I’ve been detailing my experiences with my new home and new listening room over the last couple of years here at PF; a recent article in the last issue (HERE) chronicled my ongoing battles with a seemingly never-ending variety of sources of noise in the listening room. A room that, from the beginning, was designed to be essentially noise-free. The battle continues, but I’m at least making progress, having finally resolved the nagging upstairs-refrigerator noise problem. … Read the full article
Making its way back to the Caulfield Racecourse for its fifth consecutive year, the Melbourne Guitar Show is eyeing August 2019 off like a dog eyes off its dinner. Poised to be its biggest and best jaunt yet, this year’s show – kicking off across the weekend of August 3rd and 4th – promises a (quite literally) jam-packed lineup of performers and exhibitors, with an emphasis on getting punters hands-on with the enormous array of axes on show.
In the lead-up to this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show, Australian Guitar is going full steam ahead on the hype train. … Read the full article
Autonomous testing of the new Advanced Connected Vehicles Victoria (ACV2) platform.
Aussie drivers are set to be warned when cars are about to run red lights, or pedestrians cross the road, as Lexus and Telstra trial connected cars on Victorian roads.
Lexus has fitted two RX450h F Sport hybrid models (above) with on-dash displays, linked to optimised Telstra 4G modems in the boot, as part of a two-year $3.5 million trial in conjunction with VicRoads and the Transport Accident Commission.
The trial in central Melbourne and highways around Geelong will commence later this year, having already completed six months of trials on Lexus’ Altona test track.… Read the full article
Not long ago, when I definitely should have been doing something else—like working on my review of Micromega’s M-150 integrated amplifier—I was watching old commercials on YouTube. Onto the screen came a dimly familiar 30-second spot from 1984 for Prego pasta sauce. A young man, home from school for the holidays, approaches his father who is stirring something in a pan on the kitchen stove. Son: “After a whole semester of college food…homemade spaghetti sauce!” Father: “No, Tommy. This is Prego.” Son: “Sauce from a jar?… Read the full article
The MacBook butterfly keyboard issues feel like part of a never ending story, even after multiple attempts to improve the MacBook keyboards. Now, it appears the company may be close to putting the problems behind it entirely, as a report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by MacRumors suggests the company will use a new keyboard design in 2020.
The new keyboard design will use a more traditional scissor switch mechanism, according to Kuo. He says, "there have been successful developments in the new scissor keyboard.… Read the full article
The first computer virus
Many people are unaware that the first computer virus predates the public internet.
In 1971 Bob Thomas, an American IT academic wrote Creeper, the first computer program that could migrate across networks. It would travel between terminals on the ARPANET printing the message “I’m the creeper, catch me if you can”. Creeper was made self-replicating by fellow academic and email inventor, Ray Thomlinson, creating the first documented computer virus.
In order to contain Creeper, Thomlinson wrote Reaper, a program that would chase Creeper across the network and erase it – creating the world’s first antivirus cybersecurity solution.… Read the full article
One of the biggest enemies of smartphone batteries are the phones' displays. They keep getting bigger, as demonstrated by the OnePlus 7 Pro's 6.67-inch display, and they need to be bright to be useful outdoors. That means even more energy use. But, a new OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology could increase brightness and energy efficiency, Phys Orgreports.
The new OLED technology is being developed by a team at the Departments of Physics and Chemistry at the Imperial College London. They're using a special development process that results in OLEDs that give off a polarized light.… Read the full article
Cybercriminals are stepping up their efforts when it comes to targeting SMBs according to new research from Alert Logic.
In its new Critical Watch Report: SMB Threatscape 2019, the firm revealed that there has been a steady increase in attacks as well as changes in attack methods which target SMBs weaknesses in encryption, workload configuration, limited visibility into vulnerabilities and outdated operating systems.
To compile its report, Alert Logic's Threat Intelligence team analyzed over 1.3 petabytes of data, 10.2tn log messages, 2.8bn intrusion detection events and 8.2m verified security incidents across its customer base of more than 4,000 organizations.… Read the full article
Flowchart software simplifies the process of creating flowcharts for developing ideas, workflows, or project designs, among other things.
While flowchart software may not sound like a priority investment, not only is it great for exploring business creativity and brainstorming, it's also likely to cost far less than a whiteboard.
Of course, not all flowchart software is the same, but the best will all share core features, such as basic templates and predefined objects.
Additionally, you'll probably also need it to allow for sharing and collaborative work, in order for teams to get the most of it.… Read the full article
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of afternoons listening to a system built around the late David Wilson‘s magnum opus, the Wilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic loudspeaker ($685,000/pair), which Jason Victor Serinus reported on in December 2016. In addition to the joy of simply listening to music on such exotic speakers, the experience provided insight into just how well the Master Chronosonics would work in a relatively normal-sized listening room—in this case, one measuring 21.5 feet long by a little over 18 feet wide, with a ceiling height of a little over 9.5 feet: not small in an absolute sense, but a lot smaller than the sort of space usually associated with speakers this large.… Read the full article