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Anyone has any tips to cope with suburb environment ?
The one thing that I would say that most new suburbanites need getting used to is the distance to places that are normally within a few blocks or a short distance away. Places like the grocery store and other markets. And traveling to visit friends and family. (This can be an advantage... )
There are advantages I like, if you move into detached housing, is the privacy of not sharing walls with the neighbors, having a private garden, I have my music studio in a detached building out back.
There are definitely tradeoffs like commuting to work, needing a reliable vehicle to get around, but in the end, I prefer it.
Some people love big cities, others don't. A good friend and I live in very similar suburban towns, yet for me this is as "big" as I want and for him, it's as "small." Were it not for family and work, I'd go even more rural. (I like living in places with fallow farm land, but close to a decent grocery store and a freeway--not easy places to find. Where I live now has been, but is hell bent on becoming like Burbank, CA. I figure it has 10 to 20 years left; just in time for my retirement.)
I've a former work colleague who can only live in a city downtown area, which we have one of in the region. It would drive me crazy.
Point is. Don't try coping. Just see if you like it. If not, move again.
I grew up in a small city. By the time I reached my 40th birthday, it had grown into a much larger city. I could no longer see more than a couple of stars in the sky. A 1.5 mile trip to the nearest grocery took 20 minutes through 7 congested traffic lights. My 25-mile commute by interstate to work took an hour, both ways. The neighborhood was always noisey, with kids blasting crap music into the wee hours.
We got fed up with it all and moved two counties south, not just to the 'burbs, but to a very small town surrounded by farms. It increased my commute to 30 miles, but travel time was cut just 30 minutes. (A year later I was given an offer I couldn't refuse that increased the commute back to an hour. ) The nearest grocery is now 5 miles, but only takes 5 minutes to get there. No congestion, no rap music, just a peaceful, quiet environment, tand he kids don't have to go through metal detectors to get into school.
The bad thing is that theaters, malls and hospitals are long way away. But the great thing is that theaters and malls are long way away.
Coping tips? Well, for long commutes, take up books on mp3 if traveling alone, or brush up on your conversational skills if not. Buy a rack or saddle bags for your bike for short trips to the grocery that can double as exercise trips. Learn how to garden and mow the grass. Enjoy the quiet.
If you think 'goto' is evil, try writing an Assembly program without JMP.
Oh well, I guess I will go to the Dark Side then. It is teeny tiny and looks pretty neat, but I refuse to stick things in my ear so I will use some lightweight Sennheiser headphones I have.
I may have to admit defeat and get the wife to help me get iTunes set up - she has Apple stuff - but that just seems so wrong...
My wife has an iPod Shuffle and I was unable to copy MP3s of my old vinyl thereto. Copying files to a storage device shouldn't require such horrible self-updating crapware. I just use a cheap MP3 player and call it good.
I did write my own application to select and copy a random subset of my files to the device because it's only a 1GB.
I have done the unthinkable and downloaded (shudder) iTunes!
It has decided my iPod needs a software update.
It is predicting completion of the download in 13 minutes. These are obviously Apple Minutes, as they appear to bear no resemblance to the 60 second minutes to which I am accustomed.
If wifey wasn't in bed and working tomorrow I'd put a record on and crank it up a little bit...
I guess it's your choice, but personally, I find hard copies of music and big music playing devices a waste of space, so MP3s and iPods are good.
My hearing is probably not up to telling the difference between vacuum tubes and transistors.
And what have you got living in your ears that forbids you so strongly from putting earphones in them?
As for iTunes, I can't see what's so horribly wrong with it. So far it has always done what I've asked it to do and not much of what I've not asked it to do. There are far worse creations in the world... I'd have thought Widows Media Player is on the same level if not worse.
Also, you loose brain points for resorting to ask your wife how to set up iTunes. Or shall I say, what set up? Judging from the fact that you're lurking in CP you are a programmer of some description. I'm sure you deal with much harder problems every day...
Yes, it would be hard to haul 100 lbs of gear to work every day! For this, the iPod will be a good thing, but at home I like to be able to rattle the windows a bit.
I've always had external headphones in the past and sticking things in my ear just seems wrong...!
So far, iTunes has not destroyed my computer and it all seems to be working like it should. Thanks for the encouragement!
iTunes is the official manager of all iPods, but other software has been created that can be used to update iPods with different content, often to work around restrictions in iTunes. For example, if a user transfers music to an iPod using iTunes they cannot transfer the music from the iPod to another computer (or even the same computer after re-installing the operating system).
I don't know why people have issues with iTunes, I've been using it on PC and Mac since as long as it was released on PC; I have tons of music and it does not have major issues and works flawlessly with all iDevices.
Anyway, ripping vinyl is not hard, just plug everything to your computer and use Audacity[^] to record as WAV, make sure your record and needle are as clean as possible to reduce the snap crackle and pop.
After that, just import and convert the WAV to the highest quality mp3 in iTunes, some people suggest using LAME with Audaciry, but in years of experience, I've not heard any difference.
My daughter got a SanDisk Clip for less than a third the price of a Nano. Just plug it in and drag & drop since it acts like a USB drive.
My other daughter got a Galaxy S3 (early Christmas present) and despite being fairly computer savvy is still struggling to get the thing to talk to her PC. As she put it; the iPhone is simpler and the software just works (even if annoying.)
I discovered it has a built in FM radio - which works really well. Pretty good for the size of it. That feature may just get used more often than the music library...
It is very tiny and sleek - I may be starting to like an Apple product.
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