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Sherlock Holmes Takes a Back Seat
I bought myself a Father’s Day present this weekend, and I have be very absorbed from that point on. It started out innocently enough. I needed a new CD player for my car. Well, let back up a bit further. I have a friend -- it always starts out, as "I had a friend" doesn’t it? Zelman is my friend's name but since the early eighties has used by his nickname Zip. Nevertheless, I digress. Zip has a friend who owned a radio station that went defunct, and this person gave Zip 500G of music and every since then Zip has been pestering me to get a new car stereo.
So I ventured to the local Electronic Super Store where I found a nice car stereo. Of course, it never stops with just the item you went to the store to buy, and so it was my case. I needed a place to store the 500G of music I was going to receive, so I bought, on sale, a 1T external storage device. One Terrabyte is equal to one-thousand Gigabytes, in other words, it is a lot of storage. Then, once all of the music was on the external hard drive, I needed a method of playing it so I bought an 8G iPod. Now I was in business, albeit the poorhouse. Not to worry, it was only money. Next up was getting everything install. This brings up another friend, Ray who has known Zip since middle school. His name was Ray and he is car-radio-installing genius. I went to Ray’s and he promptly and expertly installed the new radio along with a hidden cable for the iPod to plug in to.
Luck for me that my wife was out of town. Not because I spent our retirement on electronic gear but because of the ensuing mess, I created in our kitchen. Zip loaned me his external hard drive with all of the music, and I plugged it in to the computer located in the kitchen. Next, I hooked up the new external drive and began copying files from one external to the other. Does anyone know how long it takes to transfer 500G of music files? I know it takes approximately seventeen hours and a few minutes. Since this was my first iPod, I was on an upward learning curve. I soon discovered I needed to load iTunes in order to get my newly acquired music into the iPod. Following the instructions, I successfully downloaded iTunes and copies the music there. It does not take nearly as longer to make it into iTunes. Does anyone know how long it would take to listen to 500G of music? I-Tunes tell me at the bottom of the screen that I have just over 157 days of continual music.
I spent the remainder of the weekend reading about my new car radio, about my new iPod, and how to use iTunes. It is a Brave New World out there. To my kids and grandkids, all of the download and moving around of songs is second nature, but to us old vinyl lovers it can be a struggle sometimes. I am learning. Therefore, Sherlock Holmes had to ride in the backseat this week when I thrown into the digital music age. I will return next week but will be moving to beat of different drum, 500G of different drums to be exact.
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