A few months back I bought a ‘network MP3 player’, my first purchase of this kind, the idea being that it would replace my old Yamaha multidisc CD player (Which regularly refuses to eject the CD tray completely, making nasty grinding noises as it does so).
The device that I opted for was the ‘Slim Devices‘ SLIMP3 Player. I placed my order through a UK distributor and within less than 2 days the unit arrived complete with appropriate cabling. Before running the 20 metre network cable from upstairs office to downstairs lounge I plugged the unit in for a quick test. Everything worked, the player connected to the network and detected the SlimServer (The PC on which I had installed the Server software).
Now, regardless of the fact that the unit, server software and customer service was stunning, there was one thing which was holding me back from being blown away by my little SLIMP3, I had to drill through one internal wall, out through an external wall down, and then back through the external wall again to get the network cable to the lounge. Now, I ‘could’ have set up a wireless LAN connection, but I didn’t. Now that the hard work is done I couldn’t live without my SLIMP3, and now I hear that they have released the ‘Squeezebox’, a SLIMP3 player with an integrated wireless LAN and standard Ethernet connection… bliss.
Now if I could just convince my wife that we need another network music player… :)
What this means for developers is that any site which you have built using ‘plug-in’ technology such as Flash, Windows Media Player, QuickTime or Real Player will act differently.
Every instance of plug-in content will prompt the user to click an ‘OK’ button in order that the plug-in can execute content. On some sites this will have a huge impact, other will not be affected.
Macromedia has identified some early workarounds, but these require significant changes to existing site code.
You can find out more about these solutions here: http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/activecontent/
On Thursday last week I finally ordered a SLIMP3 player from Slim Devices after months of dribbling. It arrived on Friday morning, on Saturday I enrolled the help of my Father in law to drill the required holes for the LAN cable, and now it’s all up and running.
Well, for a long time I’ve used IE on a day to day basis, it’s done the job, yes it’s full of bugs and annoying ‘Microsoft Features’ but it works and after all it’s a part of Windows, so it’s just there.
Thing is, recently IE is grating more and more, and there’s a new kid on the block for us Windows users. It goes by the name of Mozilla Firebird, and first impressions are that this is everything that Netscape 6 and 7 should have been.
If you know what’s good for you I strongly suggest that you get your backside over to Mozilla and download it right now. You have been told. :)
Last night I took a visit to ‘PC World’, full of sales guys who know nothing about the product and just want to sell you a service plan.
Anyhow, I/We (My wife and I) ended up buying a cheapy Logitech webcam amonst other things, I have to say this has to be the most fun you can have for such a small amount of cash. Well worth the spend.