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BenRubinstein
2005-03-16, 15:16
> If you increase the size of the text it is enormous and can easily be seen
> even 20 feet away.
<old git mutters>what's easy for your eyes may not be for mine</old git>

> Many users have requested some basic hard buttons on the unit for things like
> the arrow keys (browsing) power, volume, mute.

Or buy an extra remote and glue it in place?

Ben Rubinstein | Email: benr_ml (AT) cogapp (DOT) com
Cognitive Applications Ltd | Phone: +44 (0)1273-821600
http://www.cogapp.com | Fax : +44 (0)1273-728866

Ben Klaas
2005-03-16, 16:25
I am a recent convert from Audiotron to Squeezebox, and I'm thrilled
with the switch.

There is, however, one thing that I desperately miss from the Audiotron,
and that is the KNOB. For those of you that haven't seen an Audiotron,
it has this awesome KNOB on the front. You can use it to navigate (i.e.,
spin) through big lists on the display (e.g., all of the bizillion
albums you may have), and then press it like a button when you find what
you want. It's kind of like the dial navigation on an iPod, only better.

Personally, I'd pay an extra $50-$100 for a KNOB on the squeezebox that
behaved similarly.

I'd also like a display twice as long as the current one, but I'd settle
for a KNOB.

in support of KNOBS,
#!/ben

BenRubinstein wrote:
>>If you increase the size of the text it is enormous and can easily be seen
>>even 20 feet away.
>
> <old git mutters>what's easy for your eyes may not be for mine</old git>
>
>>Many users have requested some basic hard buttons on the unit for things like
>>the arrow keys (browsing) power, volume, mute.
>
>
> Or buy an extra remote and glue it in place?
>
> Ben Rubinstein | Email: benr_ml (AT) cogapp (DOT) com
> Cognitive Applications Ltd | Phone: +44 (0)1273-821600
> http://www.cogapp.com | Fax : +44 (0)1273-728866
>
>
>

Carl W. Irving
2005-03-16, 20:20
Maybe the long-term solution would be to implement an USB host port on
the SB and then plug a Griffin PowerMate
(http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/powermate/index.php) in...

Being able to plug in USB HID (Human Input Devices) into the SB would be
rather interesting, actually. :-)


Ben Klaas wrote:

> I am a recent convert from Audiotron to Squeezebox, and I'm thrilled
> with the switch.
>
> There is, however, one thing that I desperately miss from the
> Audiotron, and that is the KNOB. For those of you that haven't seen an
> Audiotron, it has this awesome KNOB on the front. You can use it to
> navigate (i.e., spin) through big lists on the display (e.g., all of
> the bizillion albums you may have), and then press it like a button
> when you find what you want. It's kind of like the dial navigation on
> an iPod, only better.
>
> Personally, I'd pay an extra $50-$100 for a KNOB on the squeezebox
> that behaved similarly.
>
> I'd also like a display twice as long as the current one, but I'd
> settle for a KNOB.
>
> in support of KNOBS,
> #!/ben
>
> BenRubinstein wrote:
>
>>> If you increase the size of the text it is enormous and can easily
>>> be seen
>>> even 20 feet away.
>>
>>
>> <old git mutters>what's easy for your eyes may not be for mine</old git>
>>
>>> Many users have requested some basic hard buttons on the unit for
>>> things like
>>> the arrow keys (browsing) power, volume, mute.
>>
>>
>>
>> Or buy an extra remote and glue it in place?
>>
>> Ben Rubinstein | Email: benr_ml (AT) cogapp (DOT) com
>> Cognitive Applications Ltd | Phone: +44 (0)1273-821600
>> http://www.cogapp.com | Fax : +44 (0)1273-728866
>>
>>
>>

mherger
2005-06-29, 07:07
Maybe the long-term solution would be to implement an USB host port on the SB and then plug a Griffin PowerMate
(http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/powermate/index.php) in...

Being able to plug in USB HID (Human Input Devices) into the SB would be
rather interesting, actually. :-)

This device is rather cool, indeed. I just finished some tests for using it with a SB/SliMP3. You've never seen those screens scrolling faster through your album/artist list :-).

But as it has to be connected to a PC it's not really what you'd want. Except if you had that small and quiet media PC in the living room. Or the long asked for case mod containing an SB together with a small computer, the front only exposing the display and a large knop...

NickM
2005-06-29, 07:27
When your batteries die or the dog chews the remote, then, YES a few hard buttons on top of hte slim box would be wonderful. PAUSE/PLAY, VOLUME UP, VOLUME DOWN, NEXT, PREVIOUS. I would pay another USD100 for that....

pfarrell
2005-06-29, 08:54
On Wed, 2005-06-29 at 07:27 -0700, NickM wrote:
> When your batteries die or the dog chews the remote, then, YES a few
> hard buttons on top of hte slim box would be wonderful. PAUSE/PLAY,
> VOLUME UP, VOLUME DOWN, NEXT, PREVIOUS. I would pay another USD100 for
> that....

That's what your Sofa Laptop is for.

--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

NickM
2005-06-29, 18:57
Pat, I have a home crammed full of electronic stuff... BUT, I have two ground rules for everything.

First is I don't have anything which requires recourse to an instruction manual ( for two reasons - I lose things and I want the machine to be so intuative to use that I don't need one ).

Second is that my 80 year old mother can use it. In this respect, she only gets access to some things - not everything(!).

The functionality of the SlimDevice is good and once the majority of the menus are removed, it can be used by anyone (see above). The difference between a "good" product and a "great" product is sometimes minimal, but I guess I'd have buttons up there on the list.

BTW, when the remote is lost, I DO use my WiFi PDA with the handheld web interface to turn the volume down...

nick