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seanadams
2004-08-03, 12:42
Slim Devices is pleased to announce a major update to Squeezebox. We've
replaced our venerable 2-line text display with a beautiful new graphic
display.

Shipping TODAY are three new products:

- Graphic Squeezebox (wireless) $279
- Graphic Squeezebox (wired) $199
- Graphic Display Upgrade Kit $69 (after rebate), free US shipping

The new Squeezebox display has 280 x 16 pixels, providing a stunning
interface appearance as well as advanced animation capabilities. Our
web site has just been updated with photos of the new interface.

A hardware upgrade kit is also available, which converts an original
2-line text Squeezebox into the new graphic Squeezebox. The upgrade kit
includes free shipping in the USA, with a $20 rebate if you choose to
return your original character display. Reseller pricing and
availability will be announced shortly. More information about the
upgrade kit is available here:

http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html

Along with this new hardware, we are pleased to announce two major
software releases:

* SlimServer V5.3 beta, featuring an enhanced user interface that takes
advantage of the new display. This release adds improved fonts, as well
as graphical elements in the user interface. Also included (for
developers) is a preview of our upcoming visualizer feature, which can
display high-speed audio visualization at up to 100 frames per second!

* SoftSqueeze version 1.0, by Richard Titmuss, adds support for the new
Squeezebox graphics capabilities and is included in the 5.3 beta
release. Please give it a try to see how the new display works.

We hope that all Squeezebox owners will consider the upgrade kit. We've
priced it as low as possible, because we want everyone to enjoy this
new functionality. Also, over the next few weeks, many new software
capabilities will be added to the graphic Squeezebox - what you see
today is just a starting point for this versatile display.

Thanks everyone,

Sean Adams
CEO, Slim Devices

Avi Schwartz
2004-08-03, 13:19
On Aug 3, 2004, at 14:42, Sean Adams wrote:

>
>
> Slim Devices is pleased to announce a major update to Squeezebox.
> We've replaced our venerable 2-line text display with a beautiful new
> graphic display.

Currently iTunes supports for example Hebrew characters but the
squeezebox does not. Would the new display/software also allow the
display of non-latin/western fonts?

Avi

Daniel Cohen
2004-08-03, 13:30
On 3/8/04 at 12:42 pm -0700, Sean Adams wrote
>Slim Devices is pleased to announce a major update to Squeezebox.
>We've replaced our venerable 2-line text display with a beautiful
>new graphic display.
>
>Shipping TODAY are three new products:
>
> - Graphic Squeezebox (wireless) $279
> - Graphic Squeezebox (wired) $199
> - Graphic Display Upgrade Kit $69 (after rebate), free US shipping
>
>The new Squeezebox display has 280 x 16 pixels, providing a stunning
>interface appearance as well as advanced animation capabilities. Our
>web site has just been updated with photos of the new interface.
>
>A hardware upgrade kit is also available, which converts an original
>2-line text Squeezebox into the new graphic Squeezebox. The upgrade
>kit includes free shipping in the USA, with a $20 rebate if you
>choose to return your original character display. Reseller pricing
>and availability will be announced shortly. More information about
>the upgrade kit is available here:
>
>http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html

Having had a look at the instructions, this doesn't look anything I
want to do myself.

Maybe (when the new unit is available in the UK) I'll make that a
reason for buying a second Squeezebox.

Which does suggest one software issue. Obviously there will be things
that will work on the new machine but not on the old. But since many
of us may have both kinds, and may want to synchronise the two, you
need to be sure that software that produces a nice effect on the new
machine still has some fall-back mode for the old ones.
--
Daniel Cohen

Dan Sully
2004-08-03, 13:32
* robin-lists (AT) robinbowes (DOT) com <robin-lists (AT) robinbowes (DOT) com> shaped the electrons to say...

>1. If I just do my usual upgrade from the CVS will I get this new version,
>or do I need to choose a new branch or module?

You will get the new version - it's in the mainline of CVS. No choosing necessary.

>2. Will this software work with the original displays?

Yes - every effort has been made to ensure backwards compatility.

-D
--
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Torgeir Veimo
2004-08-03, 13:44
On Tue, 2004-08-03 at 12:42 -0700, Sean Adams wrote:
>
> Slim Devices is pleased to announce a major update to Squeezebox. We've
> replaced our venerable 2-line text display with a beautiful new graphic
> display.
>
> Shipping TODAY are three new products:
>
> - Graphic Squeezebox (wireless) $279

Damn, I just got mine working today and it is already outdated!

What are shipping charges to the UK?

--
-Torgeir

Chris
2004-08-03, 13:59
At 21:09 03/08/2004, robin-lists (AT) robinbowes (DOT) com wrote:
>I WANT ONE!
>
>How do I buy one in the UK?

Yep - me too. I'm also in the UK ...
Help us kind slimdevices :-)

Chris.

Bill Humphries
2004-08-03, 14:08
On Aug 3, 2004, at 12:42 PM, Sean Adams wrote:

> Slim Devices is pleased to announce a major update to Squeezebox.
> We've replaced our venerable 2-line text display with a beautiful new
> graphic display.

Wunnerful. I'll be upgrading.

I'd love to see an 802.11g upgrade kit.

dean
2004-08-03, 15:43
On Aug 3, 2004, at 1:19 PM, Avi Schwartz wrote:
>> Slim Devices is pleased to announce a major update to Squeezebox.
>> We've replaced our venerable 2-line text display with a beautiful new
>> graphic display.
>
> Currently iTunes supports for example Hebrew characters but the
> squeezebox does not. Would the new display/software also allow the
> display of non-latin/western fonts?
In theory, absolutely yes, but the current state of the software
doesn't support this yet.

-dean

Carl W. Irving
2004-08-03, 18:21
Yeah, darn... I, too, just (well, a week ago) got my Squeezebox and it is
already last year's model!

This obsolescence thing is frustrating...

But at least there is an upgrade path -- which is more than you can say for
most, if not all, of the competition. For all I'm frustrated, I have to
thank the guys at Slim Devices for having the thoughfulness to give me an
upgrade path.


Cwi




----- Original Message -----
From: "Torgeir Veimo" <torgeir (AT) pobox (DOT) com>
To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2004 3:44 PM
Subject: [slim] New product: Graphic Squeezebox


> On Tue, 2004-08-03 at 12:42 -0700, Sean Adams wrote:
> >
> > Slim Devices is pleased to announce a major update to Squeezebox. We've
> > replaced our venerable 2-line text display with a beautiful new graphic
> > display.
> >
> > Shipping TODAY are three new products:
> >
> > - Graphic Squeezebox (wireless) $279
>
> Damn, I just got mine working today and it is already outdated!
>
> What are shipping charges to the UK?
>
> --
> -Torgeir
>
>

kdf
2004-08-04, 00:10
Quoting Daniel Cohen <danco (AT) f2s (DOT) com>:

> On 3/8/04 at 12:42 pm -0700, Sean Adams wrote
> >Slim Devices is pleased to announce a major update to Squeezebox.
> >We've replaced our venerable 2-line text display with a beautiful
> >new graphic display.
> >
> >Shipping TODAY are three new products:
> >
> > - Graphic Squeezebox (wireless) $279
> > - Graphic Squeezebox (wired) $199
> > - Graphic Display Upgrade Kit $69 (after rebate), free US shipping
> >
> >The new Squeezebox display has 280 x 16 pixels, providing a stunning
> >interface appearance as well as advanced animation capabilities. Our
> >web site has just been updated with photos of the new interface.
> >
> >A hardware upgrade kit is also available, which converts an original
> >2-line text Squeezebox into the new graphic Squeezebox. The upgrade
> >kit includes free shipping in the USA, with a $20 rebate if you
> >choose to return your original character display. Reseller pricing
> >and availability will be announced shortly. More information about
> >the upgrade kit is available here:
> >
> >http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html
>
> Having had a look at the instructions, this doesn't look anything I
> want to do myself.
>
its really not that hard, really. a torx screwdriver is probably the hardest
part of it.

> Maybe (when the new unit is available in the UK) I'll make that a
> reason for buying a second Squeezebox.
>
> Which does suggest one software issue. Obviously there will be things
> that will work on the new machine but not on the old. But since many
> of us may have both kinds, and may want to synchronise the two, you
> need to be sure that software that produces a nice effect on the new
> machine still has some fall-back mode for the old ones.

the software already covers that. its teh same way the slimp3 continues to work
with every feature it can handle. the server knows what client is talking, and
sends only what features that it can understand.

-kdf

Neil Cameron
2004-08-04, 01:32
"Dave Parboo" <dave.parboo (AT) btopenworld (DOT) com> wrote in
message news:200408032325.i73NP5Ed082946 (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com...
"Do not attempt to install the display while bathing"

Hmm. Okay. While no one can suggest that this is not good advice, what
prompted you guys to actually state this in the Upgrade notes?



Only guessing, but maybe - a sense of humour? ;-)
--
Neil

kdf
2004-08-04, 01:56
Quoting Neil Cameron <ncameron (AT) msn (DOT) com>:

> "Dave Parboo" <dave.parboo (AT) btopenworld (DOT) com> wrote in
> message news:200408032325.i73NP5Ed082946 (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com...
> "Do not attempt to install the display while bathing"
>
> Hmm. Okay. While no one can suggest that this is not good advice, what
> prompted you guys to actually state this in the Upgrade notes?
>
>
>
> Only guessing, but maybe - a sense of humour? ;-)
> --

sure, you woudl say that. it wasn't so funny when they neglected that piece of
information when I upgrade :(

Neil Cameron
2004-08-04, 02:46
OK, then maybe it was the special Canadian addendum ;-)


"kdf" <slim-mail (AT) deane-freeman (DOT) com> wrote in
message news:1091609796.4110a4c4d5a66 (AT) callisto (DOT) deane-freeman.com...
> Quoting Neil Cameron <ncameron (AT) msn (DOT) com>:
>
> > "Dave Parboo" <dave.parboo (AT) btopenworld (DOT) com>
wrote in
> > message
news:200408032325.i73NP5Ed082946 (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com...
> > "Do not attempt to install the display while bathing"
> >
> > Hmm. Okay. While no one can suggest that this is not good advice, what
> > prompted you guys to actually state this in the Upgrade notes?
> >
> >
> >
> > Only guessing, but maybe - a sense of humour? ;-)
> > --
>
> sure, you woudl say that. it wasn't so funny when they neglected that
piece of
> information when I upgrade :(

Daniel Cohen
2004-08-04, 09:13
On 4/8/04 at 12:10 am -0700, kdf wrote
>Quoting Daniel Cohen <danco (AT) f2s (DOT) com>:
>
> > >
>> >http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html
>>
>> Having had a look at the instructions, this doesn't look anything I
>> want to do myself.
>>
>its really not that hard, really. a torx screwdriver is probably the hardest
>part of it.

It's the idea of snipping pins, etc, that puts me off. I have
installed various things (second hard drive for computer, new
transport for my CD player, etc), but this is one occasion where if I
get anything wrong I can't say "forget it" and I can't try again.

--
Daniel Cohen

kdf
2004-08-04, 11:09
Quoting Daniel Cohen <danco (AT) f2s (DOT) com>:

> On 4/8/04 at 12:10 am -0700, kdf wrote
> >Quoting Daniel Cohen <danco (AT) f2s (DOT) com>:
> >
> > > >
> >> >http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html
> >>
> >> Having had a look at the instructions, this doesn't look anything I
> >> want to do myself.
> >>
> >its really not that hard, really. a torx screwdriver is probably the hardest
> >part of it.
>
> It's the idea of snipping pins, etc, that puts me off. I have
> installed various things (second hard drive for computer, new
> transport for my CD player, etc), but this is one occasion where if I
> get anything wrong I can't say "forget it" and I can't try again.

Kevin Hawkins is in the UK nad has offered to bulk purchase upgrade kits, and
possibly do the upgrade for people if they send the stuff. You'll have to look
up the archived message and email him directly. Look in the thread: UK Display
Upgrade...

for those in canada who might be a little squeemish about doing the upgrade, I'd
be willing to do the task as long as warrantee wont be affected. Anyone in the
Vancouver area could just run it by and it would only take 10 minutes. If its
worthwhile, I could even do some bulk purchasing if that's what it takes.

-kdf

Geoff
2004-08-10, 12:48
alex wetmore wrote:
> On Tue, 3 Aug 2004, Sean Adams wrote:
>
>>A hardware upgrade kit is also available, which converts an original
>>2-line text Squeezebox into the new graphic Squeezebox. The upgrade kit
>>includes free shipping in the USA, with a $20 rebate if you choose to
>>return your original character display. Reseller pricing and
>>availability will be announced shortly. More information about the
>>upgrade kit is available here:
>>
>>http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html
>
>
> So what is SlimDevices doing with the old displays? Are they useful
> for anything else (for instance is the pinout compatible with PCs
> through a serial or parallel port interface, or do they have something
> that emulates an HD44780 on them)?
>
> alex

I'd like to know this as well ... is there some PCI add-in board I could
use to control the old VDU?

I opened an old Cobalt box (dead drive but otherwise running fine) in
the hopes that it might be running a 14pin cable but it looks like it is
a 28pin cable.

However I'd still be interested in a way to use the VDU for an internal
project if the engineering folks would be kind enough to tell us if it
is feasible with a modicum of experience in this area. I'm no EE but I
can do my share of mods if things are documented.

Ideally there would be either a simple serial pin-out we could wire or
an expansion board along with documentation on the protocol used.

If not, I'll send it back for a credit, but I can always hope :)

Geoff
2004-08-11, 11:41
..general group ... answers in .devel

..devel group ... sorry, didn't see it cross-posted and so missed the
fact I had answers already, ignore parent ... and thanks!