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Technical Help / Re: Converting vinyl LPs to cd or MP3
« on: Sunday 25 November 12 11:14 GMT (UK)  »
Best to shop around.  I've just been reading a review of the Ion USB turntable, which is available from a variety of sources, and the review said "If you use this straight out of the box, then at best you will get distorted mono recordings.  After a bit of tinkering around with the software settings the turntable produced stereo sound files, but at 150kbps, rather than 192kbps".

Some devices can't handle MP3 at non-standard bit rates, so best read the reviews before you buy.

Technical Help / Re: Converting vinyl LPs to cd or MP3
« on: Saturday 24 November 12 22:39 GMT (UK)  »
I suppose it all depends on how much of a music and hi-fi purist you are.  MP3 can use techniques which hugely shrink the amount of data used to store the music, but it's done at a cost.  Some digital compression is used, but other more radical techniques are used as well.  Very quiet sounds will be dropped completely, and the frequency response will be clipped at the top end.  So the sound you hear will not be the same as you'll hear on CD.  Whether you notice this will really depend on you.

I do 'rip' my own CDs to computer for ease of use, but the majority of my music is saved in WAV or OGG format, which is the raw data as it comes off the CD, so the sound will be the same as it is on CD.

Technical Help / Re: Blue Screen, is it fatal?
« on: Saturday 24 November 12 13:04 GMT (UK)  »
Computers spend their whole lives heating up and cooling down, and this continual expansion and contraction of the innards makes things that plug in like memory strips, plug-in cards and plugs and sockets work loose over a period of time.  It's a good idea to make sure that everything is tight every year or two, but make sure that the computer is unplugged and - very important - don't put too much pressure on the main board (motherboard) when you are re-seating boards and memory, because flexing the motherboard can irrepairably damage it.  Many computer cases have holes in the metal plate under the motherboard so that the motherboard can be supported from underneath (using an insulated tool handle) when applying pressure to the board.

Checking all these connections will also make you more familiar with the components on the board (like the memory strips), should you need to replace them.

Technical Help / Re: Converting vinyl LPs to cd or MP3
« on: Saturday 24 November 12 11:24 GMT (UK)  »
My wife's birthday is at the end of January, and in the past I've suggested that she has an 'official birthday' in June, like The Queen, to spread the financial load a little.  It has never worked.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: basic record finding
« on: Saturday 24 November 12 11:19 GMT (UK)  »
You need to go to the National Archives....

Type RG4 or RG5 in the Search box.

London and Middlesex / Re: Radio repair shop 1935. Poplar
« on: Saturday 24 November 12 09:49 GMT (UK)  »
Many radio shops grew out of cycle shops because many radio receivers in the 1920s used rechargeable batteries, and cycle shops had the facilities to recharge batteries.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: basic record finding
« on: Saturday 24 November 12 09:18 GMT (UK)  »
Just to say I have been following all that has been said on this topic, and I find it one of the most interesting that I have read on Rootschat.

 I too started before computers were in vogue amd I used a chart similar to what is shown on the BBC website.  (My daughter bought it at La Guardia airport whilst waiting for a flight home in 1980!).  However I now have my own way of doing it, but that helped me start by sorting everyone out.


Nice comment, Anna  :)   I think many of us 'newcomers' to genealogy tend to take online searching for granted, and don't realise how much harder, slower and more physical genealogy was before computers became available to the masses.

Technical Help / Re: Blue Screen, is it fatal?
« on: Friday 23 November 12 23:01 GMT (UK)  »
Could be several things - failing hard drive, bad memory, badly seated connectors, bad motherboard..... 6 years is about the time that these things start to fail.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: DNA Testing
« on: Friday 23 November 12 22:57 GMT (UK)  »
Nick is correct you can manually enter Y-DNA and mtDNA info into Ancestry if you have tested these elsewhere. However Ancestry does not currently have the option of uploading your atDNA (autosomal DNA)

I've quite rapidly come to the conclusion that autosomal DNA is the industry's way of making some easy money.  I paid for an autosomal test, and the only 'links' that I've had so far were from Americans who didn't have a clue where their family came from, who were desperate to find a link in Europe.  In the last 6 months I've had 3 Americans 'claiming me' as a long-lost 2nd cousin !   I do have family connections in the USA, but I have paper proof, not test-tube proof.

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