Apple Iphone software 2.0 install issues?

July 11, 2008 at 11:49 am | Posted in Electronics | Leave a comment
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This morning I got to work and was excited to update my iphone with the new 2.0 software release. I downloaded the package only to find that Itunes returned the following error repeadedly “We could not complete your iTunes Store request. The network connection timed out.

Is anyone else having this issue? Does apple not have enough bandwidth to distribute this package? My phone is now locked up and will only make emergency calls.

Cheers to the Apple IT team for a smooth rollout :).

However, I’m pretty psyched to be able to use my iphone as an itunes remote in the house once this software is installed successfully

LR Baggs Para Acoustic D.I.

May 21, 2008 at 6:14 pm | Posted in Consumer Products, Electronics, Intruments & Gear | Leave a comment
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The LR Baggs Para Acoustic D.I. is one of the best devices you can purchase if you are playing acoustic live music with a pickup in your instrument. This little box contains a 5-band equalizer, tunable notch, presence, and midrange controls, adjustable gain, and phase inversion along with being a fully functional direct input box that allows output of either 1/4 inch or XLR to plug into the PA/soundboard. It runs on a 9 volt battery, and gets incredible battery life at that.

This box is really an acoustic musician’s dream come true. I play the banjo, and it takes what would otherwise be a harsh electric sounding tone, and transforms it into a warm, realistic, and convincing acoustic sound. It also gives you the ability to custom tailor your tone, infinitely. Depending on the PA/monitor setup, you can tweak the frequency emphasis to highlight or cut any range. Anyone that plays live acoustic music will know that most sound people usually don’t get the instruments equalized all that well. This device enables you to give them a huge head start, by passing them a quality signal that’s already EQ’d to your preference. I’d be willing to bet that they are loved as much by sound professionals as they are by the musicians themselves. I’ve seen this device used with great results for acoustic guitar, bass, fiddle/violin, mandolin, cello, accordion, etc, etc.

Durability is exactly what you’d expect from a piece of professional grade stage gear. I’d be willing to bet that it could be run over by a car and still function. I’ve seen these units after years on the road, and they are only missing some of their brown paint.

The size is also a huge benefit here. It’s just slightly larger than your average guitar pedal, which makes it really convenient to throw in a gig bag. Similar systems by other companies cost much more and require rack mounting. This isn’t to say that those other devices won’t give you better sound and more flexibility, but this box is all that 90% of stage musicians will ever need out of an EQ unit/DI box.

I really haven’t been able to find a downside to this thing over the past year and a half that I’ve been using it. I will amend this post if I have anything else to add down the road…

You can find the full line of LR Baggs products here: www.lrbaggs.com

Electra Bikes – Rat Fink

April 26, 2008 at 3:39 pm | Posted in Consumer Products, Outdoor Equipment | 1 Comment
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The Rat Fink by ElectraWith Summer being right around the corner, everyone needs a sick bike to ride to Happy Hour. Electra makes 5 lines of bikes – Cruisers, Townies, Tandems, Amsterdam, and Kids. The Rat Fink is Electra’s biggest bike in their cruiser line, and that is what is up for review this time around. First of, this thing is a cruiser, and that’s what it does… Cruises in style. The metallic green flake paint job tuns heads wherever you go. The bike is a tribute to the late godfather of custom hot rods, Ed Roth. It oozes the chopper style with ape hanger handlebars, a low slung seat, a double crown chrome fork, dice valve caps, a wheelbase nearly double that of a normal bike, and back flame accents. The build quality is great, as it should be considering the $600 price tag.

The Good: This thing has some fuckin’ style that will get you a hummer at the end of the night. The ride is comfy due to a sprung seat and big ass fat boy tires. It’s unique – you don’t see every other slob at the beach with one, so you can feel that much cooler. It’s got a three speed internal hub shifting mechanism so when you’re bringing that fat chick home from the bar on your pegs and you’ve got a hill to climb, you can down-shift and make it home before she pukes on the back of your neck. You won’t be a dildo riding around town on your mountain bike when everyone else is cruising in style.

The Bad: This sucker is heavy. I have carried it up a flight of stairs, and it’s a chore. Much better suited for flat ground than hills, but hey, it’s a cruiser. The price – not cheap, but you pay for quality and your pimp image. It doesn’t fit on most standard car bike racks due to it’s size and wheelbase – don’t plan on taking it anywhere unless you have a van. It makes you want to store it inside at all times due to the quality finish and appearance – this can be a hassle sometimes.

All in all, if you’re looking for a bike to get you laid, this just may be the one if you have the cash.

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