R. M. Leith

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Brennenstuhl MZ20 24 hr Timer by Brennenstuhl
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5.0 out of 5 stars No More Pins!, 23 Feb 2014
I have two of these timers working and they are reliable and easy to program. The timers they replaced had small plastic or metal pins to set the on/off times and these can get lost or broken. Those older timers also had a noticeable whirring/buzzing sound when running whereas the MZ20 is quiet.

The MZ20 timer has a ring of 'tabs' that can be pushed in for the 15min periods that the power should be on and pulled outwards for the 'off' times. It is quite possible to achieve this with a fingernail, but the tip of a pen is easier.

You can see at a glance when the power is due to be 'ON' and 'OFF'. There is an override slide switch to turn the power on.

Both… Read more
Korg PadKONTROL USB MIDI Controller with X/Y Pad by Korg
I have the pad working on both Linux and Windows 7 out of the box. Each of the pads works well across its whole area and the relationship of the weight of the pad hit to the velocity generated is progressive. I have not explored all the features such as flams and controllers, but I expect them to work equally well.

There are a number of presets to start you off with well known software drumsets like one of the Natural Instruments sets and GM drums.

It is not possible to run the preset editor/Librarian in Linux (for instance, using Wine) because of USB driver support. However, I have the editor running in Linux by means of VirtualBox and an installation of Windows… Read more
Going Postal: A Discworld Novel by Terry Pratchett
Going Postal: A Discworld Novel by Terry Pratchett
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm biased, of course., 31 Jan 2014
I am addicted to the Disk World series of novels and have every one of them. I have just one more to read before I have finished the lot. I am putting that off as long as I can.I am not going to review any of the others.

If you have not read any of the series, I recommend Going Postal. If it does not grab you, then probably none of the series is going to.

It is the best of a wonderful lot, as far as I am concerned.