A Miniscule Solar Maximum

September 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Posted in Sunspots, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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By this time we should be at Solar Maximum with the sun looking as if it has acne. Instead the suns complexio is only sullied by the occasional blemish.

At the same time the average 10.7 flux should be around 160-170 with peaks over 300. What is it today? the value reported on the “Layman’s Sunspot Count” is just 105.

Neutrons are well up compared to the last cycle, so the solar wind is weaker.Neutrons  In the Graph above negative figures relate to lower numbers of Neutrons, normally seen around solar max, you can see that 2002 to 2004 the average (on this scale) was about -7.  Now 11 years on (when we’d expect a olar Maiximum in the number of sunspots the Neutron counter is at -1 over the last 12 months which equates to a much weaker Solar Wind

It seems we may have passed solar max, if so I think we may have some more interesting winters ahead in the UK

In Praise of Audacity

September 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Posted in Software, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’m not talking of being Bold or displaying Courage, but of the Audio manipulation programme Audacity.

What a wonderful program, described as ” Free Digital Editor” it does that and then some.  I’ve only used the Linux version but it’s allowed me to create .wav files for CD-r from MIDI files created by my wife, despite the fact that Audacity doesn’t read MIDI files.  How did it achieve this?  Simply by allowing me to record the playback of the MIDI file directly into Audacity.  I can then split, merge and generally manipulate the file(s) as I like.

To the developers  THANKS, a wonderful program

To anyone who needs to manipulate an audio file, mp3, wav or many other formats, try Audacity it’s very very good.

There are Mac and Windows versions as well, if they are as good as the Linux version, the developers will have covered almost all popular Operating Systems

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