Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sonos: Permission to Access Music Library

I have two WiFi networks. My Sonos is on one network. Everything else is on the other. Occasionally, my Sonos Controller for Mac reports that it does not have permissions to access a music library located on my MacBook Pro. This occurs when adjusting my Music Library Settings in the Controller.

I corrected this by moving the the MackBook hosting the music library to the same WiFi network used by the Sonos.

The music library is still accessible after moving the MacBook back to the other network and restarting the Sonos Controller. This implies that the permissions issue is confined to the initial set up the music library in the Controller.

A better solution is to put all Sonos' and the MacBook on the same network.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Scarcity (A Book Review)

I've been reading Scarcity, a book by Mullainathan and Shafir. Their thesis is that our reaction to scarcity contains a hidden logic that is equally applied to those without enough time and those without enough money.

The effect scarcity has on people is that it tends to increase focus and create tunnelling. The increase in focus brings whatever is perceived as scarce to the forefront of peoples's thinking but the effect of tunnelling over emphasizes this scarcity to the point where it effects other aspects of their life.

For example, a scarcity of time or money creates a focus on those things to the exclusion of other things, such as personal relationships. The exclusion of other things means that scarcity brings new perspective and that new perspective is often detrimental to resolving the issue. That is why busy people stay busy and poor people stay poor.