In a move that's been widely anticipated by just about everyone who's seen the two of us together as a couple, I asked to marry me this afternoon after we spent the morning at the gem and jewelery show currently being held at the Washington Convention Center. She said yes and I bought her a engagement ring worthy of the occasion.
I'm watching the ring sparkle on her finger as I type this entry and I may be the happiest man alive.
I've been playing around with Airport Express's AirTunes, and I've found that one of the local public radio stations in the Washington area, WAMU is offering a streaming MP3 live feed. All I had to do to play it through iTunes was click on the MP3 tab next to “Listen Live” on their website. From there, it streamed without a problem to my remote speakers. I'm not finding many public stations doing MP3 streams, most are using Real for their streaming (which doesn't work with AirTunes.)
I was in my local Apple Store last night as part of my quest to make my Mac talk to my BlackBerry that I have from work. I've got one of the BlackBerry models that has a serial cradle, so I'm looking for a serial – USB adapter that the PocketMac software works with. I've tried using a Palm-branded one that I already had, but no go. It looks like I'm going to have to have a Keyspan USB-Serial adapter, hence my trip to the Apple Store.
To make a long story short, (Too late – ed.) nobody had it at Montgomery Mall, including the Apple Store. CompUSA was universally recommended as my next stop. However, while I was at the Apple Store, I decided to look over the clearance table. I saw an older Griffin iTrip marked down to $14.95 and thought “That's a good deal, shame it doesn't work with mine,” when I saw the one that worked with mine right next to it. Also marked down to $14.95. $20 off the retail. Last one.
Needless to say, that iTrip is now parked on top of my iPod. Whoo hooo! Even more lucky, the default frequency for the iTrip (FM 87.9) is not being used in the Washington area, so I didn't even have to configure it. It just worked right out of the box.
Moment of Zen
I'm sending in my Maryland voter registration today, and I saw this blurb up on Reuters:
In short, there's a lot of New Yorkers that spend the winters in New York. An exact count of how many people vote in both places could not be provided by the Daily News, the New York tabloid which examined computer records to ferret out duplicate registrations in New York City and Florida. They did uncover that between 400 and 1,000 registered voters voted twice in at least one election, a federal offense punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Of the 46,000 registered in both states, 68 percent are Democrats, 12 percent are Republicans and 16 percent didn't align themselves with a party, the newspaper reported on Sunday.
The duel registrations have gone undetected because election officials do not check voter rolls across state lines, the newspaper said.
Moment of Zen
I managed to get my hands on another Airport Express this weekend and proceeded to start doing some testing on it. My ultimate goal was to stream the iTunes music stored on my server down in the basement to the speakers I have set up next to the living room TV.
Here's the setup:
Downstairs in the basement:
An Airport Express basestation
A Snow Airport basestation
A Linksys BEFSR41 4-port Cable/DSL router
A beige G3/333 running Mac OS X Server 10.3.5 with my iTunes collection stored on it.
Upstairs in the living room:
An Airport Express basestation
A pair of Altec Lansing desktop speakers attached to the sound-out port on the upstairs Airport Express
The problem: Getting the server to see and talk to the upstairs speakers.
What fixed it: The Airport Express Assistant at first led me down the wrong path. From the way it worked, I'd thought that I needed to set up a completely different wireless network from the what I'd had set up before using the Snow. So I set up a new one, where the basement Airport Express acted as its own router and provided an internet connection to the upstairs basestation using a different IP range (10.0.1.x) than the 192.168.x.x setup that the Linksys router was providing the other Macs on my network. The problem that was causing was that AirTunes only works on its own subnet. So, if you change the IP range, AirTunes running on the 10.0.1.x network won't be able to talk to the Macs on the 192.168.x.x network.
The answer, it turned out, was pretty simple. I didn't have to have the basement Airport Express set up as a router, I just had to have it pass on the internet connection by acting as a bridge to the other Airport Express. That's the way my other Snow Airport works, where it has its own IP address and only acts as a bridge between my wireless clients and my wired router. So I changed my setup on the basement Airport Express to match the settings on the Snow Airport. Next, I reset the upstairs Airport Express and once again had it match the settings on the Snow. Next thing I know, the speaker selecter drop-down appeared on the server's iTunes window and I was able to stream to the upstairs speakers. As a bonus, I was able to consolidate my wireless networks back to one network, and I was able to make it a closed network like I had before (which, according to the Airport Express Assistant, I wasn't able to do.)
If you didn't understand a word of this, that's OK. I mainly wrote this so I wouldn't forget how I did it, and also to serve as a guide to someone if they are stuck and turning to Google.
I poked through XJournal, and Alys has offered to let me poke through her Blogger blog to see if I like it. So far, it's XJournal 0, Blogger tied.
I'm trying out XJournal, a LiveJournal client for OS X to see if I want to replace iJournal, my current client. I like the fact that I can rotate through my userpics per entry, something I can't currently do with iJournal. Stay tuned.