Brad Fitzpatrick (brad) wrote,
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Christmas Gift Idea

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

I love these things:

http://www.slimdevices.com/

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.
Tags: perl, tech
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