Previously on The Conversation …
- A More Eco-Friendly Mafia
- Rape and the Incredible Hulk
- The 14th Amendment and a Hippie Libertarian
- Apple’s September Music Event
- “… you never worked for the mob …”
What’s happening this time? On my way to some technical solutions, Jere and I chat about … well, you’ll see …
HT: Wait one second with that Iomega drive. “The first year of remote access is free – and it’s only $9.95 per year after. Custom domain names, such as www.yourfamilyname.com, are also available for additional charges. Remote access services are provided by TZO, the trusted name in Dynamic DNS Services.”
HT: I think I’m calling shenanigans on that
HT: Pogoplug doesn’t try to tack on an extra fee. This is the same basic problem. That price point keeps sticking it to me one way or another …
JK: might check out this.
HT: I looked hard at the 2TB
HT: I was worried about heat
HT: I considered this but I was worried about a big heat-generating box in the closed closet of the baby’s room. Or worse, on the bookshelf.
JK: the other thing, is the airport extreme can share hard drives over the internet too
HT: … go on …
JK: well, it’s expensive though
JK: but theoretically, i could put a hard drive on my Airport Extreme and share over the internet
JK: I could even just put up a test drive for you to play with if you want
JK: haven’t done it since I’ve got a small pipe
HT: Lemme walk through this, just so I understand.
JK: Apple Hard Drive Sharing
JK: says something about mobile me
HT: I’m out
JK: checking my config now
JK: yeah, i think i can do that without mobileme
JK: just share disk over wan
HT: So, lemme grok this, lemme walk through it for my own clarity.
HT: Take any USB2 HD, plug into airport extreme. Do some internet magic with just typing. Get in car. Drive to work. Type in address. Browse MP3s and video files on said USB2 HD at home. Is that right?
HT: No memberships, no other companies involved?
JK: let me see if I can prove it works
HT: Please do
HT: One port — I’d have to get a USB hub on that bad boy. Probably a powered one …
Insert whole lot of technical babble and server madness trying to get it to work, but failing … look, you’d prefer I cut that part, it was boring even to us
JK: gotta use cifs to mount the network drive
JK: anyway, once you do that, should work
HT: I don’t understand what you just typed
JK: must do hyper ninja linux stuff on N900 to make it see a networked drive
JK: now, for read only access to stuff, if you just wanted to *publish* your hard drive on the internet, you just need to run apache on a box at home, setup a directory to serve up, put some security on it, and port forward to it
HT: wait, what?
HT: I have to have a real computer running Apache, all the time?
JK: that’s the simplest thing to do if you just want read only
HT: That’s the *simplest* thing?
HT: *Hannibal goes back to pogoplug intellectually*
HT: Also, this made me furious
HT: right philosophy, no real roadmap
JK: anyway, yeah, that’s the *simplest* – run yourself some standard software, and don’t get complicated with different accounts on different services
HT: Okay, how about this: one machine. I’m willing to go up to (for argument’s sake) $300 in cost. I plug it in. I type some stuff into an interface that doesn’t require a command line. It shows up on the internet. I load stuff — even if it’s just at home, cabled up — to this machine, and that stuff appears on the internet. Does such a magical unicorn exist?
HT: Either it has a hard drive or I can connect hard drives to it
HT: No third parties, no wackiness. A pipe dream?
JK: well, you have to put a step in there for “computer geek comes over and configures it for me”
JK: but otherwise, sure
HT: That’s not what I want.
HT: I want to have maybe ten minutes between “open the box” and “browse files on my phone” without anybody else being involved.
JK: yeah, quickest way for that is to find some ISP that will let you upload all your shit to their servers
HT: I don’t want the machine to be outside of my house.
JK: well, your magical unicorn doesn’t exist
HT: *Hannibal bursts into tears*
HT: DAMN YOU, BEAUTIFUL UNICORN! WHY DO YOU DENY ME???
JK: but now I know what to get you for your birthday
HT: If you say “something I won’t use,” I’ll scream bloody murder.
HT: If you’re looking for a birthday plan, maybe you can solve an *older* tech problem I’ve been pondering.
HT: I have all the music I listen to regularly on a handheld device. N900, iPod, whatever. I’m used to the controls, I have my playlists, I like it.
HT: Is there something I can get to send a signal to a receiver — not put the files somewhere else — so I can hear the music from a stereo?
HT: or will this glorious unicorn deny me as well?
JK: I believe that’s called an Airport Express with Airtunes
JK: in fact, I do believe I have a spare Airport Express somewhere
HT: lemme read here …
HT: “AirTunes takes the music from the iTunes library on your computer”
HT: That’s not right
HT: “If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, you can use it to control your iTunes library from any room in your home.”
JK: well, iTunes on your iphone, iPod Touch, or iPad, or Mac, and *WHAM*, unicorn appears and plays to your stereo
HT: That’s not right at all.
HT: It says that a computer iTunes needs to be involved
HT: That’s completely wrong.
JK: well, so it’s a unicorn with a blemish or two, but still, magical unicorn!
HT: That’s a donkey with a paper towel spool taped to its head!
JK: but it’s a nice paper towel spool!
HT: I DON’T WANT A PAPER TOWEL SPOOL!
HT: *Hannibal bursts into tears*
Watching (Hulu): 30 Rock, “College”