Monday, February 28, 2005
BUZZLOG HAS MOVED!!!
For reasons we explain on the new site, BuzzLog has moved to the following new location. Everything's the same, just a new place in cyberspace! Go there now!
Saturday, February 26, 2005
BeOSRADIO Schedule Posted
BeOSRADIO has, at long last, posted a broadcast schedule so you can actually see what the station broadcasts! The schedule includes several shortform and longform technie shows, hourly news, even inspirational programming, in addition to a 24/7 extreme music mix. If you tuned in much lately, you might be surprised at what you're missing these days on BeOSRADIO.
TunePrepper 2 Released
TuneTracker Systems has released a major upgrade to their TunePrepper music ripping and prepping software. "TunePrepper 2" adds lots more power and customization, more automatic performance, attribute editing, lots of cool stuff! More on that in a few days.
Friday, February 18, 2005
Going After the Little Guy
Geez, I hate to see this, but I guess it was inevitable. Now even the tiniest little unregulated mini-power radio stations are being ased, by BMI, to shell out a yearly fee for music distribution.
Radio World NewsBytes: "BMI Adds Part 15 Radio License
Part 15 radio stations may be small, but that doesn't mean they don't need to worry about paying licensing fees for the music they play.
Those low-power, specialized broadcasters - many of them on the AM band, such as carrier-current college stations - can expect to hear from BMI about a new licensing arrangement under which they have access to the BMI catalog for a flat fee of $200 per year.
The licensing organization for the first time has established such a license. BMI Senior Vice President of Licensing John Shaker said the organization had received numerous requests for a license to cover public performance of music on these stations.
A spokesman told RW that most of the stations it will contact first are Part 15 AMs. 'It's hard to say how many we can anticipate licensing. As you know, it is hard to track these broadcasters since they do not have to be licensed by the FCC.'
BMI represents some 4.5 million songs."
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
BeOSRADIO Starts Abacasting
This seems to be the week for BeOSRADIO news!
BeOSRADIO has moved to a new streaming rebroadcaster that will provide four different types of connections for our listeners.
We've teamed up with Abacast, a rising star in streaming media, giving us the ability to not only provide our two traditional Shoutcast-style streams at 16k (mono) and 64k (stereo), but two additional Abacast-style shoutcast streams for those who opt to use the Abacast audio player plugin (Windows). Those using the Abacast player plugin will have the most robust, uninterrupted listening due to special technology they build into it. You need a recent version of Winamp, and Windows, to take advantage of it, so this will be to serve the needs of non-BeOS users who are tuning in.
Abacast's proprietary plugin uses a unique approach. It allows listeners to help share the bandwidth load while they're listening, by taking advantage of each listener's spare, unusued bandwidth. The Abacast server acts kind of like an orchestra leader, communicating with each listener's plugin to direct and redirect bandwidth wherever it's needed, in order to assure a smooth listening experience for everyone while helping to keep costs down for broadcasters. Pretty darned clever!
We've added the listening links here on the BuzzLog page so you can tune-in directly from here.
Thanks to Ade Truelove in Great Britain, who has provided us with bandwidth on a strictly volunteer basis for several years now. Ade, your efforts and your contribution of bandwidth have been appreciated more than you'll ever know!
Monday, February 14, 2005
When Was the Last Time You Listened?
I was just thinking today; I wonder how many people really know what-all is on BeOSRADIO these days. BeOSRADIO went on the Internet airwaves in late 2000, and has been broadcasting ever since, using TuneTracker, the automation system we designed for BeOS.
In addition to chatter about what's happening with BeOS/Zeta and TuneTracker, BeOSRADIO might surprise you with the variety of programming it offers, all catering to its techno-saavy audience.
At the top of every hour, we broadcast RDN News (national/international stories) and at the bottom of every hour we have a one-minute "Into Tomorrow" technonews feature.
Into Tomorrow's Dave Graveline also hosts a weekly three-hour techno program on Saturdays , starting at 3 p.m. Central Time, U.S.
On Friday nights, we broadcast "WebTalk" at 4, 5, and 6 p.m.
On Sundays, Dr. Dave Selness joins us with "Faith Online" at 7, 8, 9, and 10 a.m.
When we're not broadcasting special programming, our music format is also pretty special. It's a tasteful mix of music from a variety of genres, sure to stimulate the brain cells and help make the workday go faster and playtime more enjoyable.
So I hope you'll make BeOSRADIO the first "button" on your audio player. You can always get the latest links for tuning in, by looking in the left column of the BeOSRADIO web site.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Jonas Puts a New Edge on Army Knife
One of my absolute favorite BeOS programs, the Army Knife tag and attribute editor for audio files, is under the knife itself! Buzzer Jonas Sundstöm of Uppsala, Sweden is adding new, modern features to this BeOS classic. He consented to a quick interview to bring readers up-to-date.
BuzzLog: Jonas, how about a very quick backgound on your programming experience under BeOS. What have been your other projects?
Jonas: Apart from programming in BASIC when I was a kid, most of my coding experience is with BeOS. I love almost every aspect of coding for BeOS. It's
easy to make interesting applications. I've primarily made what I call glue applications.
Jonas: They're usually small in size, and tie other applications together in some way. Springboard, for example, lets you use your Internet Explorer favorites in BeOS. Without first converting them. It can do that too, but you don't have to.
BuzzLog: What prompted you to "adopt" Army Knife as a project?
Jonas: One of my early projects was MP3 Tags&Attributes, and some other MP3 tools, so I have been working with music file metadata for a long time. Some years ago I approached Jason Burgess of FlipSide software and asked him if he'd be willing to place his applications in the care of BeUnited, and he agreed to it. There was need for a code maintainer, someone to handle patches, and make new releases, so I took the job.
BuzzLog: How are things going?
Jonas: I'm working on making A.K. use the TagLib audio file metadata library, which will make A.K. support a couple of new fileformats.
BuzzLog: Which formats will this add?
Jonas: ID3v1 and ID3v2 for MP3 files, Ogg Vorbis comments and ID3 tags and Vorbis comments in FLAC files
BuzzLog: Any other new features or changes we're likely to see?
Jonas: There will be some interface changes. Better keyboard shortcuts. Possibly a resize bar.
Thanks much to Jonas for the interview, and for his work on updating Army Knife, which Jonas thinks will be out there for public consumption within a week! I'm sure there are lots of people who appreciate this valuable contribution to the BeOS/Zeta community.
Thanks to All Who Donated
Well that didn't take long! Already, BeDrivers has reached its fundraising goal, and a Gina 3G audio card is winging its way to Buzzer Jerome Duval so he can continue development of a driver for it. Thanks to everyone who pitched in some cash to help them out!
I spent a little time today reading-up on the Gina. It's a very sophisticated little audio interface with two balanced inputs and no less than six balanced outputs. It's actually more than a card. There's a breakout box that goes with it that includes optical and MIDI jacks.
Actually I'm hoping the driver Jerome hammers on will also work with Mia 3G, Gina's little sister, a card-only solution with two balanced inputs and two balanced outputs. That looks like a really sweet bit of hardware too, and with a lower price point than the Gina.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Buzzer Seeks Digital Tracker
Long time Buzzer (BeOS audio lover) Emile Kukkuk is trying to track down a copy of Digital Tracker 2.13, the old Softjee product that creates music using the quaint old tracker technique first introduced in the 80s. Softjee doesn't sell it anymore, and he'd really like to purchase someone's copy of it. Drop me a line at dane (at) beosradio (dot) com and I'll give you his e-mail address.