Friday, May 21, 2010

Engineer's Log: KAXE Upgrades

by Dan Houg

There have been several deep infrastructure improvements at 91.7 KAXE... a new office LAN and new audio server system. Along with the upgrades, we are working on restoring all previous services that were tied into our old system. You'll notice the on-demand retrievable audio archives are back working and the webcams are running once again. Those of you that audio stream and have been frustrated by the up and down status should find better stability as we hardened that system also.

You'll notice we no longer archive music shows. Several years ago, Congress enacted the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in response to lobbying from the big label music recording industry that thought the only way to stem the loss of revenues from selling CDs make was to make it as difficult as possible for anyone to use other digital media. I'm paraphrasing a bit here but the end result is that it is illegal for us to present music shows online in a convenient format. We CAN present original recordings and material we generate, such as all Morning Show content, RealGoodWords, Centerstage MN, Phenology, Between You and Me, Green Cheese, and more. These archives are now presented to you in one hour blocks so you should be able to find what you are looking for easier. These 1 hour MP3 blocks run about 22MB in size.

Please let us know what think or if you have any questions and thanks for your patience while we made the upgrades.

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