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Headphone recommendations, anyone? Nothing too expensive - maybe around £50/$100 or so. Wireless would be nice, but not a priority, especially if it'd eat into the sound quality. Noise cancellation or isolation would be good. Easily tucked away into the laptop bag without risk of damage would be very good, as would being generally durable, and with wires that won't lose their flexibility after two years, or fray through as they enter the 'phones.

Say hello to one of the office neighbors. ^_^

If you don't like the iTunes Store arrows in iTunes 8, this hint notes how to invert their behavior, so that clicking on them brings up all the tunes by the same artist, and option-click goes to the Store instead, whilst this one removes them entirely. Nice to see the new visualiser, though - a jazzed up Magnetosphere. Very cool.

Kewl! I think I have a reasonable keyboard now. ^_^ It's very beaten up (both ends are ducktaped, and one key at the high end is missing), but £11.50 for a Fatar Studiologic 1100 seems pretty reasonable - only MIDI (the 1100 predates USB), but for an 88 key hammer-weighted keyboard, overall, not a bad deal. Assuming it works. =:)

From a lagomorphic recommendation, lapine sorts might enjoy this posting of the entire (all 16 pages =:) 1931 children's book, Uncle Wiggily's Fishing Trip. Quite charming. ^_^ (Or, if you'd prefer a single zip file with sequential filenames for the images within, peek over here)

So, I've taken the plunge, nudged on unwittingly by the heroic slycat - I've left Zen, who remain, by a wide margin, the best non-LLU ISP in the UK, for the speedier pastures of Be, who, by using their own equipment in the exchanges, can circumvent the relatively relaxed speeds offered by BT Wholesale, maxing out at a nominal 8Mbps down, 448k up (sometimes 768k, though usually only on expensive business offerings). Be, on the other paw, offer up to 24Mbps nominal down, and more impressively, 2.5Mbps up, if you're willing to give up a meg or two of the downlink. (Yay! The modem's just arrived, so it's now just a matter of seeing when the big switch gets flipped over at the exchange. From which I'm only about 1km, apparently, so with any luck, the throughput should be quite good; not that that compares to said kitty's 320m =:)

This image via randompics stars a NSFW hyperendowed pink pig costume. *cough*

And here's the view as I set off on the mighty trek into the aforementioned salt mine; the odd cloudy lighting caught my eye, with the clear weather in the distance, and the cloud overhead.

My old IBM Aptiva came with one of those "clacky" keyboards. Real springs under every key.

It lasted a pretty long time too. Until one day, some beer got curious about what things were like on the "inside".

I took it apart to try cleaning it.

That was not a good idea.

A better one would have been to soak the keyboard intact, and then dry it really well.

Concrete streets?
Aaaah! No, no, anything but the old IBM keyboards! The feel's fine, but the sound! The BF of yore had one back in Mipple City, and I eventually had to insist it be decommissioned - the clacking just really got to me. (He was very understanding, thankfully, so it wasn't a big matter)

Indeed, most electronics seem fine with getting wet, as long as everything's fully dried out before applying power again. Ideally all the residue's cleaned off first, of course, especially if it's something acidic like cola - beer's probably more just a matter of potential shorting due to the sugars.

Why, yes, I do speak from experience. On multiple occasions.. ^_^; It has to be said, the amount of time between seeing a pint of lager tumble towards a keyboard and the PowerBook in question getting disconnected (DC in and battery) can be quite remarkably small. (Hyzenthlay's not had anything spilled onto it - instead, I had some condensation fall during the night onto just the wrong spot, working its way in between the membrane layers, making it pretty much impossible to clean out. So, its F12, Eject, and Delete don't work)

It looks like they've experimented with usual tarmac covering at times, but the cul de sacs all seem to be just concrete, leading to tarmac on the road they all meet. Spain seems to use concrete on roads quite a bit, as does California. Maybe it used to be a lot warmer here in the distant past. =:)

You live in surbubia. :D
Wouldn't that imply the presence of an urban region nearby? ^_^ (The core of the town amounts to the High Street. *grin* At least the kebab joint's pretty good, but the pub only has one cask ale. A good one, though - Harvey's Best Bitter, a local brew. There's a couple others nearby, which I need to investigate sometime.. but the best pubs all seem to be tucked away in little villages, or just randomly out on their own in the middle of nowhere)
BE have been quite good for me so far. With the one downside that they don't have a Usenet server.
True - they do seem to want to be just a connectivity provider. Which suits me fine - I've got email for the domain courtesy of Messrs Google & Sons, and webspace thanks to timberwoof, in an Xserve back in the City. Usenet's easily achieved with a provider like Giganews, but yes, it'd be a nice touch to have it included, either on their own servers, like Zen, or maybe just outsourced to such an outfit.

Still, I haven't used Usenet in a while - though maybe I'll get set up with something, if only for groups like ba.food and the rather moribund comp.sys.acorn.* hierarchy.

How far are you from the exchange? I'm hopeful I'll be able to get speed closer to the upper than the lower end, though it's really the uplink I'm more after - it'll be so handy to be able to send big files to friends in maybe a tenth of the time. ^_^
1.8km, and get around 16mb down.
Oh, not bad at all! Assuming the wire from the exchange here is okay, I should be well set for at least that much. Did you go for the "upload plus" option? (Only offered to Be Pro subscribers)
Nah, I decided that 1.3mb up was enough.
"Enough speed".. this is a strange concept, Captain.

I've heard those headphones are quite awesome, just not exactly meant for portability.
Tempting! True, not as portable as I'd really like.. possibly workable, though, given the side pouch on the bag has plenty of space. Do they twist around at all?

That said, I suppose I could easily get a pair of buds for mobile use, and another pair just for home and office use.

Oh, wow. The bunny pics I just took turned out fantastically! Hafta post an example. ^_^
I don't think they twist around at all, seeing as they're designed for studio work. I may order myself a pair sometime soon and retire my MDRV150s to the life of a traveling beater pair of headphones.
I was just going to give the same recommendation (Sony mdr-v600) with the same caveat (a bit bulky)!

I have to say, though, that they sound great and are extremely comfortable. I have worn them for hours on end without ear-soreness. I actually forget I am wearing them.

The earcups tuck up into the headband, so they do compact a bit (the blue and red spots are hinges). But they have a long, coiled cord, too, so unless you're wholely dedicated to sound and comfort, they may not fit the bill.

But they are oh so lovely, nonetheless! (Not as sweet as that bunny, though. Did you see Cute Overload's recent batch of flavored buns? Squee!)
Oh noes, the Fuzzy Fox didn't have quite so much fun. :-P

The Twilight morning picture gives me a 404.
D'oh! Permissions problem:

-rw------- 1 porsupah porsupah 1929505 Sep 16 03:50 Twilight morning.jpg

Duly fixed. ^_^

*grin* Well, he did have designs on Uncle Wiggily, and not the fun kind.. =:)
Looks like an interesting morning. I can see the photo now, but the LJ post still needs a tweak. The link has one too many 'g's (.jpgg).

I really like the rabbit photo in the other post.
At least it provided some justification for having to get into the office that early. ^_^ (I'm working on that - gradually introducing the boss to the kinds of work practices I've encountered in the past, and which help make for a fun, relaxed atmosphere, at no extra cost)

Eep! Forgot about that. ^_^; Fixed.

I'm really happy about that set of photos. That camera's just paid for itself in warm fuzzies many times over. ^_^ (I'd like an even better zoom, given the ways of rabbits, but 10x in something that slips into a pocket is quite nice)
£11.50 for 88 hammer-weighted keys!  Sounds tempting, but really I wouldn't know what to do with a MIDI device.
Train the cat to play chopsticks?

I'm really looking forward to playing around with it! The Keystation 49e (which may finally find its way to the new place this weekend) is still a very good device, but the feel is clearly completely artificial. It's a bit of a pity there just don't seem to be any "shorter" hammer action keyboards around - it's all synth-action at the 49-key end, with a few semi-weighted going up to 61 keys, and hammer only at the full 88 key end.

Here, it'll be going straight into a USB converter, then into Logic and some choice synths and libraries. The next step will be getting the salt mine into a condition where I can get back in the evenings and feel energised by the thought of noodling around musically, rather than compelled to just flop down on the bed. Perhaps part of the puzzle will be getting working from home accepted as an essential element, rather than needing to head in every day, especially for 8am. =:P

Maybe I should give the guitar a try, too. eBuyer have a simple electric guitar & amp setup for £40.. ^_^ Probably nothing anyone serious would dream of using, but hopefully good enough to get a feel for a plucked string instrument. (Reminds me, the coworker's landlord has/had one for sale, too. I need to get him to find out what sort of money he'd be looking for - obviously, there'd be no sense in me spending anything more than the minimum, just to find out it's the fastest route to ultimate frustration =:)

I have this non-noise canceling version of these cans, and I find them very comfy to wear, very nice sound gamut, and they fold up into a provided case like a pair of sunglasses.
Ahh! I was actually looking at some Sennheiser the other day - the RS110 and RS130, which eBuyer had for quite affordable prices. Wireless, but not noise cancelling; but the wirelessness isn't really a requirement, so much as on models that happened to turn up early in the search results. I suppose the ideal would be models that could be used wirelessly, but also tethered, just as noise cancellation can be turned off for perfectly silent background in a quiet room, or on, to make music or movies on trains or long-haul flights much more enjoyable. (Or, indeed, just the cancellation, to greatly reduce the background rushing sound. Makes a big difference on an eleven hour flight!)

"Nothing too expensive - maybe around £50/$100 or so."

Considering that I buy mine for $1, I'm certainly not qualified to say anything at all.
Just how expensive do those things get?
Koss' "The Plug"


Roughly $6 or so on eBay.. lifetime replacement if anything happens to the drivers. Weigh nothing, great on trips, great at noise isolation.

Oh, and you can buy a surplus of replacement cushions should yours ever wear out / get eaten by a resident canine on eBay as well :)
When I finally move into my own place, I'm tempted to go with Be myself as I've heard nothing but good things about them.

Alas for now we're stuck with Tiscali (or will be when the landlord can be bothered to fix it that is, as right now I'm having to dot between 3 and Vodafone...)
Surely your neighbor is doing a Monty Python promotion.

"I think I have a reasonable keyboard now."
Neato. Now, press ze buttons! Press ze buttons!

A pleasant Wiggily read.

"...big switch gets flipped..."
Finger's crossed on a smooth and speedy new service.

I suppose the piggy had to be thicker that long otherwise he couldn't make the turns.
And a very pleasant view to start the day with. Very naturey.