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Trooping the Colour – 2016

In General, General, Royal, video by John2 Comments

With Trooping the Colour being last Saturday, in the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, I could hardly fail to include a video of it in the year of the Queen’s 90th birthday. I’ve always enjoyed watching it over the years. In the early years of her reign the Queen rode in uniform, sidesaddle, in the parade. In later years, after the death …

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JPS Harmonic Synthesizer

In General, General, Music, Video by John3 Comments

My interest in keyboard synthesizers and computer music began in 1990 when I bought a Korg M1 and already had an Commodore Amiga computer at home. That was my first experience with what is now called a DAW – Digital Audio Workstation. On the Amiga I used several of Dr T’s music programs including KCS and Music Mouse; but my …

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Computer Keyboards – 1

In Gadgets, General, General, video by John2 Comments

In the past, I’ve always used the keyboard that came with my computer.  The only exception was years ago when I bought a special keyboard that had a small piano keyboard (which could be covered to form a hand-rest) that connected to the computer and could play musical notes and chords.  It was handy for me as a quick way …

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Epson Perfection V800 Photo Scanner

In Equipment, General, Photography by John3 Comments

My Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai film scanner only scans 35mm slides and film.  So, in February 2015 (last month) after a lot of thought and Google searching for reviews and opinions, I bought the Epson Perfection V800 Photo scanner so that I could scan the old 620 and 120 roll film negatives I have going back to my Kodak Box Brownie days.  I also …