Thursday, October 23, 2014

Adventures in Ubuntu (Linux)

Trying to get a streaming player when we're not broadcasting live has been a handful to say the least. I'll be honest while I'm learning a lot about Linux I think that if I had it to do over again, I would have just cleaned out all the garbage that was on that computers previous XP install, and found a way to make that work instead. At the end of the day since I am not planning on using it for any other reason other than to stream the show I don't think it would have mattered anyway.

That being said, I've already wiped it and have done the Ubuntu install, so at this point I really don't have much of a choice other than to run with it. The challenge (besides learning a new operating system) has been finding a player that can link up with the player that I use for the show. I really wish I had done my research, I would have known that the Adobe Flash Media Encoder wasn't supported in Linux.

I guess it doesn't matter now, like I said I'm already in the fight since I've already wiped the Win Xp off of it. There are programs that work similar to the FLME, it's just been a matter of finding which one, and how to install it ect. since I'm doing this on a totally new (at least to me) operating system and learning how it works. Ubuntu is great, but it is still way different than Windows.

Still working on this though, the biggest reason why is that currently the traffic on the show is reminding me of when we were on blogtalkradio. Not a lot of traffic during the live show, but we had a ton of hits on the archive, so I'm still thinking that if there are previous shows streaming on the site when we aren't broadcasting live, people will check that out just as they did on BTR which still gives the musicians the "spotlight".

And that, is what Indie Spotlight is all about anyway. It is taking more time that I expected to make this work, but I will make this work.


Show updates;

Sunday nights are still played live on our site and will be for the foreseeable future. While I did check out another broadcasting site (justcast) I haven't even created a profile there yet much less played with it. Just haven't had time.

I may also need to move the official start time of the show from 9 p.m. to 9:15, I've been working more Sunday nights lately and it's been a challenge to get home on time, and ready to broadcast at the 9 o'clock timeslot.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Linux Experiment

I found a good working tower at the Salvation Army yesterday that was running Windows XP. Since Microsoft doesn't support it anymore I'm taking it and doing what I've always been curious about and installing Linux on it.

I have the video camera going and recording along the way any issues that I've found. The purpose of this machine is to stream the show when I'm not actively broadcasting but since I've always been interested in Linux I intend to play around with it as well.

Will keep you guys posted.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October Update

It's hard to believe that it was a year ago that I was surrounded by a sea of boxes, bags of cloths, newspaper wrapped knick-knacks and was blogging about a hiatus from the show.

Nothing seriously new to report, we are still broadcasting live and going strong on our site that I created last year, the only new wrinkle is that I found a new site that seems to cater to the kind of show we do (, see previous blog post) that I might play around with and see what kind of traffic we get over there.

Might as well lol

Monday, October 6, 2014


I found a site last week that I'm thinking of trying in addition to the Sunday night show, it's called Just Cast.

Their Terms of Service is simple and doesn't claim any license or ownership of content and it seems that there are music oriented shows there vs. iVlog.

I'll let you guys know if I decide to do it.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Troy Castellano Project 52 Week 39

From Troy;

Project 52 Week 39! This week song is called "If These Boots Could Talk". I'm not sure if it's a great thing to write about but I have these pair of boots that I've had for about 18 years. They have been with me to every major gig I've played and every cool party I've been to. Pretty much almost every good time I've had in my adult life these boots have been there. Man, the stories they could tell if they had the ability to talk. I know they'd remember more than I ever did! (but then again no one should know some of those stories LOL). They are also the most comfortable pair of boots/shoes I've ever owned. They'll probably out last me! Maybe I'll take a pic of them and post it in this thread. Any way, this is song about my boots :) . Hope you like it! Please keep sharing, liking and commenting on these P52 videos. It helps immensely! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Quick Update

I mentioned in one of my previous blogs that I was looking for a back up computer that I could use to stream past shows on the site when I'm not actively broadcasting.

Because I wasn't planning on using such a machine for anything else I was looking to do this on the super cheap (meaning free).

I've posted more than a couple of ads on Freecycle and haven't gotten any responses so I don't think I'll have any luck there. While at the Salvation Army store this week I noticed that they had a pile of computers but there was no real way to check them out unless I plugged in a monitor, keyboard and mouse right there and I didn't notice all 3 at the same time when I was there. I'm ok with laying out a little cash to make 24/7 streaming happen but at the same time I'm not inclined to throw money away on it.

Still working on making this happen though, stay tuned!


Show update;

Taking this week off, mostly because I have an early morning meeting, and at least an hour drive to get to it. I thought that I said goodbye to this kind of thing when I stepped down from my last promotion (see one of my June blog posts). However we will resume our normal broadcast schedule next Sunday and I hope you'll join us!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

No Show This Week (9/28/14)

Due to the fact that I have an early morning meeting (and an hour drive to get to it) there will be no broadcast this week.

Indie Spotlight will return at it's normal time next Sunday.

Have a great weekend!

~ Jack