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Reducing the numbers of back office PC's.

Our next project is to remove a PC from our back office systems, basically to free off a PC for another use.

We currently use Simplecast and Icecast on a PC acting as a desk encoder. This streams our audio across our studio LAN to our streaming software (Radio DJ) which inturn connecets via Simplecast to out serviec providers Shoutcast and Wowza servers. . We are looking to see how to get both functions on the one PC. We didnt expect it to be a major task but has been surprisingly complicated. We have almost finished sorting out a stable configuration but still have some more components to add and test. Hopefully this Saturday will be successful.

I hate anti-virus software - not really!

I haven't posted on my Techs Blog for some time. We did some routine software upgrades last Saturday to our studio jukebox and to our streaming system. Both worked well. Managed to lose a few database entries on the jukebox but nothing that couldnt be easily fixed. Sunday morning came and no broadcast! Logged in remotely and no streamer! Attempted to reload remotely - nothing doing. So frantic drive into studio.Evntually worked out that it was possibly the  anti-virus but station back on air and then I had to drive to Stafford.  Monday morning came. Same thing. Dashed into studio. This tiem checked the forums. It seems that our anti-virus software (Microsoft Essential) has been flagged on the  Radio DJ forum as corrupting Radio DJ installations. In fact it had decided that the Radio DJ code was Malware and emoved every instance of it from the system. Odd but some werent't having anuy problems. We have now changed our Anti-virus software and have put in an excpetion just in case.

The story doesnt stop there. I wnet home, had a coffee and was monitoring teh system. teh new Av sofatwre asked to do an initial run. It worked quite happily then my remote access screen went blank. Back into studio. For me a 16 mile round trip,  the new anti-vrus software had decided our remote access software was malware and blocked its operation! Again another exception. Tuesday and all seems calm.



Whilst we are broadcasting 7 days a week the small technical team are working behind the scenes. For those that might be interested I thought I start a blog of the sorts of technical problems and projects we have at Vintage Radio. I only enter stuff in this section at random, as and when the moment occurs.