Radiogurl a la Carte

Tuesday, Jul. 06, 2004

Ah, the sweet smell of free time. Yeah, I know, it's midnight but what the hell - I'm finally done working for the day!

I survived the weekend – barely – and even got several nice shots of fireworks up on the studio website. I should have, as I live just about eye-level with them. In fact, the entire family came over to sit in my yard and on my porch to watch the local fireworks show. Of course it was my ex-husband's family, and I was trying to take short naps between working. And since 00 and Pipeboy spent the weekend moving stuff they left me with the cleanup detail here before the ex's family showed up on our doorstep. (And after too, but I digress.)

Of course Sunday after all that hoopla I got to bed late. And promptly got woken up at midnight by Boss, thanks go a computer problem that took me until about 2AM to fix. Then got another call at 6AM and had to go in – couldn't fix it from home. Got off work about 7:30 last night and promptly fell into bed and pretended to be dead for the better part of the night. We tried re-loading Windows on a problem-child machine that had developed a penchant for corrupting its databases. However, it took us three times as long as it should have because of various niggling little things – no one big issue, just a ton of small ones. Like not being able to find the drivers for the motherboard, which meant there were no drivers for audio or video. Like picking up the wrong XP Box and trying to figure out which of them we'd actually put in that specific machine, since they are picky about that kind of thing. They're not interchangeable.

Today was a better day. I didn't start until 9am and finished up by midnight. 00 and Pipeboy are still here but if I heard them right they will actually be moved OUT as of tomorrow. I think I'll throw a party! We got the pain-in-the-butt machine up and running and Windows installed and most of the other programs installed, then I had to scramble to try and write my news stories, then go cover the city council meeting. And I covered another meeting in the morning between everything else. So it was a productive day, just a very LOOOONG one.

But did have one stroke of luck – found an open-source Linux-based program that runs radio stations. For the non-geek factor, Open Source is a godsend. It's typically free or extremely low-priced and it's built specifically so someone in the know can tinker with the programming to refine it. The idea is the όber-geeks can keep building a better product. And the reality is often, that's the case. Open Source also typically has fewer security problems and a terrific support avenue. And if the program does what I want it to do, I can switch the studios over to Linux, which is much more stable and very little risk of hacking, viruses, or any other assorted and sundry Internet goblins.

I still have to build a machine and try it – I have absolutely no intentions of slapping us onto the system until I know how it works and IF it works for what we need. It can't just play music. Heck, WinAmp does that. It has to play, segue, record times played, manage programming, and interact with scheduing software. And it's got to do that so a guy with a kindergarten understanding of computers can operate live while using it.

Hey, I don't ask for much – just the moon!

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )