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Its been a while since.....

Its been a while since my last post. We have stripped out our server room (actually a large ventilated cupboard would be more accurate) and completely recabled and labelled everything. A considerable improvement as the previous cabling was a bit of a dogs breakfast. We have some rack mounted distribution amps in the studio area which distribute analogue audio feeds to various destinations in the studio which has been moved away from prying fingers. We have finally managed to upgrade all our PC's to Windows 7 or 8 apart from 2 elderly PC's which are used frro browsing which we have built with a Linux distro - MINT. Works well, gives a windows style desktop which people are happy with and runs Firefox.

Thuis month our distress purchase of a years subscription of LogMeIn expired and was replaced by a new application from Remote Utilities.  It seems to do everything LogmeIn did but faster and free - at least for the number of PC's we wish to remotely access. LogmeIn gave all users about 12m ago of its free service about 24 hours - with zero notice to leave or pay a years subscription. We chose to do the latter as remote access is key to the way in which we work and maintin our systems.

We updated our scheduling software about a week ago to version 1.7.6 of Radio DJ. Its been up 2 weeks ona Win 7 Celeron system from Dell and its been rock solid - touch wood so far. the previous version suffered from two very annoying bugs. Firstly it misreported the length of mp3 files, getting some wrong by displaying a time that was 1000 times longer than it should have been,  this has been fixed in the latest version. The second bug, which we can only wait and see if its fixed,  is that events sometimes failed to start. We are reasonably certain it is Radio DJ V1.6 that was the culprit rather than Windows 7. But it was random and could run for several weeks before it manifested itself. It was partly the cause of our outages over the Christmas period. Apparently our new version of radio DJ was used at the Winter olympics in Sochi for some of the  public announcements.

We now have a live audio feed to our green room on live days which are now 5 days a week. We record all our audio from the studio onto a large RAID array. We use  PlayIt Recorder to schedule the recordings as it will allow us to record all audio in hour long chunks, starting on the hour.

Our home made Live mic light keeps blowing bulbs. Annoying really.