Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Chris570 » 16 Dec 2013, 13:05

welsh tart?

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Xaccers » 16 Dec 2013, 13:06

But how else are you supposed to gain a back catalogue of embarrassing moments to share with your kid's partners or to bring up during wedding speaches? :)
Likewise, on a more serious note, there have been several suicides that could have been prevented if their parents had known more of what was happening in their children's online lives.


addo wrote:Besides, I once endured something like that "...Er Mum, this is Judith" scene from Life of Brian which could have easily been averted by a parent not convincing themselves they needed to know exactly where I was and what I was doing! So I speak from experience. :P


Well you are a Red Sea pedestrian aren't you? :)

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Post by addo » 16 Dec 2013, 13:26

It got me endless (good natured) subsequent taunts of "Yiddish mama" from the woman involved. :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Chris570 » 16 Dec 2013, 13:53

3000 posts!

Store bought bread is nicer than homemade bread.
Linux sucks, Windows 8.1 rules.
The Archers are boring.
Wiring electrovalves up to a switched 12v feed is just fine.

*sits and waits*

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Northern_Mike » 16 Dec 2013, 14:18

Chris570 wrote:3000 posts!

Store bought bread is nicer than homemade bread.
Linux sucks, Windows 8.1 rules.
The Archers are boring.
Wiring electrovalves up to a switched 12v feed is just fine.

*sits and waits*


I agree with most of that.

I would defend The Archers. I don't listen to it very often, but when I do - usually when stuck in a traffic jam and without other options, I find it draws me in and I end up listening to it then R4 for the rest of the journey. I come to my senses when I realise I'm listening to a documentary on the plight of lesbian left-arm spin bowlers from Guatemala, or something just as odd.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 16 Dec 2013, 17:32

Chris570 wrote:Linux sucks, the Archers are boring.


I'm not even going to rise to that one :-D :wink:

Chris570 wrote:Wiring electrovalves up to a switched 12v feed is just fine.


So is incest in some communities. Doesn't make it right though...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by myglaren » 16 Dec 2013, 19:49

And just to drag it a bit more off topic, although it was mentioned somewhere or otherawhileback, FM gets a reprieve.
I'm appalled at the mess they have created but shouldn't be surprised really.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Xaccers » 16 Dec 2013, 21:01

myglaren wrote:And just to drag it a bit more off topic, although it was mentioned somewhere or otherawhileback, FM gets a reprieve.
I'm appalled at the mess they have created but shouldn't be surprised really.


Thank goodness for that! DAB is outdated and unnecessary. Other countries that started a push out of DAB realised this early on and cancelled it, only the UK seemed hell bent on it, giving us "choice" when people actually want quality (in sound and content).
When I've got unlimited high speed data connection from my mobile I can tune in to digital stations and blue tooth it to my radio in the car if I so wish, although if there's nothing on the radio that I fancy I'm more likely to stream my own music collection via Google.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 16 Dec 2013, 21:02

myglaren wrote:And just to drag it a bit more off topic, although it was mentioned somewhere or otherawhileback, FM gets a reprieve.
I'm appalled at the mess they have created but shouldn't be surprised really.


Steve, I'm absolutely delighted. It means my valve wirelesses can continue to be useful :-D

I was staggered to hear someone say on R4 today that DAB radio is better quality than analogue FM. I'm sure the Radio 3 buffs don't hold with that at all..

DAB is MP3 basically and analogue FM is just that but with massive dynamic range and wide audio bandwidth with zero compression... The quality is very high.


8I'm wondering if the Radio 3 boys saved the day for us all on this one... For true high fidelity FM is the only transmission medium.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Xaccers » 16 Dec 2013, 21:06

CitroJim wrote:
myglaren wrote:And just to drag it a bit more off topic, although it was mentioned somewhere or otherawhileback, FM gets a reprieve.
I'm appalled at the mess they have created but shouldn't be surprised really.


Steve, I'm absolutely delighted. It means my valve wirelesses can continue to be useful :-D

I was staggered to hear someone say on R4 today that DAB radio is better quality than analogue FM. I'm sure the Radio 3 buffs don't hold with that at all..

DAB is MP3 basically and analogue FM is just that but with massive dynamic range and wide audio bandwidth with zero compression... The quality is very high.


8I'm wondering if the Radio 3 boys saved the day for us all on this one... For true high fidelity FM is the only transmission medium.


It's not even MP3, it's MP2 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 2)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by KP » 16 Dec 2013, 21:42

If enough of the countries road network was covered in anything but patchy 2G then streaming would be possible but for 70%+ of my current trip to another office at the moment I get 2g and then a burst of 3G and then nothing in some spots! Travelling as a car passenger these days along the m6/62 brings it's own connectivity hell :(

My dab experience is more that it just made it easier to find stations on the units as it would scan and then store all the stations by name and having more than bbc stations available over most of the country while driving :)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by myglaren » 16 Dec 2013, 23:12

CitroJim wrote:
myglaren wrote:And just to drag it a bit more off topic, although it was mentioned somewhere or otherawhileback, FM gets a reprieve.
I'm appalled at the mess they have created but shouldn't be surprised really.


Steve, I'm absolutely delighted. It means my valve wirelesses can continue to be useful :-D

I was staggered to hear someone say on R4 today that DAB radio is better quality than analogue FM. I'm sure the Radio 3 buffs don't hold with that at all..

DAB is MP3 basically and analogue FM is just that but with massive dynamic range and wide audio bandwidth with zero compression... The quality is very high.


I'm wondering if the Radio 3 boys saved the day for us all on this one... For true high fidelity FM is the only transmission medium.


From what I have read this appears to be true. I believe that the high quality signal that they promised was degraded to give more available bandwidth.
I have never experienced DAB and have no desire to. I have a Sonab receiver, FM only that I very rarely use to listen to Classic FM. Also an Harmon/Kardon receiver with no antenna, just used as an amp for the computer (YouTube mainly) and the dreaded car radio, not tuned to any stations at all. Drive in silence or listen to a CD.

What irritates me is there are lots of people who have invested in expensive FM tuners that will just be hung out to dry if they do drop FM in favour of DAB.
Their kit will be worthless and their only option will be to buy DAB kit for an inferior service.
Also people like yourself with vintage radio. It might glow prettily of a dark evening but will be worthless for anything else.

As that article stresses, FM transmissions are far cheaper anyway so why bother with DAB. A shame for all those that have been sucked in by it of course.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by Xaccers » 17 Dec 2013, 00:39

If memory serves only the BBC national stations were moving to DAB only, local radio was to remain FM until enough people have DAB radios. The agreed criteria for the change was something like 60% of listeners using digital, not just DAB but online and via cable/satellite too.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by citronut » 17 Dec 2013, 09:36

im still on MW 945 Gold,

although when out in the jalopy once we get up the A21 ( sorry Jim for mentioning that road :yikes: ) a way the signal fizzles out :roll: #-o ,

its alway on in my workshop though

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 Dec 2013, 18:26

Arrrrrggh the A21 :evil: What a road....

I forgive you Malcolm!