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25th Jul, 2012 at 12:42am
 
All,

Sincere apologies but the motherboard for the source, SAM server (quite literally - smoke and all) blew this evening. I will hopefully have this replaced within a day or two, so in the meantime S.A. will be offline.

Of course, if anybody would like to donate towards the costs involved in this replacement motherboard, please use the PayPal link on the front page of the website.

Again, apologies for this unexpected downtime.

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Reply #1 - 27th Jul, 2012 at 9:44am
 
All,

Firstly, many, many thanks to those of you who have made a donation - it's greatly appreciated. Thank you. Smiley

A new motherboard has already been ordered and should be with me shortly. I will obviously post the moment that this arrives and provide an ETA as to when S.A. will be in a functioning state again.

Many thanks for your patience and apologies for this unexpected inconvenience.

Darran
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Reply #2 - 31st Jul, 2012 at 7:41am
 
Those pesky electronical thangs. It's the smoke that makes them work. And if you let the smoke out, they stop working!  Cheesy

Looking forward to hearing SA again soon.
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Reply #3 - 31st Jul, 2012 at 9:48pm
 
All,

Nothing arrived in the post (again) today. I'm written a stern e-mail to the supplier asking where my "next day delivery" motherboard (which was ordered last Wednesday) actually is and for a full postal tracking update.

In the meantime, apologies and I shall update as and when I have further news.

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Reply #4 - 6th Aug, 2012 at 11:33pm
 
Oooooooh! I love it when you get stern.
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Reply #5 - 7th Aug, 2012 at 11:09pm
 
JaneEyre wrote on 6th Aug, 2012 at 11:33pm:
Oooooooh! I love it when you get stern. 


You might be scared when I'm angry though, P.K. ... Wink
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Reply #6 - 7th Aug, 2012 at 11:10pm
 
Folks,

The motherboard has finally arrived in the post today. I have been working on it's installation all evening. Hopefully S.A. will be up-and-running very soon. As always, I shall post when I have further information.

Many thanks again for all of your patience during this unexpected (and very frustrating) outage.

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Reply #7 - 8th Aug, 2012 at 12:59am
 
That's about 10 days for a "Next Day Delivery"?
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Reply #8 - 8th Aug, 2012 at 11:15pm
 
Andrew P wrote on 8th Aug, 2012 at 12:59am:
That's about 10 days for a "Next Day Delivery"?


Tell me about it, Andrew. Needless to say, I'm absolutely furious with the supplier. Not only due to the delay but the (slightly) different model which they have sent.

However, I am continuing to work on the new motherboard's installation and shall hopefully have further news very soon.

Many thanks for your patience.

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Reply #9 - 9th Aug, 2012 at 2:59am
 
Darran, I, for one, appreciate your efforts, and look forward to many marvelous future listens-in to SA!

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Reply #10 - 10th Aug, 2012 at 7:51pm
 
As always it's when something goes away that you can see how much you miss it
I miss you SA   Smiley
Get well soon  Smiley
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Reply #11 - 15th Aug, 2012 at 1:04pm
 
You don't know what you got until it's gone...
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Reply #12 - 16th Aug, 2012 at 10:07pm
 
Le me check don't have the money at the moment but maybe next week I might donate a bit of money to you radio-station , you really maked a point now ...

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Reply #13 - 16th Aug, 2012 at 10:34pm
 
Folks,

Firstly, again many thanks for your patience. As you can all hopefully imagine, nobody has been more frustrated than I at the delay in restoring the station to a normal, functioning manner. The hardware supplier that I had been dealing with in England was nothing short of hopeless. Both in the unacceptable delay in supplying the replacement motherboard but also the incorrect model.

Having had what I hope you all can appreciate, a break last Saturday evening, I have since been working very hard every evening to restore SAM and have S.A. online again.

I hope to have this complete by the end of the coming weekend and will post as and when I  have further information.

Many thanks - especially to those of you who have kindly donated towards the expense involved - I will be contacting you personally once we are live again.

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Reply #14 - 17th Aug, 2012 at 7:42am
 
Why not real life always goes before the Internet if you ask me ...

Goodluck anyway and enjoy the break.
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Reply #15 - 17th Aug, 2012 at 11:31am
 
Hi Darran,
Sorry to hear of the trouble you've had and hope you'll be back online soon.
I'm fed up of listening to those other boring stations.
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Reply #16 - 20th Aug, 2012 at 11:52pm
 
Hang in there Darran! This must be so frustrating for you.  Angry
Have to have  a party when it comes back on! Smiley
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Reply #17 - 21st Aug, 2012 at 11:51pm
 
All,

Many, many thanks for the support and kind e-mails. It's really been appreciated. Seriously.

Anyway, I'm pleased to say that the new SAM box appears to be running without any glitches - for now. I still have a lot of work to do to restore and configure everything to it's previous, running state so please bear with me. As always, I'll post as and when I further information and progress is being made.

In the meantime, thanks for your support and of course, the extremely welcome donations during this unexpected 'meltdown'.

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Reply #18 - 22nd Aug, 2012 at 1:52am
 
Yeahhhhh !!! Welcome bk

Have tried to connect every day, and today «SUCCESS»
So glad you managed to slay the beast!!  Smiley
Hope you still have some hair left ... YakYakYak
Lets just say, yous was missed !!

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Reply #19 - 22nd Aug, 2012 at 2:59am
 
welcome back SAM, great work Darren

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Reply #20 - 22nd Aug, 2012 at 6:57am
 
Hi and many thanks Darran .

Cool Cool Cool

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Reply #21 - 22nd Aug, 2012 at 2:22pm
 
Well done Darran! It is great to have you back with us. We have all been waiting impatiently while you've been working to fix the server.

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Reply #22 - 22nd Aug, 2012 at 4:28pm
 
Great to have the station back, nice tinkering Darren !! You've been awarded the
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Reply #23 - 22nd Aug, 2012 at 7:00pm
 
LOL Mick...

And Darran, what a pleasure to go to SA's main page and see the "Currently Playing" list pop up!

Congrats on getting things back up and running!

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Reply #24 - 22nd Aug, 2012 at 11:23pm
 
Thanks all. Everything appears to be functioning as normal, although I still have a lot of work to do in background which will be on the whole unnoticeable to you all listening. I shall post a full "report" as to what happened, the problems encountered etc. once I'm comfortable total stability has been restored.

In the meantime, enjoy.

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Reply #25 - 24th Aug, 2012 at 12:11am
 
welcome back D  !! Smiley
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Reply #26 - 25th Aug, 2012 at 12:26am
 
Thanks Janey. Good to see you online. Smiley
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Reply #28 - 26th Aug, 2012 at 12:42am
 
Good to have you back mate.    Thought that Id lost you for a mo there. Cool Cool
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Reply #29 - 31st Aug, 2012 at 7:36pm
 
... I had noticed that S.A. had dissappeared from the vTuner database. Having now read this thread I know why.

Thanks Darran for bringing S.A. up again !

Donation is under way. Hope it helps keeping S.A. alive.

All the best,

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Reply #30 - 31st Aug, 2012 at 7:41pm
 
MickK wrote on 22nd Aug, 2012 at 4:28pm:
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Reply #31 - 1st Sep, 2012 at 1:50am
 
ORION VII wrote on 31st Aug, 2012 at 7:36pm:
... I had noticed that S.A. had dissappeared from the vTuner database. Having now read this thread I know why.

Thanks Darran for bringing S.A. up again !

Donation is under way. Hope it helps keeping S.A. alive.

All the best,

Orion


Many, many thanks for both your kind words and donation, Orion. Smiley

S.A. should now be back within the vTuner database as normal.

Thanks again.

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Reply #32 - 4th Sep, 2012 at 10:16pm
 
Welcome back Darran!!  Now I can listen on my I pad app once again!!

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Reply #33 - 5th Sep, 2012 at 1:57am
 
Many thanks, Don. The nightmare appears to be over ... Smiley
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Reply #34 - 10th Sep, 2012 at 6:32am
 
Uh oh! I hope this is trivial.

Currently playing track:
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Reply #35 - 10th Sep, 2012 at 5:38pm
 
Andrew P wrote on 10th Sep, 2012 at 6:32am:
I hope this is trivial.


Yes, it was trivial, Andrew. Well in light of recent events, at least. Wink

Basically, the playlists didn't "swap over" as scheduled. I've been experimenting with PAL ('Playlist Automation Language') - a computer language bundled with SAM which enables me to be flexible and automatically change and generally fiddle with the music being played. This is the first time that things have "come to a halt" though due to my programming. So, apologies to both yourself, Andrew and anybody else who may have been tuned-in at this time. I manually loaded a fresh playlist before leaving to go for work today.

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