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On my LXMini Speakers

Introduction Not that long ago, I stumbled upon Siegfried Linkwitz’s web site when I was doing some research on speaker designs, and particularly open baffle systems. I became fascinated by his designs and ideas. His approach is different from the mainstream in the sense he goes down to basics, and starts by analyzing how we humans actually hear. In his web site, he states: “What you hear is not the air pressure variation in itself but what has drawn your attention is the two streams of superimposed air pressure variations at your eardrums”.

The Culture of Offending and Feeling Offended

How many people have you offended today? None? How do you know? In the overly politically correct environment we live in these days, it’s virtually impossible not to offend someone for some reason without ever intending to do so. All we can do is try, but chances are you will never know all the implications of a word, nuances, or even hand waving expressions. I recently offended a Palestinian acquaintance by stating that a network design was ‘Kosher’.

Being Politically Correct around Christmas

The holidays are always a complicated time of the year, when one need to be extra cautious navigating the different cultural contexts for each and every person you care about, and much of society where we live our lives. It can be really stressful and sometimes overwhelming to walk the fine line of saying what you feel or think openly (very much my nature), or use some more politically correct way that won’t offend others.

The Unintended Impact of Crashing my Phone

Yes, my really nice Samsung Galaxy Note 4, with an excellent camera, perfect size, and bright screen… Coming out of an Uber in front of my house at night, fell on a second curb that was put there for protection. I was about to give 5 stars to my driver, when baam! Face down. Since my phone was in my hand, it landed screen down with all my weight. The poor thing kept vibrating at random intervals with no other visible activity.

Putting Together a Software-Centric Home Entertainment System

Introduction I’ve been building home entertainment systems for more years I care to admit. It’s always been a hobby of mine and I find it extremely fun when things finally work as a whole, resulting in a complete operational system. I’ve never done it for money, but I’ve made them for friends and family and of course myself. But in recent years, the dream of having all content in digital format, available on-demand at any point in any device has pretty much become a reality.