Daily Archives: February 9, 2014

Retina iFive Mini 3: AnTuTu Score

And BAM:


ePrice in Hong Kong managed to get their hands on the Retina-class iFive Mini 3 a few days ago and I just came across their post [Google Translate].

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Beatlemania Fifty

It Was 50 Years Ago Today …

After performing, the Beatles surprise the show’s staff by asking to hear the playback so they can check the sound. “No one had ever requested that,” says Calandra. “They wanted to be great.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

There’s the difference between the ambitious pro and the always-will-be-amateur.

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Why Bland Happens


Doctor Who failed miserably at the focus group stage during its 2005 rebirth, and that could have spelled disaster for producer Russell T Davies if he hadn’t managed to conceal the result from BBC executives. I’m fairly sure that all the BBC bosses since then are glad that the focus group results were kept from them.

Wow. I didn’t know that.

Hollywood researches the hell out of everything. From single-line pitches to finished products.

And still most of the things they make for theaters and TV fail.

You would think they’d try another approach.

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VLC Warranty Warning

Installing VLC Media Player voids your speaker warranty!

VLC has a feature that can make the audio seem louder than other players. VLC achieves this by using a process that creates hard clipping (see below in this thread for explanation) which can damage small speakers. Dell has tested VLC and verified that the speakers can be damaged after several hours of using VLC. I believe that HP (Hewlett Packard) also says that VLC damage is not covered under its warranty.

If you choose to use the VLC player, it is suggested that you do not set the volume higher than 100% in order to avoid potential damage to the speakers. If you contact Tech Support about a speaker problem, it is suggested that you do not have the player installed.

From a year ago, but I’ve heard of this only today.

I’ve had to use vlc’s volume increase on a borrowed notebook. Now I know the best thing to do is to use earbuds or external speakers that can produce louder sound.

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