A modest proposal for the Formula 1 noise problem

This year there has been two hot topics Formula 1. The noses and the noises. The nose-topic has of course been about the ugly noses. And it does not mean that Alain Prost has made a comeback, it is the noses of the 2014 cars that are considered ugly. Well, I guess I could drop that word “considered” from that sentence, because they really are ugly.

The other issue has been the noise, or the lack of noise. And this is what I am really writing about. The noise of Formula 1 cars has been really big issue this year. Because there is no noise. The cars just hum along on the track as the new spec engines just… THEY ARE SO DAMN QUIET! Some people are even complaining that the F1 fans are being ripped off because they don’t get permanent ear damage at the F1 races anymore.

This all sounds (pun intended) a bit silly. But having experienced the brutal noise of a F1 race (only once, back in 2004)… It was really something special, you just sort of felt the power of the cars. That sound is not really captured on TV. I claim that my little pocket camera with its simple video recording capability somehow captured the raw sounds of F1 better than the TV broadcasts. So I sort of understand the disappointment caused by the new cars.

So here is my modest proposal for getting the noise back to F1. Lets take the loudest heavy metal band in the world, Manowar, and offer them the job of being the “Formula 1 house band”. They would play at every F1 race, during every practice session, qualifying session and of course during the race. PA would broadcast the thunderous sound of heavy metal as the F1 cars hum quietly on the track.

Nobody would anymore complain that there is not enough noise. Problem solved.

Photo by Sergio Alcántara is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Manowar – The Formula 1 house band?

Windows 8.1 and the crippled Easy Transfer

My wife bought a new laptop and unfortunately it came with Windows 8 pre-installed. But… well… Lets just say that I would have preferred something else.

But anyway… Her previous laptop had Windows 7 and Microsoft has made a nice tool for transferring your files from one computer to another,  the Windows Easy Transfer tool. So copying all the important stuff  from the old Windows 7 laptop to the new Windows 8 laptop really was quick and easy using WLAN connection on our home network.

Then I updated the operating system of the new laptop to Windows 8.1. And then I remembered that Firefox and Thunderbird settings were not copied, but I knew that I could copy them using Windows Easy Transfer using some advanced settings.

Except that Windows Easy Transfer in Windows 8.1 was not so easy anymore. There was no way to connect to the old computer and after some googling I found this.

Windows 8.1 accepts Windows Easy Transfer files stored on a portable drive, but it doesn’t support the Easy Transfer Cable or the network location.

So thank you very much Microsoft. Seriously. WHY? Do you really think everybody is using your SkyDrive?

Fortunately the only data I still needed to transfer were those Firefox and Thunderbird data, and for that purpose there is a nice tool called MozBackup.

Garageband 6 still available after updating to the latest version

Photo by Gordon Irving is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0In December I updated my MacBook Air to OS X Mavericks and at the same time also the iLife applications to their newest versions. I’ve been only using GarageBand with BFD Eco as audio unit when playing drums and for a while I had no time for drums. One day I wanted to play drums but I just couldn’t get BFD Eco working with the new GarageBand version 10. BFD Eco as audio unit inside GarageBand 10 could not find its licence manager. GarageBand offered a nice dialog for lowering some security settings but I just couldn’t get it all to work. It seems that the new sandboxed GarageBand has caused problems for other audio unit users too.

Then I noticed that there was Garageband 6.0.5 folder in the Applications folder. The upgrade to GarageBand 10 had been so nice that it did not overwrite the earlier version of GarageBand! Fantastic! I could easily revert to the old version. Well, it is not that old as the version number jumped from 6 to 10, so it is really the previous released version of GarageBand 😉 But with GarageBand 6, BFD Eco worked right away and I was more familiar with the user interface. In GarageBand 10 some important features seemed to be very well hidden.

Well, I also lost some features, like support for Logic remote control iPad application, but fortunately I had not even tried it yet, so I don’t know what I am missing 😀