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June 30th, 2004
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Computer and music
My computer is in the basement. I want to have the option to use it to mix music on the ground floor of my house. Any suggestions? Some sort of wireless speakers? Just run speaker wires up? Or maybe I should look into getting a throwaway computer that I can use just for storing and playing music?

Also, say I wanted to make a random playlist, but I wanted to program it a bit. Like always keep 2 songs together. Or maybe never play two pieces back-to-back. Or maybe never play two genres back-to-back. Is there an existing Windows music player that allows this kind of scripting? If not, any suggestions?

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From:spwebdesign
Date:June 30th, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
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Or maybe I should look into getting a throwaway computer that I can use just for storing and playing music?

I can give you an old system. I was going to take home a computer from one of the labs here at work, since they have upgraded. I don't really need it, though, so if you want it it's yours.
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From:queue
Date:June 30th, 2004 08:25 am (UTC)
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That would be very cool. Thanks!
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From:jaq
Date:June 30th, 2004 08:19 am (UTC)
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I don't know specifically, but there is a huge library of plugins for Winamp, so you might find some of them that do what you want.

I use: one for Shoutcast output, one for command line/shortcut key controls, one for web-based controls.
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From:queue
Date:June 30th, 2004 08:26 am (UTC)
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I'll check that out, thanks.
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From:theora
Date:June 30th, 2004 08:21 am (UTC)
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Maybe get an iPod or similar device and plug it into your stereo?
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From:theora
Date:June 30th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
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Or use my computer, as you mentioned, if there's enough space for everything you want to put on it.
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From:queue
Date:June 30th, 2004 08:28 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I should check and see how much space is there. Of course, that would only be a solution for the next couple of months.
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From:queue
Date:June 30th, 2004 08:27 am (UTC)
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I'd like to try to do this on the cheap. But we'll see. Getting something like that would probably make a smart-shuffle a bit more difficult.
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From:jaq
Date:June 30th, 2004 08:31 am (UTC)
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Or if you can bear to do Linux, check out Globecom Jukebox. I had it running for a while.
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From:queue
Date:June 30th, 2004 08:36 am (UTC)
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I tried to install Linux on my computer once. This was back in the day when I was using a modem, and there were driver problems with my particular kind of modem, so I never could get it to connect to the internet.

Hmm, installing Linux might be a fun project. Erg, I'd have to make a partition for it. Can I do that without having to back stuff up?
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From:jaq
Date:June 30th, 2004 08:41 am (UTC)
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There are tools with most Linuz distributions to resize your existing partition without removing stuff. However it's still advisable to back up, 'just in case'. I was thinking if you were going to get a 'throwaway computer' it wouldn't be such an issue though.
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From:queue
Date:June 30th, 2004 09:17 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah. I could definitely put Linux on the machine spewebdesign is getting for me. And I even have an old copy of Red Hat sitting around.

Now I've got thoughts of a home network burbling in the back of my mind.
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From:jaq
Date:June 30th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Everyone should have one ;-)
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From:rosefox
Date:June 30th, 2004 11:45 am (UTC)
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I suggest a USB-to-FM-broadcast device. Plug it in and your computer will broadcast (at a level much too low to need FCC approval). Then just tune in from upstairs.
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From:queue
Date:June 30th, 2004 12:26 pm (UTC)
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Neat! Thanks for the tip. I'll have to look into that.
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