I had looked at this product before, it’s a free GNU sourced media server project, as it’s used mostly for the RokuSoundBridge . Recently I was pondering servers and looking into AirTunes via Airport Express wireless audio. Airport Express (in its base configuration) require iTunes running to control where the audio is sent. The slick thing since the advent of iPhone 2.0 and iPod Touch is the “Remote Software by Apple” which does what it says. Your Apple TV, your Mac Mini server in the basement, anything connected to your 802.11/b/g network can be under its control via touch screen. But back to Firefly Media Server.
Okay, say you have 3 rooms and in each room someone wants to listen to different music. How? Well, lets pretend again that on your home network you have a server where all the music is centrally located. Firefly taps this by adding iTunes server compatibility through Bonjour networking. On the old Dell XP machine it was a matter of installing Bonjour for Windows 1.04 and then the latest build of Firefly. Right now over 802.11g I have two laptops listening to two different songs, where the Firefly shows up as a shared iTunes Library and amazingly the Dell still has enough resources to playback a separate FLAC audio stream over USB. That makes 3 concurrent streams of audio, not bad for an old 900 MHz Pentium III.
I am not excited about taking the GREs. That’s about all I can think of. I ran 7 miles last Monday and climbed 3 other days last week. The 7 mile run was too much. Josh mentioned something about climbing trips in September. It’s too much for me to think of right now and Ryan has been fing-jured. On a completely unrelated mechanical note, I did do a little research into bit driver types for professional applications, as in putting two pieces of wood together with a screw. The Phillips head was never supposed to make it as far as it has. From my reading, Canadian carpenters love the old square-Robertson drive. Hex and Torx also work better in high torque situations. There is a better version of Phillips called the Pozidriv (I didn’t make that up) though it seems to be something of a hybrid Phillips with less public awareness. The square bit will probably make its way into my tool box, though clearly we all can’t be Canadian woodsmen.