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A new toy

Posted by John_Moylan (jfp), 8 January 2004
Hello all.

may I be so bold as to share with you my latest toy, its the best thing I've bought in ages.

Its called a squeezebox and is a wireless mp3 player, you may have heard of its predecessor called slimp3.

To give you a bigger picture of what it does.....
I'm currently ripping all my CD's to MP3 using the open source "lame" as the mp3 encoder, its far better than iTunes MP3 or AAC ripping.

I then store all my music files on my Linux server and the squeezebox connects to my HiFi amplifier and I then have access to my entire music collection via the squeezebox remote control without ever having to change a CD again, all  through my wireless home network.

Now heres the killer bit for me, all the software for the player is written in Perl and is OpenSource, hack and add to your little hearts content. Theres a whole community adding plugins to this device (theres a nice one that streams the BBC news ticker info to it)

have a look for yourselves, its great.

http://www.slimdevices.com
Look at the remote streaming bit, I can listen to my entire music collection at work now.

Oh, happy new year everybody.

jfp

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 8 January 2004
Happy New Year to you too (it sounds like it's a fun new year for you!).  I've just got back after a l-o-n-g flight from LA; brain not yet engaged enough to go through technical specs and questions, but your squeezbox is a page I will probably browse as I get into gear again!

Posted by John_Moylan (jfp), 8 January 2004
Welcome Home, I'm sure your glad to be back.  

Do you realise you're both eligable for tax exile status the amount of time you spend out of the country  

john

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 9 January 2004
on 01/08/04 at 20:46:01, jfp wrote:
Do you realise you're both eligable for tax exile status the amount of time you spend out of the country  

john



Hmm ... such statuses are for the stars; we seem to have a situation at the moment where both the UK and the US authorities both feel they have a right to a healthy chunk of our income  



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