A Techs Blog
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.
2nd July 2012 - we can't get see the internet
Yet more intermittant problems with transmission
Spent an hour the other day finding a new Flash player several listeners reported intermittent breaks in our transmission. I can't identify any service provider or network faults so decided its the Flash player I put on-line a couple of weeks ago to replace the html5 player which we suspected of causing audio loops with some browser and PC combos.
Everthing seemed OK but after 24 hours started getting getting reports again. Spent more time looking for a new player as I then found our player is not supported. Found one and still get some fault reports. So have now changed the Home page to show three players with a user choice to select the one which works for them. Will have to check the network switches and router logs to see if they are logging any probs, may have to put a network probe on the LAN to see if we are in fact getting short breaks but the different player buffering is reacting in different ways. We have had network problems due to a faulty LAN segment which we connecetd to on the YMCA network. But that was put apparently fixed by a firmware update to the relevant YMCA router.
Still haven't put a player on our Facebook page yet. Everytime I get close something gets in the way.
I am always looking to find ways of adding new features etc to the web site an other pstudio projects. Projects planned or being being considered:
Tighter integration between the web site and our Facebook page
Setting up Local Events feed page/RSS in conjunction with local media.
Adding search facility and podcast grouping to the Podcast page.
Addition of more support documentation to web site
Addition of additional material to support programmes
Addition of a 'whats playing now' feature but need to get all members to align their file naming and id3 title information formats. An uphill struggle at times.
To amend our scheduling system to a graphical based solution. May require going away from Radio DJ