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Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: February 27, 2015, 04:57:21 AM »

Total Tracks: 271,010
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NP: Loveliescrushing - Qlinglo on

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: December 21, 2014, 02:14:54 AM »

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Total Albums: 26,753
Total Artists: 19,686

NP: Zammuto - Good Graces from Anchor
Zammuto website w/Anchor preview

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: November 30, 2014, 11:10:46 AM »

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Total Artists: 44,386

NP: Sawako - White Sky Winter Chicada

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: October 27, 2014, 02:14:19 AM »

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Total Artists: 19,569

Here's a couple more players (that's real wood inlay in the top one):

All you need for a full Squeezebox music server setup:

1.  Server computer with the media server software cataloging and serving up your music files (Mac, Win, Linux)
2.  One or more players consisting of the following: player unit, micro USB power brick, amplified speakers or connection to your hi-fi system.  Also any computer can be a player with the Squeezeplay app installed
3.  A DAC which can be obtained from many difference sources ranging in price from $30 to $10,000 depending on how good you think your ears are and whether or not you believe in ionized selenium covered audio cables.
4.  Cell phone or tablet with the iOS or Android Squeezebox app of your choice to control your system.  Also any computer in your house can control all the players.

Or, of course, you can pay 5-10 times more for a Sonos system that has less flexibility.

NP: BBC World Service on NPR

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: September 28, 2014, 04:45:05 PM »

Total Tracks: 258,643
Total Albums: 26,221
Total Artists: 19,457

Logitech has stopped making players for the Squeezebox system so a group of tech-savvy users have released the plans for the piCoplayer made from Raspberry Pi boards, a flash storage card, a wi-fi dongle, USB DAC, case (acrylic, wood, lucite) and amplified speakers or hi-fi.  I just put together 3 players:

You can pay top dollar for Sonos and get a system with a lot less flexibility than the Squeezebox open-source system.  Notably the Sonos file system is limited to 65,000 music files.

Or you can put together or buy some piCoplayers for the cost of a few parts and your labor.

If anyone is interested in this system or players, let me know at ambientmusic(at)

NP: Yuki Aida & Tomotsugu Nakamura: Mono

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:11:17 PM »

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Total Albums: 25,951
Total Artists: 19,313

NP: nothing!

Computers, Internet and Technology / Chromecast Fun
« on: June 08, 2014, 11:24:05 AM »
I never thought I would have so much fun with this inexpensive bit of tech but wow.

It's a small dongle-like device that plugs into an unused HDMI port on your TV.  Unfortunately it's not battery-powered so it also has a USB power cable.

Once plugged in, you go to the chromecast website and configure the device with a name and hook it into your wi-fi network.  The devices updates itself to the latest firmware.

Then you download the Chromecast app to your Android or iOS device (phone or tablet).

Once that is complete you can download several Chromecast-supported apps (if you don't already have them) such as YouTube, VEVO, Netflix.

Then you open the app, activate the Chromecast function from within the app, find the content you want to cast or show on your TV, and hit play.

All the glorious chaos on YouTube is now on your TV.  VEVO has a lot of interesting music content also.  Two or more people can take turns controlling the content seamlessly from their devices.

It's a lot of fun watching the music videos for my favorite artists that were never broadcast in this country (e.g., The Durutti Column) and to see some of the highly artistic videos that accompany some of my favorite tunes.

It's also a nice way to "drive" Netflix streaming.

You can also control it or cast from any computer that uses your wi-fi via a Chromecast plugin for the Chrome browser.

It's 29 bucks at Amazon.  This is yet another reason to become a couch potato but I'm fighting it by heading off to the gym right now :)


Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: June 08, 2014, 07:19:36 AM »

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NP: Childhood - Got Me Girl from Anniversary Vol. 1 compilation

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: May 23, 2014, 09:19:18 AM »

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Total Artists: 19,032

NP: Hammock - Three Sisters on

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: May 22, 2014, 03:21:26 AM »

Total Tracks: 248,465
Total Albums: 25,052
Total Artists: 18,967

NP: "Camouflage - Real Thing" from Relocated album

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: May 10, 2014, 02:15:54 AM »

Total Tracks: 245,102
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Total Artists: 18,749

NP: John Broaddus - Three on

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: May 04, 2014, 03:04:57 AM »

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Total Albums: 24,205
Total Artists: 18,449

NP: Dan Minoza - Winter Kept Us Warm on

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: April 27, 2014, 09:03:09 AM »

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Total Albums: 23,986
Total Artists: 18,299

Now playing: Symbol - Clear Passage from Online Architecture

I listen to music during most waking hours, at home and at work.

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: April 25, 2014, 03:57:50 AM »

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Total Artists: 18,211

I just replaced the hard drive enclosure as it died an early death about 3 weeks ago.

np: NPR via the internet

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: R.I.P. XP
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:28:59 PM »
Thanks to everyone for their patience in helping me with Windows 8.

I now understand that Windows 8 is a moderately improved version of Windows 7 with the tablet-friendly tile interface laid on top.

It's quite easy to get rid of the "modern" tablet interface and boot directly to the desktop with Classic Shell, the app, as was suggested above.  I now do that with all my Windows 8 computers.

Even the Windows 8.1 update will natively allow that: Microsoft has actually listened to someone.

Thanks again.


Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: March 30, 2014, 07:16:57 AM »

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np: Brian Grainger - Above The Sky

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: March 03, 2014, 04:54:01 AM »

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Total Artists: 18,013

This post is almost exactly 3 years after my first post in this thread.

USB 3 issues with the music server hard drive array have been resolved by changing a BIOS setting on the server.  Backup is now incremental which makes the process incredibly easy and quick.

NP: Lattice - Bathing In December Streetlight

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:48:31 AM »

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Total Artists: 17,888

It's pretty easy to install something like Classic Shell (or one of the free equivalents) on Win 8 and in my experience (rolling out Win 8 Pro company-wide to almost 60 users) there have been almost zero complaints about Win 8 when Classic Shell is enabled. If you try to give somebody Win 8 without a start button, though, roughly 100% of people say "What the f*ck is this crap? I can't use this!"

Maybe a slight exaggeration, but not by much.

Classic shell helped me a lot.  I even have a touchscreen laptop and I can't tolerate the Metro interface.  The Metro interface is crap unless you don't have a keyboard at all (tablet).  MS has really messed up on Windows in their quest to catch up with the iPad.  In all fairness though, it's tough to do real work on an iPad in my opinion.

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: February 08, 2014, 07:35:06 AM »

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Total Artists: 17,812

Now playing: Teresa Rampazzi - With The Light Pen from Musica Endoscopica

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