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23rd June 2009, 02:01 AM
Hey guys/gals,
I've had an interesting request from a friends father of mine (actually regarding my friends grandparents). They are in their 80's and have never used a computer, or much else technology related in their lives, and are some what technophobes. What he wants to do for them (as they are Iranian and have little access to whats going at home - especially concerning recent events) is set up a computer as simply as possible so that they can press the power button and a stream will begin from the bbc website.

Ideally this would be full screen and reliable as possible (connecting to a wireless network we will setup). Although this may be quite simple its the other things I'm wondering how I can minimise eg. software updates, connection issues etc as any such prompt will prob freak them out.

Wondering what you think would be the best way of going about this (if any), with price not really being an issue at all.

Thanks people :)

23rd June 2009, 02:29 AM
Disable Software Update in System Preferences, and add an AppleScript Application such as follows to the user login items, obviously replacing the URL with the one you want:

on run
tell application "Safari"
open location "http://www.bbc.co.uk"
end tell
end run

23rd June 2009, 11:44 AM
Or set Safari as a start up item and set Safari's home page preference to the BBC website.

23rd June 2009, 01:06 PM
Or set Safari as a start up item and set Safari's home page preference to the BBC website.


simpler = better

23rd June 2009, 02:28 PM
Sweet, cheers guys :)
Is there any way I can make the stream pop up in full screen automatically?

Thanks again :cool:

23rd June 2009, 03:56 PM
Nightstalker, your friend's grandparents don't want a computer, they want one of these, the Sanyo R277 (http://us.sanyo.com/News/Sanyo-R277-delivers-Internet-radio-without-a-computer) stand-alone internet radio.


Not only does this pick up and play streamed audio from anywhere on the interwebs (it's also one of the few that support BBC World Service out of the box, I might add), it works as a normal MP3 player and FM radio.

There are several other standalone internet radio boxes on the market too.

An easily-obtained local product is Jaycar's internet radio (http://jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=YN8079&keywords=wire&form=KEYWORD) for $239.


The Sony VGF-CP1 (http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921665532073) Photo Frame with integrated streaming audio.


The Aluratek AIRMM01F (http://aluratek.com/product_info.php?products_id=54&display=All) wifi-enabled radio alarm clock.


The Chumby (http://www.chumby.com/) is two years old now, and ranks as the world's most popular plush wifi-enabled internet device, and one of its many built-in functions is, you guessed it, an internet radio app. Yes, it's squeezable and huggable! And for the old grandparent's eyes, sports a three-inch touch screen.


There's the Logitech Squeezebox (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers_audio/wireless_music_systems/devices/881&cl=roeu,en) which doesn't have its own speakers, so it needs to be connected up to the home hi-fi.


Another hifi-component internet radiobox, the Roku SoundBridge (http://www.roku.com/products_soundbridge.php).


Roku also do a stand-alone (with speakers and subwoofer!) internet radio, their SoundBridge Radio (http://www.roku.com/products_soundbridgeradio.php).


Any of these, with a working Wi-Fi internet connection in the house, will let the oldsters tune into any radio station they can find on the 'net, and no need to curse them with a computer of any kind.