ATOMIC SOFTWARE of Lancashire - RiscPC programs, HiFi & custom Test CD's.


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Author on the Rocks

Hurkling Stones, Peak District, 1995

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On the right path

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Author on the Beer

Ship Inn, Danebridge, Aug 1994

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Walking, Hiking and Backpacking around the Lake District. Bargeing around the country in canal boats. Supping ale in canalside beer gardens. Plodding 10 miles to the pub in torrential rain.

Indoor pursuits
Going to Classical concerts. Playing 'Oh Hell', bar-billiards, pool and 3's and 5's dominos - all whilst supping ale in the vault out of the torrential rain outside. Falling asleep during Mozart performances. Forgetting to attend Mahler concerts.

Photography, programming computers running the RiscOS operating system, listening to classical, folk, and rock music of the 1960's and 1970's, accidentally buying the same CD twice

The 'Yates to Yates' ale trail of the Lake District, visiting every Yates' pub. As the number and location of Yates' pubs varies from year to year, the 'Yates to Yates' walk is not as well defined as some other better known 'Toast to Toast' routes.

Essence of Bog - perfume for men. Smell like you've just come off a most enduring and arduous bog trot on the sodden fells. Splash it on! Become THE BOG MAN. Ideal for posing in full outdoor gear in Keswick, having secretly just come out of the pub.

Culinary Expertise
Recommendation: Rice pudding and apple pie a la carte blanche for breakfast.
Philosophy: Never use just one cooking pan when you can make do with all of them.
Speciality: Burnt Toast and raw sausage.

Totally inept at repairing broken wirelesses, gramophones, hairdriers, hi-fi's, TV's, computers, videos, microwave ovens, domestic robots, medical X-ray'ers, linear accelerators, navigation satellites, sonic screwdrivers, quantum improbability drives, tele-transporters, holographic de-convolvors, space-time transvertors, quantum uncertainty resolvers, or repairing any Global devastation of the planetary eco-system. But I know a man who can.

Worked as an electronics design engineer in the Department of Acoustics and Electrical Engineering at Salford University, one of only two University Acoustics Groups in Great Britain.

Here I have built numerous items of precision electronic instrumentation and test rigs for the commercial acoustic testing of carpets, walls, double glazing, sound-proof doors, absorbent ceilings, acoustic diffusers and hearing defenders. These are all built to meticulous British and Australian Standards with the utmost in quality and precision.

For example:
The hearing defender test rig (or audiometer) comprises four pseudo-random quasi-stochastic quantum fluctuators or pink noise generators (pink conformity within 0.05dB over 10Hz to 20kHz). The pink noise is filtered by four sets of 8-pole one-third octave filters, then enters a quadrophonic 2dB step attenuator covering a 40dB range before being amplified by four differential power amplifiers. Four differential power attenuators of 10dB steps covering an 80dB range control the loudness before the signal drives four loudspeakers arranged tetrahedrally within an anechoic chamber where the subject sits centrally, wearing the hearing defenders! These are all built to pass two (almost conflicting) but exacting standards: The British and Australian Standards for audiometric instrumentation, which requires meeting a dynamic range exceeding 140dB, amongst many other demanding specifications. All remotely controlled. Designed, built and tested by the author to last a lifetime. Ultra-high reliability, it is still being used daily after twelve years. A unique piece of precision instrumentation; there is no other in the country! Pictures of the apparatus, a little bit worse for 12-years' continuous wear, below. (I wish the operators wouldn't insist on sticking unsightly stickers over everything)

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Manual Remote Control Panel

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Power Attenuator

Expansion Module

PRNG Pink generators

Third Octave Filters

Signal Attenuator

Silent Muter

Power Supply

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Anechoic Room

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