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Free Software Highlight: GnuCash

Not everyone likes doing double-entry accounting… including me. But I do it anyway, because after squeaking by my accounting classes in college, I now know that there’s no better way to get a handle on your finances. I’m pretty sure if I wasn’t keeping track of every dollar I spend, I’d have a much tougher time deciding whether or not I can afford purchases.

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Sump pump installation

To combat the mostly-minor water accumulation trouble in the basement where the studio is being built, we decided to put in a sump pump. This wasn’t a minor undertaking by any stretch, and I don’t recommend doing it unless you absolutely need it or you love annoying dirty projects. For us, it was the former: there’s no way we could take a chance with water accumulation being a problem in the studio. The sump will keep the water level well below the basement floor at all times so we don’t get water leaking up through the cracks.

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More studio construction fun

Finally after a several-month-long break, we got a little more studio work done. Some of the glass block windows are in, the inter-room double-pane window is installed, the insulation is up, a lot more wiring is done, a ventilation system is in place, and a lot of beer has found its final rest. I’ll just let the images speak for themselves:

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Actually Obsolete Audio: Fun with an Otari 8-Track Reel-to-Reel

A lovely piece of aging technology, the Otari MX-5050 MKIII-8 is a 1/2-inch 8-track analog tape machine. It’s not as huge and glorious as some other models that are out there, but it’s also not nearly as expensive to operate. Which means, at current tape prices, about $2.40 per minute — whereas a 2″ 24-track machine (at 15ips) would cost about $7.50 per minute. Fortunately I happen to have a few reels of 1/2-inch tape to play with.

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