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Back To Normal

The Rock Party is back to normal, and continues to be hosted on neostreams servers.  This business relationship has been very good for The Rock Party for many years now, and the problem yesterday was not related to technical problems in any way.  I doubt there is a more reliable hosting provider anywhere, so in the interests of providing the most consistently reliable Internet radio, the decision has been made to continue.  We hope there will be many more years to come.

As a reminder, the original music stream URLs continue to be the recommended choices, specifically:

  • http://listen.therockparty.com:10014/ for Internet stream players and virtual world parcels.
  • If it’s easier to remember, http://stream.therockparty.com:10014/ is also available.
  • http://history.therockparty.com/ for the recent song history.
  • http://status.therockparty.com/ for the current Shoutcast server status.

Update: Those last two do not seem to be redirecting correctly, so for history and status, please use the links on the right-hand side of this page, or save http://listen.therockparty.com:10014/played.html for song history and http://listen.therockparty.com:10014/ for server status.

Overnight on Friday, our music stream server provider moved the station server to a new machine, while maintaining the former named address, but changing the former IP address to a new one.

You can always listen using the http://listen.therockparty.com/ URL which redirects to the current stream server location, however for users based in virtual worlds such as InWorldz and Second Life, not all viewers support redirected URLs.  So here is the new direct stream information for therockparty.com:

http://techno.neostreams.info:10014/

Please update all music player references, including any virtual world radios and parcel “About Land” music URL settings.

Also further complicating things, there was also a poorly-timed failure of the broadcast software used, which stopped all streaming some time Friday afternoon, even if you were using the correct new URL.  This has also been resolved.

The pop-out radio player has now also been updated with the new stream.

 

You may or may not have noticed that therockparty.com web site has music player in the top-right corner of the page.  This player also has a “pop-out” button for listening in a separate window, which can be really convenient.

While I’m very happy with this player in general, it doesn’t beat the features and reliability of a dedicated music player. For Windows users, I strongly recommend something like WinAMP when listening to therockparty.com for long periods of time.  With a player installed that recognizes .PLS files, you can also save a link to therockparty.com on your desktop or elsewhere by downloading the .PLS file on the right hand side here, and double-clicking that to listen.

However, the popup web player is based on Adobe Flash.  While this provides a good cross-platform experience for most users, we have experienced several repeated crashes of the Adobe Flash environment, which stops music play when it happens.  If you see such a crash, you may need to refresh that window (typically F5) or close and reopen the music player.

We’re hoping that HTML5 and other recent advances will trigger a burst of activity resulting in the offering of many other music players based on technologies more reliable than Adobe Flash.

therockparty.com website and the station music stream will both be down overnight, one more time, pending their move to the final station location.  Fear  not, the Internet connection should be live sometime tomorrow afternoon (December 19th), and both will return to full service at that time.

Downtime is expected to be about 12-14  hours.

 

Station Move Begins!

Over the next 24 hours, there may be short-term outages of therockparty.com while equipment is prepared for the final move, which should being tomorrow, December 1st.

For the next 24 hours, there may be periods as long as  an hour where the station machines are powered down.

Tomorrow, December 1st, therockparty.com will be physically moved to a new location outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  During the physical move, the station will be down.  It is expected to be back on the air as early as Saturday night, December 3rd.

We apologize for any inconvenience and promise to be bringing you the Internet’s best rock music as soon as we can!