New Toy

My apologies for not blogging the last couple of days.  Originally, we were supposed to be on the road, but weather intervened.  As I’ve repeatedly said to those who ask, I’m willing to drive to snow, but not through snow (which clearly shows my wussy West Coast roots).  Being home, of course, this turned into a home maintenance time.  My husband and I cleaned out closets, built a simple pantry (yes!), and ran errands.

One of those errands included buying one of those turntables that connects to the computer so that you can bring your vinyl collection into the modern era.  I have a bunch of loopy and irreplaceable records from the 1950s (my Dad’s), the 1960s (mine and my Dad’s), and the 1970s and early 1980s.  I’ve really missed listening to them, and was thrilled when Costco began to sell a USB turntable.

The turntable is serviceable but we discovered, after a lot of agonizing time at the computer, that the software included is awful.  Mr. Bookworm went on the internet and we found a much better software called Spin It Again (and you can save $10 by downloading it, instead of ordering the boxed version).

All of this sucked up so much computer time that I haven’t had the chance to do any blogging at all.  Indeed, I haven’t even read anything and feel woefully out of touch.  I will try to remedy that situation in the next couple of days, all the while with silly songs of my youth playing in the background.

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  • Jim McM

    After you get those records digitized and on CDs, get some archival CDs and copy them onto the archival CDs. The common CDs bought at Costco may not last more than 2-3 years. (I did this about that long ago and made duplicates and it was good that I did.) I use those cheap Costco CDs to do daily backups of office data and then grind them up after they are a month old, so 20-30 cents per CD is fine for that (cheaper than a first class letter now).
    For the DVD of our trip with three members of our party taking pictures, we got some archival DVDs, too.
    Archival CDs and DVDs cost a good bit more ($1 per blank disk), but they are needed for archival purposes. They use gold-plating in the process, so their cost may now be higher.

  • http://www.couriercritic.blogspot.com babbie

    You do realize that some of that earlier vinyl may be quite valuable?

  • http://maroonedinmarin.blogspot.com/ Marooned in Marin

    Interesting item! Does it have pitch control or just the regluar 33 1/3 setting which makes the record play 1/2 step faster than it was recorded in.

    If so, I need to get one of these for the vinyl I have which I’d like to transfer to CD.