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Signs of the future

Every now and then I come across some technological limitation that bothers me a little, and then at some point that limitation disappears, and it makes me feel a little like I'm living in the future. A past example: I used to have to carry around separate gadgets to make phone calls, take photos, and listen to music, and now I have a convergence device in my pocket that does all those things and more.

Right at this moment I am wishing I could just access my entire music collection (which sits on a fileserver at home) without having to worry about hosing either my work connection, my home connection, or overheating the fileserver. I suspect in a couple years I'll feel comfortable streaming music from home to any networked device without worry. I also suspect it'll be a couple years beyond that when I can stream said music to my phone without having to worry about the cost. And possibly it'll be a few more years until having a home media collection starts feeling a bit anachronistic, instead of just paying my subscription fee to have always-available streaming access to anything I want.


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Mar. 11th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I think the overheating thing is actually a side-effect of my hardware's physical location: my home dev server's fan is probably blowing its hot air directly on the fileserver, and since all connections from the outside world to my home network go through the dev server, it gets warm when I'm doing things like transferring a bunch of data from the fileserver elsewhere.
Mar. 11th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Unlimited data plans are a lot cheaper than they used to be. I suspect there's probably some way I could stream my home music collection to my phone, but last.fm's "my library" stream is close enough for now.

Streaming music shouldn't hose your internet connection: residential upload speeds of 1 Mbps are common now, but music is typically only about 128kbps, maybe 320kbps if you're a stickler for quality.
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