¶ 2006-08-16 18:24:00 +0000
I see iPods everywhere, probably for two reasons:
Also, I went to Target today. Walking in the electronics department, I passed an aisle that was almost entirely devoted to iPod accessories. There were about a dozen different home stereo systems, the top of which one docks oneʼs iPod into so one doesnʼt have to stick white earbuds into oneʼs ears while at oneʼs home.
I may not have an iPod, but I use iTunes, and I like listening to music, too. And last night I discovered that I had all the pieces necessary to put together an incredibly geeky and reasonably mid-to-high-tech home stereo system.
I had all the pieces, so I went about setting it up.
First, my desktop computer (it has a name: Tatooine) that has all the music on it was moved into the living room. I have some shelves built into the wall, and Tatooine fit very nicely into the bottom shelf. There is a nearby electrical socket, too, so I didnʼt need any extension cords or power strips.
Tatooine is configured to log in to my account automatically when it starts up. Also, it will start up even if nothing is plugged in to it. By nothing, I mean no keyboard, mouse, or monitor. I find it funny because every time I start it, the motherboard gives the “Help, there arenʼt any peripherals plugged in!” beep code sequence. But it starts up anyway.
Tatooine is running Windows XP Professional, which turns out to be important, because I couldnʼt do this (as easily) if it were running Home Edition. Why, you ask? Because only Pro allows you to log in to the computer remotely. And you can bet thatʼs turned on.
So Tatooine is on the bottom shelf, running, and the speakers are plugged into the sound card and there is an network cable running from Tatooine to the half-broken router. Tatooine has an IP address.
Now I bring over the tablet (it has a name: Alderaan) and run a network cable from it to the router. Now Alderaan has an IP address. From Alderaan I connectected via Remote Desktop Connection to Tatooine.
Bingo! I run iTunes and control it like normal. Even though I am controlling everything from Alderaan, the program itself is running on Tatooine, so once I start a playlist playing, I can disconnect and shut down Alderaan and the music, it flows!
So basically, I went though this whole ordeal so I could play the music I want, on the speakers I want, in the room I want. I think itʼs worth it.