Words of Gwyneth Paltrow as her vintage, quadrophonic, Quadrophenia, Oscars Party, fails miserably (is she that into The Who, or the Oscars, for that matter?) She frantically calls, well, who? Well, maybe you, yes? You did fix her “home entertainment space” before. Anyhow, here are hacks that might come in useful one day. (Girls, if so inclined, exchange Paltrow for Brad Pitt.)
Here’s a good stereo hack. If your PC speakers have an output jack (typically an 1/8 inch one), patch that into your stereo mic input. This assumes that your stereo has a mic input, and the two are near enough in distance. You will probably need to turn down the mic level to minimize distortion. This way, without Bluetooth, you can play Youtubes on your (probably older) stereo, and bypass lower-fidelity PC speakers.
If you don’t have the patch cable lying around, it is time to visit Radio Shack for one. (I don’t get a kickback unfortunately, I just hope to help them stay afloat.) Your specification might be different, but depending on your cable inventory and stereo, you will likely need an 1/8 inch, male-male cable, with a male 1/4 inch-female 1/8 inch adapter. Make sure the cable and adapter are stereo, and not monoaural, and that the cable is long enough for your stereo setup.
You’re using existing jacks appropriately, and with limited current, so I wouldn’t be too concerned (or concerned at all) about blowing out your stereo.
Instead of playing Youtubes on your stereo, you can play them on your television if your mobile device supports mirroring. If it does, turn on your television, then go to the Youtube app you’ve already installed, and tap the rectangle with the ‘waves’ at the top. This should present a list of paired TVs. Choose yours, that’s about it. Then you can even take your TV headphone output jack and connect it to the Mic Input (assuming you have one) of your stereo. (Swiping down from the upper-right can also invoke the mirroring function.)
If you lose a channel on your stereo, and you only hear from one side, you can check the line out from the receiver, but more likely is that you need a good connection between the speaker wire, and the speaker terminals. The reason is the speakers can get jostled more readily than the receiver (the tuner).
Newer stereo systems have terminal clips, and solder-tipped ends of the speaker wire, that make it easy. If you need to use a screwdriver, or have thumb screws, twist the speaker wire threads on themselves, then wrap them clockwise around the screw. Tighten the screw with the wire in place, in the clockwise direction.
As for subwoofers, you will need to consult the manual, but if you have a 3.1 configuration (3 speakers, 1 of which is a subwoofer), you probably can run speaker wire from both of the tweeters to the subwoofer. Unless your system is other-worldly different, positive on the tweeter, stays positive on the subwoofer, as does negative on the tweeter. (By the way, current, or electrons, flow from the positive to the negative terminal.)
Okay, if that wasn’t enough, here really comes the lawsuits: I’ve done this hot, while the speakers receive power. The speakers don’t draw as much current as the amplifier does. The amplifier can electrocute inside the receiver, but I have never been electrocuted by a speaker connection.
If I remember correctly, I short-circuited the speaker wires, crossed them, without any injury. Data lines driving air-pumping speakers, don’t have nearly as much juice that power lines do. Don’t play it real loud, I guess, though.
Why not just turn off the power, and fix the wire? Well, smarty-pants, how will you know when the connection is good. Okay, have it your way, turn the stereo on and off while you adjust the terminal. Class dismissed.
Do you believe in the cloud, the off-site server not owned by you in any sense? As my religious studies always prove, do not believe in the clouds above, believe in all around you. Excuse the mixed metaphor, but get your own server, avoid the cloud, the iCloud, any cloud. Synology sure did well by me (model number DS218j specifically). Mirrored, live backup (not snapshots); 2 terabytes of redundant storage; music server, available from my home, globally. I live like a king. Trump eat your heart out. (Setting up a server is not necessarily for beginners, but it is less difficult than you would imagine.)
While we’re at it: Radio Shack (all hail the king) sells a Bluetooth cassette adapter for your car stereo. Play downloaded iPhone music through a big, beefy car stereo. Instead of Bluetooth, there are two other versions: via cassette and unused radio frequency; and 1/8 inch line from car cassette to your mobile device. Bluetooth is probably the way to go.
Hi-Tech, or Bye, Tech?
I am not a Luddite. I appreciate progress, but there does seem to be a point of diminishing returns with technology. The following is a stark case of how onerous passwords are, and user authentication is. This might all be fixed with the method I describe here.
Passwords, and authenticating the identity of users of a computer system, is the current, final frontier of technology, especially in the U.S. I tried to get my deceased father’s tax information via ID.Me. This should be simple enough. After photographing, then posting, my driver’s license, and doing a video scan of my face (yes, to the IRS), it still failed to work, because the landline to my house is billed to my Dad, not me. Then, I need Dad info, not even info for me, and I cannot find my Dad’s driver license, plus he hadn’t drove in five years!
Here is a surprisingly elegant way to solve the authentication, password, proof-of-identity debacle: Every electronic device has a MAC address, a hard-coded, burned-in, indelible, serial number. (The MAC address is 12-hexadecimal digits long. Hexadecimal is binary, base 16, not our usual base 10.) Register that to the owner during the first hour of operation, and you will be certain that any password entry (or ID authentication) from that device, is from its rightful owner. Keep a registry, just like the domain name, Internet address, server registry, and update with ownership change, or theft (usually never), or when scrapping the device.
Passwords are nothing but a nightmare. It is even worse when you change your phone carrier in a multi-factor authentication schema (your phone service becomes ensnared with your password curation). MAC addresses are an easy way out of the absolute worst part of modern computing, getting onto some other entity’s website.
This would have to be fully feasible to patent, and I cannot vouch for that at this point. I post this to publicize a possibly patentable idea that is beyond my financial and logistical capabilities to promote otherwise. 8/23/22.
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Worth More than 24 Karat Gold — Your Internet Protocol Info
Wherein, all who spent inordinate sums of time studying computers, get to show off, and ultimately, maybe look a little silly, or look like gods. Regarding outside appearances of coders, Column A or Column B, let Kate Upton decide. Eh, take that back. Let Karlie Kloss handle this one.