The BackOffice does TechBeach (oo-er)

Andrew Armstrong started making occasional videos for YouTube, and its popularity grew and grew which resulted in a new video EVERY DAY on tech, games and blowing stuff up.

I implore you to check out The Doc’s YouTube Channel RIGHT HERE.  The latest video features a bad soldering job I did on a project which Andrew kindly repaired, explaining the procedure in his own inimitable style.  So if you want to know how to make speakers from Pringles tubes, repair vintage calculators or make microwave egg on toast, better get clicking that link above.


Apple Event Announced – 9.9.2014


Apple have, at last, announced their next live event, which will happen on 9 September.  The headline, “wish we could say more”, can’t say anything less!

The event is happening at the Flint Centre in Cupertino, very close to the company headquarters.  Apple are said to be building a very large extension to extend the capacity of the venue.  The Flint Centre, as Macheads will all know, is where Steve Jobs announced the Macintosh way back in 1984.

I’ll be covering the event – not exactly live but pretty damn close – on the 9th.  Join me around 6pm BST for all the action, which is likely to announce the arrival of the iPhone 6 and maybe even an Apple Timepiece.

See you there …


The big shroud Apple are building around the Flint Centre, Cupertino

Sherlock: Season 1-3 BBC Blu-Ray Limited Numbered Box Set


Sherlock Limited Edition Blu-Ray Box with Outer Band


Blu-Ray Box Outer


Blu-Ray Box Showing Disks and Inner Wallpaper Detail & Sticker


Limited Numbered Sticker


Three Blu-Ray Disks in Slimline Cases


Soft A6 Sherlock Notepad


Notebook Interior with Sherlock Wallpaper Finish


Hidden Case Tray


Facsimile of ‘A Study in Pink’ Script



A Letter from Mrs Hudson

Ray Dolby, 1933-2013


Ray Dolby, the US engineer who founded Dolby Laboratories and pioneered noise reduction in audio recordings, has died in San Francisco aged 80.

Mr Dolby had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for several years and was diagnosed with leukaemia this summer.

His name became synonymous with home sound systems and cinema, and his work won many awards.

Kevin Yeaman, president of Dolby Laboratories, described Ray Dolby as a “true visionary”.

Mr Dolby was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in the San Francisco area.

He began his career in the Ampex Corporation, helping to develop early videotape recording systems while he was still a student.

He then went on to complete his PhD at Cambridge University in England and in 1965 founded Dolby Laboratories in London.

The company grew to be an industry leader in audio technology, cutting background hiss in tape recordings and later bringing out “surround sound”.

Mr Dolby moved his company to San Francisco in 1976 and in 1989 was awarded an Oscar for his contributions to cinema. He shared the award with Dolby executive Ioan Allen.

He also received a Grammy award in 1995 and Emmy awards in 1989 and 2005.

Mr Dolby’s son, filmmaker and novelist Tom Dolby, said: “Though he was an engineer at heart, my father’s achievements in technology grew out of a love of music and the arts.

“He brought his appreciation of the artistic process to all of his work in film and audio recording.”

Art Vinyl: Show off those 12″ Records!


I thought this was quite a neat idea.  A flip wall frame for storing your favorite 12″ vinyl.  Not only does it keep your precious release out of the way of kids and dogs and other horrors, it doubles as a natty picture frame.  I doubly like this because of the record sleeve they used as an example: Introspective, of course.

They’re not totally cheap: starting at £39.00, actually.  You can have a better look at other colors and options at the website HERE.

For around £59.00 you can get a combo pack, which includes the frame plus original vinyl.

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