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Audirvana Plus for Windows review: a music player which combines convenience and no-compromise audio

Audirvana Plus, an audiophile music player for the Mac, has now been released for Windows. Audirvana was developed in France by Damien Plisson, originally as an open source project (you can still get this here but it has not been updated since 2012). The description there still applies: “No equalizer, no trendy special effects, just … Continue reading Audirvana Plus for Windows review: a music player which combines convenience and no-compromise audio

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Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM 2016/365: part brilliant, part perplexing, part downright sloppy

I have just completed a test installation of Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM on-premises; it is now called Dynamics 365 but the name change is cosmetic, and in fact you begin by installing Dynamics CRM 2016 and it becomes Dynamics 365 after applying a downloaded update. Microsoft’s Dynamics product has several characteristics: 1. It is fantastically useful … Continue reading Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM 2016/365: part brilliant, part perplexing, part downright sloppy


Mozilla Firefox and a DNS security dilemma

Mozilla is proposing to make DNS over HTTPS default in Firefox. The feature is called Trusted Recursive Resolver, and currently it is available but off by default: DNS is critical to security but not well understood by the general public. Put simply, it resolves web addresses to IP addresses, so if you type in the … Continue reading Mozilla Firefox and a DNS security dilemma


All the way from 1997: Compaq PC Companion C140 still works, but as badly as it did on launch

I am having a clear-out which is bringing back memories and unearthing some intriguing items. One is this Compaq C140 PC Companion, running Windows CE, which launched in December 1997. The beauty of this device is that it takes two AA batteries. I stuck in some new ones and found that it started up fine, … Continue reading All the way from 1997: Compaq PC Companion C140 still works, but as badly as it did on launch


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