Welcome to life.
This is just to say I am here for what its worth.
So what has been going on.
Its been a month since my knee, and I am due to get another check because I thought it could be coming back.
Half of my scab just flaked out on my last bandage change.
So there is actual hope that I am actually going to be able to do something at last.
I plan to restart training next year unless something changes that is.
I want to be on the bike by 2-3rd january if I can.
Still not putting a deadline on the knee.
What needs to happen before I decide to get back in.
1. the knee needs to be free of crap and not needing a bandage.
2. I need to be able to use it without needing to do any work or at least without help.
This has been one of the major reasons I have not started training yet.
I can’t change my dressings, and I can’t or really shouldn’t get it wet just yet.
Even if I get back into my training, outside training will stop for at least a couple months.
Reason is its mid summer and I need to be carefull of hard ground, knee and sun.
The sun has been good for my issues with my head though who’s skin has been being dumb and flaking for god knows.
Now if it would stop storming I’d actually write more in this blog.
Its been storming on and off and being cold and hot and then stupid.
I have been walking with aunty t, helping her, walking a bit with mum, going out a bit, installing updates etc, etc.
I am in the process of updating to a new digital recorder as I really want to get something for this road trip I will be doing next year.
After a lot of fucking about I decided to get well an olympus recorder.
My options for my cash were.
1. another soni.
I have used soni units since the sx35 the px370 being the most accessible without speech.
However the sx was the best unit.
One thing I can not do at all is delete files.
Right now I Need to transfer the recorder, then reformat the unit then restart it and wait for it to beep.
Locally I have tried the wilson unit and it was like not meeting my needs as a field recorder.
I have used the sx35 till in tropical conditions it broke.
This sucks because if it hadn’t I’d still be using it.
The software worked but I had to transfer all stuff and reencode it as wav then encode it as mp3.
The recordings sounded mono, compressed and utter crap.
The next unit was the ux60 usb mp3 recorder with its 512mb storage.
As supposed to the 32mb I had before and mp3, the thing worked well enough.
Twin microphones and I was set.
The biggest issue was that I needed to carry round a laptop with me on every trip I went on.
I could record 5-6 hours which was enough but once it was full I had to dump then reformat the recorder.
To bad if the laptop crashed.
The nextt thing I got was the px.
With 2gb sd storage I was made.
With the 4gb sd card from my phone it was cool.
The ux biggest issue had been its hissy natture but this one was good and worked well enough.
No windscreens has always meant restricted recording though my andrea 3d phones have helped a lot internally.
Sadly as things have changed I have found myself not using this as much as I used to.
Now to talking recorders.
The best and most accessible is the electronix talking recorder for the blind.
At 300 us dollars its the most expensive but with 16gb on board storage, encoding up to 96kbps, 4800khz and pcm and mp3 recording, I was ready to pay.
The trouble is its sold and shipped in the us only by 1 store.
The Next unit on the list was the talking products microspeek pluss 8gb.
The unit is got what the last unit has, 1 microphone, less storage, 50 us, which pluss shipping was 130 dollars and lanyard support.
The storage was 8gb but oh well.
Reading reviews on amazon swayed me a little though.
Several said it did not perform to expectations, had issues with its controls, and was cheap and plasticky.
It did have software and would have done well enough.
I started talking to people about.
For ages since the ds30, dm3 4 5 and others like this I knew that olympus was probably what I should go for.
The biggest thing was it was mainstream technology.
This is more important today since covid has rendered a lot of international shipping lenghthy and unwize.
Its just hard to get shit in.
News today has stated we may not have enough stuff for christmas, and with 99.9% of the world still locked down, work for a lot of stuff is either not running or at reduced copacity.
I then moved through the olympus range.
My origional push was either the ws352 or 353, which would do everything the other units did, and probably would talk.
My first plan was to find either olympus or get in contact withh a store.
I managed to find a local dealer in wellington and prepaired to do some looking at it.
However after a little more search I found the newzealand distributer.
They are in my city of auckland and I called them.
The first important information I recieved was that there were only 2 units currently actively made that had guidence support.
These were the dm720 or the lsp4.
In terms of where I could get the olympus units the lsp4 was the more commen.
The other thing I learned was there was no lanyards at all.
This was slightly problematic.
No lanyard means I will need to find some way to have the unit carried and handled which I have not done much with just yet.
There are no cases anymore for the units so who knows.
The units are all metal, so no plastic.
There are no software bits as far as I can see but thats fine.
The dm720, is able to play music and I assume daisy books, though not tried them.
The system can handle everything, like the microspeak.
Of course battery charges on the rechargable and others depending on what you use are not as good as my soni, round half a day or less but conciddering I am using a electronic camera, with software, so a small handheld computer this is to be expected.
The only difference from the lsp and dm models is flack.
The lsp4 can do that.
Both have a tripple microphone system and can be adjusted for various settings.
The lsp also has 4 more gb then the dm.
And for 100 more dollars thats not much more to get.
Pluss the lsp seems to be what is popular and sold externally to olympus in new zealand.
I have managed to get a good deal on it because I have someone that can help me with that.
My next plan is to buy a 100mpbs or higher kingston or sandisk extreme durable sd card and put that in there.
It can take 32gb only but I will stick something in there.
This means that it should be able to record at highest flack a day with of flack though I doubt I will be running any more than 128k mp3 because higher formats use power like crazy.
Still like the sighted with a camera, and many image types I have one of those.
Olympus has professional recorders to and I have got the top of the range field recorder so well.
My next plan is to get an external micro sd reader should I need it.
I do have an internal sd reader on the laptop but to be honest I’d still take as much as I can externally because its portable.
Losing my cd drive told me to depend on external as much as I can.
Anyway, thats the news for the moment.
If nothing changes I won’t bother till end of the month.