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Paul Gordon
2004-04-03, 10:14
I just this second had a thought regarding the display size....

How difficult would it be to provide the Slim's display data out of a serial port on the slimserver PC?...

If the display data is sent out via serial, it could then be pumped into one of those big red shop-window style dot-matrix display boards, many of which have an RS232 port for programming...

Also, there are numerous other VFD's available, many of which have RS232 interfaces, including larger sized ones, and graphical ones... It should be pretty easy to construct a remote display for the slim from one of these.. - not cheap of course, but probably slightly cheaper than buying a whole new slim to synchronise.

This is of course ignoring the other obvious method of using a WiFi enabled PDA as a slim controller/display device, or something like the Logitech DiNovo Bluetooth keyboard, which has a very nice media pad controller with an LCD display which shows "now playing" data.

And saving the best till last, there is also the option of the xAP connector that has been written for the slimserver, which is designed precisely for this kind of problem. Using xAP it becomes trivial to have your slim display data pumped around your house to multiple display devices simultaneously, and need not be limited to things like VFD's et al, but could include TTS announcements, onscreen displays on TiVo, laptops, etc... Check out http://www.xapframework.net/modules.php?name=Sections&op=viewarticle&artid=9


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Paul G.
>
> FWIW, I think the SqueezeBox looks fine. It's not very large and it
> doesn't
> stand out when not in use. A larger display would be nicer, but I'm not
> unhappy with the current-sized display. At the large text setting it
> shows
> enough characters for me to identify most of my songs -- guests seem to
> have
> a bigger problem with it, since they are not familiar with my music
> collection, and thus need more characters to identify the songs.
>

Max Adamiec
2004-04-03, 10:44
Big thumbs up for the slimserver xAP connector :-)
My favourite xapplication.

Max

----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Saturday, April 03, 2004 6:14 PM
Subject: [slim] New product coming soon!


>
> And saving the best till last, there is also the option of the xAP
connector that has been written for the slimserver, which is designed
precisely for this kind of problem. Using xAP it becomes trivial to have
your slim display data pumped around your house to multiple display devices
simultaneously, and need not be limited to things like VFD's et al, but
could include TTS announcements, onscreen displays on TiVo, laptops, etc...
Check out
http://www.xapframework.net/modules.php?name=Sections&op=viewarticle&artid=9
>
>
> .0.02
>
> Paul G.