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Thanks for visiting my page, you're probably just randomly clicking names, or maybe you accidentally hit a link somewhere. Regardless, I appreciate your willingness to read what I've written here.
Here's a little something about the current system I'm running, my experience with music players, and my experience with Rockbox.
Current PC Set-up:
- eMachines T6420
- AMD64 2.2 GHz (3500+?)
- 1 GB DDR RAM
- 2x IDE internal HDs, 1x 200GB and 1x 750GB (should be 500, but Seagate RMA'd my 500 with a 750, which was sweet)
- 1x eSATA 500GB Cavalry drive for data backup
- Currently dual-booting Linux Mint Felicia Main with Windows XP MCE
I started out with a 128MB Creative Muuvo USB/MP3 stick, which was pretty cool, since it acted as both a storage device and an MP3 player. I then moved on to a 1GB Zen Nano Plus, which didn't last very long. I finally bought my first substantial DAP when I got a refurbed red iRiver H10 20GB off of eBay. This was around September of 2006, which happened to coincide with the birth of Rockbox on the H10 (divine intervention?). Funny story, because Rockbox was one of the main reasons why I bought it; I thought it was already supported, but I read the iRiver numbers wrong (100, not 10). Lucky for me, I suppose. I quickly became enamored with Rockbox on my iRiver and never even considered going back to the original firmware, which I had very rapidly become bored with. It was only a couple of months before I dove into learning how to compile and patch my own build, something that would lead me into coding my own themes. I shared them with everyone on the Mistic River forums; two versions of a WPS called Crimson and another that was never truly finished called Summer Sketch.
After approximately a year, I started running out of space, and it became apparent that a bigger player was necessary. To narrow the selection considerably, it had to support Rockbox, and it couldn't be an iPod. The Gigabeat F40 was the most logical choice, as it was somewhat outdated, so numerous refurbs were sitting on eBay waiting to be taken for a very reasonable price. I ended up buying what I thought was a new F40 for just over $100. The seller didn't want to tamper with the box, as he bought it from Best Buy as one of those "rarely used" items or something, so he didn't want to mess with its mint condition. I had no idea what I was in for next. After receiving it in the mail, I eagerly opened the box to find a Gigabeat with a horrendously scratched screen, worn corners, and a large dent in the back panel. It probably sounds more awful than it actually is. I turned it on to find that Best Buy didn't think about wiping the drive before repackaging the unit. There was about 10GB of nothing but death metal and grindcore music still sitting on the player...guess that explains the cosmetic damage. But I couldn't complain, it was 40GB of space for $100, which is hard to find in this day and age. Except that the USB connector was missing. That I did complain about.
WPS creating experience
I have created themes for both the H10 20GB and the Gigabeat F, of which very few were worth sharing with the Rockbox public. A short list of what I've created so far:
- H10 20GB
- Crimson v1 and v2
- Summer Sketch v1 and v2
- Grunge (working title)
- Gigabeat F/X
- Grunge (working title)
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