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Behringer EUROLIVE B215D

30/04/2013 Leave a comment

I have seen these Behringer B215D speakers in use for quite a few events. From what I know, they are pretty popular because they are very affordable. They would be great for a backup set of speakers should your main set croak on you. Specifications from the Behringer website:

  • High-power 550-Watt 2-way PA sound reinforcement speaker system for live and playback applications
  • Ultra-compact and light weight system delivers excellent sound even at extreme sound pressure levels
  • Revolutionary Class-D amplifier technology: enormous power, incredible sonic performance and super-light weight
  • Internal switch-mode power supply for noise-free audio, superior transient response and very low power consumption
  • Integrated sound processor for ultimate system control and speaker protection
  • Extremely powerful 15” long-excursion driver provides incredibly deep bass and acoustic power
  • State-of-the-art 1.35” aluminum-diaphragm compression driver for exceptional high-frequency reproduction
  • Ultra-wide dispersion, large-format exponential horn
  • Ultra-low noise Mic/Line input with Volume control and Clip LED
  • Dedicated 2-band EQ for perfect sound adjustment
  • Additional Line output allows linking of additional speaker systems
  • Versatile trapezoidal enclosure design allows different positioning:
  • – Stand mounting with 35-mm pole socket
  • – Tilts on its side for use as a floor monitor
  • Ergonomically shaped handles for easy carrying and setup
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life

This is what the mixer section behind the speaker looks like:

Pretty good and well worth the price. Also, if you need to know what the speakers look like on the inside, check out this blog named Negatron’s Blog, where the owner changed the blown compression driver on these speakers. So it looks like you can use third-party parts in them. Not too bad!

Arsenal vs Manchester United

29/04/2013 Leave a comment

It was a draw today at the Emirates Stadium. Manchester United went out into the field of the Emirates Stadium, to a guard-of-honour given by the Arsenal players. Robin Van Persie was drawing lots of boos and jeers…and no wonder. The ex-Arsenal captain was returning to his old stomping ground and for many fans, it is a contentious issue.

I must say that our playing was lacklustre today. Arsenal played very aggressively and we gave away a goal to Theo Walcott in the third minute. Absolutely shocking and it looked like Walcott was offside. After watching the replay, I must say he definitely was. But we managed to make amends with a penalty by Robin Van Persie….ironically too. He was brought down by Bacary Sagna (bad haircut by the way Sagna…you might want to do something about it) and the referee pointed at the spot immediately.

So after the final whistle, it was Arsenal – 1, Manchester United – 1. They tried to break us but we fought back. Glory Glory Manchester United!

GERM loudspeakers

28/04/2013 Leave a comment

These are installed in a bar that I frequent fairly regularly. I have never heard of the brand before – GERM. An Internet search threw up nothing. I suppose they must be made for karaoke use. It consists of a woofer and from what I can see a small piezo tweeter. I do not even know what is the wattage on these speakers. If anyone knows anything more about it, send me an email. Interesting indeed!

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CEE Form 16A industrial electric plugs

27/04/2013 2 comments

I feel like changing all my interconnects to CEE Form plugs like these. Not only are they robust, they are also somewhat waterproof, measuring an IP44 on the IP scale. They also do not have fuses so I can rest easy while doing shows, knowing that a fuse is not going to blow. They are relatively cheap here in Singapore, going for about four dollars for either a plug or a socket. Yep. A change is imminent and coming soon.

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Starhub to implement a ‘one-minute minimum charge’

26/04/2013 6 comments

I read this in Yahoo! News today. Just when you thought Starhub could not do anything more idiotic, their AVP in charge of post-paid plans decides to implement the ‘one-minute minimum charge’. The following is a snippet from the online article:

Starhub’s mobile customers have to pay 16.05 cents for the first minute of each local outgoing call starting 1 May, even for talk times shorter than one minute. This means that customers will have to pay more than they do now for calls lasting less than 60 seconds, according to information found on the telco’s website. Starhub customers are currently being billed at about 0.27 cents per second from the start of each local outgoing call. By next month, a one-minute charge will be fixed to each call before customers are billed on a per second basis starting from the 61st second of talk time, according to Starhub’s assistant vice president of mobile post-paid services, Mr Tian Ung Ping.

What does this mean, I hear you ask?

Well, right now, us Starhub customers pay 8 cents for the first 30 seconds of a call. But after this, regardless if you speak for 20 seconds or 30 seconds, it is going to cost 16 cents, double the price of what it costs then. It may not seem like much but if you add it up, it can and will lead to quite a substantial hit on your bill. Why they did it you may ask. Simple. To keep up with SingTel, who also charge rates like these. Monkey see, monkey do.

And the person responsible for all this stupidity? Simple. A person named Tian Ung Ping, currently the VP of Post-paid plans at Starhub. Yep. That is him below:

This is article from Yahoo! SG, it seems that this fella, Tian Ung Ping at Starhub, decided to implement the new amid rising costs of “network maintenance, upgrade and expansion”. And he has the cheek to say that most people will not notice it. This is bullshit. What do you mean people will not notice it? This is just jack-shit profiteering and squeezing the customer. Even this blogger, Michael Tan from CNET, has written an article about the telco profiteering from us. Apparently, this is not enough. They want to profit even more!

Well done Starhub you greedy gits. And if you think I am the only one that feels that way, well, I have news for you. Here is one and here is another.

This is what we know. Imagine what we don’t. And Starhub, you sent me this below via email:

Are you sure you are prepared to hear what I want to tell you about how you treat your customers?

Parent in Singapore against night cycling

25/04/2013 Leave a comment

I do not know what is wrong with parents in Singapore nowadays. Look at the weak arguments put forth from this post in the Straits Times Forum today. Are we building a molly-coddled society?

IN ALMOST every quarter of the year, Compassvale Secondary School organises night cycling for students in the Normal stream. My Secondary 2 son recently participated in this so-called enhancement programme, which lasted until the next morning.

As parents, we try to accede to our children’s request to take part in such activities, but I have several questions about the appropriateness of the cycling event.

First, why must it be held at night? It is also held close to the school’s quarterly ending semester, a time when parents are anxious about their children’s exam preparations. Surely, there is a better time to hold such activities.

Why can’t the event be held early in the morning when the conditions are more conducive? After all, major cycling events such as the OCBC Cycle Singapore are held in the early morning.

Second, it is important to maintain regular sleep patterns. When the students return home the next morning after their “marathon” night of sport, they will probably sleep through the day and wake in the evening, thereby disrupting their natural sleep cycle.

Third, this sleep disruption could not have come at a worst time – a Sunday, when children must wake up early the next day for school.

Sleep deprivation causes children to lose concentration in class and also affects their health. This is worrying as children between the ages of 13 and 16 are still developing.

Francis Cheng

And they wonder why our kids nowadays have almost NO social life. There is nothing wrong with night-cycling Francis Cheng. Just because you probably did not enjoy it when you were young or did not even go for it does not mean its bad for everybody else. Get a life!

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Manchester United Platinum VISA card from Maybank

25/04/2013 Leave a comment

Just recently, Maybank asked me to surrender my old ATM card because they said that they will be replacing it with a debit card. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the new debit card kept clashing with my EZ-Link card and every time I took a bus or MRT train, the reader would detect two cards in my wallet. What this meant was that I had to physically take out the EZ-Link card from my wallet and put it on the reader, leading to a lot of inconvenience, especially if I was carrying something. I then called Maybank and asked them to give me back my old ATM card but they said that they had destroyed it. What was I to do?

Simple. They said that they had this Manchester United Platinum card that did not have the built-in coil like the afore-mentioned debit card cum ATM card. I asked them if they could give me that instead. They very kindly waived off the fee for this card and it now the card that I am using. I have to say that I am impressed with Maybank. They actually listen to their customers!

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