Saturday, December 22, 2018

Speakers are Changing with Fewer Wires

It once was that you needed a bulky amplifier for quality PC speakers, with power(1), amplifier input(2), and output(3) wires. 

Then, speakers came out with builtin amplification, but they still needed power and output wires.

Now USB speakers are more and more USB self-powered, and even the cheapest are often excellent.   Just combined power/output via USB.

PineBook Linux "MacBook Lookalike" Update

The $89 (plus shipping) PineBook Linux Laptop, and MacBook lookalike, gave problems until I realized that WiFi and audio problems could be solved by using USB devices instead of the built-in Wifi and headphones jack.

The Panda USB Wifi adapter and USB headphones and speaker did the trick.