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TalkTalk and Tiscali UK breached rules to protect consumers, says OFCOM

OFCOM finally act against that bunch of toss-pot bullies called Tiscali-Talk-Talk.

An extract from their consumer blog:

‘Ofcom has today instructed TalkTalk and Tiscali UK to stop breaching telecoms rules or they could face further enforcement action, including a possible financial penalty.
After receiving over 1,000 complaints this year alone, Ofcom found that TalkTalk and Tiscali UK have [...]

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Amazon/Gear4Music Deluxe Classical Electro-Acoustic Guitar Review

Today I added the following review to the Amazon Page detailing the Amazon/Gear4Music Deluxe Classical Electro-Acoustic Guitar at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B001C3Q0TO/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_helpful?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

“I was gob-smacked by the sheer prettiness of the guitar as I removed it from the box. After waiting for the instrument to warm to room temperature, I tuned up. First impressions were very good, with beautiful [...]

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Atlas Cuatro de Puerto Rico Review

Today I added the following review to the Amazon Page detailing the Atlas Cuatro de Puerto Rico at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Altas-Cuatro-de-Puerto-Rico/dp/B000VPFOUU/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2

“This item comes well-packed and includes a soft gig-bag. First impressions are good build quality, with minor finishing blemishes. Very pretty to look at.
After letting the instrument warm to room temperature, I tuned it up – then [...]

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Guitar Chords

Chords – Section 1

Guitar Chords – Section 2.

Full-size images of the above are here: http://joebrown.org.uk/GuitarChords/Pg1.jpg and here: http://joebrown.org.uk/GuitarChords/Pg2.jpg

Chords stolen from this really excellent little book:

This book, and others in the series, are available from: www.musicsales.com

And if you are looking for that special cup to drink your wine from whilst playing ‘Hotel [...]

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No-Frills 6-Output Stereo Line Distribution Amplifier

This unit makes an ideal companion for the ‘No-Frills 6-Input Stereo Line Mixer‘ presented in an earlier post.
The unit employs the same SOIC Op-amps (TL074 & TL072) and construction methods, and provided two, 3-input channels (left and right) with independant level controls, together with a stereo (dual) master level control.

The spec is similar to [...]

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DB50XG Voice Selection Table and Routines in ‘C’

I recently completed and implemented code on a PIC18F4620 to talk to my two DB50XG units. Since the code is in ‘C’, and might prove useful to others implementing such code, I’ve provided a hard-copy (DB50XG.c) snapshot of the relevant sections from my code and give a brief extract of these below.

The XG Voice List [...]

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Happy Christmas & Thank You

Yes, I know it’s a bit early, but if I don’t say it now, I’ll forget. Thanks to everyone who has found any of these pages of sufficient interest to merit several visits, and/or post pingbacks on forums etc. Also, thanks to those who have taken the time to comment, or email me. I answer [...]

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Versatile Dual Power Supply Printed Circuit Board

Updated 20th December 2010 with photo of cased unit.

In a bid to cut down the number of different boards I have to produce for a wide range of power supplies, I decided to produce a board that would fulfil at least 90% of the types required. The board I present here has the following features:

Single [...]

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Scourge of The Purge

Have you seen this man? Please notify Baku Bus Station.

Yeah I know. I’ve talked about this before. Trouble is I’m not yet done of ridding myself of decades of paper documentation. Each foray does reduce the pile, but the emotional cost is high, requiring necessary breaks. In this case of a few months. I’m [...]

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