as i run the webradio ( hardcore-central.net this time ) with craig and the amount of listeners are raising, iam looking for an own root-server, to stream the channels by our own. we send with shoutcast-server, which is listed on the portal for a bigger audience and a lot of customers to catch.
therefore i look for the cheapest machine, with unlimited traffic and i pick up one in southern-germany, in jena at euserv. i take the „misurf-m“ with singlecore athlon, 160 gb hdd and 1 gb ram. the price for that machine is ~28€/month, the slots on citrus, we used before costs around 16 british pounds per 25 users. that means, the machine is a lot of money worth, if fully usable.
configuring and customizing the server takes two days or so, then two streams are ready to play that funky music loud boy. the machine is connected with 100mbit/s and with 160 kbit/s per stream, ~600 listeners / slots are estimated. that is the initial idea as use-case for streaming.
but during the tests i see, that 20-30 mbit/s is the average bandwith before drop-outs take place and interrupting the stream is not so niceley. anyhow, digging the stats from the logfile, observing the customers wants and needs came into the focus, but a good shout-stats-analyzer is not in sight, the same with a nice player for the browser, with streaming-abilities.
ill take some free widgets from the net, to drop them into the html page and the radiostation is online then. using winamp or vlc player as stream-client is quite easy, so we stream both the gabba and hardcore channels and later on, i switched electro and acid on as well.
therefore, i register the domain ioioioio.eu to handle the url and links and to present the material somehow neutral, with a to close binding to hc. but to be true, my drive and motivation came out of the music ( mukke ) at i see that as essential influence in life.