Thursday, May 12, 2011

Returning to the writing

As I sit here working on calendars for my job I'm about to lose, I'm thinking about all the time I could have spent here doing more than what it is that I have been doing. I should have spent my time working up to finding a permanent position at my school, working. Soon this semester will be over and once again I will find myself without work, unless of course one my coworkers is fired. Thats not a happy situation, the only reason I would still have a job in the same place I'm in is that someone i work with and actually enjoy being around has to be fired. I guess I'll be bowing out of this one pretty soon. It was fun.

There haven't been many new projects that I've been working on, so I'd have to say that I've been pretty non-active. I've dropped out of the whole Adventurer thing, most of those people didn't even know I existed anyway. I've removed all of the fake friends Facebook has hooked me into on top of removing all the friends I had but aren't really my friend anymore. No, me fixing your computer every time your dumb enough to get yet another virus does not count as friendship.

On to better things, I've been accepted into U of M Flint, which is pretty awesome considering none of the jobs I've been able to find in this area are looking for someone with no experience, an A+ cert and three associates degrees. I'm going to need that BA to get a decent job any way i look at it. It sort of hurts my heart that I'll be going to school for at least another two years before I'm even close to employable, and thats assuming that I have the "real world experience" needed by then. It makes me sort of angry that I work on people computers all the time, set up their networks and their computers to professional standards, but because I'm not my own company, it doesn't count. People lie, people expand the story, they can't be trusted. Paperwork on the other hand doesn't lie. Sort of. Ugh.

Anyway, I have been working on my 2-d platformer game I've been making for Dedman, but once again my projects have stalled. the desktop died and thats where I've been doing a lot of my development, so until I get that up and running I'll probably be in a tight way in the computer category. I've been thinking about trying to make more of those tutorials I like to write sometimes. I have the other blog for tutorials, but I think if I actually start making tutorials for just anything and everything I do that people dont get, from mounting virtual drives, using bittorrent clients and websites, to making bootable flash drives with various kinds of linux, to taking your computer completely apart to install a new hard drive and how to partition it right and all that stuff. I've been seriously considering writing out a tutorial on how I actually install windows in under two hours.

In any case, I'm going to try to use this blog to keep my thoughts in order since I can't seem to do that by myself. Also, since no one reads this blog, things should be nice and happy and I shouldn't have to worry about what I say on here.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Dedchan : Reloaded

Work with Dedchan has been moving right along over the last few weeks. I've got a,b,c,ani,m,z,and a text board which all work and all are linked to each other. I'm so happy with it's progress I'm thinking about adding a few more boards, but only after we get some actual traffic. I'm not too worried about the traffic part just yet, since the more traffic we have the more i have to be on the ball to catch people who might want to post some unsavoury things on the boards. Thus far the entire website takes up less than 10mb, which is freaking awesome, and I haven't had any problems with people posting things that are completely not ok.

The radio stream is dead. There are a few more days left in the month, but the program I use, SAM, has been misbehaving, and windows explorer keeps dying and I can't figure out why. so the desktop needs a reinstall on the windows partition and I've got about three other computers to fix this weekend for some clients of mine.

Thats about all I've got for you guys now, maybe next time I'll have something slightly more interesting to talk about next time.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Things with the radio have been going relatively well, but honestly everything I've done thus far hasn't really been enough. The IRC channel is always empty, so much so that I rarely pay attention to it anymore. I log everything that happens in there, so I do know that there's been a small number of people coming in and out, mainly my friends Dedman and ProtoSkar. Thanks to you guys for popping in and keeping me company while I did homework and tried to run the stream. Your company during the last few months has kept me from closing the channel completely. For those of you who liked the facebook page, thank you. For those of you who follow us on twitter, even though it's pretty much the same people in the facebook group, thank you for following! 

Moving on, the website will stay up for the rest of the month, then it will deleted and changed to something else. My current plans for the webspace are essentially an imageboard with a BBS added to it, that way I can have both anonymous posting and registered posting. I guess we'll have to see how that turns out, mainly because I'm not entirely sure that the webhosts I have will be ok with that sort of traffic. Who knows, I'll just have to make it and see if they take the site down or not. Honestly, that website has eaten a pretty large hole in my personal time, so I have to use the space and most of the code for something, otherwise I feel like I wasted my time with it. Something functional will be born fro, the old website and stream, but what it is only time will tell.

I will continue to post the statistics for the radio stream through February and who knows, if the listener base has expanded between now and then I might give this thing another month, but only if I can get the other DJs back into the mix.

Now thats what the real problem with the stream has been, DJs. Now, I'm not going to go out and blame everyone but myself, mainly because I realize that people have lives outside of the radio, but so do I. A large majority of my DJs have been inactive since the new year and one of them has been essentially demanding the stream from me whenever he wants it. One of the DJs has stepped up and taken his post when and for how long he promised, which is great. Malus, keep up the good work and I hope you continue to work on the stream after I'm done with it. I'm not sure who the stream will pass to after I'm done at the end of the month, but I hope someone who will work as hard as I did and as hard as my predecessor did will get it in the end.

Moving on to other things, my plans for the facebook page and the twitter account depend on what the name of the station will be after I leave. At this point I'm looking at leaving the facebook to whomever the current administrators are and the twitter will be closed at the end of the month unless the name of the station is kept the same. In any case, something will take it's place.

Thanks for listening and thanks for the support to those of you who did support us. It helped a lot and I'm incredibly happy that I had the time that I did to bring my best music to people who seemed to want to hear it.

Hope for the future,

Friday, February 4, 2011

The numbers are IN!

Well, the last month has been absolutely fantastic for this station! I'm not sure if our numbers are as good as some of the other stations out there, but I'll be the first to admit I was completely floored at the number of people who listen and the positively astounding regions of the world that we get listeners from!

Alrighty, now on to the things i assume no one cares about but me! Haha, the image above this paragraph is simply the representation of each day's peak listeners drawn over the course of January. What it also keeps track of is the amount of total time spent listening, the average uptime (which is really only important to me), the average listen time, and the average number of hours listened contiguously. Yeah, I said contiguous, so look it up already. Anyway, the overall peak of the month was about 37, which up to date is the highest I've carried by myself. Also, if you'll notice the two or three pronounced dips in the graph, those would be the days someone else was working the stream for me. The program I use will only track my listeners when it's the one streaming, so as long as someone else is streaming, even using the same software, it doesn't get tracked by SpacialNet. Thats why I also use the graph following this paragraph to track how many people listen and for how long, but we'll get to that. And yes, thats my mouse in the way.

This map shows you (and not entirely accurately I'll admit) about 500 points where people listened from in the month of January. Now please note that it'll only show me 500 points tops, so the map isn't accurate to the number of listeners we had last month. Now scroll down and check out the numbers down at the bottom. Yes, thats right, in the month of January we had almost 15,000 unique listeners. Thats so beyond anything that I thought we could pull off over all time, even less in one month! Let me explain the graphic just a little bit more before I move on to the plans for the website and all the things I'm working on for the future of the station. A unique connection is one that isn't counted more than once, for example, you and a friend listen to the station from school, thats one unique connection. You then take your laptop home and connect to the stream from there, thats one more. Your friend goes home and connects to listen in some more, thats three. The total connections is a count of how many times over the given time period someone connected to the stream. Either one of those numbers is absolutely astonishing to me, and hopefully will continues to be for the near future.

Now, on to the website. It's be a little touch and go on the website lately, and for those of you who do actually use it occasionally, thank you so much! I've put quite a bit of time into learning how to make a website in the first place, then learning a portion of html and hopefully soon php, then getting everything put together and up and running 'right'. Ugh, let me tell ya, I wasn't planning on it being so hard. But thats ok. I've been having a lovely time learning and doing all of that. It's almost been as fun as the radio is, but then I realized that I don't get much in the way of traffic on the website, but thats ok too. Honestly I don't know how much longer the website will stay, but seeing as it doesn't cost me a penny to run, it's probably not going anywhere.

There are some extra plans for the website that I'm trying to implement, mainly because I think everything I do has to be done the hardest way possible. One of the things I'd like to see ont he site in the near future; a comment section of some kind. I was hoping that learning html forms would help me set up some sort of feedback form, but I failed in that and honestly I think php will offer a bit more for the work.

that brings me right up to the present. I've been working on getting some new DJs in on the stream to mix things up a little bit, and they'll be starting in the next few weeks. I honestly can't wait for them to start and hopefully do a better job than I am of running this thing. Here's to the new blood!

Til next week,

Monday, January 24, 2011

Working to a better Future, going over the awesome Past

This last week or so has been pretty interesting, to say the least. We hit over 10,000 unique listeners this week, which was my goal for the month! Hopefully we can shatter that record next month, but for now I'm just happy that listener-ship seems to be trending upwards. I still havent gotten around to adding images or artwork to the main website, but thats mainly because school work has been keeping me from developing the website more than it has been already. I'm still working on getting a promo up both on the stream and on youtube. I suppose I should put that on the Facebook page and the Twitter too, but trying to keep all this social media straight is like, completely impossible.

To explain that image just a little bit, that is the tracking graph for my monthly listeners, but only when I am streaming. That means that any time which the other DJs are responsible for are not reflected by this graph. I wish that I had a way to track all of the listeners regardless of who had control of the stream, but I guess I will have to figure that out over time. For now, this should give a pretty accurate picture of how many people we have listening and for about how long. As you can see, the month is hardly over yet and already I've logged up about 3,000 hours of TTSL (total time spent listening). This counter works similarly to the way one would count man-hours. You listen for three hours and I listen for three hours and the counter will log six hours TTSL. As a basic over-view, thats how that counter works. I think the amount of time spent listening to my music and horrible voice is absolutely fantastic and I never thought it would add up to be as much as it does.

On the side of the planning for the future, I have yet to start designing a club in Second Life for the station, and I'm sort of starting to think that it might be a waste of time to build. Honestly, even when I was playing SL on a normal basis, I was still only there for a few hours at a time and building a support structure in-game would be a pain in the ass. I would need someone to staff the club at all hours of the day, which means I'd really need at least three people for that, then 'd need the active DJ in-game while they're working, and that would cause problems because the game takes a lot of power to run and the stream wouldn't be nearly as high-quality as it should be. All in all, I'm sort of putting Second Life on the shelf for right now. I need to build up some sort of community for the station.

I've been thinking about using some sort of BBS to build people up, but with whats been happening to Duane's website and all I'm not even sure I want to invite that sort of trouble. I have enough problems trying to get people into the channel, and even then they dont stay long because i'm normally away from the computer or working on homework or the website. I wish I could find someone to staff the channel at all times, but for now it's just me.

Speaking about the IRC channel for just a second though, I recently added the link for a web-based IRC client that allows the users to connect to the channel without having to install an IRC client on their computer. It connects them to the right server and channel and still acts as a normal IRC client in that you can still navigate to other channels from my web-client. I also recently installed a trivia bot into the channel to give users something to do while they listen to the radio, but I've recently also found that having the bot running while people are there tends to make it a little hard to talk to each other.

Thats about all the news I've got for right now, but I'll keep you guys posted on the changes coming in the future and hopefully we'll get some real groups into chat sometime! Also, I will be letting everyone know when I get the capability to take live Skype calls on the air again. That is a really fun way to involve the listeners and honestly it's a lot of fun on the DJ's end.

Thanks for listening and keep tuning in~! ^^

Monday, January 17, 2011

Website caveats, holdbacks, problems, and more!

Well, as the title says, we've had some issues with the new website. Once of them being at the beginning of last week I had no idea how to write up a website in DreamWeaver. Thankfully after a few days worth of playing with it, I got something workable, not pretty, but workable. Sadly all that work was in vain as the web-host I was trying to use decided to drop my account for reasons I'm still not clear of. In any case, we're moving onwards and upwards.

In other news, I've started up a twitter for the up to the minutes updates regarding the status of the stream, and hopefully I'll be able to talk the other DJs into using the twitter account too, that way we can (hopefully) gain some more attention on the web rather than just trying to pull people from Facebook and the other website I frequent.  Not much other promotion going on at the moment. I'm trying to work with the founder of AudioCream to get some more people from his listings, but I'm unfamiliar with his system and I thought I could use a few tips from him. Hopefully we'll talk later this week to figure things out as far as promoting the station and maybe things we can do to benefit each other. Even though his website isn't in dire need of traffic (I'm sure he gets ten times more people on his site than I do on the stream), his site has helped me and I want to return the favour.

In the Second Life realm there's nothing to report, seeing as my video card gives me a problem each time I try to sign onto the game to start designing the club.I'm going to have to end up using my half-decade old XPS gen 2 to build everything in game and then hopefully pull some listeners form that too. I loved Second Life when I played a long time ago (maybe a year or two ago?) and I always loved the clubs and games and things one could do in any of the places that broadcast radio into the game.

Listener-ship has been way up this month too! In December we had over 10,000 unique listeners and we're already more than halfway there for this month! On Friday we had over 40 people listening at a given time for about three hours in the middle of the day. Thats a new peak number for us! Woo! I'm looking forward to the future of the station and I think we'll be doing really well in the next few months!

The IRC channel is still completely empty most of the time, but thats really the least of my worries lately. I sit in the channel all the time, even when I'm not home there's a signed in person (TerminalFault41-4A-41-5A-59, which is AMAZY in hex XD) holding the channel open. Eventually I'll get the programming knowledge to write her up as a bot so she'll be able to auto-greet people and maybe run a trivia game or something. I'm not sure. I'll figure that out as I work out the rest of everything.

Keep on listening and thanks for making the last month so successful!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Promote, promote, promote!!

So the radio has been just booming right along this month!  Listeners are still coming in and we have about 5000 unique hits on the stream in January and the month isn't even half way over yet! We reach so many different countries and people and they listen for such long stretches of time, it still boggles me.

On to the progress report for the website, the faceyspace page, the stream, and the other varied projects I'm working on and with my DJs to bring even more people into the mix. First off, the website. I'm currently working on getting some webspace to put up a new site, but the address will still be the same ( but the site will look completely different. I've recently found out that flash-based anything is pretty much invisible to the standard web spider (those things that go throughout the net to find new pages and index them to their respective search engines) and thus the website isn't getting any traffic. Hopefully I can change that.

Also, I've been having issues with the IRC channel for the last few days. It seems the channel on the website and the channel on IRC itself aren't the same channel, so if you've been going to the website's channel, I'm sorry no one has been int here to speak to you~!

The facebook page is also getting  a bit better for the wear, since we've gotten over 25 people to like it I have recently gotten a username address for it! Now it's instead of that horrific string of nonsense that no one can repeat over the air. Hopefully we'll be able to announce the facebook page and the website a bit more often on the radio to get more and more people making requests and getting into the action rather than not realizing that we're (sort of) trying to provide a community space for our listeners.

 Speaking of community, I'm also planning on having some sort of streaming into Second Life at some point in the near future, but that all depends on how many new DJs we can get rolling in the next few months. So, DJs! get in contact with me if you want to try DJing internet radio or if you've done it before and want to get back into it, I'll be allowing people to try it out this weekend and most weekends after this one. I want to bring in some new people (not to say the one's we have aren't good of course ^.~) to bring a little more diversity to the music we play.

I think thats about all I've got to report this week, and once again I apologize for the downtimes and deadspace on the radio. I've been having issues lately. Also, I'm going to try and keep this blog update business up and post at least one a week, that way you'll know (if you check for this in the first place) what's going on with the station.