November 26th, 2004


Christmas Gift Idea

If you have a geek friend, here's an xmas gift idea..

I love these things:

I just bought a second one, as well as another power adapter, so I can have one in the living room, one in the bedroom, and wiring setup for one outside for the hot tub(without leaving it outside).

Reasons they rock:

-- server software runs on anything
-- server software Just Works and is damn intuitive
-- server software is Open Source, and Perl! (good for me)
-- open protocol, so TONS of clients for everything imaginable
-- multiple clients can sync and play the same stream, controlled by one server
-- "soft clients" so you can have squeezeboxes and computer synced, playing the same music
-- the company is generous: when they upgraded hardware models, they offered a kit for people to upgrade their old model's screen, not forcing them to buy the latest hardware
-- a ripping service -- how awesome is that?
-- The volume control goes up to 11.

I dunno, the list just goes on and on. I bought mine ages ago just upon hearing the software was Open Source and written in Perl. I didn't use it for awhile because I was swamped with work, but Dina's been complaining it's too hard to play music so I hooked it up again and setup the server so she can change music from her laptop and listen to it anywhere and now we're both loving it again.

More squeezebox advertising

Even if you don't want to spend a couple hundred on a Squeezebox, you should look into this powerful combo:

The SlimServer (Open Source):

And a "soft client" that looks like a Squeezebox to the server, but it's just a command-line app you can run under screen (with optional curses support):

Bye, bye xmms.

So now I control my playlist through a tab in my browser (which is always open anyway), and because you can sync any clients together, the music in my living room is now synced with the music in my office.