Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Quick Reminder

We are having our "official" launch on justcast.org tonight starting at 9:15 p.m. (eastern)!

Please note the new time, as well as our new home if you didn't know already.....

http://justcast.org/users/indie-spotlight-live

Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Friday, November 14, 2014

24/7 Server Update

One of my friends told me that Linux will be the O/S that I will learn..........to hate.

Not there yet, tonight is the first night this week that I've actually had to spend on this project and here are a couple of insights that I'd like to share;

1) Since it is open source, different people do have very different ideas, if you are someone just learning this O/S for the first time, read the forums before asking questions.
2) The drivers you need could very well be different from the drivers you have, depending on the application that you are using it for.
3) Living in a Linux world, is very different from a Windows one, that is for damn sure.

Needless to say I'm still working on this. I'm not giving up until I get it going.


Monday, November 10, 2014

This Weeks Recap

Site was up, worked like a charm. I had to rebuild my profile over on justcast because when their server crashed it took anything created after 10/25 with it, which would obviously include my newly created profile.

Since I didn't make a big deal about the show this week (mostly because I wanted to make sure justcast was up and stable first) we didn't have much traffic to the show, although a couple of people surfing justcast came in and hung out which was nice.

We did have a wierd hiccup during the show, I think it was mostly my error, when I went fullscreen on my laptop to check video quality the show crashed for a second. First time I've ever seen the Flash Media Encoder kick in to fix a problem, but it worked although there was a huge lag afterwards.

Overall I think that things went well and maybe this week I'll do the actual "official" launch of the show on there.

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Show notes;

See above for the update.

As far as the 24/7 streaming player I'm still working on that, as soon as I find a way to get a this linux machine to stream I will be bringing that online to feature past shows.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Well Hell.....

Here is our official recap of Sunday night's JustCast premier.

Justcast was down because of a hard drive failure on one of their servers.

Official show launch rescheduled for this coming Sunday night :)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

What Will I Do With The Webs.com Site That I Built Now That I'm Not Broadcasting Live There Anymore?

Regular readers to this blog will know that I have been working on a way to keep the archives of the show streaming when we aren't broadcasting live, yes I'm still working on that and I think that our now former site for the show would be a great place to do that.

What I'm thinking about is redoing the page so that the only thing on it is the player, there is no need to have the chat since we won't be there broadcasting live anymore. This way, people can still listen to the show when we aren't on.

Of course, I will have a link to click for the live show so anyone wandering in will be able to find us at the new site.

This way, folks can listen to the show they missed and play it in the background while they do other stuff on the computer and not worry about someone trying to talk to them in the chat.

I'd call that a win-win.

Stay tuned, I'm still working on a way to set that up.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Why I didn't Go With iVlog

I would like to thank the folks at iVlog for being accommodating to my concerns about their Terms of Service and answering my many questions about it.

Yes, I would be using iVlog right now if it wasn't for the lack of traffic to the show on it when we tried it back in the Summer. Not their fault by any means and I am thinking of using iVlog for some of the other internet projects that I'm thinking of rolling out next year that would be a better fit for the site.

The problem is that at least at that time nobody on iVlog wanted to hang out at a radio formatted show and there is nothing wrong with that. I look at it this way, right DJ, wrong bar. Sometimes I wonder if I had stuck with it if the viewer statistics would have been better but I really don't know. As I just said, I have other internet projects in the works that have nothing to do with Indie Spotlight that I think would be a much better fit for the iVlog audience so I'm not done with iVlog at all.

By what I've seen so far, justcast is a better fit for Indie Spotlight.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Our New Broadcasting Home

First of all, I want to thank everyone that has been loyal to the show, and our ups and downs since the blogtv shutdown early last year. I know that many of you have had trouble opening the show on the webs.com site because of the ads, the way I had to cobble it together using code from other sites for the player and the chat and sometimes just logging into the site to watch the show has been more of a hassle than anyone should have had to deal with. You guys and gals are great, Indie Spotlight wouldn't even still be broadcast live on the internet if it wasn't for you. No seriously, I would have hung up my headphones and said the hell with it long before now if it wasn't for the fact that if I wasn't there doing the show someone would have missed it.

I'd also like to thank LiveStreamCast.org for hosting the show since I found you back in June of 2013 after the blogtv shutdown and the awdio.com disaster. Last Sunday was the first time that your player didn't work, out of all the other nights that it did, I have no complaints other than sometimes the ads that you display are, well for lack of a better word for it, are kinda out there at times but most of my viewers use ad-blocker so they were spared the worse of it so no worries.

Now, for the big announcement. As I said before I'm only moving the show one more time. If this doesn't work out, I hate to say it but as far as Indie Spotlight, I'm done. Should it be "that time" I'll be the first to admit that I will have a hard time hanging up my headset as far as this show is concerned but if this doesn't work out, then yes, I will put it out of it's misery and focus on some of the other internet projects I am starting to plan for next year.

Some of the issues that have come up in the post blogtv era that I feel have hurt the show are the following;

The weird ads that have popped up on our webs.com site, mostly because I'm using borrowed code from other sites that I have no control over.

Some people have had issues loading the player.

Others can't load the chat

Others still just can't load the site.

Because the show wasn't being hosted on a site that hosted other shows there wasn't any traffic to the show besides our die-hard supporters and so the chat wasn't near as busy as it was when we were on blogtv.

No live music, since I have no other choice but to use the encoder I can't co-host anyone other than use Skype.

Since there hasn't been as much traffic to the show, I haven't invested as much time preparing it as I used to, in fact, not even close. I've been recycling the same playlists for weeks now.

I could go on.......

Here is where moving the show to our new home will solve most of that. On the site that I will be using we can have live music and it looks like it will be easy to make that happen.

On the new site, the place hosting it has a ton of "radio" oriented shows although I think I might be the first show on it broadcasting indie music.

Did a test show there last Sunday, and made a new friend, first night ever on the site.

So.........................

(drumroll please)

I will ask everyone to reset their bookmarks one more time, starting this Sunday at 9 pm (eastern U.S.) please join us at our new home at http://justcast.org/users/indie-spotlight-live

Again, thank you all for your continued support and I hope to see you at our new home!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

My Player Wouldn't Work, So I Tried justcast.org Tonight....

.... justcast turned out to be pretty awesome.

Ok, here is what happened tonight, the site that hosts my media player for the show was down, I've been wanting to play around on justcast but haven't had the time so since the player that I've been using (which has been trouble free up until now) was down I decided why the hell not?

I'm happy to report that the site worked really well overall, they are still having some growing pains from what I've been told but I didn't have any issues tonight.

Look for the "official" announcement this week but I think we might dump the site that we created on webs.com and use this instead.

Stay tuned....