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Sameer Verma
profess by day, tinker by night.
profess by day, tinker by night.

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Let there be love...

I finally recorded the audio to a Zoom H5 and merged with the video of my Ampex F-44. Watch on YouTube at the highest resolution. 1080p 60fps. Nat 'King' Cole sounds like bliss!

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"Let there be you, let there be me
Let there be oysters under the sea
Let there be wind and occasional rain
Chilli con carne and sparkling champagne…"

Listening to a tape I got recently. In fact, it was something my friend found at a sale (for USD 0.10, if you must know) and she promptly grabbed it for me! "Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays". The album is from 1962, produced by Capitol Records.

Now playing on my Ampex F-44. Circa 1964, made in Redwood City, California.
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Norwegian Wood! No, really!

Admiring this beautiful Tandberg Model 74 with very cool wooden panels. The entire base is made of wood. Made in Oslo, Norway by Tandbergs Radiofabrikk. Circa 1964. Looks extra sharp with these 7-inch aluminum Scotch reels!

Listening to "Norwegian Wood" by The Beatles.
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"Summertime....and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'...and the cotton is high"

The beauty of Ella Fitzgerald's voice, only to be matched by this lovely machine. Matching Scotch 7-inch reels to bring a certain cadence to the mood on my Ampex Fine Line F-44.

The long shadows cast earlier in the evening by the foolishness that is daylight saving.

+Andreas Gros​ presenting on the OLPC Ethiopia project that he's working on right now.

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Running Unity 8 on Ubuntu Zesty on a Dell XPS13. I had to add 'export GRID_UNIT_PX=16' in the .profile to get a workable resolution.

Getting there!

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Sometime around Christmas last year, I spotted a post on Instagram. It was about a suitcase at a nearby curio shop. The suitcase was a Samsonite, which housed a tape recorder. "How quaint!", they said.

The next thing I know, I was speeding down to the store to see if it was still there. Sure enough it was. The lady at the counter had no clue what it was. She said I could buy it for $22 on the condition that I couldn't bring it back for a refund or an exchange. So that's how the story goes, and I became the owner of yet another fine machine made by the Ampex Corporation, in Sunnyvale, California.

This is the Ampex 1270, which includes a built-in vacuum tube-based preamplifier, a power amplifier and a couple of speakers. This is a stereo machine made in 1961. I haven't powered it as yet, given the age of this machine, but will eventually get to it and I hope to restore it to its original glory. Such joy in a Samsonite suitcase ☺
Ampex 1270
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I've installed 17.04 daily build (64 bit) on my Dell XPS13. I see the Unity8 option and it works, for most part (no black screen!). However, on the Unity7 side the hiDPI part automatically sets the scale to 2, but there's no such interface on the unity8 side.

Suggestions? The screen is incredibly hard to read at that small scale!

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