Archive for Site News

Lack of Updates

Site updates have been a little lax while TK recovers from giving birth to a kidney stone and taking much medication to counteract the side-effects having one puts upon the body. With Hedgie now at Uni and unable to continue being the site updater, TK will get episodes 49 and 50 up on the site as soon as he can after Episode 51.

Both episodes are available on YouTube on the TigerTails Radio YouTube Channel, links on the right hand side of the screen in the Social section.

The Tenth Coming

It has come to this. Many nights and days of moving and sorting, reorganising and faff, all culminating in the ability to start the test shows for Season 10. So at 8pm GMT on Monday 21st November, TigerTails Radio Season 10 will return for the first night of testing. The first thing we will be testing is the YouTube Content ID system, as we have located 10 tracks which are all real songs but currently licensed to be played in videos worldwide. We will not be using all 10 (probably), but they’re there if we want them. We are looking to add more music into the format of the show, though, to break up the long spells of waffle. Music will be provided using a mixture of CDs and vinyl as we have the record player back in commission, with Creative Commons things coming from the laptop as per Season 9. This means that while music can still be submitted via the Submit page, you can now also email in any commercial song requests, and so long as YouTube will allow us to play it then we should be able to comply. That’s the theory, anyway.

Amendments on how the studio is wired are currently preventing games of Quiplash from working, but we’re looking for a workaround on that.

In happier news, there is a Discord server up and running for the show. Look on the right and you’ll probably see the widget which will allow you into the channel if you’re a Discord user. If not, we still have the YouTube comments and IRC as places you can chat. Those with a microphone and decent connection, however, may get the chance to join us live on the show if using Discord as it should be relatively easy to get people on air. There will still be the IRC channel running too for those who want to be there, as well as the YouTube chat thing – which we will try to monitor this season. Does this mean we’ll bring back things like 20 questions and Blankety Blank? Don’t know, we’ll see.

So, join us at 8pm GMT for Episode 00 of TigerTails Radio Season 10 – the first test show. Hopefully we won’t need to go to 00.5, but watch this space. Come chat in the Discord server or in IRC, and we hope you enjoy the show.

The Site Lives Again!

And now a message from our poor overworked web admin, Thomas King:

We’re back online! Well, technically the site never went offline but more on that below. At least the most problematic technical difficulty the site has had recently had the decency to wait until after the season had ended before kicking off.

Upon renewing the domain as it was about to expire, TigerTails Radio fell foul of an issue that had been with our domain registrars for quite some time. The pointers that they used to get the .co.uk address pointing to the website were no longer pointing. So they site would still be up and running, but no one could get to it via the .co.uk address. Naturally, as an efficient and helpful registrar company, they gave fair warning when renewing the domain… Oh no, wait. No they didn’t. The issue was kept hidden on a tiny Site Status link on their homepage (which you bypass when going straight to your domain login panel) and wouldn’t manifest until work on the domain had taken place. In this case, the renewal was the trigger. This was on top of them taking so long to process the renewal in the first place that I had entered talks with Nominet to ensure the domain wouldn’t get taken by a squatter.

An angry email conversation ensued whereupon I was eventually put through to someone either more competent or more important who informed me that I would have to seek assistance from the web hosts, and the registrar was unwilling to release further information about the fault. While I won’t name them, I will say that since Plusnet took them over a while ago, their customer service had gone downhill. The email exchange resulted in the sending of “At the very least a big warning message when I was renewing, warning me [...] the ETA for its remedy would be somewhere between soon and the eventual consummation of our planet by the sun [...] would have been appreciated” before assistance was given by someone a little more helpful. Shocking customer service. By the time I got a useful answer out of them, TigerTails Radio had been unreachable by the .co.uk address for 18 days.

The same can not be said for our website hosting company, who have been fantastic throughout. After a couple of days going through the various potential solutions and waiting for the DNS to update, I finally opened a support ticket and was given clear instructions on exactly what I needed to do, once I had explained what had happened and what I’d been experimenting with. The result is, after 22 days, TigerTails Radio has a working .co.uk again. For how long? Hard to say, but it seems to be stable for the time being.

So, with a massive thank you to the team at GBServers, it’s now business at TigerTails Radio as the studio is reformatted ready for Season 10. Testing shows for which are currently scheduled to begin in mid-November. Watch this space, or keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter pages for updates.

12th Anniversary YouTube Special Show

On this day in 2004, TK and Hedgie broadcast the first ever episode of TigerTails Radio from a flat in the deepest, darkest depths of southern England. It proved popular enough to broadcast for a second night, then a third, then a fourth, and then it kept airing for a whole year until July 20 2005. Since then the show has had 8 other seasons and only last week aired Episode 52 of Season 9, ending that current run.

To celebrate this fact, the cast of TigerTails Radio have created a very special celebration show for you all to enjoy as we look back over the last 12 years of fun had in the studio. This retrospective contains video clips, artwork, and photos from the show’s history, including some never-before-seen footage outside of a live show. Yes, this includes footage from the now hidden Drunk Show from Season 7 – the fabled Episode 53! Hosted by Xavier and Hedgie on camera, with TK being his Voice in the Booth as per normal.

Coming in at a massive 2 hours and 47 minutes long, featuring messages from previous hosts and guests Wardy, Southpaw, Salamander 3, Felis, and White Virus, this episode of TigerTails Radio is made for YouTube (and therefore will not count towards the total number of shows) and is the most comprehensive history of TigerTails Radio so far, and you can watch it by clicking play on the video below…

Getting Back To Normal

With NaNoWriMo done and dusted, things can start to get back to normal here on the TigerTails Radio website. The archives of previous shows will be updated with the full details where possible and full listings of any songs used shall be added.

This should happen all around the normal show schedule of 8pm UK time every Monday evening, so don’t think that the website getting all lax means the show isn’t still on. The show must go on, but the admin of the website was sidelined as TK prefers writing over updating websites…

The lazy sod.

Testing Begins and Updates

Season 9 testing begins today at 8pm UK time (BST currently). As said in previous posts, this is not a normal show and viewers of the YouTube feed will have to be kind to us as the stream might not be as stable as we’d like. If all goes well though, there will be a 1080p stream running at 50fps (YouTube allowing). There will be some testing to get the audio synced (or indeed, working) and we’re not going to promise we’re not as rusty as all Hell. Should be fun. Keep up with the show in IRC (#tigertailsradio on the anthrochat.net server) to know what’s going on if you’re only watching via the YouTube feed. TK will post what he’s doing in there.

If you fancy sending music to us, there is now a Submit a Song section on the main menu. This gives you all you need to know about getting music to us, and what we require in order to play it (without attracting lawsuits). Give it a read, and get sending those songs.

Finally, if you want to be kept updated whenever we update the site, our RSS feed is up and working (for a change) so feel free to add the RSS feed to your favourite RSS readers to be kept up to date with all the latest information on this site. Also don’t forget our Facebook and Twitter feeds (links on the right) for other info and posts throughout the week. There might even be an update made for tonight’s show… Though I wouldn’t put money on it.

TigerTails Radio Comes Back In 2 Days

Season 9 Pre-Testing Show 00 will start on July 6th at 8pm. This will not be a normal format show, but will be a live-stream of us trying to get everything working, making the equipment play ball, and trying to figure out volume levels. The YouTube feed may go up and down a bit, though the live radio/podcast feed should be relatively unaffected. Please join us in IRC to let us know how well things are working.

As we also plan on bringing music back with this season, feel free to suggest artists you’d like to hear who have released their tunes under the Creative Commons license. You can reply with links below, poke us on Twitter @tigertailsradio, Facebook, or email them in at music@tigertailsradio.co.uk – whichever is easiest for you. If emailing your songs in, please also include a link to the page you got the song from so we can correctly credit in the show notes.

Not forgetting July 20th is our 11th anniversary show! There may, or may not, be a little bit of drinking going on. Maybe… The drunk show for this season may come early this time. Something to look forward to.

And We Return…

Not that we ever left, but the Google+ Plugin for WordPress failed, prompting a reinstall of the site. The database was undamaged though, so things should be pretty much back to normal. Got to love my web hosts, who don’t do WP support but did point me in the right direction. Much love goes their way. The TigerTails Gaming site was restored by deleting the G+ plugin. Simple when you know how.

As for the Internet problems that affected the show tonight, this is being looked into by BT and we should know by Wednesday what the state of play is.

For now, I’m going to edit tonight’s TubeCast as the YouTube direct feed will have missed bits. I might even push the boat out and sync the podcast audio to the video if possible so YouTube viewers can have cleaner audio and properly synced video! Call it an apology, if you will. I will then get back to NaNoWriMo – I’ve got a novel to finish.

Lack of Updates

Those paying attention may notice a lack of updates to this site.

This is due to the website hosting company announcing they are due to close. We are in the process of backing up and migrating to a new provider, but we’re experiencing some technical difficulties.

Rest assured that TigerTails Radio continues every Monday at 8pm UK time. You can catch up on all episodes on our YouTube page – http://www.youtube.com/tigertailsradio – and we will continue to broadcast there regardless of site status. We will also be broadcasting on our Shoutcast stream for those who would rather just have the audio feed. Details of that on the Listen Page.

The website may fall off the Internet on August 1st, but rest assured if that happens it will only be a temporary thing and normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. If we are not able to work through the problems in time, a holding page will be erected until we can get the site back up and running.

Remember, even if the website falls off the Internet, TigerTails Radio will continue to broadcast as normal – so please bookmark our streaming address or make a note of the server names and keep them safe – or you can also pop into IRC – irc.anthrochat.net #TigerTailsRadio – to get the streaming details there.

Thank you for your patience during this transitional phase.

Season 8 Start Date?

The next step on the journey towards Season 8 of TigerTails Radio has begun…

Following the sale of BE Internet to Sky, the cast have decided that it is time to break the shackles of ADSL2 and jump to the realm of Fibre! While it is only Fibre to the Cabinet, it should be a lot faster than the previous Internet connection. This means that TK is looking at doing one or two things for the show – or rather the YouTube bit. Firstly, it has been decided that Hangouts are gone. They worked for Season 7, but as the recent New Year’s show has demonstrated, they are no longer fit for our needs. This means that a new streaming option is required – and may have been found. More on that later.

Of course there will be some changes going on in the new season. Due to Real Life issues, Xavier will be no longer able to join us in the studio. So we have agreed upon a system that will hopefully solve the issues – or at least Make Do until a better solution appears. This means we have a rovering reporter, dogging it out in the middle of nowhere, sniffing out good news and reviews for us all. And easily mutable by TK should it all get a bit out of hand. Hopefully this means we can get Angel DarkSong to appear more often and fill the seat left in the studio. Plus there’s Hedgie when he isn’t working.

The start date looks to be some time in February for Season 8, as that’s when new Internets should have arrived and Xavier’s equipment up and running. So watch this space, as more info will arrive as soon as we get it.

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