RoSPA

Just booked my RoSPA Advanced Driving test. I have got about 2 weeks to revise my Highway Code etc.

Interesting one for you. Rule 97 Before Setting Off. Last item. “Switch off your mobile phone.”

Elsewhere the Highway Code talks about not using your phone except in case of emergency. Strict interpretation of 97 would say it shouldn’t be switched on anyway – hands free or no hands free.

Think I will switch it off for my test come what may.

Internet Radio & Stuff

Over the years I have acquired quite a few Internet Radio type devices.

One of the earliest that I bought was a Freecom Musicpal – a good bit of kit but they ceased developing the platform and although it still works it is hampered by the lack of development and also its rather poor built in speaker – to get it to work properly it really needs to be hooked up to an amplifier.

The ones that I still use are a Revo Mondo Wi-fi Internet Radio Adapter and my Squeezeboxes.

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The Revo Mondo Wi-fi Internet Radio Adapter (above) is plugged in to my Hi-Fi in the office and I often use it to listen to BBC 6 Music. I also have a Squeezebox Classic plugged in to the same Hi-Fi but for some reason I use that predominantly for streaming my own music and not for Radio even though it is more than capable.

Amazon’s Autorip

Amazon who are a regular recipient of my Credit Card details have recently introduced Autorip to their sales of Music CD’s. Basically you buy the CD, usually at the same price, or for less than the price, of the MP3 download and you get a FREE MP3 download of the album encoded in highish quality 256Kbps VBR MP3 format.

I bought this album yesterday and although its not due for delivery for some days I already have the full album loaded onto my QNAP TS-419P and ready to play via my Squeezeboxes.

Elvis Costello - Blood And Chocolate (1986)

Elvis Costello reunited with The Attractions for his 1986 effort Blood & Chocolate. One of his best albums IMHO.

Amazon Autorip

The screenshot (23rd July 2013) above shows the situation. The CD is £5.41 whereas as the MP3 download is £7.49. So best to buy the CD and get the FREE Autorip for £5.41. No brainer really.