Our office is starting to look a little bit more business-like and comfortable. The other day we actually had a water-cooler conversation. The reception desk is courtesy of Erez at MIT Consulting, who didn’t need it any more. Moving it required a bit of “sweat equity”.
[Sorry – due to a server move, the photo gallery is temporarily broken]
A few people have asked me for photos. Below are a couple from the old office, and then snapshots of what the move looked like, and what the office looks like with everything set up. I’ve obscured people’s faces to protect the identity of the innocent…
We have a customer who has a radio show, which we’ve been recording and posting up to her website for a while. We were using a Windows box with an ancient version of Replay Radio to do the recording daily, and then every few days we used an audio program to compress the files down in size, and then ftp’ed them up, after which we had to manually go into the database to add them into a list. As you can imagine, a bit time consuming.
I finally got around to automating the process using Linux.
Here’s how it works:
Create a shell script that records the show using mplayer
Create a shell script to stop the recording
Create yet another shell script to upload the file using ftp
Create a php script to check the remote upload folder, and add new files into the database
Create a shell script to run the remote batch checker using curl
Set everything up in cron
Took me a bit of time to get it all right, but that’s going to save a whole bunch of time later on.
I’ll give details in another post if anyone is interested.
We’ve finally broken through the one million ranking for Alexa. For those not familiar with it, Alexa.com provides rankings which sites have the highest traffic – the lower the number, the better. It isn’t necessarily accurate, but it is nice to watch as the site’s traffic slowly climbs.
We’ve added a number of new pages to the website over the past few days, and we will probably be tweaking things further as we have time. I’ve been working on the process as a low priority level with Martin (one of my staff who happens to have a marketing background and excellent writing skills) for a few weeks now. As usual, comments are welcome.
I’m almost done with the next chapter of the ebook. Need to do one more revision and then I’ll post it up here. Been a little bogged down with work, so my apologies if the blog is looking a little stale of late.