Get your Groove back by making a Windows CD toaster!

 

  1. Press the Start button and type Media Player then click to open it.
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  2. In the Organize menu, select Options…
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  3. Select the Rip Music tab.
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  4. In your Microsoft OneDrive account, create a Music subfolder and set that as the location to save ripped music.
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  5. In the Rip settings section set the recording format and audio quality to your liking, but make sure the Rip CD automatically and Eject CD after ripping boxes are checked (this is what makes it act like a toaster!)
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  6. Install and run the Groove Music app on your Windows 10, Android, or iOS device (install from the Store if needed: https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9wzdncrfj3pt) and sign in using the same Microsoft Account you use for OneDrive.
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  8. Now just insert a CD in the drive and watch the magic!

 

Notes:

  1. You can set this up on any PC with OneDrive and Windows Media Player so you can rip music at home, at work, or on the go.
  2. You can also copy music files you’ve already ripped into the OneDrive – even upload them to your Music folder via OneDrive in your favorite web browser on any device.
  3. Keep in mind, once the song is ripped, it must be uploaded which depends on your Internet connection – but as long as you’re not in a hurry, the experience will be magical. I set it up for my Mom and she was able to master the process – now she has all of her favorite music wherever she goes.
  4. Anyone in select regions can do this for FREE, no subscription required. Here’s a list of the places this will work today:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.

More info:

https://www.microsoft.com/groove/Onedrive

Personal Access Display Device (PADD) vs. Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

This page was a comparison between PDA fantasy and PDA reality in 1998.

Background | PADD Facts | Comparison | Discuss


BACKGROUND

The first place I remember seeing a PDA was on the television show Star Trek, The Next Generation (STTNG). Crew members could be seen toting them around. In later episodes, they became so common that some of the extras on the show began to refer to them as “hall passes” (Perhaps as PDA’s become more popular in every day life, this term may catch on within major corporations). I even remember one scene where Captain Picard had a pile of PADD‘s on his desk.

I think that the first device I owned in this form-factor was a Nintendo Game Boy. Mine did not have PIM capabilities (though I recall seeing a keyboard and PIM cartridge that may have seen the market in Japan), nor the ability to synchronize with a desktop computer – but this did not matter to me because I was 14 years old and had no PIM data. I also had no computer.

After graduating from high school, I got a job at CompUSA and was exposed for the first time to the Apple Newton. This was truly an ingenious device – a half-decade ahead of it’s time. Unfortunately, despite many rumors to the contrary, Apple has not announced plans to compete again in this space.

At the moment, the device that comes closest to matching the functionality of a PADD from STTNG is the Windows Mobile (WinMo) device. WinMo devices were made by a number of different manufacturers. For the purposes of this demonstration, I have compared the PADD to a Casio E-125 Pocket PC (an early version of WinMo). As devices better suited to this comparison surface, I may replace the Casio, at the time this article was written it came the closest to the parameters set forth in the STTNG Technical Manual.

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PADD FACTS

In STTNG, the PADD was designed to allow crewmembers to do two things:

  1. execute hardware functions in a variety of locations
  2. manipulate visual information and communicate that information to others aboard ship

In a PADD, there are three replaceable parts:

  • the sarium power loop – we’d call this a battery
  • isolinear memory chip – or for us, a memory card
  • and subspace transceiver assembly (STA) – a cellular modem

In STTNG, the PADD’s are recharged via “induction charging”, though I must recharge my Pocket PC via the synchronization cradle or some other cable based power adaptor. User security is implemented on the main computer system, and this carries over to the device.

Interestingly, with a properly configured PADD, a crewmember could pilot a starship while walking down a hallway on the Enterprise. Admittedly, it would probably be difficult on a small screen, but this gives you an idea of the flexibility of the device.

This can be accomplished because the computer systems in STTNG are viewed as an integrated organism where each component is seen as a cell in a body directed by a central brain. Much as in our own human brains, the processing capabilities are spread throughout the network. Because of this, information can be shared and transferred between devices with ease.

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COMPARISON

PADD Tricorder Casio E-125
CPU: Unknown Unknown VR4122 (150MHz)
OS: Unknown Unknown Microsoft® Windows® for Pocket PC
ROM: Unknown Unknown 16MB
RAM: 4.3 kiloquads Unknown 32MB
 
Display: 4.25 times larger than Tricorder 2.4 x 3.6 cm 6 x 8 cm LCD (240×320 dots), Hyper Amorphous Silicon TFT color liquid crystal, 65,536-color, touch-panel display
Display area: 36.72 cm² 8.64 cm² 48 cm²
 
Expansion: Isolinear Chip Unknown Card slot – CF Card Type II x 1
Interfaces: STA Unknown (STA?) Serial port -RS-232C, USB (Client), Infrared – IrDA 1.2
Communications speed: 4.3 Kqs maximum Unknown 115.2 Kbps maximum
 
Power source life: 16 hours 18 hours Main battery – approx. 8 hours (when repeatedly operated 1 min. and displayed 10 min.) Battery backup – approx. 5 years (when main battery is recharged soon after charge warning message)
Operating Temperature: Unknown Unknown 0-40°C
 
Size: 10 (W) x 15 (L) x 1 (H) cm 8.5 (W) x 12 (L) x 3 (H) cm 8.36 (W) x 13.12 (L) x 2.00 (H) cm
Weight: 130.02 g 353 g 250g (including battery)
Volume: 150 cm³ 306 cm³ 219.37 cm³
Density: 0.87 g/cm³ (est.) 0.87 g/cm³ 0.88 g/cm³
 
Case: Boronite whisker epoxy Unknown Plastic
Max Drop Height: 35 m Unknown Unknown
Sound: Input – Audio pickup sensor Unknown Input – Internal microphone (mono), Output – Internal speaker (mono), headphone jack (stereo)

SOURCE: Star Trek The Next Generation Technical Manual by Rick Sternbach and Michael Okuda.
ISBN: 0-671-70427-3

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