it’s radio, only much more complicated.

the airport express arrived this week, and this evening i have finally had a chance to work through configuring it. configuration wasn’t difficult but it was less intuitive than apple products normally are. an ipod this is not. it can do many things, all of them network-ey and therefore not necessarily apparent to normal humans.

i’ve got it set up now to do bridging from my existing airport network (this means my airport signal is crazy strong in the living room, and that i don’t have to have the express plugged into an ethernet cable). it’s also set up to do airtunes, the feature i bought it for.

now hopefully the cube can use the fast wired network connection while also sending music over the airport network, but i’ve yet to determine that. the cube is busy recording right now and i don’t want to disturb it.

just to make things interesting, i am currently sending music that actually resides on the cube to the airport express via my powerbook. itunes has a feature called rendezvous that will automatically share itunes libraries between computers on the same network, so the powerbook can access the cube’s itunes library that way, and play any of that music.

since the music i am playing is actually sarah’s radio show from last week, it’s really rather eerie. i’m listening to xdu on my stereo as always… except that it’s a week old show and it’s making two hops over a wireless network to get to the stereo, instead of being beamed directly into my receiver via the magick of radio.

i’ve had a cabling problem with my stereo and tv for a while now, and the airport express isn’t helping. i’m gonna have to disassemble my whole setup one of these days and get the cabling straightened out. i guess i’ve been putting this off because it’ll involve drilling more holes in the cabinet. and i might need to face the idea of drilling holes in my floor, to really do it right. that, and i’m slack.