<<retitled and moved to tech -- fixing my own bad>>
I had been kinda researching an MP3-player kinda thingy. I ended up going with this.
The goal of this is for my wife's birthday: a thing to have all our CDs, pictures, and some home videos; plus some net surfing, PDF viewing, TV recording.
Now it's a little too late to advise me of better offerings, since I picked one up at Sam's Club the other day. The point of this thread is to solicit advice for a geezer who has never owned an MP3 player as to links, guides, etc., that might assist me in my attempt to present her with a nice techno-gift.
Any tips, suggestions, and what-not are greatly appreciated.
BTW, I've ripped my 300ish CDs to mp3 with CD-DA X-Tractor already and downloaded them to the device; and already loaded it with all my pictures and a couple of videos I'd made. I'd had issues recently with a WiFi attempt at a local Caribou Coffee, but it didn't do much since the device doesn't support flash (unless I need to download an update).
I'm trying to clean up the pictures with either Picasa or Adobe Photoshop Album Starter. I'd already burned a pile of DVDs, but is there a preferred method of re-ripping them to mp[?]?.
Is there such a thing as making a "picture playlist"? Something such that I can group a single set of pictures into various categories and slide-show that without copying the pictures to new directories?
And also BTW, I believe I'm using XP with Media Player 11 to sync.
Plus I'm looking to upgrade the household via a wireless router (already purchased, as yet unconfigured -- no NIC card on PC#1 which is headed upstairs, so I may want new PC advice as well).
Okay, too much on the plate already. I'll narrow things down as replies are posted(?).