Monthly Archives: September 2011

Burning In

Brian Dunning’s usually excellent Skeptoid podcast this week contains a blooper on the subject of burning in equipment. This podcast was a collection of short answers to student questions, one of which was: Hello Brian, my name is Julian and … Continue reading

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If you like scary movies, I’d recommend Insidious, made by Australian duo James Wan and Leigh Whannell. I’ve just posted its tech details, and noticed the front cover of the US version of the Blu-ray. This notes in promotional terms … Continue reading

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More ABC Radio services for Canberra in digital radio trial

That’s the title of a press release I’ve just received (forwarded on to me personally by Commercial Radio Australia — despite my request apparently I’m not on the ABC’s list for press releases on digital radio). The news is good: … Continue reading

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Digital TV video bitrates – September 2011

The other day Prime TV started broadcasting a new channel in its 6/60 bundle here in Canberra, and presumably elsewhere. This is called ‘Television 4’ and is numbered channel 64. It carries primarily advertorial stuff (exercise programs, Foreman grills and … Continue reading

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Yamaha HP-1 Orthodynamic Headphones

Last week I went down to Melbourne for Yamaha’s launch of its new Aventage home theatre receiver range. They also mentioned that they were finding their earphone range quite popular and had introduced a new high-end model, plus a set … Continue reading

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Why make a classic movie 3D?

Because it might make lots of money. Say, $US30.15 million in its opening weekend, topping the box office.

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Canberrans, rescan your digital radio

I checked this morning and 666 ABC Canberra is now running, albeit at a relatively low 48kbps. ABC Radio National is also picked up, but at the moment the signal is empty. No word yet on ABC Classic, Triple J … Continue reading

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