Monthly Archives: July 2014

July 30, 2014 by

Know your connectors – mini USB

This is another part in an occasional series about different types of connectors and inputs.

Mini USB is the older kind of USB interface that’s been on small devices for more than 10 years now. It carries data, power, or both. It’s almost been entirely replaced by other kinds of USB interfaces, mostly micro USB 2.0 or even 3.0 – but people still need to buy mini USB cables and power adaptors for their old, trusty devices still chugging away in everyday use: DAB radios, media players, kids learning toys, older Android tablets and plenty of others.

Boss pedals
July 15, 2014 by

Who’s the Boss?

Boss pedals have been around since 1977 – most people who play guitar own at least one, most likely the DS-1 Distortion. They’re solidly-built, no-nonsense, with good sounds, and the design is a modern classic.

When I was in rubbish post-rock bands in the 90’s, we all coveted the Boss pedals – their colorful metal boxes offered such hope and promise, you felt if you had *just* the right ones you might never have to learn to how to play guitar properly! It was common practice was to buy an expensive one like the DD-3 Digital Delay, bring it to one band rehearsal, have a great time making an unholy racket with the unfamiliar gear, then return it next day and get your money back.
Then do the same again next week in a different Dublin guitar shop.