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The 6 Most Important Moments in PC Audio History

Before I actually talk about PC audio itself, itís worth mentioning a couple of important dates in audio history, pre-PC. The first really practical application of stereophonic sound was patented by record company EMI in the 1930s, aimed at creating stereo recordings for music playback using vinyl record. The actual implementation didnít happen until the early 1950s, when LP and 45 RPM stereo records started being sold. Stereo became the norm in home audio systems for decades, despite the ill-fated consumer experiment with quadrophonic sound in the early 1970s. During the 1970s and 80s, Dolby Labs began experimenting with multichannel audio for film. This wasnít for home audio, but for movie theaters. Most of the early efforts were analog, using magnetic stripes on the film itself. Later, Dolby created a stereo optical format. Despite the use of ďstereoĒ, this was actually multichannel audio, supporting four or more channels, but was known as stereo because there were no surround or rear channels.

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10 Great Male Pornstar Names And Their Real Names

Weíve all played the pornstar name game. You take your middle name followed by the street you live on either now or as a kid. It would be tough if my pornstar name were Isaac East 33rd St. At the same time, Isaac Mackey would have definitely been a cool name. I think one of the best ever was my buddy Chris in college. His pornstar name would have ended up being Roy Bronco. I still havenít found one better than that yet. But what about the real guys? You would think that at least 50% of the male porn guys out there would have the funny type names like Buck Naked. Surprisingly there arenít as many as you think. Here are 10 guys that definitely have worthy pornstar names. P.S. Iím trying to keep this article the least homoerotic as I possibly can but itís nearly impossible with the pictures. Hereís another thing to add. Iíll bet you a million bucks that every guy reading this will recognize the people in these photos.

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7 Professional Athletes Who Died In the Line of Duty

At least seven American professional athletes have died serving their country. While all service members sacrifice, and all service members receive SGLI term life insurance, the sacrifice these men made is representative of the patriotism found in American professional athletes.

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10 Engines Lost To History

Some engines become legends, while others are doomed to be nothing more than myths. We inquired about your favorite forgotten engines and, with your help, collected these ten engines that have mostly disappeared from our collective automotive subconscious. This is Answers of the Day - where we take the best ten responses from the previous day's "Question Of The Day". It's by you and for you, the Jalopnik readers.

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20 More Signs You Need To Go On A Diet

Like our Top 10 Signs You Drank Too Much series, our 10 Signs You Need To Go On A Diet series is always popular. Because it is our first installment of this series in the new year, I decided to lengthen the list by featuring an additional 10 images of morbidly obese people that youíll wish you never saw (you can thank me for not including: this picture). Do not think of this gallery as a low-brow form of entertainment that picks on an easy (and quite large) target, but rather as inspiration for lifestyle improvement (eh, who am I kiddingÖ). Remember kids, no matter what Kirstie Alley says, mayonnaise is not a salad dressing.

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5 Best Domain Name Registrars

A domain name is the magic that turns a raw IP address like into a human-friendly chunk of text like Here's a look at five of the most popular domain name registrars that help you register and manage your domains. Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite domain registrar, and now we're back to highlight the five most popular responses. For the sake of establishing a baseline for comparison, we've noted the price of a one year .COM registration at each registrar beside their name. We'd urge you to read the fine print at each registrar, however, because saving $3 on a registration isn't much of a savings if you miss out on useful auxiliary features (like free domain parking, email forwarding, etc.) the slightly more expensive registrar offers.

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15 System Preferences Items A New Mac User Should Adjust

System Preferences is a hubbub of settings and controls on your Mac computer. Yet, itís quite possible that if you are a fairly new Mac user you probably have made changes to only a few of the many items found in the Mac System Preferences. You might have added another user account or set up your server connection. But there are other items that you should know about that will make you a more powerful Mac user. The items I will cover are found in the Snow Leopard version of System Preferences. Iím not going to cover each section of System Preferences or some of its more self-explanatory items. I will cover some of the hidden and useful items that you may want to change or adjust.

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10 Cars That Lose Their Value Fastest

If you went out this weekend and spent $58,400 on a shiny new 2010 BMW M3 coupe, you'd get more than a sweet new ride--you'd get a good investment. Odds are, a new M3 will trade in for at least $26,000 five years from now, a total depreciation of 56%. It might not sound like much, but it's a fortune compared to some other car models. Why do the Cobalt and Grand Marquis lose so much value? In part, it's because neither model has been updated in awhile, and their parent companies have had ongoing financial and operational troubles. That means used-car buyers, who care most about reliability and overall value, aren't as inclined to buy them as they might a car from another brand. "The automotive industry is so competitive these days that you're seeing vehicles being redesigned every four or five years," says Eric Ibara, the director of residual consulting for Kelley Blue Book. "If you see a vehicle that is in its fourth or fifth year and not doing well selling [new] retail, it would tend to not hold its value as well as its competitors."

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5 Places Where Land Is Free

In the spirit of settling the wild, wild West, some communities are giving away free land lots. What's the catch? You have to agree to build a house (or park a mobile home) and live in it. For the most part, the places doing this are rural communities without much in the way of work opportunities. But there are definitely some upsides and we can think of worse places to wait out the recession than near a mountain stream in Alaska. Besides, doesn't the whole world work virtually now, or is that just my hemisphere? The concept is certainly not new. Homesteading incentives dating from 1862 helped settle the far reaches of the country. And as population density increased, communities thrived. Some communities today simply need more people. Land, they've got plenty of, so why not give it away? People pay taxes and that allows schools to stay open, roads to be built, public services to be paid for.

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15 Things a Great Bridesmaid Will Do

While every bride would love to have her bridesmaid take away all the stress of the wedding, that isn't always reality. But here are some ideas on how she can make the process a bit easier.

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