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Thanks for the kind words, Joel.

I had a Chumby too! Actually two of them. I loved them. I set them up to rotate between weather, photos, and interesting webcams. Miss those little pillow screens!

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I think you're the only other person I've met who had a Chumby! I keep hoping someone will resurrect the form-factor, but I don't want it to be one of the tech giants.

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Isn't the Chumby a sort of limited version of Google Nest Hub? I hadn't heard about it but the description you gave and the pictures I found really remind me of it.

Background music and ambient noise are associations of words I tend to mix. In French "musique d'ambiance" (literally "ambient music") is often what we associate with what you call "background music."

Anyway, I usually turn to background music for most of my activities except in the very early morning when the world around me is still calm. A few years ago, I stopped listening to music/podcasts/etc. while outside of my home. I absolutely loved it. But somehow the habit of listening to music came back. Thanks for the reminder. I should look into this!

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It'd be more accurate to think of Chumby as a proto-Google Nest Hub (or Amazon Echo Show for that matter.) If I remember right, when Chumby, the company, was sold (or bought out or something), Sony got the rights to use Chumby software and systems in their own proto-smart home device that eventually became something or other. Anyway, all these smart home devices and screens owe a lot to the brief spark and flash that was Chumby. I mean, I got my Chumby in 2009 or 2010, I think...

As for ambient, it's one of the more-popular French-as-elite-language words in English. What I mean is that if I were writing a story and wanted a character to say something with an American accent, I'd write ambience. But if I wanted them to be a bit pretentious and interject random French words into their English sentences, I'd write is as ambiance, which I think a lot of readers see as "aam-bi-ahnce" instead of "am-bi-ense." So, uh, thanks? :)

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