20-May-2006 (Sat) Wherein victory is declared against the webcast gremlins.

I think the webcast audio is finally fixed. An extremely generous benefactor actually gave us a Mac G4 tower! So now the audio webcasts are running off of that, via Nicecast. Switching the various services over to the Mac was relatively painless, but we haven't completely replaced the old Linux box yet, because it's our mail server too, and we're having a hell of a time figuring out how to get SMTP AUTH (saslauthd) working on OSX. But it's almost there.

The RealVideo webcast is still running on a Linux box, sadly, because as far as I can tell there is no way to create RealVideo streams on OSX. There are a bunch of hoops you can jump through to get QuickTime to be able to encode RealVideo, but only to static files, not to streams.

I wish we could just ditch Real entirely, but the only reason we're able to use it at all is that GrooveFactory are donating the bandwidth for it, and their servers only do Real, not Quicktime.

I really liked the band at Swindle last night. They were called "Pets", thus making them completely un-googleable. They were (mostly) two people, a guy and a girl, guitar, bass and drum machine, and they sounded kind of like a little bit of Pixies and a lot of Jesus and Mary Chain.

Fortunately the turnout was very low, ensuring that we can continue to be free of the corrupting influence of money.

8 Responses:

  1. fantasygoat says:

    Is it just low turnout for that specific style of music, or are SF people simply not going out?

    Industrial is bad for the bottom line in this town.

  2. dr_memory says:

    Out of curiosity, what do you do when dipwads ask for their money back because they "don't appreciate the theme"?

    (I hope sincerely that the answer involves a big red button, a trap door, and a pit full of pirhanas.)

  3. vxo says:

    Alright, NiceCast looks fucking SLICK. I want it.

    Right now, we have a Windows based webcasting setup here at WRGP. It's using Shoutcast and this Shoutcast source client which has a TERRIBLE sounding mp3 encoder.

    Congrats. I think you just convinced me to... *ahem*... Switch. </shameless>

  4. bifrosty2k says:


    I'm curious when you're gonna look at Darwin Streaming server + Broadcaster :)

  5. simmonmt says:

    Are any of these the band you're talking about?


    Google for "music:pets"

  6. purge_chic says:

    You so remind me of that guy "Flynn" in the Disney movie "Tron".