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Monthly Archives: November 2019

toyota prius

A little outside the box, but I replaced my 2005 Toyota Prius this weekend with a 2019 LE-AWDe model. The old guy had been around for nearly 15 years, and the family and I had nothing but good, safe times with the car. Barely reaching 97,000 miles, life in Chicago however had taken its toll on him, so it was time to make the move and get a replacement. The craziest thing is that our “all in” price for the 2019 model was within a few hundred dollars of the old 2005 model. Cars and TVs…

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roon 1.7 update

Woke up in the middle of the night and for some reason I discovered that my Roon app needed updating. Did that, updated the core, then went down to my PC to update the Windows application. Today on Facebook, I see post from Roon that touts the new “Valence” feature, one of those “expert” algorithms that people that don’t love music use to figure out what to play or buy next. The algorithm has been recording over 100,000 Roon users play habits (did I opt in or out?). Okay… that little search icon in the upper right is all I need.

On the upside, all the Google Home minis in the house now show up as available audio devices. That’s a fix, I also think that the playback on Android phones has been improved.

But the big disappointment is that the update did not include the ability to add reviews, bios, notes, links etc. Now having that would make it “expert.”

Sony Walkman 40th

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Walkman, Sony will release a specially branded edition of the NW-A100 Media player. The coolest feature, undoubtedly, is the Cassette Tape UI, a nod to the original Walkman, the TPS-L2. The NW-A105 base model is an Android 9.0 based music player that supports just about every format (including hi-res and flac), and with wifi, bluetooth, USB-C and a stereo mini-jack, it’s nothing short of awesome. Full review when I receive it (first order from eBay was cancelled by seller).

I purchased my first Walkman in the summer of 1981, while living in Germany. For many years, it was a trusted companion, and I still have some of my cassettes from back then. Be sure to check the first link, it contains a video with the story of the creation of the first Walkman. Congratulations, Sony. You did good.

On the web:
Sony Global – WALKMAN 40th anniversary
NW-A100 Walkman® A Series Media player with MP3 and Hi-Res Audio | Sony Asia Pacific