My wife wanted to hear the Eddie Daniels version of "The Four Seasons," an album that was stored in MP3 format on my computer downstairs. How to play it upstairs?
It would take too long to hunt down the CD. The Roku Internet radio we have in our bedroom can stream music from any computer in the house; but it's in the bedroom, not the living room.
I eventually jury-rigged the following technology:
1. I brought my Asus EEE upstairs, and connected it to house's wireless network.
2. I used its file manager to access the hard drive from the Windows 2000 computer downstairs that contains all my MP3 files. (Linux understands that all the files on all my computers belong to me, and it doesn't artificially block me, as does Microsoft's failed Vista.)
3. I double-clicked the MP3 files, which made them load into the Linux music playback software.
4. I connected to the Asus a battery-operated FM transmitter, the kind you use in cars to playback music from MP3 players over the car radio.
5. I turned on our living room stereo, and tuned to FM 88.5. The stereo began playing the music through its speakers.