Posted: Sep 27, 2011 11:53 pm
I'll be explaining later
O.k. So, when we tested, it was with a solid connection, and only limited to times where we got home from work and could test. Solid connection 10 ft. away via wireless. I have great bandwidth from my house.
We also upgraded the server: new hardware, new OS, new software (came out a week before Gonerfest) three days before the shows.
So, at the gigs:
Wireless outside sucked. We litterally made cables on the fly and hooked up to any router we could get to. 100base-T is officially limited to 100 meters; we were less than that, but not by much, and certainly doesn't work as well with improvised Cat-5.
Had to change the bitrate on the fly a few times due to connection speed, and even more when "our man in the field" was having trouble.
When pushing a Meg per sec upstream, especially on janky connections, it's not a good idea to look at the internet, much less send e-mails. There are many technical articles on this, but simply, if you are trying to push water down a tapered hose, its a bad idea to insert something into the other end just to see if the water is coming out.
Finally, the real task of RSA is to record the bands. Additionally, we occasionally are the soundguy, too. Streaming is something we started doing a few years ago; only doing audio, then audio/video the next two years, using inferior software. People had to download all manner of plug-ins, etc. just to make it work with anything that wasn't Windows related. We got the last version of the software to correct with, and that's primarily what we tested with before. The latest version came out with promises to work in the Apple world, but just like any new software, it'll bee buggy for a few weeks (then watch the hot fixes roll in, after we spent even more to by the apple audio codec).
Then, when things go wrong, be it rain or over-blown circuits, we try to notify or help out as best we can. Sorry for the streaming folks, but the show is actually happening here and a lot of people came to see it.
If it's any consollation concerning our priority, our main recording rig crapped out the first night at the Hi-Tone, the power went down at the Buccaneer, the rain came Saturday and we almost ran out of microphones sharing two stages (thank you, benny! got us the extra mics just in time!) and we ended up getting the program off schedule Saturday for all the ground issues. So if it makes you feel better that you couldn't see the "third objective", well, we got a little busy.
Lastly, I am TRULY sorry it didn't work out for you, Nanne. Bazooka Joe and bradx, well, who cares (AM I RIGHT, FELLAS?!?!?). But, seriously, Nanne, I am sorry it didn't work for you. I've fought with you on this board for years now, and actually I thought we were kind of leaving that in the past. I knew your condition, and understood why you couldn't make it here. You were exactly the person I wanted to reach with this experiment. I made a complaint thread, specifically for me to chase down problems, but just couldn't get to it, except for at the Hi Tone (and by then it was too late).
HOWEVER: if you want to blame somebody, don't blame Goner or RSA, blame me. I got big shoulders, and I was the one who apparently got you interested in the first place.
Now, I'm going to start another thread about my Gonerfest Good Times. In all that bummer explanation, I need to say that staying busy is GREAT! I had an absolute blast.