Posts Tagged ‘audio’

Chumby works as SlimServer (SqueezeCenter) player

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

I was able to get my Chumby to work as a client for the SlimServer (SqueezeCenter) tonight. My Chumby was updated to client version 1.5.0 this evening. SlimServer client support has been built in to Chumby since at least client version 1.4.0. And before there was a menu interface on Chumby, there were ways that you could make the Chuby work as a SlimServer client with a USB memory device loaded with some software.

The Chumby interface is pretty straight forward. In the main Chumby panel, there is a “Music” button. You select this and are presented with a list of different music sources. If you select the “SlimServer” source, you get a menu that lets you enter the IP address of your SlimServer. After entering the IP address, you can press the “Play” button and then the “Done” button. Momentarily, you should see the Chumby show up as a client in your SlimServer web interface on your computer. You can control the playback of music on the Chumby from the SlimServer web interface via your computer. (You don’t control it from the Chumby. If you have an Asus Eee PC like me, the Eee PC make a really convenient “remote”. Though an iPhone or iPod touch would probably be even cooler; use the built in web browser and wifi as a client of the SlimServer, controlling the playback of the music on your Chumby. 🙂 ) When the music is playing, the Chumby continues to play whatever “channel” you currently have active. For instance, my main channel rotates between a digital clock and a five day weather forecast.

I have the SlimServer running on a Wal-Mart Everex PC. I decided to try SlimServer when I learned that the Chumby could be a SlimServer client. I was quite impressed with the SlimServer. It makes it easy to play my music collection throughout the house. Up until now, though, I have used a laptop as a SlimServer client. But the Chumby as a client amps up the geek factor. 🙂

Running headphones: Nike Flight

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Nike Flight Sport headphonesYep, the stock earbuds that came with the Sansa Express didn’t work out well while running. They popped out of my ears after a few strides. I found these at my local Target store: Nike Flight Sport headphones. They are designed to fit around the back of your neck, with the cord coming out the back. So I decided to give them a try.

They worked out quite well. The ear piece doesn’t actually fit in your ear like earbuds; the band keeps the speakers pressed against, but not in, your ear. The band itself is plastic that is fexible; it keeps it’s shape, but can flex to shape to your head. The cord runs through a channel in the band. The connector worked fine with the Sansa Express. I used them for the first time on Friday, August 31, 2007. I plan to use them on my next run.