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February 24th, 2009 (05:53 pm)
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For some time I was frustrated with the music player programs available for my Web tablet. I don't demand a lot from a player: a simple UI, where I can drag songs into playlists, start playing a playlist or album with a double-click, and turn shuffle on and off with one click. The bundled player doesn't do any of that. So I looked into the other options. Some were so minimal they didn't even have playlists; one was so heavyweight, I doubted I'd be able to do anything else at the same time. (What do you mean, you didn't expect your users to be running emacs and gcc at the same time?)

And then, a while ago, I happened to be in the X terminal, listing a directory with some music files in it—and I realized I could do "mplayer *" instead of mucking around with the GUI.

It's great. I can use the command line as my playlist. I can pick out the files I want on the fly, or put the names in a text file and use that. I don't have shuffle yet, but I can script it. It's a ludicrously minimal interface, but it fits just fine into the Unix CLI that I've been learning for twenty years.

Somehow, though, I don't think it a device with this UI would be a commercial success. ;-)

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Posted by: dsrtao (dsrtao)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)

mpg123 -C *

or you could feed in a shuffled list via a pipe and unsort?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)

Interesting; I didn't know about unsort. I'll probably bang out something myself, though; it'll take less time than finding and installing unsort.

(And mpg123 won't work, because I have both oggs, which I encoded myself, and mp3s, which I bought from Amazon. mplayer groks them both.)

Posted by: Siderea (siderea)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)

WANT.

What sort of Web tablet do you have?

Posted by: dsrtao (dsrtao)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)

He has a Nokia N810, I have an N800. 800x480 color touchscreen, runs Linux... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N810 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N800 -- his has a GPS and a hardware keyboard, mine has 2 SD slots and is cheaper.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)

And I envy the SD slots; MiniSD is rarer and more expensive.

Posted by: dsrtao (dsrtao)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)

I think I wish I had the keyboard, but I'm not sure. Since I mostly use the N800 for reading books (90%) and watching video from my MythTV (5%), I don't need one much. But if I had a keyboard, wouldn't I do other things with it?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)

But if I had a keyboard, wouldn't I do other things with it?

Probably. I used to have the 770, and the keyboard makes a huge difference. The 770 had a mailer, for example, but composing a message with the onscreen keyboard was much too slow—I'd rather use my cellphone.

Prediction: if you had an N810, you'd use it, at least sometimes, for emergency sysadmin work, from places where you don't have a full-blown computer. I don't know how often you have emergencies, of course, but it'd be a nice option to have.



Edited at 2009-02-25 01:05 pm (UTC)

Posted by: dsrtao (dsrtao)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)

My cell is a Treo 700p -- decent enough keyboard and SSH client that I do, sometimes, use it as an emergency work terminal. But it's rare.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)

Got it. Then, yeah, that'd obviate a lot of the benefit of the N810 keyboard.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
N810

Nokia N810. Linux on ARM, QWERTY, WiFi+Bluetooth, MiniSDHC, USB Host, GPS. Mozilla-based browser with Flash 9 (i.e., it can do YouTube). I mostly use it for hacking; I've got, er, at least 15 languages installed, plus emacs, cvs, svn, etc.

Random other bits: ssh, vnc, Skype, RSS, Jabber, a PDP emulator...lots more.

Oh, and it has a webcam. The quality is too poor to use as a still camera, though; it's below cameraphone grade.

About $350 when I bought it last summer.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)

*swoons at your geekiness*

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)

Wanna come upstairs and see my command line?

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)

Stephen Colbert was doing a 1997 review and included the 'handshake' noise from a dialup modem. I found it pleasantly nostalgic. So keep that in mind when I look at your command line, 'k?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)

Ah, whalesong. Breeeeee...kBoing, kBoing, kBoing...

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