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January 4, 2005 at 3:39 pm

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WOOT! My Geek Quotient is on the rise again after the successful installation of our new

this afternoon.

Like everything with the computers I’ve touched lately, the installation was not silky smooth, but I learned a few things in the process. For instance, if a Service running under Windows XP requires access to a shared hard drive located on another computer, it needs to be run under its own user account with full access privileges. I also learned that for all their u.i. and usability beauty, Apple still has a lot to learn about Windows users. No amount of googling has uncovered a way to convince iTunes to locate its iTunes Music Library.xml file anywhere but the My Music folder in my protected user account (C:Documents and Settings > Shannon > My Documents >My Music > iTunes). Sure, they let you change the iTunes Music folder — which, in my case, is located on the aforementioned other computer — but they insist on storing the XML library file locally. {gak!}

It’s SWEET finally having access to the following on our home entertainment system downstairs, rather than just on our desktops or laptops:

Your music library contains 1648 albums with 10287 songs by 1409 artists.

I’m surprised by the quality of the acoustics in our house. I am upstairs on my computer, listening to our music on shuffle play on the stereo downstairs — it’s like a poor woman’s concert, I tell ya… without the mass of humanity, beer and body odor, traffic hassles, and insane ticket prices!

Coolest thing so far? We can control the Squeezebox via an HTTP interface, as well as the standard IR remote.

And I’m actually pleased that Slim Devices dropped the ball and had to ship us a matte black Squeezebox versus the “Rhapsody in Blue” model I had been lusting after.

I much prefer our unit’s sleek black box with highly-legible green lettering to the gleaming, metallic blue box I’d grown so attached to.

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January 10, 2005

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Thanks for the Limewire tip, Shannon dearest. Now I want a squeezebox, too. It’s expensive following your blog, but well worth it! I’m probably going to be back with questions. Do you have one of those ipod repeater dealies hooked into your stereo? How do they talk to one another?

January 11, 2005

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Actually, no repeaters in the house. It’s all streamed over our wireless (802.11b/g) network. The PC with all the music on it doesn’t even have a monitor attached to it, but its hard drives are set up as shared so anything connected to our network (PC, laptops, and now the Squeezebox) can see the music files on that computer.

Prior to getting the Squeezebox, if I wanted to listen to our MP3s on our home theatre I had to plug my iPod in to our home stereo (using a third party cable with two RCA connectors on one end and an Apple headphone jack connector on the other)… but ever since I surpassed the 30GB limit of my iPod, it got frustrating. It always seemed like the music I wanted to listen to at a particular moment was the one song or album that hadn’t been loaded on to the iPod.

The Squeezebox sees everything, even if it’s across multiple computers on our network, so there’s no more of that problem.

PS: There is a wired version of the Squeezebox available for a little less. Works well if you have an Ethernet port near your home theatre — no need for wireless in that case.

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