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It's not often that we refer to cleaning albums as fun. But the unique Vinyl Record Cleaning (VRC) System and VRC Restore! vinyl record cleaning film, provided much more fun than we expected. In previous articles we've looked at different approaches to cleaning LPs, all of which used the same process - get the records wet, wash the dirt out, then dry them. We've also commented on the strange (but not recommended) trend of using wood glue to “clean” albums; an interesting but peril-fraught technique. So, when our colleagues recommended that we take a look at a new process from The Vinyl Record Cleaning Company of Australia, our interest was piqued. Read on for our take on this unique process. Part one of a two-part article.

Harris Fogel, Nancy Burlan, and Frank Schramm, Posted 4/7/2021

On the heels of the successful and popular Electronic Frontier (EFF) Foundation Pixel-Recycling Program of 2018 comes a new unprecedented initiative to rid the planet of important but unnecessary data. Recycle Important Data (RiD) 2021 Initiative is the solution to an urgent and vexing environmental challenge: pesky self-important data that doesn't need to exist and should be recycled to make room for the next decade of seemingly important data. These unwanted bits are creating a visual and spiritual degradation of important natural environments threatening habitats, fauna, and flora. Read on for the full story.

Nancy Burlan & Harris Fogel, with editorial guidance from A.D. Coleman & Frank Schramm, Posted April 1, 2021

Do you remember when we were promised that our lives would be wireless? No cables, all our devices magically communicating, charging, printing, and so much more. The reality has been anything but. We seem to need more cables and adapters then ever. While our phones can do amazing things, at some point we need to charge them, transfer data, and attach peripherals. And so much more. Two of our favorite manufacturers are Accell, and Kanex. Both have earned a reputation for solid engineering, with first rate products. USB 4 Type-C got you down, no problem! Read on for our recommendations.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, Posted 2/21/2021

It's one week after the virtual CES 2021 ended—and John Mulhern III believes he's got somewhat of a handle on what mattered at this year's show that was truly like no other. He "returns" with seven quick observations, ranging from Sony's Airpeak drone to Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga notebook.

John Mulhern III, Posted 1/20/2021

The Daguerreian Society was formed in 1988 as a group “dedicated to the history, science, and art of the daguerreotype,” but has expanded its mission; hence the Society’s new tag line: “dedicated to the history, science, and art of early photography and processes.” Normally, the Society hosts on an annual five-day conference, but due to the pandemic, they cut two days from the event, but kept a full schedule of speakers, panels, and museum tours, created a Virtual TradeFair, a benefit auction, and even informal time to chat over drinks or dinner. How well did this important symposium work out as a virtual event? Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel with editorial support by Nancy Burlan, Stephen Perloff, and Sarah Weatherwax, Posted 1/11/2021

One of the most talked about new headphones is the Audeze LCD-1 Open-Back Foldable Planar Magnetic Headphones, an affordable, flexible, and sonically superior product. How to review them? Why, just pair them with the PecanPi® USB - USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier, from Orchard Audio, a small (tiny?) one-man company, run by Leonid (Leo) Ayzenshtat, that’s been winning rave reviews for its affordable gear. To listen, we played wonderful tracks from Qobuz, Universal MusicChesky Records, Owlsong Productions, and others. Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel and Frank Schramm, with editorial input from Nancy Burlan, posted 12/9/2020, updated 1/5/2020

With only a week to go until it begins, John Mulhern III's attention is now solidly on CES 2021 in mid-January, and he writes about eight areas he's watching at the Consumer Technology Association's annual trade show—all virtual for the first time this year.

John Mulhern III, Posted 1/4/2021

From John Mulhern III's perspective, the (merciful) end of 2020 is a time to re-examine technology categories that have quietly improved over the last few years.

He's got five suggestions for potential upgrades in this holiday season: noise-cancelling headphones, a high-end keyboard, RAM and storage, mesh networks, and considering a new iPad.

John Mulhern III, posted 12/13/2020

COVID-19, the invisible virus holding the world hostage, has caused many to worry about staying healthy. Trying to eliminate the bacteria and viruses in our homes, offices, and vehicles is one approach. UV-C light is considered among the most effective ways to disinfect places the virus might be lurking, and the easiest way we have found to keep your home safe is with a line of vacuums from Raycop, a Japanese company founded by Immunologist Dr. Michael Lee to help people make their homes healthier and to mitigate allergies. Their new line of UV-C equipped vacuums promises to keep your home clean as well as kill nasty viruses and bacteria, all without chemicals. Read on for our full report.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, Posted 9/22/2020, updated 12/2/2020

In Part One of this article, we explored the Spin-Clean Record Cleaner. Here in Part Two, we’ll delve into the more sophisticated and elegant approach to rid your vinyl of clicks, pops, and noise, with a step up to the recently updated and revised Record Doctor VI Record Cleaning Machine. Like the Spin-Clean, the Record Doctor VI washes your albums. But unlike the Spin-Doctor, the Record Doctor VI Record Cleaning Machine washes and then vacuums your precious vinyl clean. Are pops, crackles, and surface noise on your albums driving you crazy? If so, read on to learn just how clean your albums can be, at an affordable price!

Harris Fogel, with editorial input by Nancy Burlan, posted 8/14/2020