[ rss / options / help ]
post ]
[ b / iq / g / zoo ] [ e / news / lab ] [ v / nom / pol / eco / emo / 101 / shed ]
[ art / A / beat / boo / com / fat / job / lit / map / mph / poof / £$€¥ / spo / uhu / uni / x / y ] [ * | sfw | o ]
logo
technology
Subject   (new thread)
Message
File  [] []
close
whiteline
image.jpg
243692436924369
>> No. 24369 Anonymous
11th July 2015
Saturday 7:18 pm
24369 spacer
Hello,

My bedroom TV speakers are crap, so I want to get some speakers by the side to get something with higher fidelity. The problem is that space is an issue. I need something that can fit on the bookcases where my TV is resting, on either side.

This means that my choice must be no more than 6" wide and 7" deep, and no more than 50" tall whilst still delivering good quality sound. There's nowhere to put a subwoofer so it has to be a stereo setup, or a set of speakers that can simulate a subwoofer etc.

I can't use a sound bar because there is nowhere in front of the TV for it to go and the wall behind is only plasterboard so it can't support the weight of one. If anyone can suggest a reasonably priced sound bar that a TV can rest on top of and is no more than 7" deep, that will also suffice.

I can't move the TV. This is the only place where it can go. Thank you! Apologies if my phone places the photograph sideways.
15 posts and 1 image omitted. Expand all images.
>> No. 24385 Anonymous
12th July 2015
Sunday 9:05 pm
24385 spacer
>>24383
>£84 for a pair of 16W speakers with tiny cones like that is a waste of money.

I agree, I bought the T20s some years back, and although they're not that bad, I do regret not getting a pair of active monitors for the same price.

>>24384
>And what precisely would you call A2s if not PC speakers?
It can be difficult to say where to draw the line, but there is an important design difference. PC speakers are designed to be sat on a desk in just two or three feet from your ears. They're almost all built into a case which is pointing the cones slightly upwards, and the output is balanced to suit typical tastes at that distance. These two design issues don't have any meaningful impact on cost, but they do mean that even if you buy the best PC speakers in the world they're not very capable of filling a large room with sound, if you're sat on the other side of the room from them, a lot of sound will be projected above your head and the bass will drop off quite a bit. Comparatively, if you stick some active monitors either side of your laptop, they will blast most of the sound at your chest and the bass will be overly loud. Although plenty of people like that anyway.


>If you seriously think higher wattage=better speaker, your general rule should be not to volunteer your opinions mate.
He didn't say that at all, if anything he said bigger cone=better speaker.
>> No. 24386 Anonymous
12th July 2015
Sunday 9:14 pm
24386 spacer
>>24384
Remove the bit about wattage and the point stands. Those speakers would be shit for a telly, and £84 is a ridiculous price, especially when compared to what could be bought instead.
>> No. 24387 Anonymous
12th July 2015
Sunday 11:52 pm
24387 spacer
>>24385
Nah mate, it's pretty easy to draw the line. If T40s are PC speakers, so are A2s.
>> No. 24388 Anonymous
13th July 2015
Monday 1:41 am
24388 spacer
>>24386
They aren't going to fill the Albert Hall, but they're obviously not supposed to. Based on the photo, OP's TV is scarcely 4 Hitchhiker's Guides wide. The distance he'll reasonably be sitting from the TV means he would likely be better served looking at speakers with good nearfield sound, and it that regard the T40s are excellent.
>> No. 24390 Anonymous
13th July 2015
Monday 11:36 am
24390 spacer
>>24388
"I bought the T40s and I'll be fucked if I'm going to sit here and listen you lads talk shit about them."
If this is the case, please understand I'm not knocking your kit, just pointing out that they'd be a poor choice for a TV even if OP was sitting right in front of the screen. They're no doubt fine for a bit of youtube while you're sitting browsing at your desk, but given the cone sizes there's no way they're moving enough air to have any substantial bass response, which makes them a poor fit for movies (and TV shows like, er, Game of Thrones).

If all OP does is watch the news then the built-in speakers would be adequate, that this thread exists suggests they aren't. There are better alternatives for that kind of money.

whiteline
Thomas-Anderson-aka-Neo-the-Matrix-1024x516.jpg
243582435824358
>> No. 24358 Anonymous
6th July 2015
Monday 8:17 pm
24358 Registering a .com domain with fake details
Greetings me ol' muckers.

Try as I might to register a .com domain through my usual go-to (Tsohost if you're interested) they're not having any of my fake detail shenanigans and insist that they must uphold ICANN's policy for correct contact info for the registrant. I'm quite a private chap online and as you can imagine I'd rather not have my address plastered on some WHOIS lookup.

Is there any way around this without paying an extra six quid yearly on top of the eight quid registration fee to not use / have my details be seen by the public?
4 posts omitted. Expand all images.
>> No. 24364 Anonymous
6th July 2015
Monday 11:03 pm
24364 spacer
>>24363
This. They take this very seriously, and if you end up with suspension it can take a few days to put right.
>> No. 24365 Anonymous
7th July 2015
Tuesday 1:42 am
24365 spacer
>>24363
>>24364
So you can't make an email address, and add it to whatever app you use for your emails and let them send you whatever they want? You can't have a burner? How about giving them your normal pay-as-you-go phone number?

You lot make it sound harder than it is. It is really weird. I run 5 websites, and they are all registered to a fake named character from a fake address in London somewhere. Stop being idiots.
>> No. 24366 Anonymous
7th July 2015
Tuesday 1:57 am
24366 spacer
>>24365

Most good domain registrars offer a free WHOIS privacy service. The difference between a crap registrar and a good one is about two quid a year. If you're willing to dick about with all that rigmarole and risk losing your domain for the sake of two quid, then don't let me stop you.
>> No. 24367 Anonymous
7th July 2015
Tuesday 10:55 am
24367 spacer
Surprised none of you have mentioned this yet:

https://www.domainsbyproxy.com/default.aspx
>> No. 24368 Anonymous
7th July 2015
Tuesday 12:18 pm
24368 spacer
Be aware that a domain name is property, and if your name is not listed it may be difficult to prove ownership. Fraudulent transfers do happen, and if you've put a false name in then you might have trouble getting it back. If your name does not appear on the WHOIS then as far as ICANN are concerned you do not own the domain, so be careful with using proxy or nominee services.

>>24367
That's because they're known to hand over details to almost anyone who asks, and, worse, your actual registration would be with Godaddy.

whiteline
Screenshot_2015-07-05-15-57-59.png
243542435424354
>> No. 24354 Anonymous
5th July 2015
Sunday 4:29 pm
24354 Scrollbars
Why don't mobile browsers have scrollbars? It's so frustrating having to swipe up and down threads, it takes forever. Add the fact that there's no home & end keys, nor page up & page down. It really rustles my jimmies.
Expand all images.
>> No. 24355 Anonymous
5th July 2015
Sunday 4:30 pm
24355 spacer
Have you tried zooming out then zooming in on the place you want?
>> No. 24357 Anonymous
6th July 2015
Monday 3:41 pm
24357 spacer
>>24354
> nor page up & page down
Interestingly enough, there was a browser once, on a platform now nearly forgotten, that used to have such functions. I fail to fathom why no one has ever tried to copy that.

Gave me an idea. Implementing such a thing would be probably possible for Firefox mobile via its extension mechanism.

The problem is that I cannot program. Then perhaps such extension does exist already.
>> No. 24361 Anonymous
6th July 2015
Monday 8:41 pm
24361 spacer
Home button is sort of available. Opera on Android has a feature where, after scrolling up for a bit, it gives you an arrow to tap to go back to the top. Chrome does something similar, if I'm not mistaken. On iOS, if you tap the top of the screen in Safari it'll jump to the top of the page.

whiteline
HG01.jpg
243342433424334
>> No. 24334 Anonymous
26th June 2015
Friday 3:07 am
24334 spacer
I've just started learning Python and wondered if anyone could tell me how to code this memoized function so that it doesn't used an external mem. In javascript this would be done with a closure, can something similar be done in python?

http://pastebin.com/j1pUEvAM
7 posts omitted. Expand all images.
>> No. 24344 Anonymous
27th June 2015
Saturday 2:25 pm
24344 spacer
>>24343

Yep, you're absolutely right. Mostly I've had ex-C programmers bug me about this while trying to update ints by reference and the idea of suggesting passing them as single-element lists never even crossed my mind. Thanks lad, I've learned something today and I'm only on my first cup of tea.
>> No. 24348 Anonymous
2nd July 2015
Thursday 8:34 pm
24348 spacer
Is there a better way of creating an empty object in Python than this?

http://pastebin.com/psW67T4w

In Javascript you can just do obj = {} or obj = Object.create(null) and go from there.
>> No. 24350 Anonymous
2nd July 2015
Thursday 9:33 pm
24350 spacer
>>24348

You need to think differently about objects in Python, because the language lacks prototypal inheritance. Objects are used very liberally in Javascript, because anything can inherit properties from anything else via the prototype chain; You can add methods as and when you need them, which isn't the case in Python, where you really need to define your classes up front.

The closest thing Python has to an object literal is the dictionary object, but it's much less flexible and shouldn't be thought of as equivalent. Trying to write Python as if it were just Javascript with different syntax is a disaster waiting to happen.
>> No. 24351 Anonymous
2nd July 2015
Thursday 9:55 pm
24351 spacer
>>24348
Could you shed some light on why you want to do that? There's almost never a good reason to create an empty object like that in python (the only exception I've come across so far was when having to write something compatible with optparse and argparse) and as >>24350 points out, trying to force a fundamentally different language's constructs into python will only end in tears.
>> No. 24353 Anonymous
2nd July 2015
Thursday 11:51 pm
24353 spacer
>>24348
https://pypi.python.org/pypi/ostruct

whiteline
14358665636194.png
243492434924349
>> No. 24349 Anonymous
2nd July 2015
Thursday 8:54 pm
24349 A potentially shit idea
I've noticed recently I've established similar categories of interest across several programs, clients, browser extensions, whatever I use on my computer (the files I keep on my hard drive are organised in the same way as my bookmarks, which are the same as the labels I use for my mailing list, and so on).

When I think about how I'd really like to view these things, what I want more than anything is an operating system that organised all of this by subject, rather than by opening programs that could open certain filetypes/navigate to locations. I realise this is sort of possible now since widgets have become more popular, but I've never really found a tidy, comprehensive or satisfactory way of achieving this. The more I think about it, the more I'd like to be able to just apply universal tags to everything I can possibly access, e-mails, RSS items, online bookmarks, PDFs, YouTube videos, notes, etc., and have updates or additions appear automatically within that category, and then have separate desktops for each category, like i nthe picture.

I'm aware programs like Evernote sort of do this, but that requires opening everything in other programs and clients first and manually sending them to the program. I want an OS that would do this automatically, or in such a way where the category took precedent over browsing for the item. For example, anytime you wanted to add something, you'd add through the widgets. Even better if it presents everything in a customisable and aesthetically pleasing way.

So, please tell me why I'm stupid/that a universal 'viewer' like this already exists/that it would never work and would be horrible to use.
Expand all images.
>> No. 24352 Anonymous
2nd July 2015
Thursday 9:55 pm
24352 spacer
The basic problem with the idea is that of categorisation. It's very hard for software to understand meaning, and how data relates to other data on a human level. Categorising things is really difficult even for humans, and damned near impossible for computers.

A lot of categories have very fuzzy definitions, so it's hard for a program to decide whether something is in that category or not. Many data types are very difficult to process automatically - categorising a video might require accurate speech recognition, categorising images might require good machine vision and so on.

Tim Berners Lee proposed a very similar idea called the Semantic Web, but it never really took off. The hope was that resources on the web could be tagged with relevant metadata, to allow for exactly the sort of application you describe. Content creators tended not to bother adding those tags, and those who did often just stuffed it with spammy keywords. Google totally ignores the keywords meta tag (and treats the other tags very skeptically) because it was so rampantly abused by SEO spammers.

The software you describe isn't necessarily very difficult to build, but would require an enormous amount of tedious manual cataloguing to be even remotely useful. Some systems do work in the way you describe, but they're generally only used for highly valuable data that is already very well categorised, like scientific or financial information.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_Web

whiteline
BlackBerry_Z10_front_and_back.png
199161991619916
>> No. 19916 Anonymous
30th November 2013
Saturday 5:08 pm
19916 spacer
I'm hoping some of the technical wizards and gadget gourmets here will be able to help me. I need to replace my phone as it is slowly dying (having already had one repair), rendering the touch screen near dead and browsing for a long time almost unusable because of this and so I can't hang on to it for too much longer. It's a Blackberry Torch slider type which I got because of the fantastic proper qwerty keyboard and the (at the time) best text, web and email experience I could find on a phone, coupled with a well above average camera phone.

With that in mind I'm hoping my next purchase doesn't feel like a downgrade. The two I'm looking at at the BB Z10 and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3, which are in the same ballpark for price. The things I mentioned previously about my current dying phone are what I enjoyed the most about it and hoping to get at least as good with the new phone. Unfortunately the physical keyboard seems to be dying out, so it seems touch screen is the only option I have these days if I want a good screen.

Can anyone help me with this choice? I understand Android based ones are fantastic for apps these days.
115 posts and 6 images omitted. Expand all images.
>> No. 23977 Anonymous
10th April 2015
Friday 2:33 am
23977 spacer
>>23976

I have a One M7 and I'm seconding this, the flagship HTC models are just shit hot. The only thing they're missing is the ability to expand the memory, but I'd still pick a One over a Galaxy for overall fit and finish. I find myself getting more and more frustrated every time I use iOS now. They've fucked the user experience entirely.
>> No. 23978 Anonymous
10th April 2015
Friday 2:42 am
23978 spacer
>>23976
>HTC One M8
Nice phone M8.

Sorry.
>> No. 24345 Anonymous
1st July 2015
Wednesday 9:40 am
24345 spacer

vodafone smart ultra 6 Smartphone UK 2015.jpg
243452434524345
If anyone is looking for a mid-priced phone, there's a new value champion, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6. For £125, you get a 1080p display, 4G, eight cores, 2gb of RAM, Android L, a decent sized battery and a MicroSD slot. Unlocking is available on eBay for less than a fiver, and you don't have to buy a topup with the phone. It's a ridiculous bargain, even compared to those off-brand Chinese phones from DX.

http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop/pay-as-you-go/vodafone-smart-6-ultra-payg/sku86605-grey
http://www.trustedreviews.com/vodafone-smart-ultra-6-review


Apologies for the bump.
>> No. 24346 Anonymous
1st July 2015
Wednesday 1:31 pm
24346 spacer
>>24345
>Apologies for the bump.
Not at all. It's nice when people bump old threads with new information, instead of just replying to a months old post to call someone a cunt.
>> No. 24347 Anonymous
1st July 2015
Wednesday 10:28 pm
24347 spacer
>>24346

See you in a few months mate... :-*

(A good day to you Sir!)

whiteline
android_headphones.jpg
241152411524115
>> No. 24115 Anonymous
21st May 2015
Thursday 5:37 pm
24115 MP3 Player
I need a good mp3 player for Android. The default player is rubbish, it has no shuffle feature.

Any suggestions welcome.
3 posts omitted. Expand all images.
>> No. 24312 Anonymous
13th June 2015
Saturday 10:10 pm
24312 spacer
I too would be interested in this.

Although I also wish smartphones had extra physical buttons. I still use a separate MP3 player mainly so I can skip tracks or change the volume without having to take it out of my pocket. (or mess around with poncy bluetooth headphones)
>> No. 24313 Anonymous
13th June 2015
Saturday 10:42 pm
24313 spacer
>>24312

A lot of inexpensive in-ear headphones have inline remotes that allow for the control of basic playback functions. An app like Headset Button Controller allows you to customise the function of those buttons. An advantage of using a smartphone over an MP3 player is that you can use Google Now to control media playback using speech.
>> No. 24314 Anonymous
14th June 2015
Sunday 7:52 am
24314 spacer
>>24313

In-line remotes are nearly as bad, it cuts your choice of headphones down to about a quarter, and it's an extra thing on the cable to get snagged on things and break.
As for using google now, I'm not going to walk around Tesco shouting "next track"

It just annoys me because there's no good reason that my phone couldn't have an extra few buttons down the side, and I'm hoping that this line of minimalism is just a fad.
>> No. 24315 Anonymous
14th June 2015
Sunday 10:35 pm
24315 spacer
>>24312
I don't know how useful it'll be to you, but if you're rooted and have Xposed, then Gravitybox has a feature that lets you use the volume buttons to skip tracks by holding them down when the screen's off, so I just do that through my pocket.
>> No. 24340 Anonymous
26th June 2015
Friday 4:05 pm
24340 spacer
I use Poweramp, if you've rooted your phone you could get it for free I guess

whiteline
evolution-300x199.jpg
243322433224332
>> No. 24332 Anonymous
21st June 2015
Sunday 9:42 pm
24332 spacer
On Friday the High Court decided that the "private copying exemption" was unlawful because it didn't provide for compensation for rightsholders. Apparently rightsholders are harmed by individuals deciding to listen to music they have already purchased on another device.

On the upside, as we found out with the militant daft woggery Act, the government's options in response to this include "ignore it", because the High Court can't tell Parliament what to do (something the article leaves out).

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/06/european-copyright-madness-court-strikes-down-law-allowing-users-rip-their-own-cds

Fair warning: the judgment itself makes for very dry reading.
Expand all images.
>> No. 24333 Anonymous
21st June 2015
Sunday 11:36 pm
24333 spacer
That's an insane (or at the very least ridiculous) decision, as the article makes very clear. What the bloody hell were they thinking?

whiteline
Screenshot_2015-05-29-03-27-53.png
241182411824118
>> No. 24118 Anonymous
29th May 2015
Friday 3:36 am
24118 Facebook Messenger App Permissions
Why on earth would a messenger app need this level of access at all for any reason at all? I don't think I can think of a single reason why.
2 posts and 2 images omitted. Expand all images.
>> No. 24123 Anonymous
29th May 2015
Friday 4:16 am
24123 spacer
The problem is with the current Android permissions system. An app must request every permission it needs for every feature in one big lump at install time. The developer can't provide explanations in the permissions request dialog, and the user is forced to either accept all permissions or not install the app. This is far from ideal for both parties. Users have to sign their life away just to try an app, and developers are stuck with either scaring off users with a massive list of permissions or removing useful features.

This article explains the (perfectly legitimate) reasons for the permissions needed by Facebook Messenger:

http://www.androidcentral.com/facebook-messenger-permissions-not-scary-stories-might-have-you-believe

The problem will be fixed in Android M, which will have a completely new approach to permissions. Rather than being one big lump, permissions will be dealt with individually. The user will only be asked to accept or deny a permission at the point when that permission is needed; For example, if you never use the SMS features in an app, then you will never be asked to grant that permission. Users can deny specific permissions, and the app will have to cope gracefully with that. A system settings menu will allow users to see what permissions are currently granted to which apps, and revoke any previously granted permissions.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V-fIGMDsmE?start=3600
>> No. 24124 Anonymous
29th May 2015
Friday 4:21 am
24124 spacer
>>24123

Also, inb4 that lad who responds to every post about the complexities of software development by calling us all whiny incompetent cunts.
>> No. 24125 Anonymous
29th May 2015
Friday 4:38 am
24125 spacer
>>24124

Shut up and make my messages load faster, you useless prick.
>> No. 24126 Anonymous
29th May 2015
Friday 5:03 am
24126 spacer
>>24123
I really hate how he speaks.
>> No. 24331 Anonymous
21st June 2015
Sunday 2:18 am
24331 spacer
This might be of some interest to some people: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/06/google-chrome-listening-in-to-your-room-shows-the-importance-of-privacy-defense-in-depth/

whiteline
Querying Policeman.jpg
243162431624316
>> No. 24316 Anonymous
17th June 2015
Wednesday 4:29 pm
24316 spacer
I've just moved into a new flat and want to get Ethernet in my bedroom.
The flat has phone extensions in each room which are useless and no one will use.
All of this is wired from a BT master socket.
I'm wondering if it's possible to re purpose this existing wiring for my needs?

Many thanks guys.
9 posts omitted. Expand all images.
>> No. 24326 Anonymous
17th June 2015
Wednesday 10:20 pm
24326 spacer
>>24325

Flats often have problems with interference and congestion, due to the density of nearby access points and other 2.4GHz equipment. The problem isn't necessarily bandwidth, but availability. Wifi connections on busy channels tend to suffer from chronic packet loss, which can ruin online gaming. That can be largely mitigated by using 5.4GHz, but that's a potentially expensive solution if you need to upgrade all your kit. Powerline is usually rock solid, and surprisingly affordable - a pair of basic 500AV adapters costs less than £25 from Solwise.
>> No. 24327 Anonymous
17th June 2015
Wednesday 10:27 pm
24327 spacer
>>24326
Fair enough, I didn't know they'd got that cheap. My experience with them has been really mixed, especially in older houses where the wiring is dodgy, but I'm not surprised to hear they've improved.
>> No. 24328 Anonymous
17th June 2015
Wednesday 10:33 pm
24328 spacer
>>24323
Hmm, >>24321-lad here. Now I think about my internet is slower than it used to be when I had it downstairs instead of in my room. Why did this never occur to me.
>> No. 24329 Anonymous
17th June 2015
Wednesday 11:42 pm
24329 spacer
Alright lads, OP here
Cheers for your advice, I've got VDSL from BT with the Home hub 5, from what I can gather from the googling and the look of my master socket it's filtering out the broadband before it gets to the extension wiring
I have considered trying to rerun the wires with actual Ethernet cable however given the location of the master and the Sheer distance and route it must take to get to my room(there's a good chance it's partially external) that's a no go, I was hoping for a cheap bodge with the phone wiring really since I won't make use of it.

I mainly wanted to have Ethernet in my bedroom because it's what I'm used to but I've done some tests and it seems the WiFi isn't actually that bad, certainly I appear able to max out my internet connection with it(76Mbs) which was a nice surprise

My secondary reason was as a location to plonk the sever but it hit me earlier tonight that while it would be out of the way in the bedroom I'd also have to sleep with it and it would stand a good chance of keeping me up, I've decided to put it in a very large cupboard near the living room which I can route a long Ethernet cable into discretely.

Should I need to get ethernet elsewhere I'll probably go with the homeplugs.

Thanks for your advice anyway.
>> No. 24330 Anonymous
18th June 2015
Thursday 12:12 am
24330 spacer
>>24329
>put it in a very large cupboard near the living room
Might want to keep an eye on the temperatures to begin with.

whiteline
142757689657.jpg
242472424724247
>> No. 24247 Anonymous
3rd June 2015
Wednesday 4:19 pm
24247 spacer
How to extract links from a page?

What I've been doing is downloading the source code and appending a little script to it that uses getElementsByTagName to extract them and then write them to the body.

I know this is retarded but I don't know how else to do it. Is there a way to run JS on the fly on a web page or something?
25 posts and 1 image omitted. Expand all images.
>> No. 24304 Anonymous
12th June 2015
Friday 5:33 pm
24304 spacer
>>24302

I don't code a lot of javascript, thank christ, but 'return text.indexOf(substr) === text.length - substr.length;' seems like an incredibly barse-ackwards way of checking the end of a string.

Something like 'return text.slice(-substr.length) === substr' seems a lot more logical.
>> No. 24305 Anonymous
12th June 2015
Friday 5:57 pm
24305 spacer
I'll write something in bash for you if i cba, later on.
>> No. 24307 Anonymous
12th June 2015
Friday 6:12 pm
24307 spacer
>>24277
Corporate IT plays a significant role in choosing a company's browser, sure. When you interviewed for your current company you had the chance to learn what the IT department were like and you chose to work there anyway.

Corporate IT often gets away with a lot of shit because people complain among themselves and not to the right people. That's probably true of life and not just corporate IT. People whine and bitch that people in power are fucking them, but so often they've never expressed their lack of consent.
>> No. 24308 Anonymous
12th June 2015
Friday 6:21 pm
24308 spacer
>>24307
You're doing really well, rapistlad. Keep on digging. Them victims wont no wot hit em.
>> No. 24310 Anonymous
12th June 2015
Friday 8:47 pm
24310 spacer
>>24302

Oh, I see now. indexOf finds the first occurrence. Like I said, I'm still learning.

whiteline
tmp_27829-IMG-20150523-WA00171846486122.jpg
241272412724127
>> No. 24127 Anonymous
29th May 2015
Friday 5:20 pm
24127 spacer
I'm looking for a cheap, long-battery, durable phone that can run whatsapp.

Anyone know of any good contenders?

Battery is the most important.
48 posts and 3 images omitted. Expand all images.
>> No. 24195 Anonymous
31st May 2015
Sunday 2:10 am
24195 spacer
On a sidenote, it's very hard to find the classic blue jeans and george asda running shoes combo on google images.
>> No. 24196 Anonymous
31st May 2015
Sunday 2:38 am
24196 spacer
>>24194
>But what kind of idiot spends £500/month on a mortgage? Admit it, you didn't really want a small flat, you just wanted a property and the ability to throw away £500/month for no reason.
>> No. 24199 Anonymous
31st May 2015
Sunday 3:05 am
24199 spacer
>>24196
Nice comparison.
>> No. 24200 Anonymous
31st May 2015
Sunday 3:13 am
24200 spacer
>>24199
Yeah, they're completely different. One involves buying something and paying for it over time, while the other involves buying something and paying for it over time.
>> No. 24203 Anonymous
31st May 2015
Sunday 3:50 am
24203 spacer
>>24200
You're doing awesome. Keep going.

whiteline
Screenshot from 2015-05-30 12:29:01.png
241522415224152
>> No. 24152 Anonymous
30th May 2015
Saturday 1:31 pm
24152 Linux Time
Just running Linux 12.04 and noticed the clock's an hour behind. Is it a daylight saving thing?
1 post omitted. Expand all images.
>> No. 24154 Anonymous
30th May 2015
Saturday 5:53 pm
24154 spacer
>>24152
Means you have the timezone set wrong lad. Set it to UK and not UTC.
>> No. 24155 Anonymous
30th May 2015
Saturday 5:59 pm
24155 spacer
>>24153
I meant Ubuntu 12.04.
>> No. 24164 Anonymous
30th May 2015
Saturday 8:32 pm
24164 spacer
>he doesn't hide the dock

How people live like that I don't know.

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 24165 Anonymous
30th May 2015
Saturday 9:04 pm
24165 spacer
Install a tiling window manager.
>> No. 24166 Anonymous
30th May 2015
Saturday 10:19 pm
24166 spacer
>>24165

Or at the very least opt for Xubuntu.

whiteline
s-l1000.jpg
241052410524105
>> No. 24105 Anonymous
17th May 2015
Sunday 1:39 pm
24105 Audio
Apologies if this goes in the wrong place but I'm finally about to get some Student Finance after not being paid for a few months and thanks to the severe austerity I've had to impose on myself I'm going to have a lot of spare money. I want some decent audio since my 5W USB speakers are cringeworthily bad. At home I have a set of huge panasonic bookshelf speakers connected to the base unit of one of those multimedia things you used to get with the huge CRT TVs back in the day -- you know what I mean, two huge speakers, a base unit that would play CDs and connect to the TV.

What I'm looking for is an amp and a set of smaller speakers that I can take to and from university with me, and if ant audiolads can advise, possibly a DAC.

So, Q1: Would a USB DAC on the cheaper end (~£50) be a marked improvement over the on board DACs on my high-end Samsung laptop and mid-range PC mobo (both some generic Realtek chipset)?

Q2: As I intend to buy used, what are some good brands of amp or receiver to look out for? Are there any particular brands/models that perform better than their price point would suggest?

Q3: Same as above, but with small bookshelf speakers?

Q4: Is there anything I've missed, or anything I should be wary of when looking at/for used equipment?

Thanks in advance lads, I know it's a long post but I'm clueless on this and I hope I'll be able to get some opinions.

Pic related: The pathetic tin cans I'm currently using.
3 posts omitted. Expand all images.
>> No. 24109 Anonymous
17th May 2015
Sunday 2:38 pm
24109 spacer
>>24107

Yep, all you need is the source to plug into them. It's worth noting that most of this kind of speaker don't take the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, they either take the big 1/4" ones or stereo phono plugs.

You can either pop down to Craplin and get a couple of adaptors to chain together, or just go down the sound card route and get something like the smallest M-Box (designed for Pro-Tools recording, but works fine as just a general purpose sound card).

For £200 you should easily get a set of slightly bigger speakers than the one I posted above and a sound card, with change left over for a Cornetto.
>> No. 24110 Anonymous
17th May 2015
Sunday 2:44 pm
24110 spacer
>>24109
Yeah, I'm using some chain of franken-adaptors at home because my old 3.5MM - > RCA adapter broke and that's what the TV thing takes.

What about the AV-40s? They seem to be the 'next one up' and still have an integrated amp.
>> No. 24111 Anonymous
17th May 2015
Sunday 2:50 pm
24111 spacer
I do think a cheap USB DAC can be a noticable improvement over most laptop sound under certain conditions. It does depend on your speakers/headphones, although it depends more on the sensitivity than the quality.

My PCs built-in sound seemed to pick up a lot of interference from the graphics card, although it was only noticeable on my grado headphones, nothing else I own was sensitive to pick up the buzzing.

You don't even need to spend £50, this is £25 and it should be pretty good. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Xonaru3-Mobile-USB-Soundcard/dp/B004ZI5E1S/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&qid=1431869882&sr=8-20&keywords=usb+sound+card

Of course follow the advice in >>24106 first, get some active monitors now, and worry about a USB DAC later.
>> No. 24112 Anonymous
17th May 2015
Sunday 2:53 pm
24112 spacer
>>24110

Exact same thing with a slightly bigger speaker. If you can push it up to the next model, the BX-5, it'll be a significant improvement in terms of all-round frequency response though.

Be careful of leaving them switched on if you do go for these however, I had a set where the transformer caps eventually went dodgy. Still meaning to repair them but they are a bugger to disassemble. Check around for reviews on similar priced KRKs or Yamahas if you like, though I suspect the build quality for any brand is going to be similar in this price range.
>> No. 24114 Anonymous
17th May 2015
Sunday 3:17 pm
24114 spacer
>>24112
Interesting. Thanks. I do have a cheap Sennheiser DAC I use to give my laptop a microphone port but I have to pay I prefer my laptop's DAC because I can use the onboard equaliser.

Looks like I'll go for the monitors and keep using the TV thing at home then.

whiteline
Delete Post []
Password  
[0] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18]