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Old 19th July 2005, 12:07 AM   #31
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I know it was only a joke rabitz - no offence taken.
This forum is not the place for world population debates so I won't go on about all that serious "get you down stuff".

Instead I will daydream about 18 inch subwoofers, (say a half dozen per room ) wall, ceiling and floorstander speakers ( in every room) , Outdoor speakers facing north, south, east and west. Mmmmm maybe a small sound system on each sheep in Australia- solar powered and methane powered on the cows.
Someone nudge me please.
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Old 19th July 2005, 02:02 PM   #32
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Better off using the sheep inside speaker boxes as long hair wool is good
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Old 20th July 2005, 03:12 AM   #33
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the year was 2001, i worked in a laptop battery producer in taiwan, in a beautiful city of Taipei...where some good electronic gadgets can be found and amazingly, it was a quality eventhough just made in asia pacific.....during my stay for 2 1/2 years....every year came the chinese new year.......and of course chinese history was to bring good luck in the house need new beginning that is, new electronic equipment......by this 2 days before their holiday seems like the their street a bargain store....that everything they own in the past whether old or new..packed the street waiting for the garbage truck to pick up......i was so stupid that time not knowing the use of them in the future.....but i got some as follows from their..beliefs:

1. AIWA mini component 3 cd changer with both speakers intact and in good working condition

2. A PC that's still works though just PII with epson LQ-570 printer

3. A sharp 21' colored TV model (1994)

4. Panasonic Multi system VHS recorder

5. Different models of old deck by deck Solid state amplifier, equalizer, tape deck, analog tuner, etc.

But because my contract expires....the said thing was i just shipped only the #1 and #3 because of the load limit i have to carry on my way back to my country......and left the others.....i was disappointed.....that if only i can take them back.......
Give me such thing and i'll give back to you......
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Old 21st July 2005, 10:56 AM   #34
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On lucky finds:
About 3 weeks ago, somebody in the company where I work, saw fit to throw a perfectly good HP8903A audio analyser in the skip outside. Needless to say, I retrieved it and bought a complete operators and service manual for it on e-bay for $10. So I now have my very own 'unborrowed' means of measuring THD down to 0.003%, S/N and frequency response.

Compared to today's audio test sets, the HP8903A (which hails from about 1980) lacks the myriad of filters used for industry standard measurements, so where necessary I made my own.
The HP8903A is dead simple to use and does everything with TL072 op amps - not a PC in sight anywhere.

On American products:
How can anyone - especially an audio enthusiast - say they don't see any quality American-made products in Europe? This is patently absurd! What about Weber barbecues, Audio Precision test gear, HP test gear, Switchcraft connectors and switches, Shure cartridges and mikes. . .speakers, other components. . . Open your eyes.
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Old 21st July 2005, 11:58 AM   #35
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the worst american example of "things thrown away" was this -- as told by my dad who was a PT-Boat sailor in the South Pacific -- all of the tools, lathes, drill presse, stamping machines which had been transported out from the States were jettisoned overboard by orders from Washington -- this was to "ensure" that there would be jobs back at home for machinists. This was as America's nascent experiment with a mixed economy (also called Rooseveltian socialism) was nearing its end.

to paraphrase Milton Friedman -- you don't get economic growth by breaking windows.
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Old 22nd July 2005, 07:02 AM   #36
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On institutionalised waste:
In South Africa during the 1970's the Nationalist government 'regulated' many aspects of the economy, such that South Africa had one of the most centrally controlled economies outside of the Soviet Union.
During this time they had 'boards' to regulate almost everything. There was a banana board, a citrus board, a maize board, a guava board, a road transport board, and many others. These boards pegged prices and artificially controlled supply and demand. On many occasions, they forced thousands of tons of perfectly good food to be dumped in the sea because of 'overproduction'. Meanwhile Africa starved.
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