Temporarily Unavailable

This station, therockparty.com, is temporarily unavailable due to a problem at the Shoutcast server hosting company.  We have submitted a support ticket and are awaiting word back from them on the source of the trouble, and in the meantime, apologize for the extended downtime.

At this time, the station is running normally but unable to connect to the hosting provider.  The “Current server status” link demonstrates the issue.  We’re aware of the problem and hope to resolve it soon, or we may need to switch to a different hosting solution if this outage becomes much more of an extended downtime.

Update: We’ve temporarily enabled our own Shoutcast host at stream.therockparty.com and updated listen.therockparty.com, status.therockparty.com and history.therockparty.com subdomains to refer to that server.  You can use either the stream or listen prefix to listen to the station. It’s on port 80, the default port for HTTP, so if you use http://listen.therockparty.com/ or http://stream.therockparty.com/, no port number is required.

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.

 

The Rock Party is back.  Now streaming again as usual, 24 x 7.  The big move over 1100 miles is complete, but streaming from a temporary location.

The much smaller final move to the permanent new location is scheduled for some time the weekend of December 17-20th, depending on when the Internet connection is available.  At that time the server machines will be moved to that location and there will be a much shorter downtime of about an hour.