Review of Fiio X1 High Resolution Lossless Music Player

The Fiio X1 High Resolution Lossless Music Player provides an option for those demanding more fidelity from their portable players than say a traditional iPod or their cellphone. The supported formats are APE, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, WMA and Ogg Vorbis although MP3 is there too in the event you haven't got round to ripping all your CDs to lossless or don't have the media any more to do that anyway.

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The Teleportation Accident

Ned Beauman's second novel starts briskly, set in the early 1930s in bohemian Berlin – a time when the country was on the brink and the drink / drugs and casual sex excesses of the previous decade would be wiped away with the onset of Nazi-ism.

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Configure XDebug with PuPHPet, Vagrant, Apache, Ubuntu, PHP-FPM and PhpStorm

PuPHPet is a terrific GUI to set up virtual machines for Web development and will build your orchestration script with Vagrant and Puppet. It now comes with a facility to include XDebug in your Vagrantfile meaning there is no longer an excuse for print_r() and error_log() debug traces in your code.

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Anything Goes

The 1920s are second only to the 1960s when one considers the seismic changes to society over that decade. They occupy a mythical space in the psyche and conjure up mental pictures of flappers, Bertie Wooster, Tamara de Lempicka's angular brush strokes, and the Art Deco movement with its brutal minimalism and streamlining. Just like the 1960s however, most of this mythology is misplaced.

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Good Food Chicken Curry with Lime Leaf, Lemongrass and Mango

My first review of 2014 and I wanted something interesting that would be slightly more challenging than my mainstays. The BBC Good Food magazine January 2014 issue has a wonderful chicken curry with lime leaf, lemongrass and mango giving it a 'totally tropical taste'! The recipe requires the curry paste to be constructed from scratch - hence my desire to select a more complex dish.

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