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Jez
2006-09-07, 17:09
We don't normally crow about every little mention of Slim Devices in the press, but I thought this was possibly of interest to the forum members.

Last week Liz Gannes from Gigaom.com dropped by to find out more about Slim Devices and Sean Adams. The story is now live at

http://featured.gigaom.com/2006/09/07/portrait-of-a-startup-slim-devices/

davep
2006-09-07, 18:43
Some of the comments in the original Slashdot piece that is linked from the GigaOm story make for very interesting "with hindsight" reading. I particularly like the poster who was certain that the SliMP3 (as it was then) would not be available for at least 25 years.

And, love that beer.

davep

Mark Lanctot
2006-09-07, 20:15
Way too many comments on the original Slashdot article to read them all, but I found it funny about the guy who recommended Sean check out the Ubicom processors...

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=20920&threshold=1&commentsort=0&mode=thread&pid=2217195#2217237

peter
2006-09-08, 01:34
On Thu, 7 Sep 2006 20:15:48 -0700, "Mark Lanctot"
<Mark.Lanctot.2dsqbb1157685601 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> said:
>
> Way too many comments on the original Slashdot article to read them all,
> but I found it funny about the guy who recommended Sean check out the
> Ubicom processors...

That's nothing. I invented the SliMP3/SqueezeBox over in 2001. I was
just waiting for the Slim Devices guys to get the implementation
started:

"I guess my ideal device would just play network streams that were sent
to it via ethernet. Ethernet in, line out. The software on the
computer would handle everything else.

OK, maybe add a display that can be controlled from the network as
well as a IR receiver that can send command codes back. All
intelligence would reside in the (Linux) server."

http://groups.google.com/group/comp.home.automation/msg/b99c1b2d71ec5f27?hl=en&

"I'm just waiting until someone with the means gets the same idea and
builds something affordable."

I got one of the first SliMP3's when they became available.
They could have been a little more affordable though.
But in general they carried out my ideas pretty well. ;)

Peter.

Patrick Dixon
2006-09-08, 02:28
I was one of the first outsiders to take in the company’s newest device, the $2000 Transporter, a fully geeked-out network music machine.

And there was me, thinking it was supposed to be an audiophile player ...

Jacob Potter
2006-09-08, 07:27
On 9/8/06, Peter <landen-slimp (AT) frg (DOT) eur.nl> wrote:
> That's nothing. I invented the SliMP3/SqueezeBox over in 2001. I was
> just waiting for the Slim Devices guys to get the implementation
> started:

The first entry on the "news" page
(http://www.slimdevices.com/au_old_news.html), June 2001, says that
"The Xilinx CPLD design has been thoroughly tested, and no changes
have been made for the last 6 months." So the SliMP3 was well into
development by the end of 2000.

- Jacob

jeffluckett
2006-09-08, 07:39
And there was me, thinking it was supposed to be an audiophile player ...

Audiophiles are geeks too. They just point thier geekiness at different toys.

peter
2006-09-08, 08:29
On Fri, 8 Sep 2006 10:27:41 -0400, "Jacob Potter" <jacobdp (AT) gmail (DOT) com>
said:

> On 9/8/06, Peter <landen-slimp (AT) frg (DOT) eur.nl> wrote:
> > That's nothing. I invented the SliMP3/SqueezeBox over in 2001. I was
> > just waiting for the Slim Devices guys to get the implementation
> > started:
>
> The first entry on the "news" page
> (http://www.slimdevices.com/au_old_news.html), June 2001, says that
> "The Xilinx CPLD design has been thoroughly tested, and no changes
> have been made for the last 6 months." So the SliMP3 was well into
> development by the end of 2000.

Yeah, they would say that, wouldn't they? ;)

Peter

funkstar
2006-09-08, 11:55
Very interesting littel blog post.

"set to do $10 million in sales this year" and "Just under 50,000 Squeezeboxes are installed around the world"

it's the first time i've seen any sort of figures put on sales etc. Surprised no one else picked up on them :)

EDIT: going by the number of people registed on these forums, there approx 6.8 SBs per member :P