President's Message
October 1999

1. We now have an effective system in place for sending email monthly meeting notices (including a monthly message from the Society). If you wish to be on the list, send an email to If you are willing to help the Society financially by foregoing the printed notice, request it by a brief message (stop printed notice) in your email. We appreciate the help.

2. [Courtesy of Doug Pomeroy]
Issue #5 of Surround Sound Professional features an article by Tomlinson Holman on the subject of sample rates, "bit budget bingo", which seems to me to be a really outstanding overview of the subject. One of his conclusions, by the way, is that any sample rate above 60kHz is overkill and a waste of storage space.

3. The September 1999 Scientific American has an article on the throat-singers of Tuva (Central Asia). They can sing two tones simultaneously-- it seems impossible that such sounds can be produced by the human voice. Accompanying is a review of how the vocal tract produces and modifies sound. (Tuva was the object of a quixotic quest by the late Richard Feynman, documented by his acolyte Robert Leighton in a PBS program and the book "Tuva or Bust! Richard Feynman's Last Journey")., click on "feature articles"

4. Y2K workaround (courtesy of Peter Allen)
VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDER IN YR 2000: If your VCR has a year setting on it, which most do, you MAY not be able to use the programmed recording feature after 12/31/99. Don't throw it away. Instead set it for the year 1972 as the days are the same as the year 2000.


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