iTunes 9 Home Sharing Can Work

One of the new features in iTunes 9 is Home Sharing, which lets you share and transfer content between multiple iTunes libraries on your local network. Well it was not working for Laura and I on our Windows machines. So after several hours of troubleshooting I wanted to share our success store and the steps taken to get Home Sharing working. Many thanks to Sandy Santra for his posting on the Mac Forums.

Since Laura and I have separate iTunes accounts, which is one of the added complications that caused us problems. Here are the steps we took ...
  1. Turn OFF Home Sharing on BOTH computers (this is NOT done in Preferences; instead, go here: Advanced, Home Sharing)
  2. Make sure BOTH machines are authorized for BOTH iTunes accounts (Store, Authorize Computer)—i.e., if each has its own iTunes account
  3. You do NOT have to be logged into the same account on both computers; each computer may stay logged into the iTunes store under its own login
  4. For sanity's sake on this part, check to make sure of this—i.e., that each machine is logged into the store with its own store account (Store, View My Account, check to see ID is correct)
  5. NOW turn Home Sharing back on (Advanced, Home Sharing) on each computer, but use ONE account to log into Home Sharing on both (or all) computers
  6. Don't worry, this does not "flip" the login ID for a particular computer's iTunes Store connection to the ID being used for Home Sharing
  7. On each computer now you should see a "Home" icon with the shared library in the left-hand sidebar
  8. Open the shared library and drag and drop as desired
The bottom line seems to be this:
  1. Keep each computer logged into the store with a separate iTunes ID (if you need to)
  2. Get all the computers authorized for all available IDs
  3. Use ONE ID to log into Home Sharing on ALL computers



Foursquare is Fun and Addictive

Foursquare is just good clean fun! While the game was launched back in March 2009, it was not available in my area until they opened the game up world wide in January 2010. Curious to give it a test drive I installed the app on my iPhone and began to check into places that I visited throughout the day. Creating new locations what where not already in the system. If that had been the extent of the game I would have gone back to using Brightkite and Gowalla.

The real fun began when I pursuaded a couple of friends to join Foursquare, because there are points earned for each check-n that you make during the day. And this seems to tap into the base competitive instinct within us all! In addition to earning points for each check-in that you make, there are additional points the first time you visit a place, and there are also additional points for creating a new location. With these basic incentives, the game is afoot!

It's simple to view your points and those of your friends. Which just motives you to earn more points in order to stay on top of the leaderboard. But the avenues for motivation do not end there. By enabling push notification on your iPhone you will receive popup notifications each time your friends check-in. Needless to say this prompts you to check the leaderboard, often only to discover that you have fallen behind. Time for a beverage run! :)

Now even if you are not the winner at the end of the week, do not despair! The points are reset every Monday morning and the game starts all over again.
What are you waiting for? Install the app on your iPhone, Blackberry, Android or Palm Pre and start having some fun!