Friday, September 19, 2014

Using an audio interface to record on your computer.

In this high tech era, even high school children are so computer savvy. At times I feel ashamed of my poor knowledge when it comes to computer hardware though I am able to quickly grasp the nuances of software.

Yesterday, my brother’s 12 year old daughter taught me how to record on the computer and what are all the available audio interfaces at present and how to choose the one that is compatible with your computer’s configuration.

I knew the sound from the CD has to be converted into digital format for us to listen to a song without a CD player. Oh, where all those CD players have vanished since the advent of digital sound technology?

I was further enlightened by her about how professional sound recording technicians use different audio interface that costs more than 1000 USD!


Oh, I suppose I should be satisfied if I am able to record on my computer with the built in USB devices and portals and not bothered with the working of audio interface.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Opticians-are you listening?



I came back empty handed from my shopping today at the Forum Mall in Bangalore. I went to buy a few things including a pair of sun glasses for my husband but none on the display racks were attractive. May be the display itself was not done consumer friendly.

I think sunglasses display  should be done with the third eye; I mean from the customer’s eye . The problem with most of the shop owners in big malls is, they end up getting satisfied without ever asking for genuine feedback from the actual visitors to the shop.

If you wish to sell sunglasses, then it could be as easy as buying sunglass racks and letting people decide, but while you’re at it you, should make the job even easier to the client.  

If you place your sunglass racks facing the entry point of your store, then you hope that the customer was searching for sunglasses to begin with. Customers are more conscious of what they buy when entering a store than when they are leaving, with that mind, if you decide to go with this approach, you will attract customers that came to your store for sunglasses (among other things.)  I would recommend this method if the prices of your sunglasses are higher than normal, as you will not attract as many impulsive buyers as the second approach.

I would recommend a rotating rack which is easy for customers to easily reach out for the one that is placed on the far end of the rack without the help of the salesman.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The beginning of my proof reading business.


I am starting a short stint with proof reading of articles. One of my online contacts, a middle aged woman from Philippines, asked me if I would be interested in working as a proof reader for her friend’s web site.

I agreed without a blink because I thought I am god at it picking up mistakes in others’ work.  Oh, who else is not adept at that?

The first piece of web content was a short review about “Vintage T-shirts”. Yes, I had heard of it before. And that helped me to quickly finish the work and sent it. I suppose it is yet to be reviewed by new employer.


In case if you have not heard about Vintage T-shirts, they are good though the price range is rather high and of course the demand is also high and the supply is notoriously low.  For most the vintage T-shirt is a dream. The dealers of that brand are seemed to be happy bunch because of excellent sales year long.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

What is that latest news at the guitar centre?


My son who is an amateur guitar player, used to tell me that when someone is buying an electric guitar, he should checkup the pickup first. It should be so good that the electric guitar should not fully depend on the amplifiers’ capabilities to deliver the desired sound.

Late yesterday night, he took me to guitar centre and showed the features of American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric guitar. He pointed out to me the ‘pickup’ area and also asked me to read a few of the feedback that the guitar received wherein the buyer of the Fender guitar expressed his extreme satisfaction over the pickup and the final sound.

My son also pointed to the jumbo frets that are welcome by big men with large hands.


I wish he is not planning to buy that guitar immediately but may be after a few months as I have other expenses coming by in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Unique, never seen before gift ideas.

We all find it difficult to think of gifts for various occasions-right. It applies yo even the most brilliant member in the family or in a friends circle.

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If you have no patience to visit the site, why not take a look at this image of black hound wine stopper?


Who would not keep a wine bottle with this absolutely unique wine stopper on top of their television set? There are more wine stoppers at Metal Imagination.

Another stunning gift below. It is a dog business card holder.


There are many more fantastic small gifts for all. It is difficult to exit the site.