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February 24, 2005

it's radio, only much more complicated.

the airport express arrived this week, and this evening i have finally had a chance to work through configuring it. configuration wasn't difficult but it was less intuitive than apple products normally are. an ipod this is not. it can do many things, all of them network-ey and therefore not necessarily apparent to normal humans.

i've got it set up now to do bridging from my existing airport network (this means my airport signal is crazy strong in the living room, and that i don't have to have the express plugged into an ethernet cable). it's also set up to do airtunes, the feature i bought it for.

now hopefully the cube can use the fast wired network connection while also sending music over the airport network, but i've yet to determine that. the cube is busy recording right now and i don't want to disturb it.

just to make things interesting, i am currently sending music that actually resides on the cube to the airport express via my powerbook. itunes has a feature called rendezvous that will automatically share itunes libraries between computers on the same network, so the powerbook can access the cube's itunes library that way, and play any of that music.

since the music i am playing is actually sarah's radio show from last week, it's really rather eerie. i'm listening to xdu on my stereo as always... except that it's a week old show and it's making two hops over a wireless network to get to the stereo, instead of being beamed directly into my receiver via the magick of radio.

i've had a cabling problem with my stereo and tv for a while now, and the airport express isn't helping. i'm gonna have to disassemble my whole setup one of these days and get the cabling straightened out. i guess i've been putting this off because it'll involve drilling more holes in the cabinet. and i might need to face the idea of drilling holes in my floor, to really do it right. that, and i'm slack.

Posted by lisa at February 24, 2005 10:05 PM | TrackBack


wow. you are the coolest girl in the whole world. i am constantly amazed at your technological prowess!!

Posted by: alicia on February 24, 2005 10:59 PM

Not to slight your tech prowess, but if you want help putting a recessed box in the floor that can be covered with a plate later on, I'm more than willing to help out.

Posted by: Jason! on February 25, 2005 09:05 AM

a power outlet in the floor (it sounds like that's what you're talking about?) would be very helpful, but i also need to run cable and speaker wire to/from the big black island in the center of my living room.

so literally a hole in the floor is kind of what i need. i don't know what purpose a recessed box would serve, maybe i am being clueless.

i keep thinking i should be able to come up with a better arrangement in that room, one that doesn't involve a big THING in the middle of the room and that doesn't involve drilling holes in the floor. but so far, no dice on that.

maybe there are some wireless doohickeys that will magickally transport cable and speaker sound across the room without cables.

Posted by: lisa on February 25, 2005 12:22 PM

Well, you can also have boxes for signal cables as well. But yes, a power box in the floor that sits more or less flush with the floor is what I was talking about. Some of them look quite nice (well, don't look like ass is more like it).

Solutions for speaker and cable connections are somewhat more problematic.

Posted by: Jason! on March 1, 2005 02:08 PM

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