. Not playing the Steam Deck but rather engaged in the far superior activity of Planning to play on the Steam Deck. Opening office job was not – like, say, Astro’s Playroom— a tour of upcoming games, all designed with Steam Deck functionality in mind. It was, in fact, the most entertaining instruction manual ever, for a gadget whose features are there to help you play games designed for other hardware. It turns out that the romance of PC gaming is remarkably similar for the person who doesn’t have the gear as it is for the person who does. Both are carried away in the dream of the possible. Hence the lists, drawn with feverish pen strokes, of games I can finally play. Thief: The Dark Project, System shock, HARLER, Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines. Games that have been hidden from me for years. Games that have been locked in a locked box. Love has blossomed again. Pandora arrives today!

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Missouri Tax Free Weekend 2022


Missouri is back to school. Without taxes. The weekend starts tomorrow and ends on Sunday. We know stores in Kansas City, Missouri, and Jackson Clay Counties, all participating, some city and county taxes may still apply in some locations, waiving the sales tax exemption*** . Find more information by visiting the Missouri Department of Revenue website.

Missouri’s 2022 Back-to-School Tax-Free Weekend begins August 5 and includes supplies, clothing and diapers

Sales tax holiday runs August 5-7

Back-to-school supplies are filling the aisles of many stores. Keep in mind that Missouri’s back-to-school sales tax exemption begins by law on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday. This year’s event begins on August 5. Certain back-to-school items, such as clothing, school supplies and computers, are exempt from sales tax for the three-day period, and yes, even supplies like disposable diapers for infants. The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on August 5. Kansas does not provide a back-to-school sales tax holiday. COMPLETE LIST OF ITEMS EXEMPT FROM SALES TAXClothing: Any item of clothing intended to be worn on or around the human body, including but not limited to disposable infant or adult diapers and footwear. The term includes, but is not limited to, fabrics and other materials used to make school uniforms or other school clothing. Items normally sold in pairs do not need to be separated to qualify for the exemption. The term does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands or belt buckles. Each item of clothing must have a taxable value of $100 or less. , rulers, schoolbags, backpacks, handheld calculators, graphing calculators, chalks, maps and globes. The term does not include watches, radios, CD players, headphones, sports equipment, mobile or desk phones, photocopiers or other office equipment, furniture or accessories. School supplies also include computer software with a taxable value of $350 or less and graphing calculators with a value of $150 or less. drive, display monitor and keyboard and devices adapted for use with a personal computer, such as disk drive, memory module, compact disc drive, daughterboard, digitizer, microphone , modem, motherboard, mouse, multimedia speaker, printer, scanner, single user hardware, single user operating system, sound card or video card. Personal computers and computer peripheral devices cannot exceed $1,500.FULL LIST OF CITIES NOT PARTICIPATING IN SALES TAX HOLIDAY*These cities will continue to collect city sales tax on qualifying items.AltonAsh GroveAshlandBattlefieldBellerive AcresBerkeleyBeverly HillsBlack JackBlackwaterBlandBloomfieldBolivarBoonvilleBransonBrentwoodBridgetonByrnes MillCaboolCaliforniaCantonCape GirardeauCarl JunctionCarthageCassvilleCentertownChamoisCharlackChillicotheClaycomoClaytonCollinsColumbiaConcordiaCool ValleyCrestwoodCrystal CityDes PeresDeslogeDeSotoDoniphanEdmundsonEldonEldorado SpringsEllsinoreElsberryEvertonFair GroveFarmingtonFayetteFergusonFestusFlint HillFreemanFremont HillsFrontenacGarden CityGeraldGlasgowGranbyGrandinGrant CityGreendaleHalf WayHartvilleHawk PointHigginsvilleHollisterHolts SummitHoustonIrontonJaneJefferson CityJoplinKingdom CityKirkwoodKoshkonongLadueLaurieLeadingtonLiberalLickingLoma LindaManchesterMaplewoodMarble HillMarcelineMarlborough VillageMarshfi eldMarth asvilleMerriam Woods VillageMetaMoberlyMonettMontgomery CityMoscow MillsMount VernonNaylorNeoshoNew HavenNew MadridNew MelleNoelNorborneNorthwoodsOaklandOverlandOwensvilleOzarkPalmyraParisPattonsburgPeculiarPevelyPlatte WoodsPoplar BluffPurdyQulinReeds SpringRichmond HeightsRiversideRock HillRockaway BeachSavannahSedaliaSeligmanShelbinaShrewsburySkidmoreSmithtonSmithvilleSpringfieldSt. AnnSt. ElizabethSt. MarySt. Peters Ste. GenevieveStocktonSugar CreekTaosThayerTown & CountryTrentonTwin OaksUniversity CityUrichVandaliaVeldaWalnut GroveWarson WoodsWashburnWaynesvilleWebster GrovesWest PlainsWillardWillow SpringsFULL LIST OF COUNTIES NOT PARTICIPATING IN SALES TAX HOLIDAY*These counties will continue to collect county sales tax on qualifying items.AudrainBarryBentonBollingerBooneCallawayCamdenCarrollCedarChristianClintonColeCooperDadeDallasGreeneGrundyHenryHowardIronJasperLawrenceLinnLivingstonMercerMoniteauMorganNewtonOregonOsageOzarkPhelpsPikePolkPulaskiPutnamRayReynoldsSalineShelbySt. CharlesSt. Francois Ste. GenevieveStoddardStoneTaneyTexasWebsterWright**Other local districts may also continue to collect special sales taxes. Click here for the full list.

Back-to-school supplies are filling the aisles of many stores.

Keep in mind that Missouri’s back-to-school sales tax holiday begins by law on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday. This year’s event begins on August 5.

Certain back-to-school items, such as clothing, school supplies and computers, are exempt from sales tax for the three-day period, and yes, even supplies like disposable infant diapers.

The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on August 5.

Kansas does not provide a back-to-school sales tax holiday.

Clothes: any article of clothing intended to be worn on or around the human body, including but not limited to disposable infant or adult diapers and footwear. The term includes, but is not limited to, fabrics and other materials used to make school uniforms or other school clothing. Items normally sold in pairs do not need to be separated to qualify for the exemption. The term does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands or belt buckles. Each item of clothing must have a taxable value of $100 or less.

School supplies: Any item normally used by students in a standard classroom setting for educational purposes, including but not limited to textbooks, notebooks, paper, writing instruments, pencils, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, portable calculators, graphing calculators, chalk, maps, and globes. The term does not include watches, radios, CD players, headphones, sports equipment, mobile or desk phones, photocopiers or other office equipment, furniture or accessories. School supplies also include computer software with a taxable value of $350 or less and graphing calculators with a value of $150 or less.

Personal computer: A portable, desktop, or tower computer system that consists of a central processing unit, random access memory, storage drive, display screen, keyboard, and devices designed to be used with personal computer, such as disk drive, memory module, compact disk drive, daughter card, digitizer, microphone, modem, motherboard, mouse, multimedia speaker, printer, scanner, mono- user, single user operating system, sound card or video card. Personal computers and computer peripherals cannot exceed $1,500.

    *These cities will continue to collect municipal sales tax on eligible items.
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      • Marceline
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      • naylor
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*These counties will continue to collect county sales tax on qualifying items.

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    • Carroll
    • Cedar
    • Christian
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    • grumpy
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    • Mercier
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    • Texas
    • Webster
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** Other local districts may also continue to levy special sales taxes. Click here for the full list.

Compact Discs Market 2022 Industry Survey Research Report 2028 – Top Player as Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Sony, Ritek, Unis – Shanghaiist


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People answering 988, 911 calls could work from home


Several emergency and crisis services have struggled to find enough people to meet the needs of everyone in need of help. Enter work from home.

DENVER — Agencies providing emergency and crisis services, like so many other businesses, are struggling to stay well-staffed. Like other industries too, they have turned to remote work to facilitate recruitment.

Let’s see how it works in an emergency situation and how a caller’s personal information is protected.

How many people work remotely?

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners manages Colorado Crisis Services.

CEO Bev Marquez said 70% of their workforce is working remotely and 15% of workers are in a hybrid situation. The option to work in person is still there.

Why work remotely?

Working from home became necessary during the height of the COVID pandemic, when the need for mental health help skyrocketed. As this need grew, so did the demands on staff. This has led to recruitment and hiring difficulties.

With the launch of the national 988 hotline earlier this month, Marquez said he anticipates more calls and the need to grow to an even larger staff — from 193 to 240 — for the first fiscal year.

All of these factors combined are why Crisis Services said it has started working on long-term plans for remote work to stay competitive.

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How it works?

To protect the caller’s privacy and personal information, Marquez said employees send photos of HIPAA-compliant workspaces.

They use noise canceling headphones and set up an office where others cannot hear their conversation or see their computer screens, preferably in an area with a door.

Having a good internet connection is key. Since Crisis Services does not cover the costs of home internet upgrades for their employees, those who cannot meet the requirement have the option of working in person.

“It seems to be working well for our quality, our retention, and then to rebuild the number we need on the front line,” Marquez said.

Marquez said it allows them to recruit statewide and expand their candidate pool, especially as other states recruit in Colorado for their 988 employees.

It’s not a problem now if they didn’t want to move to Denver, didn’t need to be in Denver or couldn’t afford to live in Denver, Marquez said.

She said making sure people connect with the organization, connect with each other and work on effective training is a work in progress. The problems they have faced are mostly related to technology.

Emergency and crisis services are hard work. Supervisors will check in with employees regularly. This includes paying attention to those who repeatedly call in sick and making sure they are okay, as well as putting other infrastructure in place to ensure their team is taken care of.

What about those calling 911 in Denver?

The Denver dispatch center is so understaffed that some people are put on hold when they call 911.

Not all call positions can be work from home.

“911 is a tough job to do remotely,” said director of emergency communications Andrew Dameron. “A lot of technology needed, a lot of security. They go into the national criminal justice database, that kind of stuff. Hard to do at home.”

At the same time, Dameron said they needed to change their recruiting. To do this, they found a way to distance non-emergency communications technicians.

“Fifty-five to 60 percent of Denver’s total 911 call volume actually comes from our non-emergency line. These are calls where police may be needed, fire may be needed, emergency medical services emergency may be needed, but it’s not a life or death emergency,” explained Dameron.

In order to manage all these calls that were until now routed to the 911 operators, they created a non-emergency communications position. This position can be performed from home.

Currently, nine people are working remotely and Dameron hopes to hire six more.

He said these dispatchers take calls on a separate phone system, document the information and work with 911 call takers.

“My car was broken into over the weekend,” Dameron said. “I don’t have any suspicious information. I don’t know exactly when it happened. But the window is broken and my CD drive is missing. It’s something that should go to the non-emergency line. Not an emergency life or death. So these people in this kind of situation should not call 911.”

He said recruiting is always a big challenge, both in Denver and across the country. Still, these new positions did two good things for the team.

First, he said, having them increases the chances that a 911 call taker will be ready and available when the next emergency call comes in and not already be on a non-emergency call.

The other is that having the second group helps reduce burnout.

“The 911 attendants go from one emergency call to the next, 10 to 12 hours with a few breaks,” Dameron said.

The dispatch center is so understaffed that sometimes people call 911 and find themselves on hold. It can range from 30 seconds to a few minutes. Dameron said to stay on the line. If you hang up and call again, you go to the back of the queue.

The city trusts its remote workers to set up their offices appropriately. They are also working to hire more in-person staff and double their training capacity this fall.

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Latest Trends and Demand of CD-DVD Burning Software Market 2022 to 2028


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North America (United States, Canada, Mexico)

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Deadlink delivers the first-person braindance combat that Cyberpunk 2077 couldn’t


Cyberpunk 2077 is a good game. Sure, it didn’t live up to all of its promises, but a rollercoaster ride through its gorgeous shooter galleries is still a great weekend getaway. Then, once you’re done touring Night City with Keanu Reeves and feel like exploring a neon-lit new underbelly, consider jumping into Deadlink.

The gritty cyberpunk aesthetic is alive and well through Deadlink’s assemblage of standalone enemies, weapons, and combat shells. The roguelite first-person shooter lets you remotely control one of said combat shells, clearing the arenas of enemies, one round at a time. Each shell offers unique weaponry and enemy elimination modes – think braindances in Cyberpunk 2077, but with a deadly robot following your commands.

A combat shell fires at arena-based enemies in Deadlink.

(Image credit: Gruby Entertainment)

While the final game will certainly feature more variety of guns and enemy types, I was only able to test a two-gun loadout in a single set of stages. The game’s fluid movement system lets you dash and attack through its arenas as you take on dozens of targets, ranging from meat shields to nimble, teleporting ninjas. Deadlink’s grappling hook integrates seamlessly with its ammo system – floating orbs scattered across the terrain that serve as both grapple points and ammo crates when hit.

Deadlink’s stunts are a breath of fresh air after Cyberpunk 2077’s lackluster hallway shoot

But those orbs aren’t the only things you can open. Tag enemies with your abilities and they become walking crates, providing bonuses to your shields when downed. Think Doom Eternal minus the bloody executions. Marked enemies even add a shell to your shotgun when defeated, allowing you to enjoy that adrenaline rush for longer. This encourages smart play, whether actively tagging enemies or sneaking in and out of combat situations. Moving to kill, taking a shield boost, and going after security is glorious in practice.

So gong it’s true

A combat shell fires at arena-based enemies in Deadlink.

(Image credit: Gruby Entertainment)

Deadlink’s acrobatic combat is a breath of fresh air after Cyberpunk 2077’s lackluster hallway shooting. And better yet, it lets you use environmental props to your advantage. For example, a huge metal gong stuns enemies when shot at. Sure, Cyberpunk 2077 gives you a double jump, but the game’s firefights were designed without that in mind – turning the ability into a boring “get out of jail for free” card. But stand still in Deadlink and you’ll be hailing the main menu screen in no time.

Just like CD Projekt Red, developers Gruby Entertainment are adopting cybernetic upgrades for their leveling system. But unlike Cyberpunk’s core bonuses, Deadlink’s upgrades drastically change the way you interact with the game’s enemies, making every run unique.

A combat shell fires at arena-based enemies in Deadlink.

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For example, poisonous or electric shotgun ammunition. Or bodily implants that trade health for power. The best part? Some of these implants light up when you perform specific moves, like switching weapons or breaking one of the aforementioned floating orbs, allowing you to create your own gameplay loop. These modifications to your borrowed body change the rules of engagement each time Deadlink runs.

Want to get closer? Improve your health. Or do you want to live on the razor’s edge? Adopt a battle build that gives you electric balls as you swing between orbs, like a robotic Tarzan. Status effects inflicted by weapons add an extra layer of strategy, especially when enemies are weak to specific damage types.

Squared hell

A combat shell fires at arena-based enemies in Deadlink.

(Image credit: Gruby Entertainment)

Although I only have one Combat Shell to play with, none of my runs have gone the same. Deadlink doesn’t keep its best tools as purchases from black market vendors litter an open world map. When you manage to clear an area, the doors allow you to choose between implants, weapon upgrades, and an equipment store. If enemies manage to take down your hull in battle, the resources gained from your runs can be spent to improve your combat form. It turns every loss into an opportunity, a fuzzy feeling that roguelite enthusiasts will know intimately.

Deadlink Even Takes Hades’ Heat Gauge System

The developers at Deadlink call it “Doom meets Hades” and it’s not hard to see why. The game’s current single boss comes with enemies that, while annoying, serve as walking crates to stock up on essentials while you whittle down the big baddie’s health, Doom-style. Deadlink even uses Hades’ Heat Gauge system, allowing experienced players to increase the difficulty with modifiers for rewarding runs.

A combat shell fires at arena-based enemies in Deadlink.

(Image credit: Gruby Entertainment)

I’d love to see a Hades-esque narrative set in a cyberpunk setting – but Gruby intends to focus on its gameplay mechanics. While Cyberpunk 2077 and Deadlink feature evil megacorporations, the latter haven’t offered much story during my time with her. Not that I’m complaining. Deadlink manages to weave together multiple systems with the finesse of a veteran studio, from mobility to damage and resource management.

While I don’t know why I’ll be fighting sumo wrestlers or stealth ninjas in the future, I had a great time moving and swinging around Deadlink’s arenas. I bet the other combat shells will get as much attention as the class of soldier I have to choose. It’s obvious that a lot of care has gone into tuning the game’s systems so far, and I can’t wait to see more of Deadlink’s nuanced arenas and challenging mobs.

Arthur Houtman, CEO of Vertigo Games


Arthur Houtman, gaming industry veteran and CEO of Vertigo Games, has died.

The news comes from a statement on the Vertigo Games website, where the company shared news of Houtman’s passing. Houtman co-founded two companies, Vanguard Games and Force Field, which were acquired by Embracer Group Vertigo Games’ VR division in August 2021. Houtman remained with the company after its acquisition, serving as Managing Director of Vertigo Studios Amsterdam .

Vertigo Games wrote that Houtman had “helped” turn the small independent studio into a thriving business. He noted that even though he reached retirement age in 2021, he continued to work at Vertigo Studios Amsterdam to help navigate his newly acquired corporate status.

“It is extremely unfair that he has not had the chance to take this final step and go enjoy a well-deserved retirement after all the hard work he has put into our business,” the studio noted. . “Arthur will be remembered as a maverick who never minced his words, but was always honest and focused on the end result.”

“He was above all a humble, generous and kind man and a source of advice for anyone who wanted to take advantage of his 30 years of work in the world of video games.”

Colleagues on social media described Houtman as “one of the most incredible and genuine people you will ever meet in this industry” and “a true gentleman, a great friend and a very talented professional”.

Houtman began his career in the video game industry as a producer on various CD-ROM prototypes, eventually landing at Infrogames (the company that would become Atari) as production manager. He would later work at Disney Online Studios before leaving to co-found Vanguard Games.

Vanguard Games would find some success with a pair of licensed games Halo titles called Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike before turning to the development of virtual reality under the name of Force Field. He released games like Landing and roller coaster fight before being bought by the publisher of Arizona Sun.

Houtman is survived by his wife Bridget and son Arno. Vanguard Games has invited friends and colleagues to leave their condolences here.

Gizmodo’s Wackiest Gadgets of 2002


DataPlay: the futuristic optical disc format that time forgot

In the early 2000s, serious efforts were made to find the next technological breakthrough to succeed the CD. One of them was the DataPlay, a miniaturized version of a CD with a diameter of 32mm. Why use DataPlay instead of CDs? For one thing, it could store more than music – artist interviews, music videos and pre-recorded songs could be viewed when connected to a PC. It was also adorable tiny, or like The New York Times Put it, “about the size of the center ing of a CD.”

After winning the CES Best of Show award in 2001, the DataPlay was released in 2002 and quickly gained support from artists and recording studios due to its strict digital rights management system. Britney Spears album Britney and reissues of ‘N Sync, Pink, Usher, OutKast, Sarah McLachlan and Brooks & Dunn were included in the first batch of DataPlay discs.

In the end, DataPlay failed and is now an almost forgotten format. It was too expensive, required owners to buy new music players, and locked down content in a way that customers weren’t used to at the time. It also happened during the growth of digital media.

Gizmodo had a DataPlay feeling would not succeed:

Let’s see, they’ll cost more than CDs, be hard to copy, sound pretty much like CDs, and require a whole new player (only one of which is available, the iRiver IDP-100, pictured right). Sure to be a huge hit.

Wondershare UniConverter: One Tool for All Your Audio/Video Editing Needs


Audio/video editing is often perceived as a complex task. Whether you’re converting clips, adding special effects, or compressing them, you’ll find it difficult unless you have the right tools.

IMAGE: Wondershare

This is where Wondershare UniConverter comes in. It’s an all-in-one audio/video editing tool that lets you convert, edit, merge, or compress audio/video files, among other things, quickly and easily. And as part of its recent update – UniConverter 14 – it now includes some advanced AI features such as noise removal, voice removera smart trim and many more to help you with other audio/video manipulation needs.

So, if your job involves editing a lot of audio/video clips and you are looking for a tool to simplify tasks like removing vocals from audio clips, Wondershare UniConverter can be a useful addition to your arsenal. Follow along as we explore UniConverter and show you how you can use it to remove vocals from songs.

What is Wondershare UniConverter?

Wondershare UniConverter is an all-in-one toolkit for all your audio and video editing needs. It comes with a wide range of utilities like converter, editor, compressor, merge, screen recorder, etc. It has a fairly easy-to-use interface that simplifies most audio/video manipulations.

Moreover, Wondershare also bundles some additional utilities in UniConverter. These include a GIF maker, CD burner, DVD burner, and image converter, to name a few. However, what really separates Wondershare UniConverter from other audio/video manipulation tools is its inclusion of AI utilities, such as noise remover, voice remover, subtitle editor and auto-crop, which take care of all the heavy lifting behind such tasks and require very little or no effort on your part.

How to remove vocals from a song with Wondershare UniConverter

A song with a rich voice is engaging and fun to listen to most of the time. However, there may be times when you just want to play the background music to a song (perhaps because it’s karaoke night) or use the melody in a video.

Wondershare UniConverter comes with a tool to help you. It’s called Vocal Remover, and it lets you remove vocals from a song with just a few clicks.

To use it, first download Wondershare UniConverter on your Mac or Windows PC from the link below and install it.

To download: Wondershare UniConverter (Mac | the Windows)

Once installed, follow the steps below to remove vocals from a song in UniConverter:

  1. Launch Wondershare UniConverter and select voice suppressor below AI lab.
    uniconverter voice removal option
  2. Click on the Add or drag an audio/video file to get started button. When this brings up the file explorer, select the file you want to remove vocals from and press Load.
    upload files to uniconverter
  3. Once the file is loaded into UnivConverter, Vocal Remover will analyze it automatically. Once the analysis is complete, you will get two tracks: one with just vocals and the other without vocals.
    uniconverter voice analyzer
  4. Hit it Export next to the track that only contains the vocals to save it to your computer.
    export voice clip in uniconverter

By default, UniConverter saves the audio clip in the voice suppressor folder in your file system. However, if you want to save it somewhere else, click the folder icon next to File location and choose your preferred location before hitting Export in step 4.

What are the other features of Wondershare UniConverter?

Besides making it easy to remove vocals from songs, Wondershare UniConverter can also help you with several other operations, thanks to the inclusion of various other utilities. Here is a list of some of the other useful features of UniConverter that you may find useful:

1. Convert videos

Wondershare UniConverter has a built-in video converter utility to help you convert videos with just a few clicks. This video converter supports over 1000 video/audio formats, including videos shot in 4K, 8K and HDR. Moreover, with the UniConverter 14 update, you also get support for GPU acceleration, which provides up to 50% faster conversion speeds compared to the previous version.

Moreover, Wondershare Video Converter also offers some advantages over other video converters, such as the ability to convert multiple media files at once and convert videos based on the device, which can be very useful.

2. Compress Videos

If you deal with many audio/video files, there may be times when you want to compress an audio/video file, for example to send it by e-mail, share it on social networks or simply store it on a device with a space limited storage. .

Wondershare UniConverter includes a video compressor that lets you do this easily. It simplifies compressing videos and gives you options of compression quality and file size, which you can choose according to your needs to get the compressed file you want.

3. Play videos

Besides helping you manipulate audio and video files on your computer, Wondershare UniConverter also lets you play them. For that, it offers you an inbuilt video player that supports up to 8K videos in 1000+ formats, which you can use to play videos instantly without any hassle.

Moreover, the player also allows you to change subtitles or change audio track (if the original clip contains it), according to your needs. And you can even play videos at different speeds and take screenshots to capture interesting moments in a clip.

Wondershare UniConverter Packages

Wondershare UniConverter is a paid tool. It offers several plans to meet the needs of different people. These plans are classified as People, Team & Companyand Educationand their price is different for Mac and Windows versions.

Here is a breakdown of the People plan, which is what most individuals would opt for:

  • Monthly plan: $19.99/month (Mac) $29.99/month (Windows)
  • Plan of the quarter: $39.99/month (Mac) $39.99/month (Windows)
  • Annual plan: $59.99/month (Mac) $59.99/month (Windows)

Moreover, Wondershare also offers a free trial for you to test the tool before opting for a subscription. Of course, this trial limits access to many features and has several restrictions in place to limit your usage, so you’ll need to upgrade to use it to its full potential.

Simplified audio/video editing operations

Wondershare is a popular software company that offers solutions for various needs ranging from data recovery and device management to audio, video and content editing. The UniConverter is one of its many popular tools, which streamlines audio/video editing operations to save you the time and effort of doing them manually.

And with the latest update, UniConverter 14, Wondershare incorporates various AI features that further expand its capabilities. So now, in addition to converting, compressing and editing videos, you can also use UniConverter to remove vocals from songs, remove background, edit subtitles and remove noise from audio/video clips quickly and effortlessly. effort.

Brookings Registry | Agendas 29-07-22


Park and recreation

The Brookings Park and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Brookings City & County Government Center at 520 Third St. Agenda items include:

• Approve the agenda

• Approve the minutes

• Staff reports

• Dog park

• Illustrations by Bob Shelden

• LWCF grant – pickleball

• Playgrounds

• Headband

• Tree program

• Community games

• Senior Games

• Prairie Hills Trail

• Edgebrook Golf Course – water source, cart paths

• Hockey Performance Center

• Discussion on 2023 fees/rates

• Endorsement of the event: Brookings County Democrats at Pioneer Park on August 25

• Repairs/storm insurance

• Hillcrest Aquatic Center – leisure pool

• Registration and booking software

• Upcoming programs and events:

A. Pack the Park: August 10 at Hillcrest Park

B. Disc Golf Tournament: August 13 at Larson Park

C. Soggy Doggy Day: August 14 at Hillcrest Aquatic Center

D. Next meeting: Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. – light lunch and project tour

E. National Guard Squad Competition: September 10 at DNP

Arlington City Council

The Arlington City Council, which also serves as the city’s zoning commission, will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Arlington City Hall at 202 W. Elm St. Agenda items include:

zoning commission

• Hearing regarding the modification of the ordinance relating to the commercial zone of the expressway

municipal Council

• Approve the agenda

• Approve the minutes

• Approve invoices

• Public comments

• Discussion on ordinance changes to the highway commercial area

• Building permits: MDA Properties – fence in back yard; Cadence Construction – 1,280 square foot house with attached garage; Janice Brandriet – demo license; Doug Malone – detached garage; and King Bros Heating and Cooling – 1,200 square foot home with attached garage

• Electrical report

• ACDC report

• Approve employee overtime and police reports

• Review financial reports

• First reading of the 2023 budget

• Insurance report

• September meeting

• Closing of the swimming pool – August 12

• Mayor’s report

• Executive session

Urban planning commission

The Brookings Planning Commission, which also serves as the Brookings Board of Adjustment, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brookings City & County Government Center at 520 Third St. Agenda items include:

• Approve the agenda

• Approve the minutes

Fit advice

• Gap – CD Properties – Front Yard Setbacks

Urban planning committee

• Preliminary plan of the lots in the Timberline addition

• Rezone lots 1 to 11 in block 28 in Timberline Addition

• Final Development Plan – Lot 2 in Block 13 of Morningside Addition

Planning and Zoning Commission

The Brookings County Planning and Zoning Commission, which also serves as the Brookings County Board of Adjustment, will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Brookings City & County Government Center at 520 Third St. day include:

• Approve the minutes

• Items to be added to the agenda by committee members or staff

Invitation to citizens to schedule time on the committee’s agenda for an unlisted item

• Disclosure of conflicts of interest

Planning and Zoning

• Consideration of plates in Suhr Addition, Langland Addition, Lake Poinsett Heights Subdivision 1st Addition, Langum Addition, Jensen 2nd Addition, Inger Addition, Added Goodfellow, Added BMU WTP, Added Smallfield, Added Cooper and Added Risty

Fit advice

Richard Ford filed a waiver request with the Brookings County Board of Adjustment. Article 11.00: Section 11.01 “A” Agricultural District: Sector By-Law No. 2: Front Yard: The minimum depth of the front yard must be 100 feet. A corner lot will have two front yards. The property is in the Township of Preston and is located at 46272 200th St., Bruce, SD 57220.

Zoning Board training session by Luke Muller of the First District Association of Local Governments

• Department reports

• Executive session

How to Rip a CD in Windows 11


Compact discs are long past their peak, which came in 2000, when they surpassed $13 billion in sales(Opens in a new window) in the USA. The first MP3 players and then streaming services took over. But there are still those of us who have large collections of iridescent plastic records, and you can still find them for sale at vintage record stores and online.

Windows 11’s new Media Player app didn’t initially include CD ripping capability, but an update in preview builds of the OS shows it’s coming back. Here we take a look at this new feature and show you other ways to turn your CDs into media files on your PC.

For most readers, this section will only be of interest when Microsoft adds CD ripping to the released version of the operating system. For now, this is only a preview. But don’t worry: the company is committed to releasing new features to the OS when they’re ready, so you probably won’t have to wait for a major update. For now, any Windows 11 user can already to play CD with the Media Player application, which looks like this:

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After the update, you get the new Rip CD choice:

Rip CD's Choice

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You can load your CD, press this button and you are good to go. Once complete (the ripping percentage is displayed during the process), your music files will appear in the Music folder, in a subfolder created using the performer and album name, as shown below.

The Music folder where ripped CDs go

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Note that if you want to rip only selected tracks and not the entire album, you can select individual tracks (whose entries are highlighted in color) and use the Rip button that appears to save a copy of the music files to your reader.

Selecting tracks for ripping in Windows 11

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Windows 11 format settings for CD ripping

The new Rip tool goes beyond a simple one-click operation. There are four formats to choose from for audio files that the application can create:

  • AAC: Advanced Audio Coding, an extension of the MPEG-2 standard and used by Apple devices

  • WMA: Windows Media Audio

  • FLAC: free lossless audio codec

  • ALAC: Apple lossless audio codec

Notably missing is MP3, which isn’t a big loss as it offers lower sound quality and larger file sizes than included.

Extraction Settings in Windows 11

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For AAC (which, like MP3 and WMA, is a lossy codec), you can also choose bitrate from 96 Kbps to 320 Kbps, and for WMA, you can choose between 96 Kbps and 192 Kbps.

For the two lossless codecs, FLAC and ALAC, this choice does not exist, because there is no compression. The format and bitrate you choose depends on how much disk space you want to devote to music files and how difficult your ears are for audio fidelity. Purists will want to use the lossless formats, but if you’re transferring the files to a smartphone, you might want to use a lossy codec like AAC to save storage space.

Even though you don’t yet have ripping capabilities in the new media player, you still have plenty of other options for ripping CDs in Windows 11. Let’s look at just three. One requires no installation and the other is free and powerful.

Note that Apple iTunes, which you can install on your Windows 11 PC, can also rip CDs, but this program has been bloated over the years, so you may prefer a lighter option. However, it has the added ability to sync ripped music to iPhone.

Use legacy Windows Media Player

Although the new Media Player app is a million times easier on the eyes and much more modern than the one that’s been hanging around Windows for a few decades, believe it or not, this old-school app is still available and pre-installed in Windows 11. .

Recommended by our editors

Legacy Windows Media Player

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Note the Rip CD option above the track titles. With this tool, you can still rip CDs to MP3 format, so if you need to, you’ll want to use this old man even if you have Media Player’s new ripping feature. All in all, it offers a different set of file formats, minus AAC. It adds WAV, which is another lossless, albeit old, format.

Ripping settings in old media player

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Using Foobar 2000

Foobar 2000(Opens in a new window) is a free open source application that has been around for many years but still receives frequent updates. Its interface is simpler than most, but it’s highly configurable and supports more file formats for playback and ripping, as long as you’re willing to go through more configuration. For example, to rip to FLAC, you need to download the FLAC executable file, although you can download a converter pack all at once from the developer’s site. Supported formats include MP3, MP4/M4A, Audio CD, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF and Musepack. Many plug-ins are available for Foobar, so it is highly extensible to any existing audio codec.

The app doubles as a music library, with personalized playlists, tags, folder organization and monitoring of new music uploads, plus powerful search.

Format Foobar 2000

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If you insert a CD into the drive, an option to rip the CD appears. The app then asks if you want to download artwork and information to the disc from public databases.

Use EZ CD Audio Converter

The second way to rip CDs if you don’t already have the built-in option in Windows 11 is to use EZ CD Audio Converter(Opens in a new window). This method is much simpler but almost as powerful as Foobar, with wide file format support. It does not require any configuration or knowledge of codecs, although you can change these settings to your liking. You pop a CD into the drive and press Rip CD – no questions asked, no separate downloads. That said, you can switch among a host of codecs and file formats if you wish. It automatically finds album art and track information from online sources. A paid version of the app ($39.99) adds support for lossless and premium formats like DSD(Opens in a new window).

EZ CD Audio Converter

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For more than music…

If you need more than audio (like video), check out our article on how to rip Blu-ray discs on your PC, as well as our roundup of the best free DVD rippers.

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In Tsu City, a home for the classics

Toshio Takeuchi (above and below) said his store is one of the best outlets for enka music in Tsu, although his tastes are classical.

In the city of Tsu, in central Japan, music has found its place for nearly a century.

Tani Music Shop has been in its current location near Tsu Station in Mie Prefecture since 1962, having moved from its original store, established before the war in Tsu’s historic Daimon district.

Owner Toshio Takeuchi has remained loyal to being a reliable outlet for various genres, especially enka and classical music. The shop offers CDs, vinyl records and, yes, a huge selection of cassettes.

“There are many who still have cassette players in their cars, so those customers can find them here,” Takeuchi explained.

Tani Music offers a large selection of cassettes (above) and even a CD listening station (below right).

Among the personal touches Takeuchi maintains is a weekly list of the most popular enka titles, displayed near the cash register, just below the autographs of several enka stars. Enka remains extremely popular locally, mainly due to the enduring love of karaoke, he said.

The store also sells musical instruments and supplies, such as blank tapes, recordable CDs and phonograph needles, and offers a record store staple: a listening station for listening to music before you buy it.

Takeuchi believes Tani Music is the only remaining CD retail outlet in Tsu, and said he still has a steady stream of customers, some of them in the 90s. With the prevalence of digital downloads in this era in line, he reported that few young customers came through the doors.

“I don’t know much about downloads, but that’s how young people seem to get music, so they don’t come often,” he said.

Several singers visited and left their autographs. To the right is a list of the best-selling enka titles of the week.

Although enka is the bread and butter of his shop, Takeuchi’s first love is the classic, and Tani Music offers a fine selection. He is a longtime fan of German composer and conductor Vilhelm Furtwangler, often cited as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century.

Visitors are greeted with posters of some of the featured artists.

Story and photos by MIKEY HIRANO CULROSS/Rafu Shimpo

Sonoma police arrest man robbing business after cutting video surveillance with bolt cutters



The night before Anthony Thomasson, 38, was arrested by Sonoma police for attempting to steal copper wire from a business in the 300 block of West Napa Street, he cut the store’s CCTV with wire cutters. bolts.

But not before the video showed Thomasson cutting the CCTV cable, giving police identification markers to make an arrest a night later, according to Sonoma Police Sgt. Scott McKinnon.

Sonoma police immediately identified and arrested Thomasson in connection with an attempted burglary at 2:26 a.m. Sunday, July 24, after receiving a call from the owner of the business, McKinnon said.

Thomasson admitted to attempting to steal copper wiring, and he was eventually arrested for petty theft, multiple warrants (including a felony), criminal vandalism and possession of a controlled substance, McKinnon said.

Sexual Battery

A 16-year-old girl reported an incident of sexual assault by a 17-year-old male partner to Sonoma police on Friday, July 22, according to McKinnon.

The couple were riding in the man’s car when they got in the back to kiss. The man pulled his pants down and forced oral copulation on the female victim for about 2 minutes, according to McKinnon.

The victim and her family are still considering criminal charges in the incident, McKinnon said. The case has been sent to the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, but officials have not yet opened an investigation, McKinnon said.


Sonoma Valley High School’s athletic director contacted Sonoma police about a reported vandalism at the high school’s football newsroom on Thursday, July 21, according to McKinnon.

At some point in a 10 p.m. window, a suspect broke into the press room through an unsecured window and stole two microphones and a CD player. There was no evidence of forced entry, McKinnon said.

The school’s athletic director was unable to identify the make or model of the microphones and CD player, so police were unable to provide an estimate of the cost of the items stolen.

Police are currently reviewing video footage from the scene.

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Aneel approves a draft auction notice with a planned investment of 3.27 billion reais


Press release

By Aneel

This is an automatic translation of the press release originally published in Portuguese.

The Collegial Council of the National Electric Energy Agency – ANEEL approved this Tuesday (26/07) the Auction project N° of volt-ampere (MVA) in the transformation capacity of substations, in addition the maintenance in service of 1,123 km of transmission lines and 2,200 MW in converter stations. The auction is scheduled for December 16 at B3’s headquarters in São Paulo.

The six lots of the public notice have an investment expectation of 3.27 billion reais, with a forecast of the creation of 5,674 direct jobs. The projects, with a completion period of 42 to 60 months, will cover the states of Espírito Santo, Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondônia and São Paulo.

Lots 5 and 6 are unique in that they concern the revitalization and maintenance of existing projects to extend their useful life. In the case of lot 5, the revitalization of the control and teleprotection systems of the Garabi I and II converters, in Rio Grande do Sul, aims to guarantee the continuity of the international interconnection with Argentina. Lot 6 is for the implementation of a new service at Centro Substation, São Paulo, by changing the voltage level from 230 to 345 kilovolts (kV) in an insulated busbar (GIS) and replacing transformations.




Duration (months)



– LT 230kV Governador Valadares 6 – Verona, CS, C1, with 165 km.



Service to the Northern Region of the State of Espírito Santo

of them

– LT 230kV Porto Velho – Abunã, CS, C3, with 188 km.



Increased reliability in service in the state of Acre.


– SE 500/230/69 kV Açailândia – Transformation 500/230 kV (6+1Res) x 150 MVA and transformation 230/69 kV 2×75 MVA;

– SE 500/230/138 kV Santa Luzia III – Transformation 500/230 kV (6+1Res) x 150 MVA and transformation 230/138 kV 2 x 100 MVA;

– SE 230/69 kV Dom Eliseu II – 2 x 75 MVA;

– SE Encruzo Novo – Synchronous Compensation, “Shunt” Capacitor Bank and Bar Reactor Bank;

– LV 500 kV sections between SE Santa Luzia III and LV 500 kV Açailândia – Miranda II, C1, with 1.7 and 1.0 km;

– BT 230 kV Encruzo Novo – Santa Luzia III, CS, C1, with 207 km;

– LT 230 kV Açailândia – Dom Eliseu II, C1 and C2, CD, with 71.5 km.



Supply to the Regions of Açailândia, Buriticupu, Vitorino Freire (MA) and Dom Eliseu (PA).
Electrical service in the State of Maranhão:
Northwest Region


– SE 345/138 kV Porto do Açu – (6+1R) x 50 MVA;

– LV 345 kV sections between SE Porto do Açu and LV 345 kV Campos – UTE GNA I, C1, with 2 x 1.6 km;

– LV 345 kV sections between SE Porto do Açu and LV 345 kV Campos – UTE GNA I, C2, with 2 x 1.6 km;



Service at the Porto do Açu and Santo Amaro complex in the state of Rio de Janeiro.


– Garabi I and II facilities – 2,200 MW – continuity of the existing public transport service and revitalization of the converter control and teleprotection systems.



Guarantee the continuity of the international interconnection with Argentina.


– SE 345/88-20 kV Centro – implementation of a new service at the substation with change of voltage level from 230 to 345 kV in isolated busbars (GIS) and replacement of transformations at 345/88 kV – 4×150 MVA and 345/20- 20 kV – reserve 3×150 MVA and 1×150 MVA.

Assets will be transferred to the auction winner, responsible for operating existing facilities and revitalization.



Establishment of a new service at the Centro substation to serve the São Paulo metropolitan area.

The draft public notice and documentation relating to the six lots were reviewed by the company under public consultation No. 24/2022, which received 96 contributions from 16 participants, of which 38 were fully or partially accepted. The text approved by ANEEL will follow in the coming days for examination by the Federal Court of Auditors.

The advice is expected to be approved by the ANEEL Board in November 2022, including the adjustments suggested by the TCU. A technical clarification workshop on the main points of the event is scheduled for October 21.

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GET in the know: homebuyers leaving these big cities and the top financial news for July 26


July is racing by, but don’t let the major financial stories of the day do the same.

The Great Trail: Top 10 US Cities Homebuyers Are Leaving

The housing market is slowing due to rising mortgages, interest rates and runaway inflation. Now, new home buyers are also choosing to relocate because housing costs are getting too high in some cities.

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SNAP Spotlight: Instacart

Americans who receive SNAP benefits now have many more options for shopping for groceries online through Instacart. The platform said SNAP EBT card payments can now be used to purchase groceries on its app in 10 additional states.

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This is interesting: Wall Street can’t agree on the impact of future Fed rate hikes

With a further 75 basis point rate hike widely expected at the close of the July 27 FOMC meeting, Wall Street strategists have divergent views on what the future holds for inflation. and markets.

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Bonus: Why vacation homes are a surprisingly good investment during a bear market

For many, a bear market means lower investment and retirement funds. But there are ways to make money during this time of flux, including investing in real estate, especially a vacation home.

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Switch up the tables in your musical setup with this turntable


Some people listen to music, but others like to experience it. It’s the difference between putting on any old headphones or looking for ones that will really immerse you in a song, or playing an old scratched CD or listening to vinyl that still sounds like when it was first pressed. You may have your own collection of old records, or you may have thought about starting one, but quality turntables are usually very expensive. That is, unless you get the mbeat® PT-18K Bluetooth Vinyl Player. This affordable turntable has all the essential components for an authentic analog listening experience, and through July 31, it’s only $224 (Reg. $363).

This retro turntable sports a full-size metal alloy platter, produces reduced vibration and signal disturbance, and it has a moving magnetic cartridge for precise tracking and cleaner sound. It also has modern amenities that are simply practical. You can connect your own wired speakers or use your favorite Bluetooth speakers.

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“Great value! I was looking for a good quality turntable at a reasonable price and finally found it! Thank you!” writes a verified reviewer, and it’s easy to see why they’re excited. This turntable can read 33/45 PM, which covers most records you will find. It can also play vinyl with ±1% speed variation. If you have an old record collection that you want to keep forever, you can even record directly to your computer and save the sound as audio files. Or if you just want to listen to music, the built-in preamplifier can produce amazing sound quality.

Whether you’re new to records and turntables or you’ve been at it for decades, this turntable is an exciting union of vintage and modern construction. Get the mbeat PT-18K Bluetooth Vinyl Player on sale for $224 (Reg. $363) while this offer lasts, until July 31!

Prices subject to change.

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New York Jets Garrett Wilson receives praise around NFL and comparisons to CD Lamb Cowboys


New York Jets 2022 first-round pick Garrett Wilson impressed people in the NFL during his time with the team, and some in the industry believe he may be the next breakout star as Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CD Lamb.

Prior to this year’s draft, the Jets needed to identify and select players who could impact talent for many years to come with the three picks they had in the first round. At fourth overall, the team took on cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, a player who has been compared to fellow CB and team legend Darrelle Revis. However, their choice at 10 may be more important.

Related: New York Jets 2022 Training Camp: Schedule, Tickets, Location & Everything You Need To Know

One of the main goals of the offseason is to help quarterback Zach Wilson take a big step forward in his second year with the team. With their second pick in the first round, the Jets selected Ohio State star receiver Garrett Wilson. They hope one player can make Wilson’s life much easier in 2022.

NFL expectations are New York Jets Garrett Wilson can be an impact player in 2022

Credit: Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

Well, after a bit of mandatory minicamp work and a few days in boot camp, it looks like New York has a budding star on its hands. During a recent appearance on ESPN’s “NFL Live,” an NFL Network insider Michael Girardi explained how expectations have grown for Wilson and many in the league believe he could be an impact player right away. Just like Jaylen Waddle and CD Lamb were in their rookie seasons.

“I start talking to people in the league, and they’re like, ‘Why can’t Garrett Wilson be the next in a long line of receivers over the last few years that had a big impact right away. We’re talking about Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, Jaylen Waddle, [and] even DeVonta Smith. This guy has all the tools in his bag. And one of the things — talking to people in the league and talking to people with the Jets now — is the intelligence he brought to the table. Very well trained at Ohio State.

“…And you talk to people with the Jets who say the intelligence shows in his ability to set up defensive backs. He has a plan every time he goes to the line of scrimmage. And as one person told me, he gives off the vibes of another young receiver who was very productive in his rookie season, which is CD Lamb with the Dallas Cowboys.

Mike Girardi on the NFL’s opinions of Garrett Wilson

Chances are Wilson will quickly evolve into the Jets’ No. 1 receiver from the team’s current receiving corps. is not deep with notable talent.

New York DMV searches for fake IDs at outdoor concerts


New York State is taking steps to ensure that people who attend outdoor concerts this summer do so in a legal and responsible manner.

The Department of Motor Vehicle Investigators is leading law enforcement initiatives, dubbed “Operation Prevent,” to end the use of fake IDs to purchase alcohol at summer concerts .

Sweeps are underway at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, CMAC in Canandaigua, Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse and other locations where underage viewers are likely to gather.

In addition to DMV investigators, New York State Police officers, New York State Liquor Authority investigators, state park police, and local law enforcement will verify identities. people at concerts during the popular warm weather entertainment season.

Mark JF Schroeder, Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Chairman of the Governor’s Highway Safety Committee, said that modern computer technology and creativity can lead to very good counterfeit New York State driver’s licenses and other identifications in and out of state, “Our investigators are experts in detecting fake IDs. This may sound realistic to you, but they know how to spot the telltale signs of a fraudulent document.

State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley points out that underage drinking leads to reckless behavior that can lead to dangerous and lifelong consequences. Often the problems arise with drunk and impaired driving.

Customers under the age of 21 who use a fake ID or someone else’s ID to purchase alcohol may receive a ticket and their license may be revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year.

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15 Iconic Retail Stores That No Longer (But We Totally Miss)

Lilliput Records will replace The Exclusive Co. on the east side


Employees of The Exclusive Company’s Milwaukee site will open a new record store in its place under the name Lilliput Records, by the end of July.

Lilliput Record’s soft opening is tentatively scheduled for July 30, two days after The Exclusive Co.’s last day, Thursday July 28.

Longtime manager Brian Kirk and assistant manager Tanner Musgrove decided buying this store “was for the best” after learning of the Wisconsin-based chain of record stores closing.

“Initially, we were just looking at the inventory. But that quickly turned into buying the building as well, which ultimately made a lot more sense,” Kirk said.

Although Lilliput Records’ grand opening is still underway, Musgrove said it will likely be the third weekend in August.

The Lilliput Records sign is waiting to be installed before its opening at the end of July 2022.

James Giombetti opened The Exclusive Co.’s first store in 1956 in West Bend. The company has grown with locations in Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Greenfield, Oshkosh and Janesville. The Milwaukee store has been operating continuously since 1991.

With a combined experience of over 17 years at The Exclusive Co., Kirk and Musgrove are excited to make it “their own” and hope the changes they make will give the place a “breath of life”. costs “.

Inside the store they will add a listening station, fresh paint and a lounge area. They said that long-time customers of The Exclusive Company can expect the same from Lilliput Records: excellent customer service, special music and DVD orders, and rows of CDs and records.

Kirk and Musgrove plan to expand their community reach through collaborations and a bigger social media presence.

“We really want to be more community-based and do a lot more fundraising and flash sales,” Musgrove said.

“We want to start having more local performances again,” Kirk added as he stood next to the newly painted stage at the back of the store.

Musgrove said she and Kirk are in the process of securing collaborations with local organizations and businesses, including Component Brewing, which makes Lilliput-inspired beer.

Although they don’t plan to record memorable commercials like The Exclusive Co.’s late owner Giombetti once did, Kirk laughed when he said they might be on TikTok one day. .

Musgrove added that Lilliput Records will certainly have a significant social media presence in conjunction with its newly created website, which will be an extension of its physical store.

Lilliput Records is scheduled to open in late July 2022. Longtime employees of The Exclusive Company purchased the inventory and building from this location after the company announced its closure.

The name of Lilliput Record comes from two sources of inspiration. Liliput is the name of a Swedish punk band formerly called Kleenex, of which music lovers Kirk and Musgrove are both fans. It is also the name of a mythical island taken from the book Les Voyages de Gulliver.

“We liked the idea that … the record store is a place where you can get away and get lost in the same way you could a fantasy book or novel,” Musgrove said.

The new co-owners are grateful for the community support as they navigate this transition.

“The news of the business closing was a shock to everyone and obviously very sad,” Musgrove said. “And so the answer is always ‘Well, we don’t want to see The Exclusive Company go, but we’re glad it lives on through Lilliput. “”

Frankie and the witch’s fingers go out to the bug jar


On a hot scorching summer night in Rochester, the last place you want to be is stuffed into a jam-packed Bug Jar. For the voracious music fans among us, some shows are just too good to pass up, no matter the weather. So when the Frankie and the Witch Fingers quartet from Los Angeles via Bloomington made their long-awaited return to the room, enough souls made that decision of music over comfort to fill the joint. Toronto’s Hot Garbage and locals CD-ROM completed the fuzzy psychedelic bill.

Frankie and the Witch Fingers took the stage for their set, did a quick secret long-distance handshake, then launched into a new track, “Empire.” And they launched it. In a storm of rock goodness, with syncopated guitars and basses, intricate guitar leads, tribal beats, a bit of West African psychedelia and enough manic drum fills to excite the most jaded fan.

“Cocaine Dream” went full punk, “Pleasure” went funky with big pop bass action from Nicki Pickle, and “Realization” had lead guitarist Josh Menashe in shredding territory. The band and crowd were slick and sweaty and ready for the platter meat. A “Cavehead”/“MEPEM” combo went long and deep, swirling and twisting and peaking and falling, but still wild. Vocalist and guitarist Dylan Sizemore bounced, shook and vibrated, every note and beat racing through his body. Pickle grooved on his bass sporting a huge “damn that’s badass” grin on his face. Drummer Shaugnessy Starr led the energy swell after swell, culminating with a huge rhythmic closing section.

Frankie and the Witch Fingers

“Dracula Drug” continued the relentless onslaught. The slowdowns in “Reaper” and “Work” were just fake outings to hit the crowd with surprise knockout hooks. By the end of the set, the band and audience were ready to call the fight. Pieces of sweaty flesh settled outside to reorient themselves and cool off.

Frankie and the Witch Fingers

Toronto quartet Hot Garbage made their final tour opening appearance for the Witch Fingers. A garage rock sound with avant-garde bass, all mixed in a fat mash. They took full control of the crowd. Keys, guitar and bass work the head and torso, kneading, pounding and sculpting. While drummer Mark Henein moved everything from ass to bottom, shaking and tugging like strings on a puppet. “Easy Believer” was long and buzzy and featured a delicious bassline that you could live with for days. “Ride” a slow psychedelic march, closed the set and put them on their way home.

The psychedelic rock band CD-ROM from Rochester started the evening off fun with lots of reverb and fuzzy guitar and synths. Vocalist Jesse Amesmith made creative use of effects using her voice as her instrument, working on and around the stage as keys, guitars and drums matched her movements. The Zeppelin-worthy rock releases were met with time-shifted whirlwinds and high-energy punk ragers.

Frankie and the Witch Fingers

Minnesota quietly dropped weekly COVID testing mandate


St. Paul, MN (AP) — Minnesota state government employees who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 are no longer required to take weekly tests for the virus in order to remain in the workplace.

The requirement that came into effect in September 2021 meant that thousands of employees took tests every week. Those who did not comply were subject to suspensions or other disciplinary action.

A state official said the requirement was waived due to the evolving nature of the virus.

“While it was common to have broad and uniform precautionary measures at the start of the pandemic, the pandemic has reached a point where risk assessments and public health precautions related to COVID-19 are now more circumstantial. specific to individuals and communities,” said Patrick Hogan. , spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Management and Budget.

He said agencies can always adopt their own procedures. And, a small number of state workers in healthcare facilities are still bound by federal vaccination rules that took hold in January.

Without publicity, Governor Tim Walz’s administration rescinded the policy in late May, Minnesota Public Radio News reported.

The state has not compiled compliance data with the now-expired immunization and testing policy since November. Information available last fall showed that 75% of workers subject to the rule provided proof that they were vaccinated and the rest had to take tests in the weeks they planned to be in the office.

A brief history of recorded music formats

Music formats, from the first wax cylinders of yesteryear to today’s modern streaming services…

KEF LSX II wireless speakers are a killer Hi-Fi package


The KEF LSX was already one of our favorite active speaker systems – we called them the “perfect all-in-one hi-fi speaker system” when we first reviewed them in 2018. It was basically a smaller, more affordable version of the KEFs. Super premium and super versatile LS50 wireless speakers. Well, it’s been a few years and KEF has now released a second generation version: the KEF LSXII.

The LSX II doesn’t look much different from the original LSX – in fact, aside from a few slightly changed color finishes, they’re virtually identical – but KEF has given these active “Gen 2” speakers a few upgrades. under the hood. The new models sound better, are more versatile and are even easier to use. The wrong side? Well they are also a to touch more expensive.

The KEF LSX II is available in five different finishes: Carbon Black (shown), Blue, Lava Red, Mineral White and Soft Gold (called “Sound Wave”).


  • Excellent lossless quality sound
  • Extremely versatile speakers
  • Easy to use software
  • Expensive
  • Need wired connection for ultimate lossless sound

What’s good about the KEF LSX II?

The LSX II makes listening to great sound easy.

The KEF LSX II is a wireless music system comprised of two bookshelf-sized powered speakers. Each speaker is individually amplified and powered, and they also talk to each other wirelessly; it means you don’t need a wire connecting the left and right channels. You simply place the speakers as close or as far apart from each other and they will just work; this makes them perfect for small or large rooms because you don’t have to worry about tripping or hiding a wire.

Listening to music on the LSX II is extremely easy. The system supports multiple wireless (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) and wired connections. You can easily stream music directly from your smartphone via Bluetooth or Spotify Connect. You can even integrate the LSX II into a multi-room audio system via AirPlay 2 or Chromecast. Or you can also connect the speakers directly to a music source like a CD player or computer. You have options.

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Each LSX II speaker is rated at 100 watts – it’s a 200 watt combo system – with 70 watts going to the mid woofer and 30 watts to the tweeter.

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A great alternative to the soundbar.

It seems more and more wireless speaker systems are adopting an HDMI-ARC connection – and the LSX II is no exception. Unlike its predecessor, the LSX II has an all-new HDMI-ARC port that lets you connect them directly to your TV and they’ll work like a modern plug-and-play soundbar. No AV receiver or other additional components are required. It works.

When connected to your TV via HDMI-ARC, the LSX II supports lossless CD-quality audio (up to 16-bit/48kHz). There are no lag issues with the dialogue. And the fact that there are dedicated right and left channel speakers helps the LSX II deliver a wider soundstage than even high-end soundbars can’t. Unfortunately, there is no support for Dolby Atmos, which is a bit disappointing for home cinema enthusiasts.

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The KEF LSX II is a wireless speaker system that you can place anywhere in your room. The speakers will automatically pair with each other and optimize their sound based on each other’s position.

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A better desktop audio situation.

KEF has given the LSX II a new USB-C port on the back, designed to make them work like even better computer speakers. You had to use the AUX port on the original LSX speakers (and you can still do that on the LSX II) to do the same thing and admittedly both solutions are still capable of playing lossless audio (up to 24bit/96kHz) . The difference is that the USB-C connection allows an easier path to the LSX’s built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC), which is probably much better than your computer’s built-in DAC, and so you’re going to get sound a bit cleaner. (Although you might have to be an audiophile to hear the difference.)

The other benefit is that, if you’re feeling cheeky, you can use that USB-C port as a charging port. All you have to do is go to the KEF Connect app and switch it to power mode – it’s called KW-1 power mode in the app. From there, you can use it to charge your various other devices like your smartphone or tablet. I’m not sure you need to do this in a desktop audio situation, as you’ll likely have other charging options besides those fancy speakers, but it’s an option nonetheless.

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You can connect the LSX II speakers directly to your laptop or workstation via a USB-C connection. A warning world: it’s getting noisy. I didn’t want to go any higher than 66% volume for fear of making my ears bleed. (You need to adjust the speaker and computer volume separately).

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A superior wireless streaming machine

KEF did not completely rewrite the script with the LSX II. The speakers are the same size as the original LSX and use the same Uni-Q driver; it’s KEF’s signature driver that places the tweeter in the center of the midrange/woofer and which the company says helps deliver a more lucid, room-filling sound. (KEF uses this same driver in its larger speakers, including LS50 Wireless II, LS50 Meta and LS60 Wireless.) KEF says it’s tweaked the digital signal processing (DSP) of the new speakers so they’re better balanced and sound even better.

The other difference is that KEF has given the LSX II access to its new “W2” wireless streaming platform (just like its latest LS50 Wireless II). Indeed, it is very easy to play the music you want (streaming or analog) as well as to customize the sound of the speakers for you and your room. It’s all done via the KEF Connect app on your smartphone and that makes the speakers really easy to use.

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You can check all analog connections on the back of the right speaker. It includes optical, USB-C, HDMI and AUX.

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What’s not ideal with the KEF LSX II?

You still need a wired connection to get the best possible sound

Just like KEF’s other wireless speaker systems, the LSX II can play lossless audio without each speaker being tied to each other – and the sound is great. When streaming over Wi-Fi, the LSX II can play back lossless audio up to 24-bit/48kHz. However, if you use the supplied cable that connects the two speakers together, they can play even higher resolution audio, up to 24-bit/96kHz. That’s not a bad thing at all, but it’s worth noting for lossless streamers looking for the best possible audio quality from the LSX II.

(The downside of having a cable isn’t as neat, and you can’t place the speakers as easily anywhere you want in a room.)

Do you really need all these options?

Too much versatility isn’t a bad thing, especially when the KEF LSX II excels at just about everything it does. The problem is that most people won’t take advantage of all that versatility – they’ll set up the LSX II speakers and probably use them one way. For me, I basically use them as badass Sonos speakers and just stream music from my smartphone and laptop. And so, at the end of the day, you’re paying for features and capabilities that you probably won’t use. KEF raised the price of the KEF LSX II, which was priced at $1,400 a pair while the LSX was priced at $1,100 a pair when they were released in 2018.

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I spent the majority of my time with the LSX II streaming music directly from my smartphone via Spotify and Tidal.

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KEF LSX II: the verdict

The KEF LSX II is a wonderful little hi-fi speaker system that can do anything you want. You can stream music to them via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You can even integrate them into a multi-room system with non-KEF speakers via AirPlay 2 or Chromecast. Or you can hook them up to your current hi-fi system, office workstation or even your TV. And it all sounds supreme. The only real downside is that, well, it’s not cheap.


  • Excellent lossless quality sound
  • Extremely versatile speakers
  • Easy to use software
  • Expensive
  • Need wired connection for ultimate lossless sound

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JetBrains Space Now Available On Premises


The Productivity Tools Company, JetBrainsrecently announced that its comprehensive software development platform, Space, is now available on site in beta. This offer comes with Docker Compose and Kuberntetes installation options.

Space offers users an all-in-one platform that covers Git hosting, code review, CI/CD, package repositories, issue tracking, docs, and chats.

Additionally, users have access to a set of remote development tools and native integration with JetBrains IDE.

According to the company, Space is customizable and can be extended to meet the specific needs of any business in the industry. It also helps eliminate context switching by simplifying the developer’s job and getting them to focus on their tasks with minimal distractions.

JetBrains Space On-Premises for Docker Compose provides users with a lightweight and easier way to run Space On-Premises on a single Docker host. With Compose, customers can use a YAML file to configure an app’s services, then create and start all of the configuration’s services with a single command.

Being able to self-host an instance of Space has been one of the most popular requests from our customers,” said Valerie Andrianova, product marketing manager at JetBrains Space. “They need it for multiple reasons ranging from their security policies, their integration needs or even regulatory requirements. We want Space to be the main collaboration center for them and we are happy to offer it on site. »

Space On-Premises also runs in a Kubernetes cluster which itself can be local or remote and can be hosted on-premises, on Amazon (EKS), Google (GKE), and Azure (AKS). Kubernetes then sets the system context for Space-on-premises to achieve a repeatable Space experience in any user-controlled environment.

The Space On-Premises beta comes with a license valid until January 31, 2023 at no additional cost. Most Space features that do not require hosting on the JetBrains side are automatically available in Space On-Premises.

CD Projekt RED has lost significant market value since Cyberpunk 2077’s disastrous launch


CD Projekt RED is still feeling the effects of the disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077. Just before the game’s release, the company’s shares were worth around 400 zł ($85) per share on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Since then, it has fallen to 93.81 zł ($19.92). So, while the global financial market has been hit hard, CD Projekt RED is an outlier with its precipitous drop in value.

CD Projekt RED is worth a quarter of its value ahead of Cyberpunk 2077 launch

According to Business Insider Poland, the value of CD Projekt RED has dropped 75% since the launch of Cyberpunk 2077.

That’s no big surprise since Cyberpunk 2077’s launch is vying for the most disastrous event in video game history. After creating a maddening hype, CD Projekt RED released a nearly unplayable game on the latest generation consoles. Even on platforms with decent performance, it was full of bugs and evidence of a rushed development process.

The PS4 version of Cyberpunk 2077 was so bad that Sony pulled it from the PlayStation Store for six months. Despite selling more than 18 million copies of the game, CD Projekt RED has lost the solid reputation it gained while developing The Witcher 3. This number is also lower than the 25-30 million sales analysts predicted for the game during its first year.

Financially, CD Projekt RED is now where it was after The Witcher 3 launched. So where does it go next? DLC for Cyberpunk 2077 is on the table, but the game still has its issues. For example, there is still no functioning police system. The studio has The Witcher 4 in pre-production, but with its reputation turned, it’s going to take something special to get players back on board.

In other news, God of War Ragnarok will feature all nine realms, and Sony continues its esports expansion with the acquisition of Repeat.gg.

Check Out These Library “Things”


Once upon a time, Westport Library was all about books. (And – because so many artists and illustrators have lived here – a remarkable collection of prints, too.)

In the 1980s, the library began offering DVDs. The purists were screaming. “That’s Blockbuster’s job!” ” they said. (Of course, you can’t beat for free. Opponents quickly became one of the biggest patrons. And where is Blockbuster today?*)

Then came the MakerSpace. The main real estate on the ground floor has been devoted to computers, tools and a one-of-a-kind 3D printer. The noise level has increased. So does user engagement.

Today, Westport Library offers a lot. There are still tons of books; DVD discs (and CDs and vinyls); still a Maker Space; . Plus state-of-the-art television and audio studios; a state-of-the-art 19-foot screen and an equally great sound system; a store, cafe and more.

More a “library of things”.

It’s not the most elegant name. But there’s perhaps no better way to describe all the “things” the Library lends.

Westport Library staff Kathleen Malloy and Brendan Toller with a few “things”.

The Object Library is along the right wall (upper parking lot), on the ground floor. Stretching from near the entrance to Verso Studios (interrupted only by the restroom), there’s shelf after shelf of things to check out.

Sewing machines, battery testers, puzzles and games, metal detectors, waterproof speakers, bubble machines, a 45-cup coffee urn, ukuleles, phone and car chargers, a Hello Kitty cake pan , CD Players, Zoom Ring Lights, MIDI Controlled Keyboard, Button Makers, Smartphone Lens Kits, Golf Rangefinder, SAD Therapy Lights, Field Microphones, Portable Spotlights, a Nintendo Switch – they’re all there.

A kayak, cornhole games and disc golf sets are not there. They are too big. But they are also available.

And each of these “things” is free. All you need is a library card.

More things!

Log out and keep it for 10 days. (21 if it’s something like a sewing machine or a ukulele, which helps you learn a skill.)

Who wants to check something?


Families who need a projector for an outdoor movie. Bands are making buttons for an upcoming tour. Someone looking for hidden metal treasures in Compo or Sherwood Island. People creating their first videos. A person who bought a new car without a CD player, finishing an audiobook. Grandparents whose grandchildren will soon be visiting.

People are “astounded” when they realize everything that’s hidden in plain sight, says Kathleen Malloy, the Library’s customer experiences manager.

The available items are there on the shelves. (Except for this kayak and those outdoor lawn games.) Things that have been verified – and all the high-tech Verso things – are represented by photos.

Things on the wall near Verso Studios. (Photos/Dan Woog)

A walk along the Library of Things is like going to an all-you-can-eat buffet – with all the cuisines, each next to the other in random order. You’ll find things you never needed or wanted, things you never knew existed, and things a friend would love (if only they knew it was here).

People found the Library of Things through word of mouth (and a mention in the Library’s monthly publication).

Once they find it, users come back. And they offer an idea. Many new items come from customer suggestions.

Westporters have always loved our library. But it’s hard to imagine someone in 1908, or 1958 – or even 2008 – saying, “Excuse me. Can I check a kayak today?

Today is the thing to do.

*In Westport, it’s a Hartford HealthCare center.

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This Elden Ring Player Completed The Game In 2.5 Hours Without Leveling Up Or Taking A Single Hit


Someone completed Elden Ring in two and a half hours without leveling up or taking a single hit.

Unlike some no-hit runners who typically run through the game quickly avoiding bosses and entire areas, Streamer Ainrun – who is admittedly an expert at finishing From Software games without getting hit – finished his run without a hit. and took on the Grafted Scion, the first boss battle that usually requires you to jump off a cliff and die to continue.

Elden Ring for Dummies: The Basics of Everything You Need to Know (But Were Afraid to Ask).

“I’ve been doing unsuccessful runs and quick runs of From Software games since 2020, starting with Dark Souls 1,” Ainrun said. Kotaku.

“Personally, I feel [skipping the Grafted Scion] breaks a streak the devs intended to follow to progress through the game, so I opt for combat.

“I spent a lot of time training, looking for openings to exploit,” he added. “I was also motivated by the fact that a majority of other players choose to skip this boss. In my opinion, a ‘challenge’ run like what I did is supposed to be difficult, [so] using shortcuts doesn’t really make sense.”

Ainrun pulled off the feat by focusing on a build that staggers the enemy so they can keep their distance when active and unleash damage when staggered and downed.

Elden Ring is the best-selling game of 2022. According to research firm NPD Group, From Software’s action-RPG “ranked No. 1 in dollar sales in four of its first five months on the market”, is the best-selling game of June 2022, and remains “the best-selling game of 2022 so far”.

Earlier this week, Elden Ring publisher Bandai Namco confirmed that it had been targeted by hackers and admitted that confidential information had been viewed on its servers. There is “a possibility” that this includes customer information, the publisher acknowledged in a statement sent to Eurogamer.

Stroll past the chowk in Mumbai named after sitar maestro Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan


In the 22nd episode of our series on public spaces named after Hindustani musicians, we visit the Bandra Reclamation in Mumbai. On June 19, an important crossroads in this locality was named Padma Bhushan Ustad Halim Jaffer Khan Chowk. It is named after sitar maestro Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, who lived in the area and taught many students over the years.

Creator of the Jaffarkhani baaj or style of sitar playing, his inimitable approach to sitar playing had an unpredictable quality marked by tremendous dexterity and rhythmic interaction. The sonority of his sitar, the characteristic use of certain instrumental embellishments like krintan (literally means to cut, in the instrumental technique for plucked instruments it designates the production of notes by plucking the string with the middle finger of the left hand) and meend (long glides between notes), taans (fast melodic passages) spanning three octaves, and quick musical reflexes that reflected his quick-witted nature, stood out in his performances, and set him apart from his contemporaries and elders.

In an interview for me, Abdul Halim Jaffar Khan mentioned that he came to Mumbai with his father when he was one year old. His father Jaffer Khan played the rudra veena, the sitar and was also adept in vocal music. Although he trained with his father in vocal music, jaltarang and sitar, Abdul Halim Jaffar Khan was influenced by Babu Khan’s sitar playing style and began to focus his attention on the sitar after the have listened.

Sometime before 1935, the family moved to Dadar in central Mumbai after staying for short intervals at Grant Road, Bombay Central, Dongri and Bhendi Bazaar in South Mumbai. He moved to Mahim after the death of his father, and finally to Bandra.

He pursued a career as a session musician for film music, as he saw it as a viable livelihood in the absence of regular Hindustani music concerts. He has worked with several renowned musical directors and has sung and played jaltarang as a session musician on a few occasions.

The recipient of the coveted national Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards, he is the author of the book and accompanying CD-ROM titled Jaffer Khanibaaj: innovation in sitar music.

Today we are listening to two recordings that feature his sitar recitals. The first, recorded for Doordarshan, includes a presentation of the raag Jaijaivanti, in which he plays an introductory aalaap followed by two gats or instrumental compositions on the 16-matras Teentaal. He is accompanied by the famous tabla player Faiyaz Khan.

The final track has a detailed presentation of the raag Pahadi. He plays two compositions, the first on the Jat taal of 16 matras and the second on a fast-paced Teentaal.

One of India’s leading tabla players, Aneesh Pradhan is a widely recognized Hindustani performer, teacher, composer and music scholar. Visit his website here.

The Greatest Chrysler Creations of the 1990s


Chrysler took off in the 1990s. Emerging from the K-car era and strapped for cash, Chrysler had the cash to innovate, tune and improve the cars rolling out of their factories. Revolutions such as the modern pickup truck, cab-over design, and factory sleeper cars were spearheaded by Chrysler in the last decade of the 20th century.

The 90s was the last decade that Plymouth was a key player in the Chrysler lineup and saw the growth and decline of Eagle, known now for the Talon TSi. Jeep was changing the SUV market and Dodge continued to build performance cars. Some may say the 1990s were Chrysler’s last golden age. From pavement-pounding muscle trucks to groundbreaking economy cars, here are some of the greatest Chrysler cars of the 1990s.

9 Dodge the fearless

Dodge introduced the Intrepid to replace its aging and rather plain K-cars in the early 1990s. What followed was a design taken from tractor-trailers, moving the cab of the vehicle forward, along with the wheels and engine. This created a lot more space for passengers while maintaining a compact design. It wouldn’t be the last time Dodge took inspiration from big rigs.

The Intrepid could be powered by a host of V6 engines, with the most powerful 3.5-liter making just under 220 horsepower. The car was offered in two versions: the basic version and the sporty ES version. The ES could be outfitted with all the ’90s goodies your heart could desire like a CD player, leather seats and traction control. If the Intrepid isn’t quite what you want, there’s an even sportier version of Eagle called the Vision and several luxury cars from Chrysler based on the Intrepid. Related: Here’s Why The Dodge Intrepid Was Discontinued

8 Dodge Daytona IROC

The Dodge Daytona may have started in the 1980s, but the car hit its peak in the early 1990s. IROC racing was still quite popular as NASCAR was in its heyday and fans wanted to see their favorite drivers even when the season was over, so they watched IROC (NASCAR equivalent to NFL Pro-Bowl or NBA All-Star games). In 1990, NASCAR chose Dodge as the manufacturer of the IROC race cars, after the Chevy Camaro IROC-Z’s 15-year hold on the series. IROC racing cemented the Daytona in racing history.

For 1993, the car could be optioned with the IROC package, giving the little Dodge a 3.0L V6 and a 5-speed manual transmission. 0-60 times were in the low 6-second range, respectable for 1993. NASCAR continued to use Dodge for IROC cars, even after the Daytona IROC was discontinued.

seven Plymouth Prowler

The Prowler was Plymouth’s latest effort to get back into the sports car segment, and sadly, it was the final nail in the coffin. The 3.5 V6 was not popular with fans and the price was well above what most Plymouth buyers were comfortable paying. So, is there anything good in the Prowler? In fact, yes. For starters, the performance wasn’t great. A 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds was pretty quick by ’90s standards…comparable to the same model year Camaro and Mustang.

More importantly, the Prowler revolutionized car design from the early 2000s to today. The Prowler started the retro design trend, starting with small economy cars like the PT Cruiser and VW Beetle. Soon muscle cars began to resemble their ancestors, including the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, and Chevrolet Camaro. These days, even Lamborghini has taken notice, styling the new Countach after its 80s counterparts. So no, Lamborghini wasn’t as revolutionary as you thought… Plymouth did it 25 years before Lamborghini .

Related: 9 Times The Retro Design Worked Great On The Car

6 Dodge/Plymouth Neon

Dodge and Plymouth share credit for this little pocket rocket. Dodge introduced the Neon to battle foreign legends like the Honda Civic, VW Golf and Nissan Sentra. There were a few domestic competitors in the Chevy Cavalier and Ford Escort, but Dodge/Plymouth surpassed them in reliability, price, and performance. The Dodge Neon ACR was fast enough to compete in SCCA Autocross and even had its own class in SCCA.

Although the Neon was a stripped down economy car by modern standards, the Neon offered buyers performance not found in similar cars in the late 1990s. the highest, only triumphed by the heavier and more expensive Honda Civic EX. The Neon also established the framework for the iconic SRT-4…not an honor to be taken lightly.

5 Dodge Durango

Dodge introduced the Durango in 1997, based on the popular Dodge Dakota pickup. The Durango was a mid-size SUV, in the same vein as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Mercedes ML320. The Durango had one of the most powerful engines in the segment, a 5.9-liter V8 developing 245 horsepower. A 4-speed Torqueflite and heavy-duty suspension kept the Durango on the road, with optional all-wheel drive. The 3-row seats made the Durango a popular choice for all moms in the 1990s.

Carroll Shelby was even a fan of the Durango, running his with a supercharger and new suspension. The Durango brought Dodge back into the SUV market after a 4-year hiatus when the Dodge Ramcharger was discontinued. Fans of tough muscle cars and off-roaders have something to enjoy in the first-generation Durango. The Durango survives to this day, still used by hot-rodders and soccer moms. Now we only wish the Ramcharger would make a comeback.

Related: 10 Things to Know Before Buying the 2022 Dodge Durango

4 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ

The Grand Cherokee ZJ was Jeep’s entry into the premium SUV market, trying to take sales of cars like the Land Rover Discovery, Oldsmobile Bravada and Ford Explorer. The Grand Cherokee proved to be the top performer on and off the road, pumping out 245 horsepower from its 5.9L V8 and shredding terrain with its rugged full-time all-wheel drive. A 1996 Motorrend test proved the Grand Cherokee to be superior to the Ford Explorer in every way except price…but the Ford lacked four-wheel drive and the same luxury as the Jeep.

Jeep could be credited with starting the muscle SUV movement when they created the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.9L. The Limited used the 5.9L, 3.73-speed V8 and sporty bases. Until Jeep made the Grand Cherokee SRT8, the Grand Cherokee Limited 5.9 was considered the fastest SUV in production.


2 Dodge the Viper

The Viper is synonymous with performance, recklessness and danger. Dodge designers Bob Lutz and Tom Gale wanted a “modern-day Cobra” and were ready to produce it. Gale and Lutz brought in Carroll Shelby who was already employed by Dodge, and they started working on their supercar. Dodge used a V10, based on the 5.9L small block V8 with help from Lamborghini. The finished product developed over 400 horsepower and could take the Viper to 60 in 4 seconds.

Along the same lines as the Cobra, the Viper had few comforts and safety equipment. The exhaust pipes could actually burn the driver’s leg if they weren’t careful when getting out of the car. The huge horsepower figures combined with the lack of riding aids made the Viper extremely difficult to handle. The Viper raced for 25 years and found success on tracks around the world, and made automotive history by doing so. Legend or not, we’re still terrified to drive one.

Related: 1992-1995 Dodge Viper: Costs, Facts & Figures

1 Dodge Ram (2nd Generation)

Sure. Dodge has been producing trucks for almost 100 years now, so what makes a 1990s Dodge Ram so special? Well, take a look at trucks of the same model year from Chevy, GMC and Ford. Notice the square and rather simple pattern? Dodge broke the mold by introducing a big-rig style now found on pickup trucks around the world. Dodge was first though, unafraid to break the rules. Other conveniences like a comfortable and quiet interior, in-cab workspace, and power outlets revolutionized the way tradesmen used their trucks.

The Ram was powered by a range of small-block V8s, a V10 and the iconic 5.9L Cummins Diesel. The Cummins had more towing and hauling power than its competitors and made it from 6 cylinders, not 8s. No other company offered a V10 in a civilian-use pickup, so Dodge got all the market share in the V10 truck segment. Dodge promotional material from the time said “the rules have changed,” and we couldn’t agree more.

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Colorado Driving Habits Survey Reveals Compelling Insights

Traffic fills Lincoln Avenue in July 2018. Steamboat Springs is entering one of the busiest summer weekends of the year. The Steamboat Mountain soccer tournament and Tour de Steamboat cycling event mean hotel rooms are hard to come by and many local restaurants are busier than usual.
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Some of the findings revealed in the Colorado Department of Transportation’s 2022 Driver Behavior Survey were quite predictable, like how young people are less likely to wear their seat belts.

However, some of the results might be more surprising, such as how people who admit to driving over the speed limit were less likely to say they use their phone while driving.

The results of the survey, which compiles statistics on dangerous driving habits such as speeding, driving under the influence, not respecting seat belts and distracted driving, were published on Tuesday July 12. A total of 866 Coloradans responded to the survey, which was available from March 4 to April 24.

Among respondents who admitted they don’t always wear their seatbelt, 43% said a reminder such as a beep sound was the most common motivation to buckle up, while 30% said the possibility getting a ticket was the strongest motivation.

People of color were more than twice as likely, with 46% saying the possibility of getting a ticket was their main motivation for wearing a seatbelt, compared to 18% of people who identified their affiliation ethnic as being white saying the same thing.

“I think people of color are going to be more susceptible to racial profiling,” said Sam Cole, traffic safety officer at CDOT, which appointed Corona Insights, a market research firm, to conduct the investigation.

According to the survey, people say they are less likely to wear their seatbelts when traveling short distances. While 89% of respondents said they wore their seatbelts, only 80% said they wore one when driving less than two miles.

“What I found most alarming about the survey is that people are much less likely to become attached close to home,” Cole said. “We know that most accidents happen close to home.”

As expected, young people were less likely to buckle up than older people. Although 94% of people 65 or older said they wore a seatbelt all the time, only 77% of people aged 18-24 said they wore a seatbelt at least most of the time.

According to the survey, drivers feel more comfortable speeding on freeways with high speed limits than on local roads with low speed limits. At 59%, most drivers said they would be at least somewhat likely to get a ticket in a 30 mph zone, compared to 42% who said they were at least somewhat likely to get a ticket. ticket in a 65 mph zone.

Drivers who say they drive faster than the speed limit are less likely to say they use their phone while driving.

Among survey respondents who said they drove faster than the speed limit, only 51% said they used their phone while driving, compared to 77% among those who said they speeded at least some of the time.

Generally, respondents who reported speeding, not wearing their seatbelts, or consuming alcohol or cannabis within two hours of driving were also more likely to say they engaged in distracting activities on the road. road.

According to the survey, among the most common distractions people succumb to while driving were eating and drinking.

Only 13% of respondents said they had not eaten or drunk while driving in the past seven days.

Eating and drinking while driving are cited as the most common distraction by 36% of drivers surveyed. Interacting with an entertainment device such as a CD player, cell phone or radio was the second most common distraction, with 21% of drivers saying it was their most common activity.

Young adults are much more likely to use their phones while driving. Among drivers aged 24 to 34, 82% said they used their phone while driving, the highest percentage among all age categories. Among those aged 65 and over, 53% said they drive and use their phone.

Of those surveyed, 39% of drivers said they would feel safe driving within two hours of consuming a single alcoholic drink, while only 6% said they would feel safe driving after drinking three or more drinks.

According to the survey, low-income drivers feel less confident while drinking and driving. Among people with a household income of less than $50,000, 46% said they only felt safe driving after consuming zero alcoholic beverages, compared to just 30% of people with a household income of is higher.

Colorado drivers said they felt 54% less likely to get a DUI when driving under the influence of cannabis than 70% alcohol.

According to CDOT, vehicle-related fatalities involving impaired drivers have increased 73.8% so far in 2022 compared to the first six months of 2019.

So far, there have been 333 road deaths in Colorado in 2022, the fastest since 2002, when there were 677.

“We are seeing record numbers of deaths on our roads,” Cole said. “The indicators are not pointing in the right direction.”

Aaron Bean Releases New CD 4 Ad Highlighting Biden’s ’20 Seconds’ Failures


  • Republican Aaron Bean released his second campaign ad for CD 4
  • The ad, titled ’20 Seconds,’ lists President Joe Biden’s failures since taking office
  • Bean represents Senate District 4, which includes Nassau County and parts of Duval County

With inflation soaring to 9.1% in June, Republicans Aaron’s Bean dropped a new campaign ad on Wednesday making it clear he is not being sold to the president Joe Biden.

Bean, a state senator and part-time auctioneer, filed his second ad in his campaign for Florida’s 4th congressional district. The TV spot, titled “20 Seconds,” sees the Fernandina Beach Republican put his skills to the test as he rattles off a list of Biden failures in 20 seconds.

“Is it possible to list all of Joe Biden’s failures in just 20 seconds? asks a narrator. “Meet Aaron Bean, lifelong conservative part-time auctioneer. Let’s look.”

“Massive inflation crisis, border crisis, spending crisis, death of Keystone, stalled drilling, rising prices, have turned energy independence into an ‘energy nightmare.’ gas, food prices, car prices, house prices,” Bean begins before displaying a “Let’s Go Brandon” shirt.

“Even the prices for those small numbers,” adds Bean.

“No more chaos overseas, no more crimes at home, mask warrants, vax warrants, indoctrination in our schools, not to mention,” Bean continues before being interrupted by the voiceover that says the list is too long.

His campaign says the commercial will run alongside his first commercial, “Best Days,” which aired on television, cable and CTV in the Jacksonville market.

“Even as a part-time auctioneer, I can’t list all of the failures of Biden and our Liberal government in just 20 seconds — the list is way too long,” Bean said in a statement after the broadcast. the video. “We are now at a 40-year high for inflation, and Americans need relief and leaders who will take action to bring inflation down.

“As gas prices soar and the cost of groceries, school supplies and anything that depends on transportation for delivery to the store is impacted, we can no longer afford liberal governance” , added Bean. “That’s why I’m running for Congress — to change the disastrous path that liberal governance and policies have put us on by cutting wasteful spending, cutting taxes, and improving our American domestic energy sources.”

Bean’s campaign has been rolling lately, garnering endorsements from a host of elected officials, lawmakers, sheriffs and local leaders. Last week, 18 district leaders supported his campaign. He also enjoys endorsements from the U.S. Senator Marco RubioAttorney General Ashley MoodyFinancial director Jimmy PatronisMayor of Jacksonville Curry Lennystate representatives. Wyman Duggan and Yarborough Claysheriff of jacksonville Pat Ivey, Clay County Sheriff michelle cookNassau County Sheriff Bill Leperalong with a host of other local leaders.

Bean, the current president pro tempore, represents Senate District 4, which includes Nassau County and parts of Duval County. He was elected to the Florida Senate in 2012 after serving in the House from 2000 to 2008.

Bean officially launched its campaign for CD 4 last month. His only opposition to the Republican nomination is a Navy veteran and businessman Eric Aguilar.

CD 4, a redesigned district, encompasses all of Clay and Nassau counties, as well as part of Duval County.

Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) Market Expected to Reach US$10.3 Billion in 2032 | MFI


Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) Market

Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) Market 2022 | Current and Future Demand, Analysis, Growth and Forecast to 2032

NEWARK, NEWARK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, July 13, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The global Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) market size is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5% from 2022 to 2032, reaching the United States $10.3 billion. By the end of 2022, it is expected to surpass the US$6.9 billion mark. The rapid worldwide adoption of personal computing devices is likely to drive up the price of DRAM in the near future.

Located close to the processor, this type of memory is much faster than other types of conventional storage options such as hard disk and CD-ROM. Dynamic random-access memory is a type of RAM that fits on a circuit board that needs to be refreshed every few milliseconds. It stores each bit of data on a separate passive electronic component present inside an integrated circuit board made up of transistors and capacitors which makes the dynamic random access memory chip an efficient component to store data in memory because it requires less physical space to store the same amount of data than if it were to be stored statically.

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Computer hardware manufacturers are emphasizing the development of new products with better performance and improved features such as minimum latency and maximum performance in order to capture a larger market share and attract more people. of end users. Random access memory (RAM) is the place in devices where the operating system, data in use, and application programs are kept to facilitate quick access by the device’s processor.

Additionally, relatively lower manufacturing cost than static RAM makes DRAM more preferable for embedding in devices such as computers and mobile phones.

Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) Market: Regional Outlook

The dynamic random access memory market is expected to witness a healthy CAGR over the projected period owing to the growing popularity of mobile devices in emerging countries like India, China, and Brazil. Asia Pacific is the dominant region in the dynamic random access memory market and is expected to remain dominant followed by North America during the forecast period. The Middle East and Africa region is expected to reflect the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) Market: Drivers

The demand for high performance and low power DRAM in mobile devices promises a significant growth opportunity for the dynamic random access memory market. The increasing penetration of smartphones in developing countries such as India, China, and Indonesia is expected to drive the growth of the dynamic RAM market. Furthermore, the introduction of new devices in the computing domain such as hybrid devices and ultra-thin laptops that offer long battery life and robust performance backed by dynamic RAM are further expected to fuel the market growth of dynamic random access memory over the projected period. However, the emergence of substitutes such as NAND flash is expected to hamper the dynamic random access memory market growth over the forecast period.

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Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) Market: Key Players

Major vendors of DRAM market include SK Hynix Inc., Micron Technology Inc., SamsungElectronics Co. Ltd., Nanya Technology Corporation, Winbond Electronics Corporation, Powerchip Technology Corporation, Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments and others. Key players in the dynamic random access memory market are following the strategy of introducing cost-effective solutions to gain a competitive edge. Also, collaborating with major mobile device manufacturers is the other strategy followed by dynamic random access memory vendors to outperform their competitors.

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Custodial Roth IRA: How and Why to Start a Roth IRA for Kids


With a custodial Roth IRA, you can help your child start saving for retirement as soon as they start earning income. Because contributions to Roth IRAs are made with after-tax money and can be withdrawn at any time, these accounts are a great option for setting your child up for long-term financial success.

What is a Roth IRA custodian?

A custodial IRA allows the account holder (in this case, your child) to contribute after-tax dollars to retirement. For the most part, a custodial Roth IRA works the same way as a regular Roth IRA.

There is one main difference between these two types of accounts: Because custodian Roth IRAs involve minors, they must have a parent (or other adult) designated as the custodian.

Rules for Roth IRA Custodians

If you know how Roth IRAs work, you already understand the basic rules of Roth IRA custodians. But there are also specific rules that apply to accounts for minor children. Here’s what you need to know.


To qualify for a custodial Roth IRA, your child must earn income. It doesn’t matter if they work for an employer or provide services like childcare. As long as the child is making money and paying taxes on it, they can contribute to a Roth IRA in custody.

Contribution ceilings

For 2022, the contribution limit for Roth IRAs in custody is $6,000 or the total amount of money your child earned during the year, whichever is lower. If, for example, your daughter earned $4,000 as a lifeguard, she could contribute up to $4,000 to her custodial Roth IRA this year.

Tax implications

Custodial Roth IRAs are funded with your child’s after-tax dollars. When they’re ready to withdraw the money for retirement, they won’t pay income tax (unlike traditional IRAs).

Switch to a Traditional Roth IRA

While your child is still under 18, you will manage all assets in the account. But when your child reaches the legal age in your state (usually 18 or 21), their custodial Roth IRA will need to be converted to a regular Roth IRA in their name. Before this happens, make sure your child understands what’s going on and knows how to continue contributing to their account.


Ideally, your child will not need to make any withdrawals from their account until they reach retirement age. But even if they decide to withdraw money before that date, they will not suffer any penalty for withdrawing their contributions. However, taxes and penalties may apply if they draw on their income before retirement.

Types of IRAs for Children

There are other options for children to consider than Roth IRAs. You could, for example, choose to open a traditional IRA for your child. In this case, all account contributions and earnings would be paid with pre-tax dollars. Therefore, your child will have to pay taxes when they withdraw money from the account in retirement.

That said, it’s hard to justify choosing a traditional IRA over a Roth IRA for kids. This is because traditional IRAs are designed for people in the higher tax brackets, offering beneficial tax deductions upfront. In almost all cases, this situation does not apply to children, who usually only earn small amounts of money from their work.

How to open a Roth IRA for your children

Ready to open a Roth IRA custodian? Your first step is to choose a supplier. There are a handful of financial institutions that offer these types of accounts, including Fidelity and Charles Schwab. Take the time to research their offerings and find the best Roth IRA for your needs.

After choosing a company, opening your online account only takes a few minutes. You will need to provide some basic information about yourself and your child, including social security numbers, employment details, annual income, and banking information.

Once your account is set up, work with your child to determine the amount and frequency of their contributions. You can “match” your child’s contributions, as long as your combined contributions don’t exceed the amount of money they earned that year.

The benefits of opening a Roth IRA for your children

To review, here are some of the great benefits that these accounts offer children:

  • Roth Custodial IRAs will grow your children’s money for decades: By contributing to their retirement savings early, your child will enjoy decades of tax-free compound growth. Eventually, they will find themselves with a comfortable nest egg to support them after they stop working.
  • They teach your children how to save for retirement: Many people don’t recognize the importance of planning for retirement until they reach adulthood. With a Roth IRA Custodian, you can help your children establish good financial habits from an early age.
  • Accounts can also be used for other important life events: Ultimately, Roth IRAs are designed for retirement savings. But your child can also withdraw money, without penalty, for other purposes, including emergencies, school fees and buying a home.

Custodian IRA vs Traditional IRA

A custodial IRA can be a Traditional or Roth IRA, and as such will have to follow the rules of whichever you choose. Roth IRAs might be the best choice for children, as they allow them to avoid the tax hit once distributions begin.

Roth IRAs and custodian Roth IRAs are funded with after-tax money. This setup means your contributions can always be withdrawn at any time, tax-free and without penalty. Earnings in the account, however, will be subject to penalty and taxes, if withdrawn before retirement age.

With traditional IRAs and traditional custodial IRAs, the money comes in before tax and is then taxed on the distribution. This type of deposit account means you defer taxes at an unknown rate in the future, and may or may not be advantageous, depending on future circumstances. Traditional IRAs are useful for reducing taxable income, but may not be the most efficient use of a custodial investment account, since most children earn little income and therefore pay little tax.

At the end of the line

Custodial IRAs are a great way to ensure your children have a financial head start at an early age. Many adults realize the importance of retirement planning too late, but by using a custodial account, you can teach your children some important investment principles now.

To note: Bankrate’s Georgina Tzanetos contributed to a recent update of this story.

Demystifying Cloud Native Data Management: Layers of Operation


This is part of Solutions Review’s Premium Content Series, a collection of reviews written by industry experts in maturing software categories. In this submission, Kasten by Veeam Gaurav Rishi highlights the four key layers of cloud native data management and operating layers.

Premium SR ContentAs containerized applications experience an accelerated pace of adoption, day 2 services have become a problem here and now. These Services of day 2 include data management features such as backup and disaster recovery as well as application mobility. In this new world of containerized cloud-native applications, microservices use multiple data services (MongoDB, Say it againKafka, etc.) and storage technologies to store state and are typically deployed in multiple locations (regions, clouds, on-premises).

In this environment where legacy infrastructure or hypervisor-based solutions don’t work, what are good constructs for designing and implementing these data management functions for cloud-native applications? How should you reason about the different data management options provided by storage vendors, data service providers, and cloud providers to decide on the right approach for your environment and needs? This article dives under the covers and discusses the pros and cons of various data management approaches across multiple attributes, including consistency, storage requirements, and performance.

Defining a Vocabulary To begin, we’ll deconstruct and simplify a stack to show where data can reside in a stack. cloud-native app.

Kasten diagram 1

Thinking about data management, we could operate on one (or more!) of the layers shown in the figure above. Let’s list these layers:

1. Physical storage

Kasten diagram 2

This layer includes various storage hardware options that can store state in non-volatile memory with a choice of physical media ranging from NVMe and SSD devices to spinning disks and even tape. They come in a variety of form factors, including standalone rack arrays and servers.

Physical storage could be located:

  • On-premises, where you can encounter storage hardware from vendors like Seagate, Western Digital, and Micron.
  • In the data centers of a managed cloud provider. Although you may never encounter a physical device, you know it’s there, giving that “cloud” gravity!

2. File and block storage

Kasten diagram 3

This software layer provides file- or block-level constructs to enable efficient read and write operations from the underlying physical storage. In both cases (file and block), the underlying storage can be stand-alone (local disks) or a network-shared resource (NAS or SAN).

  • Block storage implementations allow you to create raw storage volumes from local or remote disks that have low latency and are accessible via protocols such as iSCSI and FiberChannel. Block storage implementations on cloud providers include Amazon EBS and GCE Persistent Disks.
  • File storage provides shared storage for file semantics and operations using protocols such as NFS and SMB. File storage implementations commonly found on-premises include products from NetApp and Dell EMC. File storage implementations on cloud providers include Amazon EFS, Google Cloud Filestore, and Azure Files.

This layer often provides instantaneous capabilities to make a point-in-time copy of your volume for protection purposes. Additionally, in Kubernetes environments, this layer provides Container Storage Interface (CSI) drivers to standardize APIs that higher layers can use to call snapshot functions. Note that not all CSI implementations are created equal in terms of supported capabilities.

3. Data Services

Kasten diagram 4

This layer resides above the file/block storage implementation. It provides various database implementations as well as an increasingly popular type of storage, namely object (aka blob) storage. This is the layer that applications typically interface with, and the choice of underlying database implementations is based on workloads and business logic. With microservices-based applications, polyglot persistence is a standard since each microservice selects the most appropriate data service for the job at hand.

Some database types and a subset of sample implementations include:

  • SQL databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server
  1. NoSQL databases:
  2. Key value stores: Redis, BerkeleyDB
  3. Time series databases: InfluxDB, Prometheus
  4. Graph databases: Neo4j, GraphDB
  5. Wide column stores: Cassandra, Azure Cosmos
  6. Document stores: MongoDB, CouchDB
  • Message Queues: Kafka, RabbitMQ, Amazon SQS
  • Object stores1: Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, minio

There are also several hosted implementations of these databases, commonly referred to as database-as-a-service (DBaaS) systems. These typically include one of the database categories listed above and can sometimes provide autoscaling as well as the consumption savings of an enterprise as a service (-aaS). Examples of DBaaS systems include Amazon RDS, MongoDB Atlas, and Azure SQL.

From a data protection perspective, each of the database implementations provides a specific set of utilities (pg_dump Where WAL-E for PostgreSQL, mongodump for MongoDB, etc.) to back up and restore data. It is important to note that there are many utilities available with widely varying capabilities in terms of consistency, recovery granularity, and speed. They are usually limited to a particular database implementation or, at best, database type, whether provided as a standalone utility or as part of an -aaS offering.

4. Stateful Application

Kasten diagram 5

The application layer is where the business logic resides, and in the cloud-native world, applications are typically based on modern agile development methodologies and implemented as distributed microservices. Almost every application has some state that needs to persist. Although there are several models for storing application state, we must maintain and protect the following information in the context of a stateful Kubernetes application as an atomic unit:

  • Application data: In various data service, block, and file storage implementations spread across multiple containers.
  • Application Definition and Configuration: Application image and associated environment configuration distributed across various Kubernetes objects, including ConfigMaps, secretsetc
  • Other configuration status: including CI/CD pipeline status, version information, and related information Helm deployment metadata.

It is important to note that for a real deployment, the application is made up of hundreds of these underlying components. Additionally, in a cloud-native construct, the unit of atomicity for protection should be the application to the underlying data service or storage infrastructure layer. As mentioned earlier, this is because the state of an application includes the data, definition, and configuration of the application that is spread across multiple physical or virtual nodes and data services.

Final Thoughts

From the perspective of backup/recovery and application portability, a good data management solution should treat the entire application as the unit of atomicity, rendering traditional hypervisor-centric solutions obsolete. . We’ve also illustrated a simple stack diagram to show where application state actually resides from the perspective of various data services, block and file stores, and physical storage in on-premises implementations and in the cloud. This defines a core vocabulary that allows us to dive under the covers of layers of cloud data management operations.

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Burn photos to CD-R, no special drive needed


When we regularly carry around devices containing tens or hundreds of gigabytes of data, it’s sometimes a shock to remember that there was a time when 650MB on a CD was really, really big. These now archaic storage media first appeared as silver pre-recorded CD-ROMs and later as recordable CD-Rs. Most people eventually owned CD burner drives, and some more sophisticated ones had the ability to burn images into unused portions of the disc.

You don’t have a sophisticated drive and want a burned CD-R? Carefree, [arduinocelentano] has a solution, in software that writes a disk image for a standard CD burner whose data makes the image visible on the disk.

CD-Rs have a thin layer of phthalate dye sandwiched between the polycarbonate disc and a layer of silver lacquer. They are often gold in color, but the silvering is actually just aluminum. The data is encoded as a series of pits and lands hollowed out by the laser vaporizing small portions of dye to make holes.

The code creates a data structure of a standard CD-ROM session that contains no usable data, but whose pits and grounds are arranged to form the image. You can find everything in a GitHub repository and try to create your own offers. We would have made a Wrencher disc for our photos, but unfortunately for some of us who were once in the thick of things, we no longer have CD-Rs.

Car CD Changer Market 2022 and Analysis by Top Key Players – Alpine, Kenwood, Pyle, Power Acoustik – Designer Women


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Aqua Security partners with CMD Solutions to drive growth on AWS in Australia


COMPANY NEWS: Aqua Security, the leading pure cloud native security provider, today announced a strategic partnership with CMD Solutions (CMD) to help customers looking to secure their cloud native applications from build to build. execution, on AWS.

This partnership enables Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers to protect the entire software lifecycle of their applications and stop cloud-native attacks.

CMD is a dedicated AWS practice, combining the best cloud technologies with exceptional technical and customer service. They have hundreds of delighted customers and successfully executed solutions in the region and understand that a properly implemented security solution is critical to enabling businesses to scale at the speed of the cloud.

“Having the right partners in each country is absolutely essential to achieving the best results for our clients,” said Water safety Regional Vice President for APJ Rob D’Amico.

“Not every partner who understands cloud understands security, and vice versa. CMD understands cloud-native security and it’s validated by industry awards and customer feedback. We consider them the #1 partner to consulting AWS in Australia, and we are excited to unite the leader in cloud native security with the leader in service delivery on AWS.”

Aqua Security is an AWS Advanced Technology Partner with the AWS Container Competency. The AWS Competency Program validates and promotes AWS Partners with demonstrated AWS technical expertise and proven customer success.

Aqua enables AWS customers to securely build, scale, and automate cloud-native applications and ensure controls, configurations, and account settings comply with a wide range of requirements. compliance.

“It’s critical that we partner with technology providers who are leaders in their field, who solve real-world problems and add value to a customer’s business. Aqua Security ticks all of these boxes,” said Adam Durbin, co-CEO of CMD Solutions.

“The Aqua Unified Platform secures every stage of the software development lifecycle, from the software supply chain to execution monitoring and policy enforcement. The ability to integrate these features seamlessly into existing CI/CD and SIEM workflows means we can deliver tailored results to our clients, no matter what stage of the DevSecOps journey they are at.”

With broad native AWS integration, Aqua facilitates DevOps security and collaboration for the native cloud journey, embeds security into AWS build and artifact pipelines, validates and remediates AWS and Kubernetes infrastructure checks, and protects workloads running on advanced services using behavioral analysis.

To support the growth of regional partnerships, Chris Zamagias recently joined Aqua Security as Channel Manager for APAC.

“I am extremely pleased to be able to work with top-notch consulting and delivery partners to ensure continued, long-term success for our joint customers,” said Zamagias. “We are strategic with our partnerships and base them on the expertise and track record of customer success. CMD is one of the first fully Aqua-certified premier partners in our growing ecosystem.”

Aqua’s Security Enterprise solution is available through the AWS Marketplacean organized digital catalog that allows organizations to easily find, test, purchase and deploy third-party software.

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Aqua Security stops cloud native attacks. As the pioneer and largest pure-play cloud-native security company, Aqua helps customers unleash innovation and build the future of their business. The Aqua Platform is the industry’s most integrated cloud-native application protection platform (CNAPP), prioritizing risk and automating prevention, detection and response across the lifecycle. Founded in 2015, Aqua is headquartered in Boston, MA and Ramat Gan, IL, with Fortune 1000 clients in over 40 countries. For more information, visit www.aquasec.com.

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Norwich: all the independent record stores in the city


12:00 10 July 2022

With eight independent shops and an array of vintage stores also selling records, Norwich is a vinyl lover’s paradise.

From the latest edgy indie releases from Soundclash to classic 1960s seven-inch singles from Out of Time, the city is the place to dig some cash.

1. Sound shock

Paul Mills, owner of Soundclash Records on St Benedicts Street, Norwich.
– Credit: Sophie Wyllie

Where? 28 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AQ

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday

A Norwich institution, this shop has been supplying Norwich locals with the latest releases, cult favorites and classics from a wide range of genres since 1991.

The store is particularly good at picking up new indie releases and is packed on Record Store Day.

2. Circular sounds

Circular Sounds on St Benedicts Street Norwich.  Photo: Google Maps

Circular Sounds in St Benedicts Street
– Credit: Archant

Where? 5 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4PE

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

A second-hand vinyl paradise filled with CDs and vinyl from many genres and decades.

The shop is a great place to spend hours due to its music shelves and rows filled with rarities and bargains.

3. Venus Vinyl

Venus Vinyl started on a market stall in London

Venus Vinyl started out as a market stall in London and now has a hugely popular store in Magdalen Street
– Credit: Venus Vinyl

Where? 136 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JD

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Starting life as a London market stall, this new vinyl store is perfect for picking up the latest obscure releases not stocked by other stores.

The store often carries limited editions that are out of stock elsewhere, although unfortunately for those who like second-hand vinyl, there are none at Venus Vinyl.

4. Beatniks

John Naylor of Beatniks on Magdalen Street.

John Naylor of Beatniks in Magdalen Street.
– Credit: Casey Cooper-Fiske

Where? 50 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JE

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday

One of the best places in town to pick up a music bargain, with great prices on its extensive stock of second-hand vinyl and CDs.

The store is great for picking up discounted classics and rarer cult albums with a particularly good selection of indie, punk and experimental music.

5. Out of time

Eric White, partner of Out of Time record store on Magdalen Street in Norwich, turns 35

Eric White, associate of Out of Time record store on Magdalen Street
– Credit: Danielle Boden

Where? 4 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1HU

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Saturday

This small, well-stocked shop in Magdalen Street is the place to go for retro 1950s and 60s records, with a particularly impressive rack of psychedelic and rhythmic 1960s singles.

There is also a selection of CDs and other music memorabilia.

6. Tap to play

Press to Play record store in St Benedicts Street.  Photo: DENISE BRADLEY

Press to Play record store in St Benedicts Street. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
– Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Where? 54 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AR

Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

One of the best places to listen to the music of classic rockers such as the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Beatles, this shop offers reasonably priced vinyl cases and affordable CD stands.

The store also sells concert DVDs and a wall of rare records.

7. Beautiful city sounds

Andrew Watson of Fine City Sounds.

Andrew Watson of Fine City Sounds.
– Credit: Casey Cooper-Fiske

Where? 22 Pottergate, Norwich, NR2 1DX

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This record store has a large selection of singles and CDs at the entrance and a large selection of vinyl up a small staircase at the back.

The shop also has a selection of corporate record covers for sale, perfect for finding a match for sleeveless singles as well as a small selection of record players.


Cat Stones in its Lowell store in Norwich

Cat Stones in its Lowell store in Norwich
– Credit: Archant

Where? 8 Pottergate, Norwich, NR2 1DS

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Although it only carries a small selection of new records, Lowell offers a good selection of the latest releases and also stocks some limited edition Record Store Day and Love Records Stores titles.

The back of the store also offers a wide range of clothing and vintage items.

What does “fixed income” mean?


Question: My portfolio is a mix of what my advisor calls fixed income and stocks. What does fixed income mean?

Answer: Most investors divide liquid investments into three asset classes.

The first is cash, money market funds, checking accounts, and short-term CDs as cash equivalents. This asset class is most often used to store funds for short-term need (say less than two years), and the return on investment is usually a small loss when inflation is taken into account.

The second category of investments are global stocks (or equities), where you can hold (in funds and ETFs) actual shares of hundreds or thousands of companies around the world. Over the long term, equities as an asset class offer the highest “real” return after inflation, but with some upside and downside price volatility.

The third category of liquid investments would be the fixed income securities mentioned by your advisor. Fixed income securities generally refer to investments that lend money to various entities (banks, corporations, governments, etc.) in return for a promise to repay the money with interest over a set period of time. Although the asset class I mentioned above as cash and cash equivalents is technically fixed income, we consider longer term loans to be the fixed income asset class.

For example, a 10-year US Treasury bond can be purchased with $1,000. You loan the $1,000 to the US government and they promise to give you interest (currently) at the rate of 2.5% per annum for 10 years, then pay you back your initial $1,000. Since the bond is guaranteed by the full faith and credit of the US government, it is considered “safe”.

But is it? This is a certain losing investment due to inflation being higher than the current interest rate. If we assume that inflation is at least 6% at the moment, the 2.5% annual return does not keep up with the steady erosion of the purchasing power of the initial $1,000 in the future. After 10 years you’ve lost about 3.5% per year in purchasing power, then you’re given back $1,000 which can only buy what $650 bought the first year. To add insult to injury, you paid interest taxes every year, which probably compounded your absolute loss.

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Why would anyone own this “safe” fixed income? It belongs to families and institutions that need access to funds without volatility. For example, a retiree who takes regular distributions from his retirement savings would want to have enough fixed income to draw on during a downturn in stock prices. Additionally, a family that needs to use cash in a relatively short to medium time frame should use fixed income securities or cash to avoid the volatility of equity investments. A good example of this would be saving for a down payment on a house in a few years.

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Another factor to consider when investing in fixed income securities is credit risk, duration and changes in prevailing interest rates. The entities you lend money to have different levels of credit risk (the risk that they will repay you as promised). As noted, the US government is considered a major credit risk. Comparatively, a startup-backed bond carries a high risk that you won’t get your money back in full. Bonds with low credit risk normally pay higher interest rates to compensate. The length of the bond is called maturity or duration (I won’t discuss the difference here).

The longer you delay getting back all the promised money (both the interest and the return on your original investment at the end of the bond’s term), the higher your risk. A longer term introduces the risks of a change in the creditworthiness of the company, as well as the effects of variable inflation on the return on your investment.

Steven Podnos is a paid financial planner in Central Florida.  He can be contacted at Steven@wealthcarellc.com and at www.WealthCareLLC.com.

For example, if you own a one-year bond and significant inflation occurs, you would only have to wait for your redemption in one year and reinvest at the new higher rate.

But if you own a 10-year bond and interest rates double in the first year you own the bond, you’re in trouble. You can either sit back and accept the interest rate that is below the new higher rate for another nine years. Or, you can sell the bond. But whoever buys it will pay you a lower price so that he captures the new higher interest rate.

There is so much more to consider with fixed income investments and many choices of ways to invest in this asset class. Ask about this if you manage your own portfolio or ask for help.

Steven Podnos is a paid financial planner in Central Florida. He can be contacted at [email protected] and at www.WealthCareLLC.com.

Why Switching to USB-C Could Fix the AirPods Max


Apple’s AirPods Max are a remarkable set of wireless headphones. They have superb noise cancellation, their ambient/transparency mode is the best you can get, and despite being one of the heaviest headphones on the market, they’re surprisingly comfortable. But Apple has yet to fix the AirPods Max’s biggest weakness: It’s a $549 set of headphones that only works with compressed, lossy digital audio.

What does this have to do with USB-C? All.

The great digital divide

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The problem with the AirPods Max, in a nutshell, is how they handle audio connections. The problem is the fact that even if the The Apple Music streaming service now offers most songs in lossless audio – in some cases at 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution audio – there’s no way to hear the full quality of these tracks without loss on AirPods Max.

If you’re listening wirelessly, via Bluetooth, the headphones rely on the AAC codec. AAC sounds pretty good, all things considered. But it’s still a lossy codec, which means a lot of the information and detail in a CD-quality (or better) recording has to be removed in order to make the audio stream small enough to be transported via Bluetooth.

This isn’t a situation unique to Apple headphones. Until now, all Bluetooth headphones have to use lossy compression, even if they have a very high quality codec like Sony’s LDAC or Qualcomm’s aptX HD.

The difference is that other headphone manufacturers recognize this limitation by offering users a wired connection (sometimes analog, sometimes digital) that allows them to bypass lossy compression by going straight to the source. Want lossless? You need a wired connection.

The AirPods Max also have an optional wired connection, but it has to be the weirdest wired connection in the earphone industry. Instead of channeling analog audio directly into the headphone drivers so you can use an external headphone amp and digital-to-analog converter (DAC) of your choice, and instead of using a direct digital connection so you can To feed the internal headphone amp/DAC with a pure lossless digital signal, Apple used a bizarre hybrid approach.

It’s $35 Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable takes an analog signal from your source device, then converts it to a digital signal, before finally converting it back to an analog signal. (And, yes, you read that right – you need to purchase that cable separately.) It’s a process that Apple acknowledged is not ideal when it comes to listening to lossless music, saying “given the analog-to-digital conversion in the cable, the playback will not be completely lossless.”

USB-C to the rescue?

Close-up of the USB-C ports on a Macbook Pro.

This illogical state of affairs raises the question of why does it exist in the first place? And what (if anything) can Apple do to fix this? I have a few theories.

First, let’s get rid of some technical stuff.

Apple’s Lightning port cannot send analog signals. We know this because if you want to use an analog headset with any iPhone newer than the iPhone 7, you’ll need a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter. And if it can’t send analog signals, it follows that it can’t receive them either.

This explains why the Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable performs its analog-to-digital conversion – the signal entering the AirPods Max’s Lightning port must be digital.

Apple might sell a Lightning-to-Lightning cable to deliver that digital signal, but it never chose to, perhaps because you’d need a USB-A and USB-C adapter to use that cable. with other Apple products and that starts to get messy. And Apple stands for simplicity, not clutter.

If there was just one compact, fully reversible connector capable of handling both analog and digital audio signals, the AirPods Max woes would finally be over. Oh wait, there is: it’s called USB-C.

USB-C is incredibly deft. With the right hardware, it can deliver up to 90 watts of power. It can interface Thunderbolt 3/4 devices with up to 40Gbps bandwidth. And, yes, it can handle analog and digital audio.

It’s already used by the Master & Dynamic MW75 and the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 S2 in digital and analog capacities, so it’s not just theory – it works. And if Apple incorporated it into the next AirPods Max, it would give people the best of both wired worlds: analog when people already own a headphone amp/DAC they love, and digital when they just leave the built-in headset. in the circuits do the heavy lifting.

Will Apple add USB-C to the next AirPods Max?

Apple AirPods Max on a surface, seen from the side.
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That’s the million dollar question, and I think the answer is yes. But that might not happen as fast as we all would like. Despite rolling over and adding USB-C to its MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and some iPad models, Apple has resisted switching from its proprietary Lightning connection to USB-C on the iPhone.

Pressure from the European Union makes this change inevitable, but not immediate. Most Apple watchers believe that The iPhone 14, widely expected to be announced in the fall, will still have a Lightning port.

So that makes the iPhone 15 the most likely candidate to get the USB-C port. Assuming Apple’s historic pattern of releasing a new iPhone every fall continues, that means 2023 will be the end of the line for Lightning-equipped iPhones. When that happens, Apple has little reason to continue using its proprietary port on any device, finally paving the way for an AirPods Max with USB-C.

What about lossless audio over wireless?

With the first headphones to use Qualcomm’s aptX Lossless Bluetooth codec now in the wild, we’ve officially entered a new era for portable, wireless sound quality. But if you’re hoping Apple will add aptX Lossless to AirPods Max while waiting for USB-C, I guess you’ll be disappointed.

Apple never licensed any aptX codecs from Qualcomm for the iPhone or any of its AirPods wireless headphones and earphones, and I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. It’s conceivable, however, that Apple will do what Apple likes to do and create a version of its AirPlay wireless technology that supports lossless audio on wireless headphones.

AirPlay 2 currently supports lossless music up to 24-bit/48kHz, but only over Wi-Fi connections, not Bluetooth. A Bluetooth-enabled version of AirPlay would certainly create some interesting opportunities, but if Apple is indeed working on such a strategy, it’s likely further along in its AirPods Max roadmap than USB-C.

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The daily cartoon and the live briefing: Saturday July 9, 2022



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Flagler Beach Saturday Farmer’s Market is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Wickline Park, 315 South 7th Street, featuring prepared meals, fruits, vegetables, artisan goods and local arts from more than 30 local merchants. The marketplace is hosted by Flagler Strong, a non-profit organization.

Family Building Lab: We provide the blocks, you provide the imagination! We invite families with children of all ages to come explore with our legos, straws, keva boards and more to design and build with STEM-based play. Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast, 10 a.m. to noon.

Auditions for the After School Drama Program at the Palm Coast Arts Foundation: Florida-certified drama teacher Sheila Clouse leads auditions July 9 at 9 a.m. for an after-school drama program that will run during the school year. Auditions will be held at the Palm Coast Arts Foundation Stage at 1500 Central Avenue near the Epic Theater. The program includes theater games, snacks, homework and performances. This program offers performance skills for absolute beginners, including but not limited to stage positions, staying open, projecting, creating characters, and annotating a script. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to participate in beginner performances including tableau, talent show, pantomime and improvisation. The program will also feature shows for parents at the end of each term and a fairy tale show at the end of the school year with full costumes and makeup. Classes begin August 10, 2022 and follow the Flagler County school calendar daily through May 26, 2023, on stage at the Palm Coast Arts Foundation. Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. each school day. Students in grades 2 through 5 are invited to audition. The cost of participation is $300/month, from August to May.
For questions regarding the program, please call Sheila at 218-235-1824.

Auditions for the award-winning musical “Oliver!” will take place at the Flagler Playhouse, 301 E Moody Blvd, Bunnell, on July 9, 10 and 11 at 6:30 p.m. The audition schedule is as follows:
Saturday July 9e – Hearings for children 8-15 YEARS
Sunday July 10e – Auditions for those 16 AND OVER
Monday July 11e – Auditions for those 16 AND OVER and reminders as needed
Everyone who auditions must prepare a song from the show. An attendant is available as well as a CD player. If you plan to use music from your phone, please bring your own speaker. All actors will be invited to read the scripts provided. There will be a brief movement audition, so dress accordingly. Show dates are September 23-25, 30, October 1-2, and October 7-9. Rehearsals will generally take place Sunday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m. starting Thursday, July 14e. ” Olivier ! is a great musical with many roles for all ages. The production will be directed by Les Ober with musical direction by Jens Oliva and choreography by Terri Williams. Please direct your questions to [email protected]

Grace Community Pantry, 245 Education Way, Bunnell, drive-thru open today 10am-1pm. The pantry is hosted by Pastor Charles Silano and Grace Community Food Pantry, a disaster relief agency in Flagler County. Feeding Northeast Florida helps local children and families, seniors, and active and retired military members who struggle to put food on the table. Working with local grocery stores, manufacturers and farms, we take high-quality food that would normally go to waste and turn it into meals for those in need. The Flagler County School District provides space for much of the pantry storage and operations. Call 386-586-2653 to help, volunteer or donate.

Notably : Today is Carver Day, commemorating the life of George Washington Carver – after whom the Carver Center is named Bunnell. From Tuskegee University: “Dr. Carver took a holistic approach to knowing, which embraced faith and research in a unified quest for truth. Carver also believed that engagement with a larger reality was necessary if science and technology were to serve human needs rather than the egos of the powerful. His belief in service was a direct result and expression of his marriage of pursuit and commitment. One of his favorite sayings was: “It’s not the style of clothes you wear, or the type of car you drive, or the amount of money you have in the bank, that matters. It’s simply service that measures success.Today is also the anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment, which the Supreme Court has applied for decades more to protect businesses than to protect individuals.

Now this: Happy birthday Ottorino Respighi.

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It was the year, my twenty-eighth, when I discovered that not all promises would be kept, that some things are in fact irrevocable and that it had counted after all, every escape and every procrastination, every mistake, every word , everything.

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Microsoft rolls back default macro blocking plan • Graham Cluley


Microsoft rolls back its default macro blocking plan

In February, I applauded Microsoft for taking a decisive step in the fight against macro-malware. Here is part of what I wrote:

…more than 25 years after first distributing the Concept virus on CD-ROM and triggering the whole problem, Microsoft has done something that might be more effective in stopping the spread of macro malware.

Microsoft has announced that it is changing the default behavior of Office applications so that they block macros in files from the Internet.

Additionally, it won’t give users a single click to allow macros to run, defeating many of the social engineering tricks commonly used by cybercriminals.

According to Microsoft, its products would no longer display a yellow warning stripe at the top of documents containing macros that – with clever social engineering – could trick unsuspecting users into clicking an “Enable Content” button and allowing malicious macros from running.

Instead, the new design would see a redesign (no more yellow stripe. hello red!) without an oh-so-tempting-and-oh-so-dangerous “Activate Content” button.

SECURITY RISK: Microsoft has blocked macro execution because the source of this file is untrusted.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go as smoothly as Microsoft (and, indeed, the rest of us) might have hoped:

Update July 6, 2022: Based on feedback, we are reverting this change to the current channel. We appreciate the feedback we’ve received so far and are working to improve this experience. We will provide another update when we are ready to post again on the current channel. Thanks.

In other words, Microsoft canceled its plans. Which is good news for hackers who can continue to rely on the years-old technique of hiding malicious macros in Office documents, at least for now.

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Hopefully Microsoft fixes all the issues that have arisen with its planned macro block and soon has another shot at killing such a common attack vector.

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Graham Cluley is an antivirus industry veteran having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the very first version of Dr. Solomon’s Antivirus Toolkit for Windows. Now a freelance security analyst, he makes regular media appearances and is an international speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gculleyor send him an e-mail.

Introducing YaRadare – Security Boulevard


Like a snake, malware can hide anywhere. picture by Sagar Paranjape on Unsplash

Introducing YaRadare — malware detection in cloud-native applications

deep fence YaRadare (“Ya-Radar”) scans container images, running Docker containers, and file systems for indicators of malware. He uses a YARA Rule Set to identify resources that match known malware signatures and may indicate that the container or filesystem has been compromised.

YaRadare can be used to detect malware in cloud-native applications in the following ways:

  • At rest: scan local container images, before deployment, to verify that they do not contain malware
  • During the execution: Analyze running Docker containers, if, for example, you observe unusual network traffic or CPU activity
  • Against file systems: at any time, YaRadare can scan a local directory or file system for indicators of compromise

YaRadare is fully open source (Apache v2 license) and can be used with a wide range of publicly available and private YARA rulesets. You can find it at https://github.com/deepfence/YaRadare – please check it out!

YaRadare Futures Contracts

We have a broad roadmap for the project, to cover a set of scenarios where malware can be added to a cloud-native app or service:

  • Supply chain poisoning: A malicious actor injects malware into upstream images. A developer unwittingly includes these images in application builds, and the resulting build artifacts are deployed to production or shipped to other users.
  • Malicious deployment: A user compromises the deployment process of an application, for example by creating a malicious admission controller or an init script that injects malware into an application image during deployment.
  • Execution compromise: An attacker exploits a vulnerability or weak configuration in a running application, such as log4j, to install malicious tools.

YaRadare will operate in 4 stages of the life cycle of an application image:

Lifecycle Stage: Build and Test

  • Aptitude: CI/CD integration. Test images during build to identify malware-like components in
  • Objective: To detect and block supply chain poisoning
  • Status: Back

Life cycle stage: containers at rest

  • Aptitude: Analyze container images “at rest”, supporting various public and private registries
  • Objective: Detecting Evidence of Supply Chain Poisoning
  • Status: Supported for local containers (pulled from the remote registry); Backlog: direct analysis of containers in remote registries

Lifecycle Stage: During Deployment

  • Aptitude: Kubernetes admission controller (or equivalent). Inspect workloads at deployment time and block images that don’t meet standards
  • Objective: Final backstop for supply chain poisoning checks; identify certain instances of malicious deployment
  • Status: Back

Lifecycle Stage: At Runtime

  • Aptitude: Inspect running containers for the presence of malware-like components
  • Objective: Detect execution trade-offs
  • Status: Docker support (file system images); Backlog: Kubernetes support; Backlog: in-memory analysis

To help us achieve our roadmap, a number of backlog issues are marked as “help needed”. We would particularly appreciate contributions in these areas, as the abilities they unlock will have the greatest impact for the community as a whole.

YaRadare in action

Let’s see YaRadare in action. We will create the tool and then analyze a crypto-mining container using a YARA ruleset.

Build YaRadare

YaRadare is a standalone docker-based tool, hosted at https://github.com/deepfence/YaRadare. Clone this repository, then create:

docker build --rm=true --tag=deepfenceio/deepfence-yaradare:latest 
-f Dockerfile .

Alternatively, you can grab the “official” deepfence image at deepfenceio/deepfence-yaradare:latest.

Find indicators of compromise in a container image

Images can be compromised by installing a range of different malware tools. A common compromise involves installing a cryptominer such as XMRig, allowing the attacker to acquire compute cycles for cryptocurrency mining purposes.

In the following example, we will analyze a legitimate cryptominer image that contains xmrig software similar to that often installed via an exploit:

docker pull metal3d/xmrigdocker run -it --rm --name=deepfence-yaradare 
    -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock 
    -v /tmp:/home/deepfence/output 
    --image-name metal3d/xmrig:latest 

This returns, among other things, a clear indication of the presence of XMRig. Note that we store the output (/tmp/xmrig-scan.json) for quick and easy handling:

# Extract the IOC array values. From these, extract the values of the ‘Matched Rule Name’ key

cat /tmp/xmrig-scan.json | jq '.IOC[] | ."Matched Rule Name"'

This returns a list of possible IOCs identified in the container we scanned.

How will Deepfence use YaRadare?

We are committed to offering YaRadare as an open source project to the community at large. YaRadare relies on the work of thousands of security researchers and community members who developed the YARA toolset and rules that detect a wide range of malware. Our role in the security community is to take their work one step further, presenting it in a way that makes it easy for others to use it to address specific challenges. In this case, we seek to help users secure their cloud-native applications against malware that can result from a supply chain compromise, malicious deployment, or runtime exploitation.

YaRadare is, and always will be, 100% open source. Like everyone else Deepfence Open Source Projects, there are no hidden limitations; no restrictions on the number of analyzes or the size of the infrastructure. We do not require registration, do not collect information that compromises privacy. The users who use our solutions are not our “product”.

Together, the security community has an ethical imperative to work together to build a safer digital experience for all; fully accessible and can be provided by every business and application developer. Deepfence is proud to be part of this movement.

We would be delighted to receive your comments, contributions and suggestions. Please start with YaRadare GitHub repositoryand feel free to join Deepfence community margin.

The post office YaRadare Overview appeared first on deep fence.

*** This is a syndicated blog from the Security Bloggers Network of deep fence written by Owen Garrett. Read the original post at: https://deepfence.io/introducing-yaradare/

You can save $100 a year just by unplugging these devices


This story is part Tips for the houseCNET’s collection of handy tips for getting the most out of your home, inside and out.

When you turn off an appliance or device in your home, you’re probably assuming that it’s really turned off and not consuming power. But this is not true. Many municipalities household appliances – from your laptop charger to your printer – perform certain functions when plugged in, consume electricity even if the device itself is not turned on.

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Fortunately, the solution is quite simple: just unplug the devices. Unplugging them will actually prevent the power from draining silently and increasing your bills, saving you both electricity and silver long-term.

But how much money does unplugging devices save? Are the energy savings you get from unplugging appliances even significant? And is it worth constantly plugging and unplugging devices? Below, we’ll explore why unplugging devices can save money, how much you could save, and ways to make it easier to turn off plugged-in devices.

Read more: 28 ways to cut costs at home right now

How does unplugging your devices save money?

It seems counter-intuitive to unplug devices. After all, they are extinct, so why would they suck energy?

The fact is, your devices are still consuming power even when they’re turned off but still plugged in, according to Energy.gov. Whether the device is off or in sleep mode, some of the worst offenders are:

  • A device that may still consume power in the form of permanently on lights or other displays indicating that the device is off
  • Computers that have simply been put into sleep mode
  • Chargers that still consume power even when the device is not connected
  • Media players that continually consume power, especially those that may still check for updates in the background
  • Phones with screens that show up when not in use, such as cordless phones
  • New smart home appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers with always-on screens, internet connectivity and electronic controls

The energy that is used by these devices when not in use is often referred to as standby power, but it also goes by other names such as phantom load, phantom loads, quiescent current or even vampire power.

Read more: Save money by placing your thermostat in the right place

Save electricity and money with standby power control

Many people are shocked to realize how much standby power can add up. Standby power accounts for 5-10% of residential power consumption, according to the US Department of Energy. Unplugging appliances could save the average household up to $100 a year.

However, the amount you save may depend on the number of devices you use and your habits with them. For example, a Colorado State University educational experiment found that a combo radio/CD player/cassette player used 4 watts continuously whether it was in use or not. Unplugging it when not in use would save 100 times more energy over the lifetime of the device.

A study by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that reducing the load of always-on devices would save consumers a total of $8 billion per year and avoid using 64 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year. . It also has environmental benefits, such as preventing 44 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution. The NRDC has estimated the cost of always-on appliances at up to $165 per household per year on average.

How to control standby power

The first step is, of course, to unplug anything that isn’t actively in use or isn’t used often. An example of devices that could easily be unplugged include televisions and set-top boxes in bedrooms. It’s also usually easy to unplug media players when not in use, such as a radio or CD player. When you remove your device from its charger, it can also be helpful to get into the habit of unplugging that charger as well. You might also be surprised at how many devices we’ve plugged in that we don’t even use anymore. Examples might include old cordless phones, old media players, or lamps that are more decorative than functional.

However, unplugging everything and plugging it back in can become very tedious, especially if your outlets are in hard-to-reach places. If the socket is inaccessible, it will be difficult to follow. So you can also implement ways to make the phantom load shutdown process more automatic. You can plug devices into power strips. In this way, a single press of the power switch button can turn off multiple devices. You can also get timers for plugging in appliances or smart plugs so you can automate when power is connected to a device. For example, you can set the TV’s power-on time so that it’s only connected during peak hours like evenings or weekends.

You can also consider getting Energy Star products. Many of these products are rated to have lower standby power consumption than products that are not rated by Energy Star.

More resources to save electricity

As electricity bills rise and become more erratic over time, finding ways to save on electricity costs is more vital than ever. For example, in addition to unplugging appliances in the house, you can consult our guide on turn off the lights when not in use. Another key way to improve your electricity/heating bill is to know the ideal temperature you need to set for your home. You can also check our guide on Quick tips to save on your gas and electric bill, like turning down your water heater or changing your air filters.

The starting transistor works once!


It’s the mid-1990s, and I’m a design engineer for a company that designs and manufactures custom measurement systems and high-power electronics. Our customers range from operators of experimental fusion reactors to electric utilities.

One day my boss told me to join him in the conference room to meet some people from a transit car manufacturer. He says they are having trouble with the product from one of their vendors and they are asking for our help.

We meet the project manager of the metro car manufacturer and an engineer from one of their suppliers. The product is a new red tail light installed on subway cars. Contrary to its name, the rear light is installed at both ends of the cars because most subway cars run alternately in both directions. The problem is that the light works fine several times and then fails.

The light assembly contains both the LEDs and the electronic power supply to power it. They show us the schematic, parts of it are here:

Part of the original diagram, drawn from memory.

Input power is 74 volts DC and comes from a battery. The unit is a non-isolated DC-to-DC step-down flyback converter that powers the on-board LEDs. It uses a controller IC, U1, with a separate power MOSFET, the MOSFET is not shown in my schematic. The MOSFET switches the primary of the transformer-inductor, T1. There are two secondary windings on the transformer. The main winding goes to a rectifier, D2, and a filter, not shown, then to the LEDs, not shown. The auxiliary winding is rectified by D2 and filtered by C1. It then powers the controller IC. The main load is a series-parallel arrangement of red LEDs consuming approximately 15 watts.

The controller cannot be powered directly from battery power because the voltage is higher than the maximum power IC value. Also, since it sends a gate signal to the MOSFET, it cannot be powered more than 20V or it will destroy the MOSFET.

The taillight designers estimated that if they connected the Vcc pin of U1 to the power supply via a series resistor shunt Zener circuit, the power lost to power the IC would be over 2 watts and reduce the overall efficiency by about 15%.

So they decided to use a start-up circuit that would momentarily power the IC and that once the converter was running, the IC would be powered from the output of the converter. They must also cut off this starter circuit. They used a series resistor, R2, connected to the collector of a small high voltage BJT signal, Q1, with sufficient voltage and current. The emitter of transistor Q1 is connected to the IC’s power pin array, as is the second secondary winding that supplies power. The base of Q1 is connected to a Zener, D1, biased through a high value resistor, R1, from the input power. After the converter is started and running, the auxiliary winding voltage is rectified by D2 and filtered by C1. The Vcc rises above the D1 voltage and skews the base-emitter junction of Q1. This cuts the current and reduces the losses of the starting circuit to almost zero. All in all, half a dozen small signal components cost a lot less than one or two high-powered components, so the solution they chose for the starter circuit makes sense.

The problem is that Q1 repeatedly fails. The converter starts quickly and the designer assures me that none of the parts overheat.

I immediately see the source of the problem, but I am silent. If I tell them the solution now, they will pack up and not pay us for our expertise, arguing that the time we spent is not worth the paperwork to pay us. My boss says we will work on it urgently. They leave us a unit of work and the diagrams.

Once they leave the building, I talk to my boss. The start circuit design is a series of compromises: select a Zener value higher than the minimum operating voltage of the IC, calculate the number of turns on the transformer to produce a voltage higher than the Zener but not too high, otherwise it will damage the MOSFETs. The problem is added to the fact that the converter regulates the main output current and not the auxiliary output voltage and must operate over the entire range from the minimum voltage to the maximum voltage of the battery.

If the operating voltage of the auxiliary winding is much higher than the Zener voltage, the reverse-biased base-emitter junction of Q1 may fail and destroy the transistor. The maximum Vebo is typically 6.0V for the MPSA42, a transistor similar to Q1, and is typical of many BJTs [1]. If the reverse current level of the emitter-base junction is low, the junction behaves like a Zener diode. With higher current and longer duration, beta drops and noise increases when resuming normal operation. If the reverse current is excessive, the transistor fails [2] [3]and that is why Q1 fails in this product.

I tell my boss the solution is simple, add a series diode, D3, between the emitter of Q1 and the Vcc pin of the controller, see the modified schematic:

Part of the modified schematic, taken from memory.

He agrees with me. I change the unit. I have tested it several times with on and off cycles, over the entire battery voltage range and the device works perfectly.

Late the next day, my boss calls our client to tell him we’ve identified the problem and have a simple, inexpensive solution for him. After a week, our client informs us that the manufacturer has confirmed our solution to the problem and both are very satisfied with our work.

The lessons learned are:

1- beware of reverse biasing the base-emitter junction of a BJT, 2- implement rigorous design reviews and use a checklist, the list here is a good start [4]3- think before giving answers to customers, there is always money at stake, your boss pays your salary with the customer’s money, do not give it away, and above all 4- never let the customer pass for a fool.

[1] ONSEMI, technical sheet MPSA42: NPN small-signal bipolar transistorFebruary 2013 − Rev. 8. https://www.onsemi.com/pdf/datasheet/mpsa42-d.pdf [Page retrieved 2022-06-21].

[2] Pease, Robert A. Troubleshooting Analog Circuits. Butterworth-Heinemann, 1991. Page 77.

[3] Motchenbacher CD and JA Connelly. Design of low noise electronic systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1993. page 133.

[4] Wallace, Hank. Electronic Design Checklist, http://www.jldsystems.com/pdf/Electronics%20Design%20Checklist.pdf [Page retrieved 2022-06-19].

Daniel Dufresne is a retired engineer and has worked in telecommunications, mass transit, consumer products and high power electronics design. He was also a teacher at Cégep de Saint-Laurent. He received his bachelor’s degree from École Polytechnique de Montréal. He lives in Montreal, Canada and still works on electronic projects and repairs electronic test equipment.

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‘Chex Quest’ was a very real video game


Everyone remembers their first. Whether it’s your first live gig (the A-Teens), your first car (a dented Honda CR-V), or your first kiss (sorry Dillon), the inaugural “thing” tends to stick. in the head. A lot of people my age have a lifelong fondness for Pokemon, as it was most likely their first video game. mine was Quest Chex — a first-person shooter designed for children.

Good kind of. It’s not as simple as a “kids shooter”, although it is technically accurate in terms of target audience and playstyle. Quest Chex has a pseudo-mythical status for many reasons. Despite its origins and concept, it has not only managed to maintain an active fanbase since its debut, but has become such a cult classic that it has achieved full acclaim. remaster and multiple reissues no later than March 2022.

My personal interpretation of “mythical” has to do with the fact that I’ve spent most of my life being convinced that I invented this game and my memories were either completely fabricated or completely inaccurate. Yet it is very real. And it came back into my life after two decades in the weirdest way.

Let me back down.

Quest Chex is a 1996 family-friendly first-person shooter PC game that was included, free, in Chex cereal boxes for a 6-week period. It is also a simple Loss clone. Yes this Loss, the game oft-cited for fueling the suburban panic of “violent video games” of the 90s. , it is because it is.

Why the hell was this done?

Simply speaking, money. The whole purpose of Quest Chex was to “invigorate” the Chex brand, which is marketing to “sell more stuff”. The promotion agency in charge of this decided that put 6 million copies of a free CD-ROM in cereal boxes would show consumers that the company was cool and connected with young people, and thus boost sales. It actually worked, and 90s kids all over the world got their hands on this cult classic in the making.

The development of the game was unsurprisingly weird. Since the budget was low (half a million) and the turnaround time was tight (six months), the team opted to source an existing game engine, pay next to nothing to license it, and adapt it to their needs. Fucking madly, they chose Identification software Lossthe groundbreaking and controversial first-person shooter that was best known for its graphic violence and satanic imagery, and would later be tainted by its association with the Columbine shootings.

Quest Chex is a re-skin of Loss with new music and textures; gameplay and levels are identical. Guns have been replaced with distant-looking objects, blood with slime, and bullets with vegetables. To put it in perspective, it would be like taking Resident Evil 7 and turn Ethan Winters into a Kinder egg that kills chocolate mold.

Engine modding was done by a literal 17 year old programmer in the evening (you know, after I finish school). The full 6 million copies of the release were burned from a single demo disc, even before it was tested for bugs. It all sounds like a schoolyard rumor twisted by a phone game, but it’s real.

I was first introduced Quest Chex when I was in kindergarten. The boys responsible for showing it to me were Brad and Jason, the sons of my parents’ closest friends. Brad and Jason were 3 and 5 years older than me, but they never made me feel like an attendant or an annoyance – I was like a little sister who came to visit me a few times a year.

The two would take turns Chex Quest on their home PC while I sat next to or above them like a horrible monkey child and watched them. It was the first real video game I had ever seen, except for a few “educational” point and click and dress up games. I was hypnotized. It was like stepping into one of Windows 95’s screen savers – fully 3D, but you were under control.

More importantly, you, a giant piece of Chex cereal, could fight aliens. Sick.

I’m sure we’ve only played it a handful of times. We have all grown up. I became convinced that I must have imagined Quest Chex – it was way too weird to really exist. I didn’t think much about it after my childhood.

That is, until the fall of 2017 when Jason was killed by a drunk driver. His death was devastating and I felt deeply alone afterwards, as I had no mutual friends to remember him with. Only my family and his.

A few months after Jason passed away, his mother asked friends to share fond memories of him. I’ve had plenty: trips to the lake, bad sumo home videos that, in hindsight, were probably super racist. I wondered what to tell her, what story would be so perfect that it would ease her grief.

Suddenly I knew – I had to find out what the fucking cereal game was, if it was even real.

It only took a few moments of searching on Google to discover that holy shitnot only was this game legit, but it had a serious follow-up. I called Jason’s mom and managed to explain to her, through laughter and tears, that Jason showed me my very first video game, uh, where you’re a piece of cereal killing aliens with vegetables ? She was puzzled and a little puzzled. But I could tell she was smiling.

I’m well aware of how nostalgia goggles work, especially on my generation, but part of me is truly grateful for this silly little game and the place it holds in my heart. It’s a perfect reflection of how innocuous things – the ones you don’t expect to have lasting meaning – are often the things that stick with you. A backwards marketing ploy that has become a legend among children that has become a central memory of a lost friend.

I really don’t know who thought it was appropriate to take perhaps the most graphic game of the era and remake it for kids, or how they ended up succeeding. But at the end of the day, some of that utter weirdness is what makes Quest Chex so fascinating – it shouldn’t exist. And I can’t imagine life without it.

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Radio Commentary by MTSU Professor Larry Burriss: Storing Family Photos – What Technology Will Be Usable for Future Generations? How will it be seen?


Today’s Radio Commentary: Family memories of photos you can hold in your hand and a special nostalgia, to family photos you can view on your computer. But, how to keep both permanently for the years to come… to pass them on to other generations and what type of data will be usable in the future? Old technology versus new technology, what will happen to the future? With more, here’s MTSU journalism professor Larry Burriss…

Commentary – Verbatim: “My brother and I recently received several dozen family photographs, some dating back to 1907; over 100 years. I made digital copies of everything and then a set of prints. Each of us therefore has half of the originals, plus a full set of prints and digital images.

But, how do we store digital images? If we put them on the hard drive of our computers and the drive fails, those images can end up in the Gilligan’s Island computer. If we put them on some sort of removable media, what if in a few years the media is no longer usable or compatible?

Did you know that some linguists and symbologists are trying to figure out what kinds of signage to put on nuclear waste repositories so people know what they are thousands of years from now? If you think that’s silly, remember that until the 1800s it was impossible for anyone to read hieroglyphs. The meaning of the symbols had been completely forgotten after only a few thousand years.

I say all of this as a kind of cautionary tale about all those songs, pictures, and files you have stored on your computer. How do you know that in a few years you will be able to access it? Only a few years ago we were told that CDs were the ultimate storage device. Then we were told they could have a useful life of just 50 read-write cycles.

Over the years we’ve had 5 and a quarter inch discs, 3 and a half inch discs, zip discs, CDs and now USB drives and cloud storage. Each of them provided an order of magnitude increase in storage. It also means that when, not if, but when, the drive fails, a lot more material will be lost.

And notice here, I haven’t even started to address the issue of software compatibility, or rather, software incompatibility.

Do you know what I found the other day? I found a text file that I had written in PFS First Choice, the very first word processing program I used, about 40 years ago. I still have several dozen files in WordStar. So why not convert them to Word? Well, older versions of Word had a conversion add-on. The new version no.

But then I realized something. Maybe you noticed it too. Those old photographs that I talked about are over 100 years old. They held up well and the images are still crisp and clear. To watch them, I just have to open the album and there they are.

Do you really think any of those thousands of computer images you own will be readable even 20 years from now? Only in your dreams. – I’m Larry Burriss.

About Dr. Burriss
Larry Burriss, a journalism professor, teaches introductory and media law courses. At the graduate level, he teaches quantitative research methods and media law. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University (BA in Broadcast Journalism, MA in Journalism), University of Oklahoma (MA in Human Relations), Ohio University (Ph.D. in Journalism ) and Concord Law School (JD). He has worked in print and broadcast media and public relations, and has published numerous articles in academic and popular publications. He has won first place in the Tennessee Associated Press Radio Contest nine times. Dr. Burriss’ publications and presentations include studies of presidential press conferences, NASA photographs, radio news, legal issues related to teens’ use of social networking sites, legal research, and the Earth middle.

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Rock Nobster Records Set to Open in the Fall | Arts & Culture


During the 2022 AthFest Music & Arts Festival, a man holding two records reading ‘Rock Nobster’ could be seen tossing the vinyls and dancing wildly at every stage of the festival.

The crowd was amazed and confused at what the record holder stood for. Jimmy Bryant, the dancer, used the festival to publicize his new record store, Rock Nobster Records.

The name Rock Nobster comes from “Rock Lobster” of the B-52s. Bryant felt inspired by the band from Athens and felt it was a good name, so he added his own twist to it.

Bryant will carry new and used vinyl records as well as CDs, DVDs and VHS cassettes and tapes. It will provide a wide variety of genres, artists and bands and will even feature some VHS tapes from its collection of over 300 tapes.

Rock Nobster vinyl will come from sources around the world, but Bryant will collect the most used products through online ads, friends and local sources. New vinyl will go through a master distributor. Bryant’s personal inventory kept piling up over the years and decided he had enough to open a store – with over 2,500 records and around 1,000 used $2 records and $3.

“I’m creating a place where people who love music can come and buy music and talk about music and listen to music,” Bryant said. His store will provide another source for music listeners to enjoy more tangible music experience.

According to Bryant, people tend to own their own physical music because the sound quality is unmatched – vinyl and turntables are better now than when they came out, and it’s important to have a piece of that music. .

Oscar Eakett, an employee of Musician’s Warehouse Athens, agreed that the sound quality of LPs is why they are so sought after, and having a personal, physical touch to a music collection is exciting.

“With streaming sites, you don’t own it,” Eakett said.

Despite Athens’ rich history with Wuxtry Records and Lo Yo Yo Stuff Records, Eakett agrees that having another record store in the area is important to keeping the Athens music scene alive and enriched with greater availability. of various discs.

Among his vast inventory, Bryant says he won’t sell around 20 to 30 because they’re too valuable for him. The music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Elivs Costello’s “Imperial Bedroom” are two of the most important artists he has in his collection that he plans to treasure.

“I’m more of a listener than a performer. People ask me if I’m a musician, I say yes, I play records,” Bryant said. He has always been passionate about music and started his collection to keep the music and sound tracks he loves.

Rock Nobster Records will open in Watkinsville on September 2, 2022.

10 biggest screens you’ll see in a car


From radios to digital gauges, displays in cars have been around for a surprisingly long time. At one time, the only screen in a car was the clock. The numbers were small and maybe they were backlit. Then they added digital radios, and things got a little more interesting, but that was the extent of car displays for many years. There was Kitt from Knight Rider, but that was a fantasy. There was also the 1986 Buick Rivera, but that was an example of an idea that came before the technology was available. In the late early 2000s, some manufacturers were able to install a CD-ROM navigation system, and Tom Tom arrived in 2004.

But there was nothing truly monumental until 2012 when Tesla changed the game. Soon other companies stepped in and there was a race between automakers to see who could build the biggest and the best. The first screens went to 8 inches, then to 12 inches. Now, some screens have surpassed Tesla’s offerings, some by far. Today, there are stunning screens bigger than anyone could have imagined 20 years ago. As big as the screens have become, there’s one more thing they haven’t figured out yet. How to beat fingerprint.

Nevertheless, here are 10 of the biggest screens available in a vehicle today.

ten Tesla Model S and Model X

When the first Teslas screen became available, people were excited and amazed. Not only were they 2 or 3 times bigger than most other cars, they were bigger than tablets. We now see in an increasing number of cars is thanks to them.

The 2022 Model S and Model X still use the same 17-inch screen size as the original, but now with 1300p resolution, close to that of a 1440p Quad-HD display. There are a few buttons, but a touchscreen operates most of the functionality. Model X also has a rear seat display exclusive to this model.

9 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y

These models are less expensive than the Model S and X, but the Model 3 and Model Y screens are 15 inches, which is still larger than what you find in most cars. They control the same functions on Model S and Model X.

These include climate control, navigation, volume, phone, dash cam, voice control and many more to list. At one point there was an issue with the screen being used to watch movies while the car was on autopilot, but that has now been fixed. And can only be used in the park. This fueled some concerns that the larger units would be a dangerous distraction, but this theory has been debunked.

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8 Ford Mustang Mach E

The largest screen available in a Ford vehicle is the Mustang Mach E’s 15.5-inch screen. Other Ford models, such as the Escape, have much smaller 4-inch screens, and even the Mustang with the second largest screen is 6.5 inches. inches, with an 8-inch screen option.

The Mach E runs on Ford’s SYNC 4 system. It was the first vehicle to have an improved system. It’s hooked up to 4G LTE for over-the-air updates, but what it would cost to use it was undecided on release. Unlike most vehicles with touchscreens, there’s also a rotary dial at the bottom, although functions such as climate control and app selection are still operated by touch.

seven Rivian R1T

After the release date was pushed back, the first ones finally shipped in December 2021. The 2022 Rivian R1T slowly shipped to those on the waitlist, but those who did got models with 16-inch central screens. There’s a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel that acts as a digital gauge.

The central landscape-oriented touch screen is 16 inches. It controls infotainment, including the 1,200-watt Meridian sound system, climate control and navigation. There’s also a 6.8-inch screen in the rear for passengers to control the rear climate controls. Reviewers commented that it looks great, but too many features are controlled by the screen, making it overwhelming and unnecessary.

Related: Gas or Electric: Rivian R1T vs. Toyota Tundra

6 Porsche Taycan

As you’d expect, the Porsche Taycan has a different setup. The top screen is located in the center of the dash, where you’ll find most screens, but the second screen tilts down into the center console. It’s not new and has been found in other cars, but it’s not as intuitive as simple touchscreens.

The total screen area is 16.8 inches combined but is a little harder to use. The upper 8.3-inch screen is touch-operated for navigation and stereo functions, while the lower 8.5-inch screen descends from the upper screen. It looks great but is very difficult to use as you have to look down to find the right place for climate control options while driving. The total screen area is larger than the 11-inch you’d find in a Porsche 911, and there’s also an optional third screen in front of the passenger.

5 Audi A8

The Audi A8’s touchscreens are configured almost identically to the Taycan’s, which isn’t surprising since they’re both built by the Volkswagen Group. There are touch screens at the top and bottom. There’s also a command dial, but it’s not as useful as it was when it was the only way to select functions.

The top measures 8 inches and controls the stereo, navigation and telephone, but with different menus and controls than the Porsche. The bottom screen is used for air conditioning. Because that’s its only feature set, you won’t need to watch as often. Being a more expensive car, the A8’s screen dwarfs the A4’s 10-inch.

4 BMW 7 Series

This one is a big deal. The driver’s display is the one traditionally found in any BMW 7 Series. It’s a 15-inch display with standard features and good old analog controls for the climate and stereo .

What makes the new 7 Series special is that you can choose what BMW calls its cinema screen. This one hangs above the gap between the front and rear of the car and measures 31 inches. Yes, 31 inches. It serves as an entertainment screen for the rear passengers and has an 8K screen that can be connected to Netflix, Hulu and HBO via its 5G Wi-Fi connection. To control it, there are touchscreens built into the door handles, which can be a little tricky to use. When not in use, the screen can be folded up to the roof of the car.

3 lucid air

A high-tech car needs a high-tech screen. For Lucid, it’s the 34-inch glass cockpit. The whole thing is a piece of 5K resolution glass that extends from behind the steering wheel to the center of the dashboard. There is also the lower glass screen called the pilot panel. The entire system was built to

make things easier for the driver.

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2 Cadillac Escalade

The screen on the far left shows all the functions used to keep attention on the road. The center screen is the instrument cluster and the right screen has media, navigation and communication controls. The driver panel is larger than the screens in front of the driver and can display more information. With it you control the air conditioning and the functions of the car. Its controls can be voice-activated or changed with the touchscreen. The entire panel can also retract for additional storage. If that all sounds too complicated, there are also buttons to press that can control many features.

Cadillac’s 38-inch curved OLED screen looks a lot like Lucid’s system. The paper-thin display is long and stretches across the front of the dash. It is made up of three parts: the information screen on the left, the cluster of gauges in the center which can be changed to show speed, maps, augmented reality or night vision mode, and the multimedia screen on the right . It is angled towards the driver, but can still be easily seen by passengers.

Cadillac has also simplified things by having a full set of buttons for the climate control centered in its normal location. Unfortunately, it’s only available in the Middle East at the moment, but the tech should be coming to the United States soon.

1 Mercedes-Benz EQS

Mercedes is known for putting the latest technology in its cars before other manufacturers have even considered it. The EQS is Mercedes’ leap into the future, and they’ve developed a new dashboard to go along with it. Known as the MBUX Hyperscreen, it’s the largest screen Mercedes has ever built. It’s a little further than the Lucid and the Escalade.

The Hyperscreen is 56″ of the screen made from an OLED with a fluid and interactive face. There are 8 processor cores, 24 GB of RAM and 46.4 GB of memory. Artificial intelligence may suggest actions based on what the driver has done in the past, at a specific location, or based on time of day, previous user interaction, location and time If you always listen to classical music when you get home from work, it will recognize the time of day and where you are and automatically display classical music options for you. the future of screens.

Reviews | Vinyl is back!


I remember the first time I heard a vinyl record playing. It was an album from my late grandfather’s collection – a cardboard box my father and I found while cleaning out the garage one summer. Filled with dusty classics from previous decades, I was mesmerized by this box with these black discs that allegedly contained music.

That summer, I asked for a record player for my birthday. As soon as I got it, I placed my first chosen record on the turntable. The needle slowly lowered on side A of “The Best of Minnie Riperton” and the melodic voice of an angel floated to my ears. Amplified by my Bluetooth speaker, I had never heard such music before. It wasn’t soulless like digital streaming, but something more – richer, fuller sound.

In the years since my first listen, I have acquired nearly a dozen new vinyl records. Artists like Adele, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift now adorn the cubby in my room, and their gorgeous album art is always my go-to to show and tell when I have visitors. The Prince, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston records, among the many others that I inherited from my grandfather, allow me to appreciate the artists who have made a lasting mark on music. Listening to these great talents, these industry icons, is simply better on an LP format. And it’s not just me who thinks so.

It seems other people my age get the hang of it, because vinyl has become exponentially more popular. In 2021, vinyl sales eclipsed CD sales for the first time since the 1990s. Harry Styles recently broke the record for most first-week vinyl sales with 182,000 units. It was the biggest vinyl sales week ever, but even more telling of vinyl’s resurgence is the fact that Styles’ record was set by Taylor Swift with her release “Red (Taylor’s Version)” six months before.

With vinyl sales reaching new heights alongside each new album release from a major pop star, it’s clear that the vinyl community is growing and becoming an increasingly valuable market for artists. It wouldn’t be surprising if Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” set a new record when it was released in July.

Streaming platforms have decimated CD sales and basically eradicated the 99-cent model popularized by iTunes, but oddly enough, vinyl is gaining popularity even at an extraordinarily high price. “Harry’s House,” the record-breaking album, is currently priced at over $30, exponentially more than a digital music purchase. But the reason is so clear to avid vinyl collectors.

When you buy vinyl, you don’t just get music, you get a listening experience. Vinyl releases often have liner notes and other bits of information not found elsewhere. And the sound produced by your record player cannot be compared to that of Spotify or Apple Music.

There’s something else at play here, though – the record store aesthetic. I’m not talking about browsing the music section of your local Barnes & Noble or Walmart. I’m talking about a real record store, a paradise for music lovers.

One of my favorites is Electric Fetus in Minneapolis. It has that eclectic charm and pretty much every genre of music on vinyl. Rows upon rows of discs span a deceptively small space. The music is everywhere in a way that almost overwhelms you; it’s in the air you breathe and in the brush of your fingers against a vinyl record, glistening with the sheen of plastic wrap. Browsing through genre after genre, looking at the visuals of an album, it just screams summer fun.

Record stores are a big part of why vinyl sales are growing. Record Store Day, an annual event that began in 2007 to celebrate independent record stores, shows the impact of this renewed interest in music on vinyl. For this year’s Record Store Day in April, independent record stores in the United States sold 1.012 million vinyl records during the week, marking the highest sales week for independent stores in a one-year period. week.

It is obvious that collecting and listening to vinyl is not accessible to everyone, but it is an investment that is worth it. And you’d be surprised what you can find at a record store for relatively little money. The “used” section almost always contains hidden gems.

Vinyl is back and better than ever. The superior sound quality and record store experience are moments that everyone should have the opportunity to try, and it’s obvious that, at least for now, more people are trying it than previously.

Colin Crawford is a freshman at Medill. He can be contacted at [email protected]. If you would like to publicly respond to this editorial, send a letter to the editor at [email protected]. The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of all Daily Northwestern staff.

A Brief History of Sonic The Hedgehog on PC


Let’s face it: old Sonic games have been re-released more times than I’ve had hot dinners. And every Sonic fan bought every one of them, such is our sheer madness. We’re a bit spoiled on PC for Sonic content these days, with every recent game getting its own PC port that was immediately tweaked from the ground up. But it wasn’t always that simple, oh no. It used to be pretty thin for us Sonicsters, and I’m here to tell you what we fought to get to the promised land of ports we bask in today.

Revinylization #31: The animated images of Rush at 40


Some albums are monuments because of the influence they had on contemporary and future musicians despite their low commercial success. The Velvet Underground & Nico comes to mind. Just like the early Ramones albums. And then there are albums which had as much influence but which were mega hits, something much rarer.

One of them, surely, is that of Rush Animated picturesa multi-platinum seller with hits that have been looping on select FM radios since the album’s release over 40 years ago. Animated pictures has influenced generations of rock, prog, grunge and even jazz musicians. His pairing of virtuoso musicianship with radio-friendly riffs, edgy yet direct hooks, and clear yet enigmatic lyrics captured the imagination of budding rock fans of the MTV generation. He still holds a special place in many musical hearts, including mine.

After the success of the 1980s permanent waves, Rush toured extensively and planned to release a live album, but new music and lyrics emerged while the band was on the road, and a joint recording session with Canadian band Max Webster (including poet Canadian Pye Dubois) resulted in collaborative lyrics for a song. who became “Tom Sawyer”. The band decided to make a new studio album instead.

They continued to develop the song ideas through the summer of 1980, then went on the road for a short North American tour to further refine the tunes. They started recording in October, at the Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec. At the end of November, the album was finished. It was released the following February.

With big ambitions and a bigger budget, Rush pushed 1980’s state-of-the-art album. The album was recorded by Paul Northfield on 48 tracks – two interlocking 24-track, 2″ Studer A80 tape recorders. The engineer mastering master Bob Ludwig told me that half of these tracks were for Peart’s drum mics, including a Crown pressure zone microphone duct- The album was mixed via Le’s Solid State Logic 4000E console. Studio. The resulting two-track masters were digitally recorded onto a U-matic ¾” videocassette via a Sony 1600 A/D converter. This was a bold, high-tech way to record for 1980. No analog backup tapes has not been made.

Ludwig cut the lacquers from this digital master. The resulting LP sounded punchier, brighter (in a good way), and more detailed than most rock albums of the time. It stood out on home stereos, in cars, and on tabletop radios, not because it was louder. “When I heard the first notes from their master, I thought it sounded amazing,” Ludwig told me in an interview. At least some early CD issues were probably made from the same digital master.

Now there’s a 40th anniversary Super Deluxe reissue: five straight metal mastered 180g LPs, three CDs and one Blu-ray disc. Also, a beautifully illustrated hardcover book and purse of physical artifacts, including inscribed metal picks, drumsticks, and a die-cast metal “Red Barchetta” after one of the hits of the album – which, remarkably, as the text of the libretto tells us, was recorded in one take.

The first LP contains the original album of not quite 40 minutes; the other four contain a full 1981 concert recorded at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, mastered by the album’s co-producer Terry Brown. This pattern is repeated on the three CDs: the first contains the album, the other two the live concert. The audio-only Blu-ray disc features the first-ever Dolby Atmos version of the album, a new 5.1 surround mix, and four music videos, including a new one for “YYZ.”

But it’s a vinyl column, so let’s talk about the LPs. Years after the album was first released, probably in the 1990s, a two-track analog backup was made from the Sony 600 digital master. This backup tape is the likely source for Sean Magee’s 2015 remaster, which was made at Abbey Road Studios. Magee’s remaster, in turn, is the source of this and all other LP reissues since 2015. All of them, including this one, were mastered in direct metal, at GZ Media.

The Magee remaster, like so many other recent rock remasters, pumps up the bass energy and crunches the maximum dynamics to make the album “loud”, like modern rock releases. That’s what I hear on this reissue: the low end is very loud and the balance between bass and drums is very different from the original, especially noticeable when heard on full speakers. magnitude at a room-filling volume. The stereophony is also different from the original, perhaps because some frequency bands have been boosted in volume compared to others. Pressed at GZ Media, the LPs are clean, flat, relatively quiet, and well packaged in protective inner sleeves.

For the most part, it accomplishes what it aims for, what Magee aimed to accomplish with its 2015 remaster. On smaller speakers and through most headphones and car systems, this new reissue will sound modern , just like a rock ‘n’ roll 2022 fan expects it to sound. But it’s less dynamic than the original, and it sounds quite different. The original 1981 LP may sound thin to 2022 ears, but that was Rush’s original statement.

Perhaps the highlight of this set is the live recording. Those who had the privilege of seeing Rush live during this era will likely love it. It’s looser and less polite than Exit… Stage Left, the live album released later in 1981. It sounds exactly like what audiences must have heard when Rush performed on March 24-25, 1981, to hometown audiences after a month of touring the album. . The excitement is akin to a Stanley Cup hockey game.

Wall Mounted CD Player Market Outlook 2022 and Growth by Top Key Players – Newsmy, MUJI, Sony, HDEngine – Designer Women


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Major Players of Wall Mounted CD Player Market are:

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  • MUJI
  • sony
  • HD engine
  • Hualu
  • Malata

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Global Wall Mounted CD Player Market Segment By Type:

  • Ordinary CD player
  • Bluetooth CD player

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    • North America includes the United States, Canada and Mexico
    • Europe includes Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain
    • South America includes Colombia, Argentina, Nigeria and Chile
    • Asia Pacific includes Japan, China, Korea, India, Saudi Arabia and Southeast Asia

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Bank of America’s featured CD accounts are available in five CD terms, ranging from seven months to 37 months. The bank’s CD rates tend to be much lower than the best CD rates from online banks: BofA offers 0.05% APY for all balances and terms on its featured CDs, with a deposit of $10,000 minimum opening.

Bank of America also offers standard term CDs, which let you choose any term from 28 days to 10 years. Standard term CDs have a minimum deposit of $1,000 and offer an APY of 0.03% on all terms and balances.

Here’s a look at Bank of America’s CD rates. This article focuses on Bank of America’s featured CDs, which offer a higher APY and require a higher minimum deposit. Rates are accurate as of June 28, 2022.

Overview of Bank of America CDs

Bank of America featured CDs require a minimum opening balance of $10,000, which is relatively high considering the low rates this bank pays. Many other banks pay higher APYs while requiring a lower minimum deposit or even no minimum.

Notably, Bank of America featured CDs arrive on odd terms, usually a month longer than standard. For example, the bank offers a seven-month CD, although a six-month term is more common. Instead of a 12 month CD, it offers a 13 month CD.

Interest on bank CDs is compounded monthly and credited to your account monthly. You can also choose to pay interest at maturity or at certain intervals.

If you withdraw your money from the CD before the end of the term, you will have to pay an early withdrawal penalty. For CD terms of 90 days to 12 months, the early withdrawal penalty is 90 days interest on the amount withdrawn. For CD terms of 12 to 60 months, the early withdrawal penalty is 180 days interest on the amount withdrawn.

How Much Can You Earn With Bank of America CD Rates?

Since Bank of America CD rates are relatively low across all tenors, don’t expect a big return. Here’s what you can earn with Bank of America CDs with a $10,000 investment and earnings compounded monthly:

Comparison of Bank of America CDs

Yields on Bank of America CDs are well below those of the best CD rates. This bank’s rates are also significantly lower than the national average CD rates, according to the FDIC.

You may find a better deal on CD rates than what Bank of America offers. Especially considering its minimum deposit requirement of $10,000, this bank’s CDs are far from competitive – $10,000 is a big commitment in exchange for a very low return.

It’s a great reminder to shop around and do your research on CD pricing. Your bank or banks in your immediate geographic area may not offer the best CD rates, so consider online options as well. Compare rates from multiple banks and credit unions and see who can give you the best deal so you can get the best possible return on your investment.

About Bank of America

Bank of America is a full-service national bank with 240 years of history, and it is the second largest US bank by assets. It offers 4,100 branches, an online banking platform and a popular mobile app. Bank of America provides personal, business, and corporate banking products and services.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the alternatives to CD backup?

If you want a safe place to keep your savings, one option is a savings account. Savings accounts are FDIC insured, but these demand deposit accounts do not have early withdrawal penalties. And if you choose one of the best online savings accounts, you might get a better APY than with a CD.

Do all CDs charge an early withdrawal penalty?

It depends on the type of CD and the financial institution. Some banks offer penalty-free CDs, which are a type of CD that do not charge an early withdrawal penalty. Depending on the bank, the APY on penalty-free CDs may be lower than a standard CD – you may have to agree to accept a lower return in exchange for more cash.

What is a CD Ladder Strategy?

A CD ladder is a savings strategy that helps you maximize your return and provide more liquidity by opening multiple CDs with different terms and maturity dates. The goal is to take advantage of higher interest rates and lock in a variety of CDs that give you a range of returns over time. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket with a CD and a fixed rate, a CD ladder can help you take advantage of higher yields and avoid early withdrawal penalties. To build a CD ladder, do your research to find the best rates, terms, and minimum deposits.

CDS of Carl DeSantis buys Delray offices from Spirit Realty


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551 Southeast Eighth Street and 551 Southeast Fifth Avenue in Delray Beach with CDS International Holdings founder Carl DeSantis (Google Maps, CDS Holdings)

Billionaire Carl DeSantis’ CDS International Holdings has bought a property leased by Bank of America in Delray Beach for $25 million.

Boca Raton-based CDS International purchased the building at 551 Southeast Eighth Street and the bank’s drive-thru ATM adjacent to 551 Southeast Fifth Avenue from a subsidiary of Dallas-based Spirit Realty, according to a press release from the broker. of the buyer.

Keith O’Donnell of Avison Young and Mark Rubin of Colliers represented CDS International. CBRE’s Leslie Maister and Chris Bosworth represented the Spirit Realty subsidiary.

The buildings, totaling 54,765 square feet, were built in 1975 on nearly 4 acres, according to property records. The property is fully leased to the bank.

Spirit Realty, led by CEO Jackson Hsieh, is a triple-net lease real estate investment trust focused on single-tenant industrial, commercial and office real estate, according to its website. The company paid $15 million for the Delray Beach property in 2008.

DeSantis’ first entrepreneurial venture was Sundown Vitamins, a mail order company which he turned into maker of Rexall Sundown vitamins, according to the CDS website. After selling Rexall in 2000 for $1.8 billion, DeSantis branched out into various investments through his Boca Raton-based CDS. They include energy drink maker Celsius Celsius Holdings, which at one point was delisted from Nasdaq but eventually became a popular fitness drink; and indoor farming company Hyperponic, which offers a vertical growing system for everything from cannabis to strawberries, the CDS website says.

CDS also invests in real estate, paying $3.1 million in 2019 for the Delray Beach office building at 401 West Linton Boulevard.

In 2016, CDS sold its stake in the Atlantic Crossing project, also in Delray, to its partner in the venture, Edwards Cos., through a land sale valued at $38.5 million. At the time, the redevelopment effort was bogged down in a lawsuit with the city, with DeSantis claiming CDS is a real estate investor but not a developer.

Some of CDS’s other properties in South Florida are office buildings at 100 Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach and 2424 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton, according to the CDS website.

Delray Beach, a city perhaps best known for its downtown area along Atlantic Avenue, has recently seen good transaction and development activity, but not necessarily in its office market.

In January, James and Marta Batmasians’ Investments Limited purchased a retail and office building at 411 East Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach for $18.5 million. This was followed by Investments Limited’s $6.5 million purchase of the office building at 630 Atlantic Avenue, also downtown, the same month.

In another recent Delray Beach deal, Jacksonville-based Sleiman Enterprises bought the Publix-anchored Delray Square mall at 14620 South Military Trail, as well as 4751 and 4789 West Atlantic Avenue, for $48 million in February. .

Gifts for music lovers and audiophiles


Luckily for music fans, there are endless choices when it comes to buying gifts for them. Music culture and music technology are changing rapidly and constantly, so there are always new products that can help them pursue their passions.

From high-quality audio and decorative posters to books that dive deep into music…we’ve rounded up our favorite gifts for music lovers and audiophiles.

From casual listeners to avid audiophiles, there’s something for every taste and budget. Read on for our top picks.

The best gifts to buy for music lovers and audiophiles

Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones

Bose is one of the biggest names in music technology, widely known for its range of speakers and headphones with high quality sound. QuietComfort 45 headphones are the perfect companion for any avid music lover, offering noise-canceling sound and long battery life.

Not only does Active Noise Cancellation block out sounds and distractions around you, it lets you focus more closely on the details of the music, where the quieter, less noticeable layers become more apparent. The headphones are also water and sweat resistant, and they work compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant for voice control.

We’ve listed the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones in our selection of the best noise-canceling headphones.

Sony PSHX500 record player

SonyPSHX500 record player

A decent vinyl collection deserves a decent player. The Sony PSHX500 turntable sits between quality and affordability – it’s a worthy turntable that’ll give your records a solid treatment without breaking the bank. The turntable’s audio output is co-engineered by Sony and Philips, delivering impressive spatial audio when paired with an audio system.

The player also has a built-in analog-to-digital converter that lets you record audio directly from vinyl to a digital device (like a thumb drive or laptop). Thanks to the sound engineering involved, this converted audio can be recorded at up to DSD 5.6 MHz quality which is superior to most formats we are used to!

For more turntable options across a range of budgets, check out our list of the best turntables.

Novation LaunchKey Mini MK3

Novation LaunchKey Mini MK3

Whether they are music creators or just waiting for the right time to start playing around with music production, this MIDI controller is a great tool to explore. It is a powerful keyboard that allows you to play, create and modify sounds and melodies as you wish.

With audio editing/production software, you can use the Novation LaunchKey Mini MK3 to create full-fledged songs where, with the right plugins, the keyboard can emulate the sounds of other instruments.

Playing Vinyl Wall Mount

Now Playing

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For times when an album is playing in full, it’s a nifty way to show what’s playing. This is a wall mount that you can put a vinyl cover on, so “NOW PLAYING” is right under the album cover.



The UE BOOM is one of the most versatile choices for portable speakers. It’s waterproof to IP67, has long battery life and incredibly deep, balanced sound.

One of its coolest features is its ability to sync with any other BOOM speaker, which is perfect for group settings where a single speaker just isn’t enough. Additionally, the new UE BOOM 3 speaker series is now available in a range of vibrant colors, such as the ‘unicorn’ color pictured above.

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator

This pocket synth is a fun way to play around with sounds and see what you can create. They’re compatible with other music gear, so the sounds you create can be used in music production, and the synth itself is completely portable, allowing you to make music on the go.

Genius Musical Playing Cards

Genius Musical Playing Cards

This playing card game pays homage to some of the biggest names in music of our time. Music merchandising comes in all shapes and sizes, and now you can even show off your passion for music in the games you play.

Loop Experience High Fidelity Earplugs

Loop Experience High Fidelity Earplugs

Intended for seasoned concert performers and live music enthusiasts, these earplugs are designed to limit damage to your eardrums while preserving the quality of the music you listen to. No one wants to miss any detail, so it’s a surefire way to ensure ears stay protected.

Amazon Echo Studio

Echo Studio

Smart speakers are becoming a more commonly used companion for home listening and internet browsing. There’s a whole range of choices, but Amazon’s Echo Studio is designed specifically for music. The smart speaker features a Dolby Atmos audio system with five speakers to provide a room with powerful surround sound.

Amazon’s Echo Studio has been listed in our pick of the best smart speakers.

Music is History by Questlove

Music is History by Questlove

Questlove, a key member of the iconic and innovative hip-hop group The Roots, has become a leading figure in the ongoing dialogue around musical culture and its history. His book, Music is history, delves into the last fifty years of music in America, with a particular focus on black identity and pop culture from the perspective of the contemporary music scene.

IQbuds MAX

IQbuds MAX

Among the endless wireless headphone options, the IQbuds MAX stand out as a solid choice for audiophiles. The earphones offer excellent customization: you can perform a clinically validated sound test to customize the optimal audio settings for your ears.

The headphones’ drivers prioritize clarity over bass, ensuring all sounds pass through smoothly without noise loss. They also have a feature that allows you to hear your surroundings in greater detail, which is especially useful for people with different levels of hearing loss.

Read our full review of the IQbuds MAX in our list of the best wireless earbuds.

concrete phone speaker

concrete phone speaker

This concrete phone speaker is a great way to amplify the volume of your phone’s output. It’s an efficient, more energy-efficient alternative to buying a portable speaker, and requires no setup or connection other than inserting your phone.

Panasonic SC-PMX92 Micro hi-fi system

Panasonic SC-PMX92EB-K Micro Hi-Fi System

This hi-fi music system from Panasonic is a versatile listening setup. It can play music via CD and Bluetooth from a phone or computer, as well as being able to connect to record players and advanced music systems. There is also a USB port to charge your phone while listening.

This setup would pair beautifully with the Sony PSHX500 turntable listed above, or any other turntable. The two speakers can provide spatial sound with deep clarity in the different tones.

AudioQuest DragonFly DAC

AudioQuest DragonFly DAC

For true audiophiles, a DAC is an indispensable tool. It can convert audio from an analog source (a vinyl record, for example) into a digital format that can be recorded and played at any time.

AudioQuest’s DragonFly is an impressive device to have – packed into a small USB drive is the ability to convert and amplify the quality of your audio. It can help music sound cleaner by using a feature that reduces or eliminates background noise, so only the details you want are visible.

The color of iconic albums

The color of iconic albums

Dorothy produces an exciting range of music-themed gifts, from posters to postcards to playing cards. This poster features some of the most iconic albums in music history, simplified to the distinct colors of their album covers. The visuals include albums from Kate Bush, The Beatles, Kanye West – plus many other household names.

Numark Mixtrack Pro FX

Numark Mixtrack Pro FX

DJing is an immersive way to engage with the music you listen to. A DJ controller like the Numark Mixtrack Pro FX is a solid starting point without spending too much, it works by controlling DJ software on a computer rather than acting as its own mixer.

These turntables from Numark would make a great gift for anyone who likes to be on the speakerphone at parties – it gives them the ability to mix songs more seamlessly and creatively.

Art record covers by Francesco Spampinato

Art record covers

Francesco Spampinato looks at the relationship between music and the visual arts that adorn album covers. Going back as far as the 1950s, the book features some of the most beloved and familiar albums.

12” white vinyl frame

12'' white vinyl frame

Decorating a wall with vinyl records is one of the oldest ways for a music lover to show off their favorites. This frame can fit all standard 12” vinyl.

1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music by Andrew Grant Jackson

1965: The most revolutionary year in music

1965 was a revolutionary year in music. Many of the genres we love today were born during this time when the world was in a state of rapid change. This revolutionary moment in our history sparked a revolutionary moment in music, and this book traces the movers and shakers who shaped the myriad of styles that have since become iconic. An exciting read for music lovers.

Roberts Revival RD70

Roberts Revival RD70DE

With its retro aesthetic and soft pastel tones, it’s a radio that looks as good as it looks. It is a digital radio that also works as a Bluetooth speaker and alarm clock.

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Hilarious clip from Cyberpunk 2077 shows the NPC getting into the car in the weirdest way possible


Despite being released over a year ago and since receiving multiple content updates and fixes, Cyberpunk 2077 still has a good number of technical failures. Although it is safe to say at this point that the current state of Cyberpunk 2077 is considerably better than when it launched in 2020, there are still plenty of issues that have managed to slip through the cracks. However, most are actually quite hilarious to watch instead of groundbreaking.


When Cyberpunk 2077 was first released, the amount of bugs players had to deal with made the game virtually unplayable. Some of the issues ranged from frame rate dips to low render speeds to the numerous in-game crashes that Cyberpunk 2077 gamers had to deal with during the game’s first few months on the market. Fortunately, most of the glitches in Cyberpunk 2077 are less disruptive and more humorous, as is the case with this latest glitch.

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On Reddit, a user named Brave-Total-8989 posted a brief gameplay clip where the playable character, V, escorts an NPC to a vehicle that has been overturned. V then explains that the car will take the NPC to a safe place, to which the NPC thanks V before flipping 180 degrees in the air before entering the car at the same angle. The wheels of the car then begin to spin as if the vehicle was supposed to leave at that time.

Not only is this scene absolutely hilarious, but it also illustrates everything that can go wrong in Cyberpunk 2077. It is unknown if the car was overturned when the player first arrived or if the player had somehow crushed the vehicle before. Either way, the NPC flipping over, purely for the animation of them getting into the car to play the re-directed angle is not only weird but hugely entertaining.

It’s amazing how players still manage to experience issues like this almost two years later. Cyberpunk 2077 first launched. It is clear that CD Projekt Red continues to improve the game from a technical point of view, but considering the number of problems Cyberpunk 2077 First encountered on its initial release, the game still has a long way to go, as evidenced by this car glitch.

Either way, it will be interesting to see what the future holds. Cyberpunk 2077 go forward. In addition to continuing to patch the game, CD Projekt Red is still working on a free DLC for Cyberpunk 2077. Right now it’s unclear when DLCs are campaigning for Cyberpunk 2077 will be released, but it is clear that CD Projekt Red is currently developing them at the very least.

Cyberpunk 2077 is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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Global Micro-Total Analytical System Market 2022 Product Type, Applications/End User, Key Players and Geographical Regions 2028 – Designer Women


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Bible Depot strengthens after nearly closing 12 years ago | Company


SUNBURY — It took a leap of faith and a nod of reassurance for Nancy Ney to take a deep breath and commit to keeping the family business going — years after she and her husband retired and left it. left behind them.

The Bible Depot, 122 N. Front St., Sunbury, was started in 1931 by Ney’s father-in-law, James C. Ney, selling Bibles, church supplies and gifts. Nancy and her husband, David A. Ney, took over the business in 1970 and ran it for 30 years before selling it and retiring to Florida.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. David died in 2008, Nancy moved back to Pennsylvania in 2009, and a year later the new owner of the Bible Depot fell ill and could no longer operate the store.

“It was either losing it completely or trying to restart it,” Ney said, but she was reluctant to take on the job, this time on her own. “I was in my 60s and I was like, ‘No way’.”

She prayed and asked for a way to know she was doing the right thing. At the time, the store somehow lacked the printing machine that personalizes Bible covers for customers. A new one costs $3,000 – more money than Ney could muster. She bid $100 for a used one, realizing she was going ridiculously low.

“Then the owner called and said, the weirdest thing happened,” Ney said. “Everyone backed out of their offers.”

The machine was hers, and she had her peace of mind.

“That’s one of the reasons I’m not scared,” she said. “I know God is with me running the store.”

She set out to relearn the trade, but things had changed over the past 10 years.

“All I had was a calculator, pencil, paper and a big eraser,” she said with a laugh. “Oh my God, that was pitiful.”

She called a supply company to ask for a catalog, and the rep said, “Oh, honey, we haven’t had a catalog in eight years.”

But she stuck with it and over the years a number of volunteers have entered the store and offered to help – another sign she says the store is meant to be open. She mentioned longtime volunteers Gary McNeir, Shirley Yagel, who eventually took over accounting, billing and ordering Sunday school supplies, and social media advertising volunteer Michelle Melachrinos.

“Her and Shirley and everyone else are all a big part of the Valley,” Melachrinos said of Bible Depot. “They are very sensitive and caring and pray for people.”

The store is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Sunday and Wednesday, and Ney is usually there every day, but she loves it.

“It’s like a family,” she says. “It’s a warm place.”

Wide selection of items

The Bible Depot’s bestsellers include books, children’s books, jewelry, plaques and Bibles.

“People like the idea that we print the Bibles for free,” Ney said.

The store offers a range of Jewish items including the Hebrew Bible, jewelry, menorahs and banners. Customers appreciate the DVD and audio library, where they can borrow from a selection of 1,200 films and CDs.

Surprisingly, most of their sales are in person rather than online. Regular customers stop in for birthday and wedding gifts, boxed cards, individual cards, and gifts for Christmas, graduation, baptism, and other special occasions. The store attracts customers from as far away as Williamsport, Ashland and Middleburg.

“If you’re looking for something special, she has a great variety,” said Bible Depot sales clerk Ashley Fetter. “If it’s something she doesn’t have, she’s very accommodating in finding it for you.”

“I love Nancy,” said Peggy Walter, whose mother often told her that Nancy’s stepfather would drive across town to deliver the white Bible she wanted on her wedding day. “They are great people and they will do whatever they can to help you.”

More recent sales include Bibles in large print and even jumbo print. Ney also sells Filament Bibles, which combine a printed book with a digital app that can scan any page to provide maps, devotions and study notes. She also saw more interest in inspirational articles.

“A lot of people are looking for things to encourage others in their faith. A verse to remind them that this is about more than this world,” she said.

Whatever they’re looking for, chances are they’ll find it at Bible Depot.

“It’s one of those stores where every time you turn a corner there’s another room,” Fetter said. “It’s not just Bibles. These are greeting cards, checkbooks, activity books, jewelry, baby items. There is a bit of everything here. »

Expressing her gratitude that the doors of the business had been reopened to her, Ney smiled as she glanced at the abundance of items and said, “You can’t not love selling such beautiful things. “

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The Mega Drive Mini 2 gets a $150 controller


Sega is set to release a Cyber ​​Stick replica to go along with its recently announced Mega Drive Mini 2 mini console.

While the console itself is expected to cost ¥9,980 – around $75 – the working Cyber ​​Stick replica will cost double that at ¥19,800, or around $150.

Courtesy of Famitsu, we now know it will look and perform pretty much as those with long memories will remember it, with a stick, throttle and the ability to switch for both right and left handed use, which is pretty much cool. However, we don’t have any confirmation yet if the device will be available outside of Japan; as always, we’ll confirm as soon as we know more.

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Sega also used the livestream to detail other games coming to the retro console: Outrun, Afterburner II, Night Striker, Ninja Warriors, Starblade, Splatterhouse Part 2, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Mega Panel, Ichidant-R , Columns III and Star Mobile.

Sega announced its new retro micro console in Japan (opens in a new tab), but a subsequent interview apparently confirmed plans for an overseas launch, including Europe and North America. The console is set to launch in Japan on October 27, but the company hasn’t officially revealed a North American or European date, which we can assume will launch at some point after the Japanese release.

We’re not quite sure of all the details just yet, but the North American version will likely be called the Sega Genesis Mini 2, much like the Sega Drive itself was renamed in the US.

The Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 will launch with 50 games, including Sonic CD, Thunder Force 4 and Virtua Racing, and includes titles released specifically for Sega CD, the Sega Genesis CD-ROM add-on that comes with its own selection of exclusive games. Games. Yes, this mini accessory will also be available for purchase, although it is just a nice add-on with no function.

The Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 will cost ¥9,980 (about $75) and the Sega CD will cost ¥4,500 (about $37).

Sega plans to release more remakes, remasters and spinoffs (opens in a new tab) by March 2023. The confirmation came during the company’s recent financial presentation in which it forecast increased sales partly due to a “significant increase in new title lines”.

Later in the presentation, he revealed that an important part of his strategy for new releases is to extend the life of existing intellectual property with remakes, remasters and spin-offs. He was specifically referring to games like Sonic Colors: Ultimate, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, and the Yakuza spin-off and Judgment sequel Lost Judgment.

In January, it seemed that Sega reconsidered plans to jump on the NFT bandwagon (opens in a new tab) until it is more certain “what will and what will not be accepted by users”.

For more old-school goodness, hit the best retro consoles (opens in a new tab) available today.

Install Windows 11 on a VMware Player


Learn the steps to install Windows 11 OS on VMware Workstation drive bypassing TPM and Secure Boot, if you get an error “This PC cannot run Windows 11. This PC does not meet the minimum system requirements to install this version of Windows. For more information, visit aka.ms/WindowsSysReq”.

What is Vmware Workstation Player? It is popular free virtualization software for personal use. It helps to create virtual machines using various ISO files of different operating systems. It uses Type 2 virtualization technology which can be used on Linux macOS and Windows host operating systems to allow different VM instances to run in parallel at the same time.

With these virtual machines, you can also install older operating systems and test older software on current computers. Virtual environments, for example consisting of servers, can be easily copied like a directory by virtualization and decoupling from the normal system.

Using a second operating system in parallel on the desktop is relatively easy with the “VMware Workstation Player” even for beginners. Instead of working with different partitions and clumsily changing operating systems through the boot manager, using the “VMware Player” is much more elegant and faster.

Moreover, you can test software or surf the Internet without the risk of infecting the main computer with viruses. For this purpose, so-called virtual machines are used. The “VMware Player” thus simulates independent computers completely isolated from the real main system. Therefore, malicious programs cannot spread there. In addition, the “VMware Workstation Player” allows real parallel work, for example under Linux and Windows 10.

Install Windows 11 on VMware Workstation – Bypass TPM and Secure Boot

If your host PC supports TPM and Secure Boot, you can also easily install Windows 11 on VMware Player. However, these are on old systems without these two requirements of Windows 11, they must make changes in the registry to install this new Microsoft operating system.

1. Create a Windows 11 virtual machine on Vmware

Here we assume that you have already installed Windows 11 ISO and VMware Workstation Player on your current host OS. Therefore, open your VMware Player and click “Create a new virtual machine“.

Select the installation disc image. Click here on the Browse then select the downloaded Windows 11 ISO that you already have.

Insert Windows 11 ISO File

Select a guest operating system. Here we are installing Windows 11 operating system, so select “MicrosoftWindows” and click the Next button.

Windows 11 guest operating system type

Give your virtual machine a name. Here we use “Windows 11”, you can give whatever you want to call your virtual machine.

Windows 11 virtual machine name

The Vmware player will ask you to configure the virtual disk for Windows 11. By default, it will be configured to use 60 GB of space. However, you can increase or decrease it as needed.

Minimum disk size

Before you finish, click the “Customize the material” to increase memory for Win 11 virtual machine.

Customize the material

Use the slider and increase the RAM from 2 GB to 4 GB, or more if your host system allows it. After that, close the Hardware window and click on the Finish button.

Increase RAM to 4GB for Win 11 virtual machine

2. Start the Windows 11 virtual machine

Once you have successfully created the virtual machine for Win 11, double-click it in the left side panel of Vmware to start it.

To note: Soon you will be asked to press any key to boot from CD/DVD, do this to start the boot process.

Start the Windows 11 virtual machine

3. Open registry to add DWORD (32 bit)

You have the first screen which is “Windows configuration”, here press the Shift + F10 keys on your keyboard to open the command prompt.

After that, in the command prompt, type: regedit.exe and hit it Walk in key. This will open the Windows 11 Registry Editor.

Open Windows 11 startup registry

4. ByPass TPM, RAM and Secure Boot Verification

To bypass Windows 11 OS TPM, Memory and Secure Boot check, we need to make some changes to the registry file. For this on the ‘Registry Editor’ select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE then SYSTEM and IMPLEMENT.

Under the Install folder, right click on the value area and select NEWKey.

Create a new Windows 11 registry key

Last name the created key – Labconfig

Name key to bypass the TPM

Now select the LabConfig folder, then right-click again on the right area, select New ⇒ Dword value (32 bits).

Create a 32-bit DWORD value

Now name the value Dword – BypassTPMCheck after that double click on it and change its value from 0 at 1 after that press the OKAY button.

Bypass TPM RAM and Windows 11 Secure Boot

In the same wayalso create two other 32-bit Dword values ​​and name them:



After creating them, double click on them individually and change their values ​​from 0 at 1.

Bypass Windows 11 TMP Check

Once done, close Registry Editor and Command Prompt.

5. Install Windows 11 Installer

Click on the Next button, to start the Windows 11 installation process.

Windows 11 setup

6. Product Key

You can skip the product key for now, if you don’t have it, otherwise add one and continue.

Ignore product key

7. Select Windows 11 Edition

Depending on your license or the edition you want to try, select the Windows 11 edition and click the Next button.