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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / One last core system change...
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:49:44 AM »
This probably either won't make sense (or at least matter) to most here, but just to keep everyone informed I'm about to make one more core change to the hosting service here.

Even after the big server migration last week, this server is still currently running PHP 5.2.  I need PHP 5.3 for some things I'm planning.  To do that, I need to do another host/server/system upgrade here.  This is another one of those things that could take a day or two, and could potentially break some things.  It's not supposed to, but we all know how that goes.  I'm hoping for the best, and that it's transparent, quick, and painless.

In any case, I'm about to begin the change when I finish this post.  If things do go south, I'll do what I can to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.  If it happens the way it's supposed to, you won't know anything happened at all.

Nuff said, I'm going in...

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Okay, it's official...
« on: September 15, 2013, 10:48:21 PM »
ComboBob, GC, and Schprocket are now entering all the ODC archives into the new system.

I just finished one last thing I had to do, which was make it sort and group in descending order by year, then month.  Had issues with that for a while, but have them worked out now.

To sort the months properly, I could have done some fancy coding and footwork, but I didn't.  I added a letter at the beginning of each month name just for sorting purposes.  So if you're wondering why there's a letter there, that's it.  Pretty sure it won't bother people too much, and it saved me a bunch of extra coding work.  Then I had to go back and fix the 60 or so entries already made so the guys above wouldn't have to.

A new menu option has been added to the main menu here, and to the sidebar (Community) menu.  In the next day or two I'll add one to the main website too.

They guys are hard at it, with CB the archiver at the helm.  Shouldn't be too long (week or two maybe) till they're all done.  I'm guessing at that.

As I mentioned somewhere else, I also didn't build a player into the system.  No need.  Click the MP3 link, click Open.

Hopefully this makes things easier for CB, and anyone else who might be involved in future archiving, and for the people who want to look at the archives.

To see the archives, just click on any of the "ODC Archives" links I'm spreading around, and at the login screen click on "Login as Guest".

I also tried to make searching/filtering as easy as possible, using either the simple search I set up or the Advanced search available.

And now I'm sitting here thinking to myself - for a guy that enters the challenge maybe once a year, why in the world did I do all that?  8) :P

Guess I'll just have to enter more often to make it all worth it, eh?

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / A call to arms...
« on: September 14, 2013, 08:59:35 PM »
Hey everybody.  ComboBob has given the all clear to go on the new place the ODC archives will be stored and accessed.  He's checked it out and is ready to start migrating all the old files to the new system.

And therein lies the rub.  There will be a pile of songs to put in the new system.  So, are there any data entry savvy people out there who would be willing to help CB with this one time migration?  Basically, it means gathering/downloading the files and information from the current location, and entering the data and songs into the new database.

The database (as you may remember from the downtime here) was created here, but I've set up the system and file repository on another site I have to help move some of the load off this place.

If you have any basic experience at data entry, and can use an FTP client, and would like to help CB, let him and me know and we'll get you set up.  It would be a long, tedious job for one person, but quite short for 2-3 people.

CB already has a few songs in there from the last two challenges, it you'd like to check out your new system go to:

http://www.justoneoldman.com/odcarchives

and click "Login as Guest".  If you have redirects blocked you'll have to click Allow in your browser.  You'll start out in list view, but can click the little link on the left for full page view of any song.  You can also search nearly any way you could think of.

Post here if you think you can help CB...

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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / A few tips on PC cleanup...
« on: September 12, 2013, 11:21:53 AM »
Had family company up for a few days, and of course they brought up a few computers that needed to be cleaned up as usual.  Slow, couldn't get to certain sites, blah, blah, blah.  Just happened to think that it may be helpful to some here (or not) if I posted a few tips.

All computers through normal use will slow down, can't be avoided.  Programs added, files piled onto the hard drive, etc.  Unless you let them sit in the box and don't touch them, they will never again be as fast as when you first turned on your new computer.  That being said...

Aside from installed programs and the normal files that are created (whether they're documents, spreadsheets, music files, graphics, or anything else), a ton of things happen to your computer that you probably don't realize or know about.  Almost everything you do on your computer - on or off the internet - creates temporary files on your hard drive.  Most things you do also make changes to your system registry.  The system registry is very basically a file that controls all your hardware and software, and works in the background.

Then, when you get on the internet, tons of temporary files are created.  And if you end up clicking the wrong button or going to the wrong place, unwanted things can be covertly installed on your computer without your knowledge.  On the flip side, some people purposely install things that they think are cool, but don't realize they could be a threat to the use and speed of your system.

All these things work together to slow down, and sometimes cripple your system in some way.  Here are a few things you can do to help bring your system back to working order and get some of that speed back.

Download and install the latest version of the free "Revo Uninstaller".  Use this program to uninstall applications on your system rather than the program's uninstaller or Windows uninstaller.  But when you first get the program installed, run it and look through your list of programs for any browser toolbars or anything else that shouldn't be on your system, then uninstall them.  If you don't know whether you should uninstall something, don't be afraid to ask.  Main thing is to get rid of all the junk that may have inadvertently been installed on your system.  Especially browser related, but everything else too.

Download and install the latest version of "CCleaner", and keep it updated.  Run it at least weekly.  When you load this program, make sure most of the check boxes under both the 'Windows' and the 'Applications' tabs are checked.  Then click the "Run Cleaner" button in the bottom right and let it run.  Watch how much junk was on your system.
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A bone of contention out there on the net is whether you should clean your registry file.  Some people suggest that it's not necessary, and can actually harm your system.  A lot of people who don't even know how the registry file works have taken up the chant and repeat it everywhere.  The fact is, the registry file can become convoluted, messy, and even corrupt, just like any other file.  Can messing with the registry file kill your system if you don't know what you're doing?  Sure, just like any other part of your system.  I recommend (and I always do) cleaning your registry file with CCleaner on a regular basis.  Not necessarily as often as cleaning out temporary files, but regularly.  To do this, just click on the "Registry" button on the left, make sure all the check boxes are checked, and click the 'Scan for Issues' button.  Be sure and let it do a registry backup before continuing.  Once the scan is complete, tell it to 'Fix the Issues.  But first, check out how many issues there actually were.

Next, download and install the latest version of the free MalwareBytes and install it.  Load the program, and let it do its database updates.  Then perform a full scan on your hard drive.  It's going to take a while, just let it run.  When it's finished and has found all the nasties - and it will find nasties - it will put them in Quarantine.  Go to the 'Quarantine' section, and delete all items found from your system.

And finally, load your defragger (usually found under Start/Accessories/System Tools) and do a full defrag on your hard drive.  This will also take quite a while.

Do these things in this order (except you won't have to download and install after the first time), and do them weekly if possible.  At least monthly.

And don't forget it's very important to have a good antivirus on your system.  Most people use the freebies, and they're not bad.  Some people swear by any one of them, but none of them provide the security a high end system will.  I use (and always recommend to clients) NOD32, from Eset.  Just the antivirus, not the whole security suite.  It's extremely light on system resources compared to any other system out there, and I've always found that it protects me better than any other system.  Yes, it costs a few bucks a year, but it saves me so many headaches.

There are, of course, a number of other things that must be done if your system is corrupt past the point of the above helping, but in most case performing the steps above will make a very noticeable difference in how your system functions and the operational speed.

A few other tips.  Got a music or file sharing system installed on your computer?  Get it off.  Got toolbars in your browsers?  Get rid of them.  Think fancy wallpaper or cutesy animations are cool?  Lose them.

Want more speed tweaking?  Go to "System Properties" in your control panel, 'Advanced' tab, and click "Settings" in the "Performance" section.  Then check the radio option for 'Best Performance' and save it.

Hope that helps somebody...

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Shootin' The Breeze / Guess I ask this here...
« on: September 10, 2013, 08:26:07 PM »
Question.  I've been fixing things since the migration, but hadn't gotten around to the TTM/KAE forums yet.  Does anybody ever do anything there anymore?

I can't check right now till I get them fixed, but I figured if they're of no use anymore there isn't much sense in spending the time.  Thought I'd ask...

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Site Info / Attention!
« on: September 06, 2013, 10:54:38 PM »
I'm just initiating a server migration for TTM at the time of this writing.  The migration will take 24 to 72 hours (likely closer to 72 because of the space we're using).

During the migration, any files uploaded through FTP or attached to a post may be lost.

Best not to attach any files to posts or upload any files through FTP till I give the all clear.

Also, during the migration there may be times when the site could be unavailable for a minute or two at a time, or when the databases may not be accessible for up to 10 minutes.

Wish I'd been able to give more warning, but it was a 'do it now' situation.

The reason is that I needed to create at least one new database for reasons I'll explain later, and the only way I could create the databases I need was to do a server migration to a system that makes available this certain type of database.

This usually takes less than 24 hours, but because we're using so much space I was told it could take up to 72 hours.  Sorry about the interference and possible periodic down time...

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Completed Originals / The Texas Speed Law Massacre
« on: September 06, 2013, 10:21:25 PM »
Strictly for fun, kicks, and grins.  I said "Ya wanna?" - GC said "Sure."

Speakers are crapping out on me, need new ones, this thing mixed fairly quickly in the cans.  Threw in just a touch too much separation on purpose, again just for kicks.

We just wanted to have a little fun, and I think we did.  Nice one, GC, you stuck with me and made it look easy.  Guess I'm going to have to up my game next time.  :P

Thank ya, Sir...  ;)

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Collaborations / Down Home Blues - for FrankX and/or anybody else...
« on: September 04, 2013, 10:42:52 AM »
This doesn't really have a name yet, but I call it "Down Home Blues".

FrankX mentioned something about the style, and I remembered I'd done something about 4 years ago that was going to be a collab but wasn't.

This is the base track.  I see I had lyrics started but not finished - wouldn't take long to finish them.

Anyway, just tossing it into the fray again.  Careful, though.  Any interest shown in this may start a posting frenzy for the other 38 unfinished ones I found while looking for this one...

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Completed Originals / Didn't Get To Say Goodbye
« on: September 03, 2013, 06:17:32 PM »
Lucky enough to get JoeStone in on this one.  Thanks Joe, sweet work.

Seems lately I'm either doing rock or lament type tunes, but what the hey.

Joe sat in to do vocals on this, and did an excellent job.  Just the feel and emotion I had going in my head.  Pleasure to work with you, maybe again sometime?



I went to bed, just like always
Just like every other night of my life
And I fell asleep, watchin' TV
Lying there next to my wife

Who'd have ever thought
As I drifted off
That it would be the last time for me

I thought I'd wake up in bed
But I died instead
You'd think my story ended that night
But I found out that there was one more chapter to write

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I watched her hold me, as she lay crying
This isn't how I thought it would be
I never knew that when my time was due
I'd have to watch her cry over me

I wish I'd said goodbye
To the love of my life
Why do I have to see her in pain

But there was never a day
That I didn't say
I love you and I always will
And even now I hope you know that I love you still

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Reason / For you guitar players using Reason...
« on: August 29, 2013, 09:48:48 AM »

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Completed Originals / My Life With You
« on: August 26, 2013, 08:58:52 AM »
A nice collaboration with W.  Not much of a story to tell about the song that the song itself doesn't say.

Great job on it, W, and great to work with you again.  Thank ya, Sir...  :)

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Shootin' The Breeze / Hip? What hip?
« on: August 25, 2013, 09:21:12 PM »
I was just looking at something that made me thing way, way back to the days when dancing was fun.  First thing I thought of was the Jitterbug, so I had to check and see if anybody was still doing it.  Came across this.

Though I could never dance this well, I was at least capable of some of the moves.  All I could think now was - "there went 3 bones"; "oops, two torn ligaments"; "why does my leg and arm hang like that"; "suddenly I can see the backs of eyeballs"; "ohhh my head"; and the good old "well, that hip is gone".

I've tried for a long time to talk myself into the idea that it's better to be old and smart than young and dumb, but I miss the being young part.

These guys are good...



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Bug Reports & Suggestions for Site / Forums not working?
« on: August 24, 2013, 11:57:09 AM »
I've recently had someone ask about problems with the forums, and not always being able to access them.

There have been other mentions of issues in the past, so I figured I'd better ask again.  If you've been experiencing difficulties accessing the forums, please reply here with any details you can give.  What, where, when, how kind of thing.

I can only assume that a 'no reply' here means that you're not having issues, so if you are now is the time to speak up.

This, of course, is above and beyond the standard "page cannot be displayed" type of thing that periodically happens in lots of places where a refresh brings it right back.  Happens to me at least once a day on Yahoo, Google, and lots of other 'big name' places.  What I mean is a constant and problematic issue here.

But, before the discussion starts I want to address the 'speed' issue that comes up sometimes.  I've mentioned before that this isn't a barebones forum like a lot of places, there is a lot of additional functionality here that comes at a cost.  Mostly in speed.  I understand that some people don't care about those 'extras' and would rather have the extra second on a page display, but as soon as you have more than one person in a place somebody wants things to be different than the other person does.

Another thing we have here is (I just checked) almost 8,000 attachments on the site now.  That means that almost every time a forum page is loaded or refreshed those attachments are searched.  Even though they're indexed, it's not a fast process when you're dealing in milliseconds.  Same thing happens on your local hard drives, unavoidable.

Add all that to the fact that we're on a $20/month shared server and not a $300/month dedicated server, which means that there are other websites (and maybe forums) on the same server running at the same time and vying for CPU/drive time.  Places that generate revenue from their site can more easily use a dedicated server, and with more power and speed.

Now, I have no dedicated link to the server host, no special connection, no inside scoop on connectivity, but in general I have no problems connecting to the forums here at any given time day or night.  And, I'm on an internet service that runs at about 1.5meg on average.  Not as good as DSL and nothing close to cable.  Page display speed for me, however, is quite acceptable and comparable to most other forums/sites, as shown in the video I posted a few months back.  So, when problems are reported and I can't reproduce them, I have to ask everyone here on the forums if they're having the same issues.

So, is it possible these forums are slower on page displays than some others?  Absolutely.  Though not much in my experience.  But, the forums should at least be accessible 98% of the time (the best hosts in the world only guarantee 99% uptime).

But back to the question.  What percentage of people here that access the forums regularly have been having above ordinary issues with being able to access them?  If you're one of them, please post your problems here.

Thanks...

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Completed Originals / Work Break
« on: August 19, 2013, 05:19:22 PM »
Can't remember the last time I took a break from work stuff to do much of anything fun.  Made another coffee, thought about it a minute, and took the break.

Standard Joom speed style - music, lyrics, one take (two on one section), 2 second level, back to work.

For kicks and grins...

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Shootin' The Breeze / Email, pretty cool stuff...
« on: August 08, 2013, 08:03:12 PM »
I was just thinking this afternoon how cool email really is.

I had no idea there were local girls in my area wanting to meet me.

I'm not sure who this Max Penis guy is, but it looks like we're going to be pen pals and BFF's.

I don't even remember Adrianna, but apparently she has been looking for me for a long time and finally found me.

I just found out that I'm apparently the only heir to some rich dude in Uzbekistan, so I guess I won't need to take that $2,500 an hour job forwarding emails.

Looks like I can save hundreds a year on prescriptions, just have to get that form filled out and send my bank account info.

And at last I can finally learn the secret to picking up any girl I want - though I don't know if I'll need it now that I know about the area girls.

Things are definitely looking up, and all because of this simple little email thing.  I have to get a coffee and give some thought on where to start tomorrow...

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Shootin' The Breeze / Newest member of the Joom household...
« on: June 17, 2013, 10:41:57 PM »
The wife and I took a few minutes earlier this evening to get out of the house for a few and take a short trail ride.

We came upon a dozen ducklings, 3-4 days old, mother had just been killed - coyote.  I knew they wouldn't make it to morning with coyotes and hawks, figured to round them up.

Little buggers were fast, and I'm a lot older than I used to be.  After 3-4 minutes and a small tree branch to the eyeball I had one, and the others got away.

Bothered me, because I know they won't make it till morning, and this one is feeling pretty lonely.  But, I did get one.  They don't always make it, but we'll try.  Hopefully, in about 6 weeks this guy will be swimming, and in about 16 he can head out and find a Wilma.

Had to hold him in my lap while I ate supper, if I put him down he chirps till I pick him back up.  Guess I need to record him and do a collab/duet...

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Shootin' The Breeze / The official "Forum isn't working" thread...
« on: May 01, 2013, 10:55:08 PM »
I think this would go here.

Anyway, a couple people have reported problems with the forums here suddenly not working part of the time.  Figured a thread would be easier than the shoutbox to talk about it.

Glenn has mentioned (and I saw a video recording) that quite often the forums here just won't display for him for a given amount of time.  Like minutes to hours.  Seems to happen pretty much daily for him.  Just gets the "Page cannot be displayed" kind of thing.

I've tried it on multiple systems using Internet Explorer, FireFox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome, and can't reproduce the problem.  Also tried a program I use for testing called BrowsEmAll.

Every so often a page might display slowly here (but also does on other sites), and once every blue moon I might get a timeout error but I click refresh and the page comes up.  That's all standard internet stuff.  But, Glenn's problem is reproducible for him, he can make it happen on demand.

So, the question is, is anybody else having the same issue.  I haven't seen the post/shout or whatever it was, but I hear that Bri and One are having issues.  Maybe they could expand here.

I know not everybody will feel like taking time to say "Mine works okay", so if you don't post an issue or an "I'm alright" thing in this thread I'll just assume you're doing okay.

As I mentioned, the issue is that the forums become completely inaccessible for a given amount of time.  Not just an occasional slow page load.

Thanks...

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Shootin' The Breeze / Still ten days left...
« on: April 21, 2013, 02:34:17 AM »
I'm sure Glenn doesn't want to seem 'pushy' about this, so I thought I'd mention it for him.

There's still 10 days left to get in on the challenge over at his place.  I dropped in on the last one a few months ago, and somehow by a lucky draw from a hat (literally) won that one.  Time for me to hand over the cup.

It's an interesting (I think, anyway) challenge, it would be cool to hear some other entries...

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Shootin' The Breeze / Does time fly, or what?
« on: April 15, 2013, 06:03:49 AM »
I don't restart my computers very often, only when I have to, because I generally have web projects, video projects, documents, and 20 other things open and in progress all the time.  In addition, I will almost always have at least 5-10 browser windows open on each of the 4 computers I use the most, some with 5-10 tabs in each browser.  Though I don't always have time to look to closely, I try to hit refresh on most of the browsers at least hourly to take a quick look to see what might be going on.  TTM is in the list of tabs that get refreshed pretty often.

So anyway, it's 6am again and I'm still up working, and I just did my refresh.  Glanced down at the list of names on TTM over the last 24 hours, and for some reason thought "Man, it seems like I've known these people a long time".  So I took a look.

I created TTM about 8 years ago, and played around with a few different things over the first couple years before it settled into what it is now (during 2007-2008).  I hadn't thought about much of this for a long time, but I thought I'd take a chronological walk down registration avenue (viewing the member list).

It hit me that a lot of us here have 'known' each other for a long, long time, even though most of us have never met.  I remember Schprocket joining, but don't remember how he found his way here.  Same with Way2, and a number of others.  I know most came from the KAE forums at one point or another.  And we've also lost a few good people over the years, some just wandering off and some leaving over 'issues'.

It's amazing to me that we've all hung out together for so long, been through so many good times and rough times together, made so much music, and shared so many things.  I've been a member (or owner) of other forums for longer, but it's never been the same as what seems to be.....well.....TTM.

As I mentioned above, most of the long time members here migrated over at different times from KAE, but it would be nostalgically interesting to hear how everyone else came to find the site and made the decision to register.  A little walk down memory lane.

Any good stories?  Were you looking?  Was it just a chance thing on a boring Saturday night?  Remind me.  Be interesting to hear the same from the newer members, too...

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Shootin' The Breeze / There used to be snow...
« on: March 25, 2013, 08:02:20 PM »
We complain now about 2-3-4 feet of snow, but this is what it used to be like around here.  And yes, those are full sized power poles...

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Software / More Android stuff...
« on: March 14, 2013, 05:51:43 PM »
No idea where this should go, so I'm putting it here.  Got this in my regular email from IK, but I don't do Android.  Maybe somebody does and would be interested...

http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigrecorderandroid/index.php?pp=irig-recorder-android-info

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Reason / Yes! Just keeps getting better...
« on: March 13, 2013, 07:47:52 PM »

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Plugins / Sidekick...
« on: March 13, 2013, 02:15:24 AM »
For anybody that uses it, I just got the email today that Sidekick 5 is out.

http://www.twistedlemon.nl/

Couldn't do without version 4 (and earlier), so I'm upgrading...

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Completed Originals / Just a one cup thing........When The Night Comes...
« on: February 02, 2013, 09:36:36 AM »
Needed a break from work one night a while back.  Made a coffee and this happened...  ::)

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Ticked Off / Just another day in the life of........almost...
« on: February 01, 2013, 12:06:20 AM »
Got home last night from the two days away, had to drive the last 60 miles in a white out snow storm.  Lots of wind and drifting, up to 35mph in some places, 25 or less in most.  Hit the driveway hard and 'plowed' the 350 feet up to the house, but made it.

Internet was down again when we got home.  Finally got it back, hour later it went down again for the night and most of today.  Finally got it back again, but for how long.  Seems to be getting worse all the time, and down for days at a time.

Not enough ticked for this board yet?  When we got home we also found the wife's main computer dead.

But, there was an upside that helped curb the intense desire to rid the planet of anything more technical than flush toilets.

The friend/client we spent the two days doing some work for had a surprise for me.  A new Dell with a top end i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, an NVidia video card that sucks up 450 watts of power, two TB drives, water cooled, Win 7 Ultimate 64bit, and some other cool stuff.  My new video production system.  :D

And, he'd ordered a new motherboard for a system and didn't use it, so he sent that home with us too.  i7, 8GB of RAM, very nice additional ATI video card, super CUP cooler (not water).  And guess where all that went last night and today?  Yup, the wife now has a very nice rebuilt computer and is back up and running.  Almost, got Win7 64 on it and updated, but still a lot of stuff to reinstall.  What timing.

So, all in all a pretty good score and very, very nice of the guy.

Just too bad this blasted internet is working so hard at ticking me off on a regular basis...

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Collaborations / Hat in hand...
« on: January 27, 2013, 06:15:36 AM »
Okay, first, I'm hoping once every 8 years or so isn't too often to ask for favors.

I've been obviously mostly absent the last few months, mostly because I've been spending 28 hours a day working on a project that will be my wife's next endeavor in life.  An online store.  Still a ton of work left to do on it to make it what it should be, but it's almost there.

Aside from all the necessary and mundane work, I'd really like to add something 'special' to it for her, and the only thing I've been able to think of would be her very own theme song.  I've written the lyrics, of course, but much as I've tried over the last few months I simply can't do the music.  And of course me singing it is not an option.

So, here I am, hat in hand.  But first, know that it's absolutely not a problem if this isn't anyone's cup of tea.  I'm just putting it up here in case somebody has some time on their hands and feels like having a go.

If anyone is interested, this is the one time I have something very specific in mind.  The store has a north country theme, and I keep hearing it with a strong fiddle influence.  I'd really like it to have a fiddle, but if it's not possible I guess it's not possible, but this is definitely that type of country.  Aside from musicians, it would also need a very 'country' sounding singer.

As I said, I have a very specific sound and feel in mind.  If anyone is interested and has the time, I'd very much appreciate the help, but it's not a problem either way.  I know people are busy and have other things to do...

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Shootin' The Breeze / New voice chat system - replacement for Mumble...
« on: January 26, 2013, 06:33:16 PM »
Okay, Mumble is going away.  For those who kinda liked Mumble, here's the new bigger, better system.  It has a lot more 'stuff' in it, but it's really easy to use for the basic voice chat.  For the people who like the extra stuff, that's not hard either.

Start by going to:

www.downloadc3.com

Click the big red "Download C3" button.  You'll have to register (it's free), just enter the chat name you want to use, your email, and password.

Do the download and install the program.  Before you can log into the program, you have to verify your registration through the email you'll get (just click the link).

Load the C3 program, and log in using your email and password.

Click on the Channel button, then click on the Search tab.  In the "Search by name" box, type "two track music" and hit Enter.  Give it a second to find the channel.  When it comes up, click on it, then click the 'Add to favorites' button in the lower right of the screen.

From now on, all you have to do is log in, double click on the room in your Favorites, and you're chatting.

You can also set your input device (mic) if it's not the default device.  You can adjust your volume.  You can set 'Push to talk' if you want.  And you can set an avatar.

You can also 'Like' or 'Friend' other members, use text chat, or even make free phone calls if you want to a regular phone.  Lots of things to play with, but the above is all you need to do.

Note that simply "X"ing out of the on screen app may not exit the program, depending on settings.  Double check your system tray and if you have an icon there for C3, just right-click it and Exit to complete quit the program.

If you have any questions just holler.  Not saying anyone will answer, but sometimes hollering helps...  ;)

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Shootin' The Breeze / Voice chatting...
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:16:06 PM »
Couldn't figure out where to put this, so it's going here.

The annual subscription for the Mumble server is due in about a week, so before I did anything with it I thought I'd ask if anyone is still using that system?

I jump in once in a while, but don't usually see anyone there.  And I remember people were talking about using something better a while back.  Just wondered if it was worth renewing.  I've just switched a couple other places over to a free service...

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Shootin' The Breeze / Voice chat and bandwidth usage...
« on: September 11, 2012, 10:45:14 PM »
Well, I'm not sure if this is the right place, but I'll put the thread here anyway.

Dino, HE, gc, and whoever else might be interested.

Voice chatting, like VOIP phone systems, are all dependent on the codecs used and a number of other things as to how much bandwidth they use.  There is always additional overhead when communicating online, but here are a few pieces of info.

Voice chat generally takes less bandwidth than phone over IP, because the software can handle silence better.  Specific to Mumble, the software doesn't use anything but basic connection overhead when there is no sound to transmit, which is very little.  That's why it's important to set Mumble up correctly, if you don't then there will be constant sound transmission.  When the little lips are red, something is being transmitted.  When they're not, you're not transmitting.  Then, of course, you have incoming (download) bandwidth when sound is coming in.

The Mumble codec uses an average of about 17.4Kbps for sound transmission, out or in.  That works out to about 62-65MB an hour for relatively constant conversation.  If you're using much more than that, something is wrong.

VOIP for government agencies and private companies is something I've done for a few years now, as well as Skype type communications and conferencing, so I have to be able to tell companies approximately what their usage will be.  Especially companies who are working with broadband companies that have a FAP, like the satellite systems.  I know home users (friends and relatives) who I've set up with VOIP on limited bandwidth satellite systems who use an average of 1-2GB per month for standard phone usage.  Not much.

Here's a Cisco page that will let you calculate out some figures in VOIP usage if you're interested, but remember that voice chat systems like Mumble use less.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk652/tk698/technologies_tech_note09186a0080094ae2.shtml

Again, depending on how you have Mumble settings configured.  For instance, Positional Audio and Echo Cancellation in Mumble takes more bandwidth, and having your audio wizard mic level adjustments set incorrectly can also have an effect, as well as voice/sound quality.  If you have any questions, just holler, but unless you're doing something really wrong voice chat shouldn't be what's killing your bandwidth...

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Ticked Off / Not this time...
« on: August 28, 2012, 05:50:13 PM »
Well, after the last bout with 'life' I thought I was back and ready to start having fun here again.  Nope, more 'life', and more absence.  Not going to bitch and complain this time, though.  And not going to say I'm back in the metaphorical saddle again this time.

But I'm hoping...  ::)

Now, what's been going on?  And why?  And where?

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Shootin' The Breeze / Tired and going to bed - but first...
« on: April 30, 2012, 06:19:56 AM »
Found this on a sidebar while looking at a dog video somebody sent me a link to...



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Lyrics / Waiting For The Fall...
« on: April 11, 2012, 12:07:17 AM »
Okay, I sat down a little bit ago to try to write some lyrics for a song Jacobb posted here:  http://www.twotrackmusic.com/forums/index.php?topic=4507.msg40644;topicseen#msg40644

But midway through I took a small west turn.  This ended up being something a little different, but I ended up liking it.  So, I decided to also post it here to see if anyone else wanted to give it a go.  This is another one I can hear in my head exactly as I think it should be done, but who knows what somebody could do with it.  I'd be interested to see/hear.

I don't know exactly where the chorus would go, but I stuck it where it felt right to me.  The closing verse is a little change up, but maintains the flow.  Anyway, 'Waiting For The Fall'.....

Sunlight falls across my face
And I rise to face the dawn
Behind me lies forever
The road ahead seems way too long

It took a long, long time to get this far
But it seems like yesterday
That I realized how short life is
And the price we have to pay

I was grown before I knew it
My youth had passed me by
I raised myself a family
Neath a burning western sky

It was a hard life, it took it's toll on me
But that's a long time in the past
And now I'm on this road alone
The time has gone so fast

--- chorus type thing
Thinking back on all the years
Some good times, and some I don't recall
I feel I don't have long to go
I'm worn out, and I'm just waiting for the fall


--- closing verse
Nothing lasts forever, you turn around the time is gone
Soon you're left wondering if you will face another dawn
I feel I don't have long to go, it's my time, but I don't mind at all
I'm worn out, and I'm just waiting for the fall

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Site Info / And then along came White...
« on: March 28, 2012, 06:47:05 AM »
Hope I'm posting this in the right place.

I mentioned this in the Shoutbox, but as always with the Shoutbox, it got lost pretty quickly.  WhiteStrat73 has stepped up to help S out with the whole moderation thing here.  I'm sure S would have appreciated the help before the big board changes, but he's here now.

So, welcome to the circus, White.  Good to have you on board.  And, now that there are two of you, I'll be passing all complaints along for you two to deal with...  8) ;D :P

I think we pretty well have most time zones covered now.  The mods are in the house...

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Site Info / Info and Tips on how to use the forums...
« on: March 27, 2012, 06:17:56 AM »
This thread will be a constant work in progress, and updated as often as possible.  Basic Q&A about how the forums work.

Why don't you have a really cool theme in the forums?
Because we would rather have functionality.  The theme we use is the easiest to modify and maintain, and give the members the most possible options.  It's also the easiest to keep secure against hackers/spammers.  Other themes could be created or used, but it would take too much time for mods, maintenance, and security updates.  We've set up many forums over the years, and found that in the long run people will take functionality over 'cute' every time.

What if I don't want to see all the boards I'm not interested in?
While viewing the main forum index, every category has a button at the right end of the category header.  By default, the button will be a minus symbol.  Clicking that button will close that category so you don't have to look at it.  All categories can be closed that way.  Close what you don't want to see, leave the rest open.

How can I tell what posts are new since my last visit?
Tired of having to read through threads to find the new posts?  Any boards here with new posts since your last visit will have a red play button beside the board name.  Want to jump directly to the newest posts in a thread?  If there are new posts in a thread there will be a small "NEW" icon beside the thread subject, just click that to be taken directly to the first new post in that thread.  The forums also show the most recent posts at the bottom of the board index.  Also, there are two options in the header of the forum pages beside your avatar and below your name.  These are 'Show unread posts since your last visit', and 'Show new replies to your posts'.  Clicking these options will display what's been added since your last visit.

How do I create a thread?
Choose the applicable board you wish to post in, open it, and click the New Topic button.

How do I reply to a post?
While viewing the post you want to reply to, click the Reply button.  Alternatively, there is a 'Quick Reply' box at the bottom of every thread.

How do I modify or edit a post I've submitted?
While viewing your post, click the Modify button to the top right of your post.

How do I  delete a post?
You may only delete your own posts.  While viewing your post, click the Remove button to the top right of your post.

How do I  attach a file to a post?
While creating the post, click the "Attachments and other options" link just below the post area.  You can attach a maximum of 5 files, with a total combined size no larger than 8MB.  You cannot attach a file in the Quick Reply area.  Attached images will show as clickable thumbnails in the post.  Don't forget to keep file sizes down so the post doesn't take forever to display.  General rule of thumb is to keep files sizes of posted images under 50k.

How does the Post/PM editor work?
The editor is BBC based, not HTML.  There are two modes you can edit in, visual (or WYSIWYG) mode, or base mode where you can see and work with the BB Code in your text.  There is a button on the far right end of the button bar that will change modes back and forth.  In either mode, the button bars are available so you don't have to know BBC.  You don't need to manually create a hyperlink for web addresses, simply type in the web address and the editor will generate the hyperlink automatically.  This is true in the post editor, the PM editor, and the ShoutBox.  Also, pasting or typing a link to a YouTube (or most other video sites) video will automatically generate code needed to display the video directly in the post.  You can also insert links to pictures within your post, but in addition you can attach images (or most other files) to a post and the images will be displayed as clickable thumbnails.  There are many, many options available in the editor, it's best to take time to play with the buttons to see what they all do.

How do I sticky a post?
Only admin and moderators can sticky posts.  If you feel a post should be stickied, notify a moderator - generally by PM'ing them.  Remember, though, that too many stickies in a board makes it harder to view the other threads.

How do I send another member a private message?
There are a number of ways.  You can click on their name to go to their profile where you will find a link to send a private message, or you can click the Private Message icon just below their avatar in a post.  You can also go to your Messages box and send a message from there by entering the member's forum name.  And, you can send a single message to more than one recipient.

How do I get an Avatar for my profile?
Click the Profile option in the main menu at the top.  There are many options for customizing your profile, please click through all the possible options to see what's available.  Most items are self explanatory.  You can use one of the hundreds of avatars on the site, upload your own, or link to one on the web.

Why can't I post things in certain boards?
A few boards in the forums, like this board, are Read Only.  That means you can only view the threads/posts, but cannot reply or create a new thread.  Only Moderators and Admin can post in these areas.

What is Karma?
Karma is a way to show a member how much you appreciate (or don't appreciate) their contributions to the forums.  A thumbs up will add one to a member's Karma, a thumbs down will subtract one.

How do I use the Calendar?
Click the Calendar option in the main menu to view the calendar.  Dates that contain entries will show the entry.  If you wish to post an event in the Calendar, just click on the date.  Enter all information.  Calendar events may also be edited and deleted.

How do I use the Gallery?
Simply click the Gallery option in the main menu, and start posting images.  Also, you can post up to 10 images in your profile.

What is the ShoutBox on the left?
The ShoutBox is an easy way for members to post quick shouts to other members without having to use a post or thread.  Use it to tell everyone that you want someone to notice something, or just to say "Hi" to the members.

How do I show a video in a post?
Just copy and paste the link to the video - such as a YouTube video - into your post.  The site is set up to automatically display the video within the post.

How do I know when I've got a new private message?
A number will be displayed by the "My Messages" option in the main menu, you will also be notified in the "User Info" box on the left, and if you wish you can be notified by a pop-up during a page refresh.  This is configurable from your Profile options, and is dependent on whether you allow pop-ups in your browser.


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The best thing to do is browse around the forums, try things, look at options.  There are a lot of options in different areas here, but most of them are pretty self-explanatory.  And if you still have questions, feel free to ask...

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P.S. Whilst you are doing what JooM suggests, use a tabbed browser and keep this window open on one of the tabs as reference-guide whilst you cruise and learn how to drive this site ;)  - Schprocky

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