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Thursday, March 13, 2003

My monitor is famous

I spent this past weekend in Pennsylvania at a gathering of shortwave radio listeners, the NASWA Winter SWL Fest. This year's get-together was particularly interesting, as there was a demonstration of digital shortwave radio, arranged by my friend Kim. I was impressed by the sound quality you could get out of a 10 kHz shortwave signal, very unlike the (outdated, in any case) stereotype of the crackly, unlistenable mess. So was the reporter from MSNBC who showed up. The user experience needs some work, but they've got time; the first commercial radios that users might use are still about a year and a half away.

I brought a PC along this year for the demo, but it didn't work for some reason, baffling the guys doing the demo. Oh well. At least they were able to use the monitor I brought. Hey, that's my monitor sitting next to the laptop computer on the MSNBC site! (Thanks to Jilly Dybka for posting about this article to the Fest mailing list.)

Posted at 2:45 AM

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PC? You? You had a PC? I don't understand. By the way, I finally got a cell phone.

Posted by lilbro at 9:55 AM, March 13, 2003 [Link]

PC? You? You had a PC? I don't understand. By the way, I finally got a cell phone.

Posted by lilbro at 11:29 AM, March 13, 2003 [Link]

Stupid inanimate carbon rod... :-)

Posted by Mike at 9:38 PM, March 13, 2003 [Link]

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