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mvalera
2008-09-04, 11:27
It’s summer here in the Bay Area, and you know what that means… It’s time for another Logitech® Squeezebox™ Open-house and BBQ!

BBQ
We’re having a BBQ! Join us for free food and drinks cooked up by Emergency BBQ. Food will be provided to the first 200 attendees – cooked fresh on site just before we start.

Town Hall Meeting with Logitech Squeezebox creators and Pandora®
Ever wondered why SqueezeCenter is written in Perl? Or how Pandora seems to know exactly what you music you like? Maybe you’d just like to hear what some of the brightest minds in digital music think is the next big thing. Join Pandora founder Tim Westergren, and Slim Devices founder Sean Adams, Squeezebox Global Product Marketing Manager Dylan Rhodes, and Principal Hardware Engineer Caleb Crome for a town hall-style meeting.

Demo your favorite Squeezebox
As always, we’ll have listening areas for you to experience our brand new Squeezebox Boom, Squeezebox Duet, Squeezebox Classic and Transporter®. Poke, prod and listen to them to your heart’s content. You will also have the opportunity to take advantage of great discounts on all our network music players (Visa, MC and AMEX accepted – cash or checks).

BBQ Schedule

The Open House begins at 5PM on September 11th, 2008 in the Logitech Squeezebox group’s parking lot.
The BBQ will begin at 5PM (or when it’s done). There will be food for 200 people, first come first served.
The Town Hall meeting and QA with the Logitech Squeezebox and Pandora teams begins at 6:30PM and goes until you’ve run out of questions.


Directions
Please click here for driving directions to the Logitech Squeezebox HQ:
http://www.slimdevices.com/au_directions.html

gbruzzo
2008-09-04, 12:07
I'd rather see Slimdevices go to bed with Napster

kawasaki.kermit
2008-09-04, 12:10
Michael, make sure you take lots of pictures and videos. :)

schiegl
2008-09-04, 12:13
The Town Hall meeting and QA with the Logitech Squeezebox and Pandora teams begins at 6:30PM and goes until you’ve run out of questions.



For those of us far far away is possible to make this QA public? (videocast? a few pictures?)

To those who will come: have a lot of fun!

kind regards,
Markus

chrisinparis
2008-09-04, 14:08
I would love to come meet you guys, but unfortunately I'm 'stuck' in Europe ;) Anyway, have a good one and I too would be interested in any webcasts/videos if you post them.

Paul Webster
2008-09-04, 14:34
How about getting the Logitech folks in UK to team up with last.fm for a similar event.
I'm sure that enough of us enthusiasts from south of England could do the demos if Logitech UK are not up to speed.

chrisla
2008-09-04, 14:38
Thanks for finally doing one of these at a time when people who work
can show up!

-Chris

On Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 11:27 AM, mvalera
<mvalera.3f873z1220553001 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
> It's summer here in the Bay Area, and you know what that means… It's
> time for another Logitech(R) Squeezebox™ Open-house and BBQ!
>
> BBQ
> We're having a BBQ! Join us for free food and drinks cooked up by
> Emergency BBQ. Food will be provided to the first 200 attendees –
> cooked fresh on site just before we start.
>
> TOWN HALL MEETING WITH LOGITECH SQUEEZEBOX CREATORS AND PANDORA(R)
> Ever wondered why SqueezeCenter is written in Perl? Or how Pandora
> seems to know exactly what you music you like? Maybe you'd just like
> to hear what some of the brightest minds in digital music think is the
> next big thing. Join Pandora founder Tim Westergren, and Slim Devices
> founder Sean Adams, Squeezebox Global Product Marketing Manager Dylan
> Rhodes, and Principal Hardware Engineer Caleb Crome for a town
> hall-style meeting.
>
> DEMO YOUR FAVORITE SQUEEZEBOX
> As always, we'll have listening areas for you to experience our brand
> new Squeezebox Boom, Squeezebox Duet, Squeezebox Classic and
> Transporter(R). Poke, prod and listen to them to your heart's content.
> You will also have the opportunity to take advantage of great discounts
> on all our network music players (Visa, MC and AMEX accepted – cash or
> checks).
>
> BBQ SCHEDULE
>
> - The Open House begins at 5PM on September 11th, 2008 in the
> Logitech Squeezebox group's parking lot.
> - The BBQ will begin at 5PM (or when it's done). There will be food
> for 200 people, first come first served.
> - The Town Hall meeting and QA with the Logitech Squeezebox and
> Pandora teams begins at 6:30PM and goes until you've run out of
> questions.
>
>
> DIRECTIONS
> Please click here for driving directions to the Logitech Squeezebox
> HQ:
> http://www.slimdevices.com/au_directions.html
>
>
> --
> mvalera
>
> Michael Valera
> Online Communities Manager
> Logitech Streaming Media Business Unit
> slimdevices.com
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> mvalera's Profile: http://forums.slimdevices.com/member.php?userid=11086
> View this thread: http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=51989
>
>
>

Robin Bowes
2008-09-04, 16:17
Paul Webster wrote:
> How about getting the Logitech folks in UK to team up with last.fm for a
> similar event.
> I'm sure that enough of us enthusiasts from south of England could do
> the demos if Logitech UK are not up to speed.

*South* of England????

We're friendlier up here!

R.

Paul Webster
2008-09-04, 20:21
Paul Webster wrote:
> How about getting the Logitech folks in UK to team up with last.fm for a
> similar event.
> I'm sure that enough of us enthusiasts from south of England could do
> the demos if Logitech UK are not up to speed.

*South* of England????

We're friendlier up here!

R.

I don't doubt that, but last.fm HQ is in east London and Logitech UK is in Slough - so it could be a long way to travel (for a Brit) for a couple of burgers and a play on a Boom ;)

MuckleEck
2008-09-04, 23:43
How about getting the Logitech folks in UK to team up with last.fm for a similar event.
I'm sure that enough of us enthusiasts from south of England could do the demos if Logitech UK are not up to speed.

I would second that.

And for Robin since I am from up North I am obviously one of the friendlier ones!

bhaagensen
2008-09-05, 00:53
I'm in Denmark, so Video + Pics, yes please :)

But how about keeping in the spirit of the whole streaming thing and put up an audio recording of the Town Hall Meeting, and perhaps other interesting things.

Maybe it could be included in "Staff Picks". In fact a Slimdevices channel with stuff like this would be really cool. Alternatively just a podcast url which we could subscribe to.

I think alot of users, and in particular those who follow these forums, would appreciate such a thing, so please consider it seriously:)

Edit: And if you do decide to do this, I'm sure that with this groups knowledge of audioreproduction, the recording will be of supreme high-res quality, or at least good enough to be useful

Bjorn

chrisinparis
2008-09-05, 01:25
I don't doubt that, but last.fm HQ is in east London and Logitech UK is in Slough - so it could be a long way to travel (for a Brit) for a couple of burgers and a play on a Boom ;)

Logitech UK is based in Sluff? A Slim/Logitech/Last.fm BBQ would finally be a worthy reason to visit my home town (sorry mum!). Actually I was back a couple of weeks ago and we even tried to have a BBQ then in between the rainy days - food was nice but it was damned cold (what happened to Summer in Europe this year?).

Actually I'd push more for Paris as it's more central :) Just bring over some decent sausages from the UK though (not into chipolatas and merguez).

sebp
2008-09-05, 13:59
Logitech UK is based in Sluff? A Slim/Logitech/Last.fm BBQ would finally be a worthy reason to visit my home town (sorry mum!). Actually I was back a couple of weeks ago and we even tried to have a BBQ then in between the rainy days - food was nice but it was damned cold (what happened to Summer in Europe this year?).

Actually I'd push more for Paris as it's more central :) Just bring over some decent sausages from the UK though (not into chipolatas and merguez).

Well, you could count me on, but I hope you wouldn't mind if I prefer bringing some andouillette from Troyes or duck breast instead?
I'm pretty sure Michael Herger could bring us some fine Swiss chocolate. ;)

Who brings the beer?

Skunk
2008-09-10, 12:52
I agree that live streaming video would be great.

Questions could be posted to this thread, and asked/answered by someone following the thread with a laptop.

surly
2008-09-10, 13:31
The beer should be brought by us germans then or maybe by some czechs preferebly from Budvar.

An i think the sausages schould definetly be brought by somebody from Nuremberg or Thuringia!

Greetz surly

Patrick Dixon
2008-09-17, 12:01
The problem with the UK is no summer ... and no summer, no BBQ :-(

surly
2008-09-17, 14:08
I was in UK this Year (Exeter/Devon),

we had at least 6 Barbies in 5 Weeks. So no Problem with that. Just be prepared for short showers and not so hot temperatures.

But I would still prefer a location on the kontinent!

Greetz Audiodude

Mr. Resistor
2008-09-17, 14:42
This "Free" BBQ cost me nearly $600. (my duet was lonely at home so picked up a twin and a lil' brother Boom) And it was worth every penny. Very successful event. Good food...good chat...great opportunity to swap tips with other users and staff.

MikeekiM
2008-09-17, 16:19
This "Free" BBQ cost me nearly $600. (my duet was lonely at home so picked up a twin and a lil' brother Boom) And it was worth every penny. Very successful event. Good food...good chat...great opportunity to swap tips with other users and staff.

You did better than I did... The free BBQ cost me almost $1,136 after sales tax... I picked up 3 Booms and a Duet...

I can't wait for the next one... The food was great... and I will probably pick up some more Booms! They are great...

autopilot
2008-09-20, 04:38
The world thinks British summers are completely terrible, cold and wet. But this is only due the the British obsession with weather and moaning about it. It's true the last 2 summers have been absolutely awful in terms of rainfall and flooding, but the British summer is generally not that bad at all. Apart from the last couple of freak wet ones, really love the English summer and its such a beautiful country in summer. The thing about the British weather is that it can be very surprisingly changeable and we often get our best days late spring and early autumn (fall). I know many parts of the US and Europe are worse and the average rainfall in Seattle and Paris for example is actually much higher.

Themis
2008-09-20, 04:56
Well, you could count me on, but I hope you wouldn't mind if I prefer bringing some andouillette from Troyes or duck breast instead?
I'm pretty sure Michael Herger could bring us some fine Swiss chocolate. ;)

Who brings the beer?I could bring some Cretan Raki from family stock production... it isn't illegal. (not yet) ;)

mvalera
2008-09-24, 13:17
Here's a link to some pictures from the BBQ, enjoy:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mikefiegerlogitech/LogitechSMSBBQ20080911


Mike

Mark Lanctot
2008-09-25, 05:51
In this photo:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mikefiegerlogitech/LogitechSMSBBQ20080911#5246435049171085938

I believe that's Dean on the left, Sean 3rd. I have a suspicion the second person is Caleb (holding Boom). Right?

Nice to put names to faces.

Also there seem to be cool understated black shirts here and there with "squeezebox boom" and "squeezebox duet" on the back.

mherger
2008-09-25, 06:05
> I believe that's Dean on the left, Sean 3rd. I have a suspicion the
> second person is Caleb (holding Boom). Right?

Correct for Caleb and Sean. Dean had to leave early. Left is Tim Westergren (Pandora founder).

--

Michael

radish
2008-09-25, 06:12
Also there seem to be cool understated black shirts here and there with "squeezebox boom" and "squeezebox duet" on the back.

Wait - there are shirts?!? I need something to go with my old skool Slim Devices polo shirts :)

Mark Lanctot
2008-09-25, 06:18
Wait - there are shirts?!? I need something to go with my old skool Slim Devices polo shirts :)

"squeezebox boom" shirt on the left here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mikefiegerlogitech/LogitechSMSBBQ20080911?pli=1#5246435005153531074

"squeezebox duet" shirt on the left here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mikefiegerlogitech/LogitechSMSBBQ20080911?pli=1#5246435015294909154

Oh and someone buying a whole heap of stuff here!

http://picasaweb.google.com/mikefiegerlogitech/LogitechSMSBBQ20080911?pli=1#5246435020308806338

(a Transporter, a Boom and maybe a Duet?)...plus, is that Caleb's environmental test chamber on the right? :-)

iPhone
2008-09-25, 07:28
Wait - there are shirts?!? I need something to go with my old skool Slim Devices polo shirts :)

Speaking of the shirts, were they promotional items? I don't see any Logo Clothing for sell on the Slim Devices website.

So the next question is, how do we get our hands on Logo Shirts?

iPhone
2008-09-25, 07:30
"squeezebox boom" shirt on the left here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mikefiegerlogitech/LogitechSMSBBQ20080911?pli=1#5246435005153531074

"squeezebox duet" shirt on the left here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mikefiegerlogitech/LogitechSMSBBQ20080911?pli=1#5246435015294909154

Oh and someone buying a whole heap of stuff here!

http://picasaweb.google.com/mikefiegerlogitech/LogitechSMSBBQ20080911?pli=1#5246435020308806338

(a Transporter, a Boom and maybe a Duet?)...plus, is that Caleb's environmental test chamber on the right? :-)

My question is about the guy holding the gray object in the Duet shirt picture. What is that guy behind the table holding? Anybody?

Mark Lanctot
2008-09-25, 07:36
My question is about the guy holding the gray object in the Duet shirt picture. What is that guy behind the table holding? Anybody?

Well spotted! There's also another shot of this mysterious bulgy silver object here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mikefiegerlogitech/LogitechSMSBBQ20080911?pli=1#5246435018794332930

Doesn't look like anything in the Logitech SMS line. There seems to be a grille on top possibly for a speaker.

Zooming in on that photo, it has an Ethernet port on the bottom left and what look like RCA jacks on the right. There's a logo above this connection panel that could be Logitech but it's too fuzzy to make out.

elziko
2008-09-25, 07:37
My question is about the guy holding the gray object in the Duet shirt picture. What is that guy behind the table holding? Anybody?

A guess: some sort of credit card handling machine for those buying items at the BBQ?

mvalera
2008-09-25, 10:06
Well spotted! There's also another shot of this mysterious bulgy silver object here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mikefiegerlogitech/LogitechSMSBBQ20080911?pli=1#5246435018794332930

Doesn't look like anything in the Logitech SMS line. There seems to be a grille on top possibly for a speaker.

Zooming in on that photo, it has an Ethernet port on the bottom left and what look like RCA jacks on the right. There's a logo above this connection panel that could be Logitech but it's too fuzzy to make out.

That guys had built what was basically a home made Squeezebox Boom out of a SB2 and a clock radio. He brought it to show it off.

BTW I added some comments to the pictures to point out the Squeezebox people.

Mike

EFP
2008-09-25, 10:13
http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=kerbango&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2

mvalera
2008-09-25, 10:17
Oh wow, it was a Kerbango.

I'm pretty sure he had modded it into a Squeezebox tho. I was running around and didn't get a close look at it, but I thought that's what he had done from my quick passing view.

Mike

max.spicer
2008-09-25, 10:34
Speaking of the shirts, were they promotional items? I don't see any Logo Clothing for sell on the Slim Devices website.

So the next question is, how do we get our hands on Logo Shirts?

I'm rather hoping that one will turn up in the post by magic at some point. :-)

Hey, if you don't ask...

Max (UK Large, Chest 104-111cm).

MickeyG
2008-09-25, 11:07
You guys are good. It was a Kerbango.

A guy who had worked on the Kerbango for 3Com showed up. I was behind one of the tables when he approached me and pulled it out of a bag. I didn't recognize it at first, but I had that "aha!" moment when he mentioned the name.

His point was that Slim Devices/Logitech was successful at making an Internet radio and Squeezeboxes were successors to it -- a "son of Kerbango".

I don't believe he had a Squeezebox in it. Although I didn't ask, I think he was one of the original developers on it. Maybe it still picked up Internet radio!

Sean happened to be standing there and struck up a conversation with him too.

Mickey

iPhone
2008-09-25, 13:11
http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=kerbango&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2

Great Link, Thanks.

Has anybody read up on the Kerbango? I found an early marketing release on it and it had a retail list of $299.95. Looks like it went from start-up to 80 Million Dollar take-over by 3Com to never selling a single unit in 3 years. I wonder if somebody at 3Com got fired over this boondoggle.

March 21, 2001
"Update: An unnamed source within 3Com acknowledged that multiple possibilities for continuing the Kerbango product line outside of 3Com are being considered, and that the first production build of Kerbango Internet Radios have already been produced and are currently being warehoused.'
From Linux Devices News

Can you image paying 80 million dollars for a company, running the first full production run of Kerbango's, then storing them in a warehouse never to sell them. That is throwing good money after bad, after bad, after bad.

Wonder if anybody ever bought a warehouse full of Kerbango's at 5 cents on the dollar? Still can't find if any were ever sold.

MickeyG
2008-09-25, 15:43
Looks like the Computer History Museum here in Mountain View is looking for a Kerbango.

http://www.computerhistory.org/collections/donateArtifact/wishlist.php

Unfortunately, they're not looking for any of the junk in my garage.

Mickey

JimC
2008-09-25, 22:21
Looks like the Computer History Museum here in Mountain View is looking for a Kerbango.

http://www.computerhistory.org/collections/donateArtifact/wishlist.php

Unfortunately, they're not looking for any of the junk in my garage.

Mickey

There's a Kerbango in the product marketing cabinet, I think. Still in the box.