Toys

256GB iPod upgrade

Having re-ripped my entire CD collection lossless, I needed more space on my ageing 2006 iPod. Apart from the disk capacity (80GB) it all worked fine, and this particular version is supposedly the finest sounding iPod. I thought it worth upgrading. Pictures… Open it up, carefully: Remove battery cable, and replace the original battery too: …

Bicycle Fit

or How Not to Buy a Bicycle So you want to get fit, have fun, reconnect with the outdoors and indulge in the simple pleasure of transporting yourself without motors, oil, batteries or petrol. It’s all good. Most likely, your first thoughts are to purchase a new bicycle. You are no fool, so you do …

Pitch Perfect

In spite of my cynicism about the whole area of hifi, youthful habits never die. They merely echo through middle age. As such, I acquired a new record player. It is a Denon DP50L. It is new to me, but was originally made and sold in 1978. F Pretty huh ? If you were to …

Brompton Bicycle

I used to use my Brompton for the daily commute, which was about 10km each way. It was as fast as my other ( lightweight touring ) bicycle. Past tense used only because my wife has now appropriated the bike. I’m back to my touring bicycle. Mine is the M3L Titanium one, in black. It …

Vitamix Blender

This is not a cheap blender. In Japan, it costs the equivalent of $800. That’s more than my oven. Here’s the description from an advert I found : The Vitamix machine is not a blender or a juice extractor. It’s so much more. The surgical stainless steel blades rotate at 240 miles per hour, pulverizing …