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The listening station project

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Postby chombee » Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:50 pm

Sigh. I posted a list of potential buys to this thread last night but it seems something went wrong or I am going nuts.

Anyway. Chris, just trying to find out if anyone agrees with my opinion before I do it!

In short:

* ipod = £100 (minimum) off ebay with video and 30GB
* laptop = £100-£200 either from a cheap refurb dealer or off ebay. Some guy offered me a really old one for £50 but I'm not quite sure it's up to the task.

What is the procedure? Do we have to ask the forest for a budget somehow? Do I just buy something and get the money back later?

And please if people would rather go with an ipod for this project say so and I'd be happy to go with it now. It would be simpler (laptop requires me and others to setup a customised OS), use less power and likely cost a little less. One day in the future we may be able to install Linux on it anyway. For my opinion, I still think laptop is maybe better if we're willing to spend a little more, both have pros and cons.

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Postby ravanwin » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:15 pm

laptop is cool. i'd say there is a budget of £100 - £150??? maybe?

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Postby chombee » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:23 pm

I'm thinking we can get a good laptop for £200, such as this one:

http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php ... 36d8fc35e7

1Ghz, 20GB hard drive, 512Mb ram, 30 day warranty and Windows XP.

It's annoying because if you subtract the cost of the Windows XP license that laptop should cost £120-£140 I'd say. It's a pretty good spec. More than we need really. They had a slightly lower spec one for £150 but it's sold out at the moment:

http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php ... 36d8fc35e7

Those are the best deals I've found. Perhaps £150 would do better on ebay/gumtree. I will look.

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Postby beev » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:59 pm

Yes to laptop. Surely we are not going to pay for a windows license we don't even need?

I would think we could get one free if we wait a bit longer. But maybe we can't wait? How about waiting until we have our OGGs and FLACs sorted out?

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Postby chombee » Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:36 am

I feel a bit bad because Chris came up with this listening station idea quite a while ago and it's been delayed for a few months by waiting for a free laptop. I don't think one is coming, unless someone knows something I don't.

Why would the listening station wait until the oggs and flacs were sorted? No reason to let one thing hold up another. Also I'm not sure the oggs and flacs are going to get sorted. All our music is in mp3 and m4a, it can't be converted to another format without losing quality. I agree with Duncan that we should leave what we have as it is and live with it. So the only thing to do about oggs and flacs would be to start ripping them from now on... I don't know how to get a mac to rip to ogg or flac (though it can probably be done) unless we install Ubuntu on it.

I think we should do it in the other order -- get the listening station up, then start using the file formats we prefer, which are not supported by ipods.

I agree that paying for a Windows license is ridiculous. But if the cheapest laptop we can find happens to come with one. But yes, it would be much better if we could buy a laptop without Windows. Hopefully something will turn up.
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Postby chris » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:37 pm

awesome.. buy it!

we have waited long enough!

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Postby chombee » Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:34 pm

Okay so it seems there's no procedure for getting a budget for something like this? We just propose it and do it if no one objects?

The £200 Dell is more than we need. We can do without a battery or large hard drive (we can hook it up to a network drive on the mac) and we don't need to pay £60 for Windows. So we're looking on ebay and gumtree...

Me and Erik are assuming the right to spend up to £150 on this now if no one objects. We'll buy it with our own money then ask the forest to pay us. I told Erik to sign up to this board too.
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Postby beev » Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:38 pm

Sounds ok. Get the money from me when you need it. I'll need a receipt. Thanks.

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Postby chris » Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:07 pm

i think the machine should stand alone, and not be connected to the mac thing etc. less likelness for problems...

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Postby chombee » Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:40 pm

We can get this:

Dell Latitude 1Ghz
30GB hard drive
512Mb memory
Refurbished and with warranty

for £155 incl. delivery but plus 17.5% VAT. A bit over our budget but perfect for the job. I believe we have until 3rd Feb (Saturday) to accept the offer.

Can the forest get VAT free for business purposes? Or should we buy it for £183 with VAT?
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Postby erik » Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:59 pm

We will have to deposit the full amount including VAT to the seller's PayPal account, but the tax can be reclaimed from HMRC provided the Forest is a VAT registered entity.

Is this the case?

I am happy to use my account to buy the machine and whatever the preferred method of reimbursing me with the dosh is cool.
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Postby beev » Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:58 pm

We can't claim the VAT back because we're on a special flat-rate system that works in a slightly different way.

But I would think you can go ahead and buy the machine if you're sure it's the right one for us....

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Postby erik » Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:01 am

OK can I just make sure there is consensus that this price is OK? I'm sure the machine is fine for our needs.

The price is £158.63 incl. VAT and £20 delivery = £178.63 total.
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Postby ravanwin » Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:39 am

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Postby erik » Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:49 pm

I rang the company and explained what the project was - the guy seemed quite interested in what we were doing and was sorry that he couldn't supply the box OS-free to relieve us of the license fee - however he agreed to knock down the price a little for us to £150 all in.

Result!

I paid for the machine on my VISA - it should arrive at my flat either tomorrow morning or Monday.

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Postby chombee » Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:55 pm

Awesome work Erik!

If it does arrive tomorrow, I am working on Saturday, but could meet at infoseed on Sunday to hack it together. Otherwise I guess we'll arrange an evening next week to meet at infoseed?

I guess since it's such a decent spec, we may as well try running GNOME and locking it down first.

P.S. pm beev about getting money from the forest.
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Postby chris » Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:12 pm

cool,

so if u guys could set it up with the software and put all the music we will sell on it only, with cover artwork that would be awesome!

Chris

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Postby chombee » Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:23 pm

We can do.

Who do we ask to find out exactly what music to put on it?

And where do we get the cover art?
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Postby chris » Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:42 pm

jane! she is the expert...

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Postby Jane » Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:42 pm

i'll put everything inside a folder on the desktop of the office computer, if you please?

also- this might be a nice time to rerecruit. should we be emailing anyone else to see if they want to be sold, such as some people who submitted things for the 7inch?

people i don;t have the cds for who might be good- team turnip, hermitage rising, conflict diamonds, chris - your brother's band, add more as you please.......................

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Postby chombee » Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:46 pm

That'll do I suppose. We'll figure out some way to get it off there.
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Postby erik » Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:40 pm

Jane - please could you put the music for the listening station on the Ubuntu desktop rather than the Windows machine in the office, if you have not already done so? This will make it easier for us to transfer it to the laptop.

Also, please could you let us know when this is done as we will soon be ready to copy the music across.

Thank you!

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Postby chris » Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:53 am

yo!

wtf is going on with this project? 4 months have passed since i wanted to do this.. since then i have:

got a girlfriend
set up a bar and venue
qualified for the student national outdoor ultimate frisbee championships
had my haircut three times by myself
eaten a lot of sugar

come on people, if this doesnt happen soon i will cancel my involvement in this project.

it is not hard to transfer files from one computer to another.. use an external hard drive or a pen drive..

Chris

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Postby chombee » Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:39 am

What is the status on getting the music files together?

Once they are all on one of the office computers ready to be transferred to the laptop, I will do it the very next time I'm at the forest.
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Postby ravanwin » Tue Mar 13, 2007 1:38 pm

wasn't that guy doing something? i think the new lap top is set up, right?

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Postby chombee » Tue Mar 13, 2007 1:42 pm

The laptop was setup a while ago. yes, it's in the cabinet in the office, except it still needs to have the music put onto it. We also backed up the jukebox music onto DVD. We thought the jukebox music was the music we wanted on the laptop, but that turns out not to be the case. Now we're waiting to be given the right music.
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Postby Jane » Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:14 pm

i think gareth is your man. he is collecting the music and pictures. they are on his comp i believe.

chris, wasn't you going to build a safe laptop box too, along with getting sugared?

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Postby chris » Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:52 am

yes, but i want it ready to go first.

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Postby chombee » Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:44 pm

Right. Thanks for putting them on the new/Ubuntu computer, that makes it much easier for me to transfer them to the laptop. Let me know when the files are ready to be used and I'll get the laptop ready then Chris can make his box.


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