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Yamaha HS50M Active Monitor Review

Yamaha HS50M Speaker
I purchased a pair of Yamaha HS50M monitor speakers after becoming tired of trying my mixes on various HiFi systems, car stereos etc, and...

Roland Mobile Cube Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier Review

Roland Mobile Cube
The Roland Mobile Cube is a small battery-powered portable stereo amplifier, with built-in speakers. Initially, I bought it for use with a laptop and Propellerhead...

Remembering the Original Apple Macintosh

Apple Macintosh 128K from 1984
Early Days The original Apple Macintosh was released in 1984, but it wasn't something I was really aware of until 1986, when I started work...

Remembering the Apple II Series

Apple II Plus
At School Thanks to my high school computer studies class in the 1980s, the Apple II was the first computer that I ever used --- and...

Remembering the Commodore 64

Commodore 64 Computer
The Need for SID The second computer that I ever owned was a Commodore 64. By the mid-1980s, I'd become increasingly frustrated by the limitations...

BBC micro:bit — First Steps (Part 1)

First Steps with the BBC micro:bit Part 1video
What is the BBC micro:bit? And what can you do with it? The BBC micro:bit is a small and relatively simple single board computer. The idea...

Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro Headphone Review (250 Ohm)

Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro Headphones
Decisions Decisions After monitoring using a budget HiFi system and some Sony MDR-IF140 headphones for years, I decided it was time for something better. Part...

Remembering the Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K Computer
First Computer At Home The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is a particularly significant 8-bit computer for me, because it was the first computer that I ever...

BBC micro:bit — First Steps (Part 2)

First Steps with the BBC micro:bit Part 2video
Random Numbers and Temperature After getting a BBC micro:bit at Christmas, and displaying some simple images to prove it can be programmed, I wanted to...

Remembering the Sinclair QL

Sinclair QL Computer
Leaping Ahead Standing for 'Quantum Leap', this was Sinclair's attempt to move upmarket. The QL was released in 1984, and featured more advanced hardware than...