The sole and only reason why you, the reader, is engulfing yourself in reading
this material along with a nice warm container full with java, is so that you:
- Wish to make a self-supportive box with only four cables sticking out of it: an RJ-45 network cable, a power cable, and two RCA cables (or just one 1/8 mini stereo plug).
- Have all your mp3's on a big-server, while this MP3-box would fetch the files from the server.
- Have no floppy driver, no video card, nor any harddrive in the MP3-box. Just a power supply, sound card, network card, memory, cpu, and a serial infrared receiver.
- Be the envy of your friends :=)
- Play your mp3's using your remote without having to turn on your workstation.
Its important to keep certain things in mind:
- Size of the computer component (I was tempted to use PC104 boards, but
they were to expensive). Height of ISA/PCI cards (so that the box doesn't
look like a baby-AT case).
- The appealing side of the box - does it look like a square rectangle,
pyramid, triangle, or something even more weird?
- Paint. Do you want see-through box with flashing lights inside,
inconspicuous black box, or chrome looking?
- Cost. The absolute minimum (taking into
consideration that you, the reader, has no spare computer parts) is about $70
(excluding tax, shipping, etc)
- KISS (Keep It Simple and Stupid) - take everything that's unnecessary and
get rid of it (parallel port, modem card, video card, etc).
The idea behind this box is to separate tasks - the MP3-box can
only play the mp3's from a server, while you, the reader, can freely
add more files to your big-end server. Thus, the MPEG-box wouldn't
need a harddrive, nor floppy drive. It would boot the operating
system from the network (from the same server where the mp3 files are