Lets talk about gadgets!
Something new, something cool, something for Christmas. Whatever you like
Do online gadgets count?
This isn't a “hold in your stubby grubby fingers” gadget, but DAR.fm is an online service that provides for my gadget called iPod. (Well, actually the name of my iPod is Roxanne...most folks call their iPod “My (or their name +’s) iPod.” How original is that?)
DAR.fm is DVR for radio. A basic account for one timer to record and listen to one radio show is free. I purchase a yearly subscription for one of the Pro packages that allows for more timers and online space for storage. If a station’s or show’s schedule isn’t listed at DAR any user may add one.
This is my alternative to satellite radio or one of the many cloud storage services and is, in my case, more affordable. Having my DAR account linked directly to my iTunes account allows for automatic transfer of DAR recordings to iTunes. All I have to do is tether Roxanne (usually only on Monday morning), load the shows and go! No fees for extra data usage and no dependence on signal strength!
This works well for me as I record about thirty hours of radio programming from stations all around the country each week for later listening . The DAR account really comes in handy during the Christmas season!
My weekly programs for now:
Show (Station) / Duration / When
Retro Lounge (KNCA-FM) weekly, 60 min 11:00pm Central Jun 29 Scheduled
Dusties (KSER) (KSER-FM) weekly, 120 min 7:00pm Central Jun 29 Scheduled
Pull The String (KSER-FM) weekly, 120 min 5:00pm Central Jun 29 Scheduled
Juke Joint (KSER-FM) weekly, 120 min 3:00pm Central Jun 29 Scheduled
Frettin' Fingers (KSER-FM) weekly, 120 min 1:00pm Central Jun 29 Scheduled
The Risky Biscuit Hayseed Hoot (KUNR-FM) weekly, 123 min 12:59pm Central Jun 29 Scheduledl
Retro Cocktail Hour (WKMS) weekly, 120 min 11:00pm Central Jun 28 Scheduled
Shake the Shack (KEXP) weekly, 180 min 8:00pm Central Jun 28 Scheduled
Jugs, Jukes, and Jazz (WQPR) weekly, 120 min 8:00pm Central Jun 23 Scheduled
TopShelf Presents The Record Revival (TopShelf Oldies) weekly, 210 min 7:00pm Central Jun 23 Scheduled
Thanks for sharing, that's exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. Something that people might not know about.
theres a facebook event starting soon, if it yields anything interesting I'll update here.
I would love to hear from folks about their tech finds, and maybe get some posts on news.
As expected, facebook announced video for instagram to compete with Vine.
15 second video length with image stabilization.
my favorite gadget is something most here would never have or want but I love. It is a cricut for cakes. (pronounced cricket)
This little machine has added a new dimension to my cake decorating. Lettering is now so easy. I can make butterflies, 2 d flowers, and so much more.
Of course learning to use it was not always fun and sometimes frustrating, but now that I got the nack of it, I love it.
Not really a gadget but I'm definitely looking forward to the new PlayStation, lol
Found a great price on a newer model of my digital recorder yesterday---and it has some great new features. It's coming this week, so I'm looking forward to using it for podcast and radio segments for MMC!
One thing about having an analogue mind in a digital world is being able to take advantage of closeout models of products that are being discontinued. Usually the price is right too!
A couple of years ago my brother alerted me of a closeout deal for a TASCAM DR-08 handheld digital recorder. I don't know if I'll ever get to the point of using all the features but I know it will come in handy for a future podcast/live MCR event where a lot of us are in the same room! I've also had good results recording live music in smaller venues.
From the webpage:
TASCAM's compact DR-08 portable digital recorder packs serious audio quality into a handheld dynamo that fits in your pocket. It captures audiophile-quality 96kHz/24-bit WAV files - or web-friendly MP3 files - to robust MicroSD media. The built-in microphones have a unique mechanism to change the width and angle of the elements, allowing you to tailor the pattern for the perfect recording. There's even a built-in kickstand for placing the recorder right where you want it. A pair of AAA batteries allows you to record for hours to the included 2GB card, then transfer the recording to your computer using high-speed USB 2.0.
Like TASCAM's other best-selling portable recorders, the DR-08 has features like auto level control and a low cut filter for clear recordings. Add your own microphone or line-level source using the 1/8" stereo input. The DR-08 has loop and variable speed on playback, allowing you to slow down speed without changing the pitch to learn new music. There's also noise canceling and EQ functions for improved playback timbre.
TASCAM's DR-08 is our most portable recorder yet. Whether you're a songwriter, live performer, business leader or sound designer, you won't want to step through your front door without the great-sounding TASCAM DR-08.
Going on seven years ago (yikes!) I received the now way antiquated PoGo Radio YourWay as a retirement gift.
The YourWay was primarily marketed to listeners of talk radio that wanted to time shift their listening from the wee hours of the night (think C2C) to the daylight.
I wanted it to record from the built in radio straight to digital files that I could then archive on a computer hard drive. I had huge Christmas radio show anticipation for this radio! Subsequent models and company merges turned out a much easier to use version. It's a niche market but there are similar products still out there. For me though, DAR.fm negates the need but I still use my YourWay for voice/event recording as well as downloading podcasts/sound files from time to time.
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