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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

When that Aprille with his shoures sote: Done

Well, fellow pilgrims, I did indeed get the audio done for the General Prologue of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. On the new server, however, I'm not sure if it allows people to listen to it, because I'm not sure how the permissions are set — I can, but I need someone to see if they can hear it or no. So if a gentle soul would do me a favor, and let me know, I'd be most grateful.




Blogger mark said...

Well, it looks like I have permission, but it wants me to use Realplayer's infernal plugin. Do you have it in any other format besides a rm file?

November 29, 2006 12:04 AM  
Blogger mark said...

Crap. I just saw your last post where you said you were intentionally converting to .rm. Sorry. No offense meant.

November 29, 2006 12:06 AM  
Blogger Anniina said...

No offense taken - the .rm is the smallest I can make the file. The .wav is 24 Megs. And .mp3's I think you have to pay to convert... maybe there's a free converter. Umm, I'll research this. You're not gonna be the only one disliking the RealAudio. The reason I don't do WMA is because they don't often work on non-Microsoft browsers (like the newest version of Firefox). Also, if you haven't got serious virus protection, people like to embed Trojans in the .wma files. Not me of course, but folks might shy away from that. Anyways, will research and add/fix/etc. Thanks for taking the time to check it :)

November 29, 2006 12:32 AM  
Blogger mark said...

I think itunes should convert the .wma to mp3 with no problem. I'm at work so I can't check personally, but I think that it will.

November 29, 2006 10:48 AM  
Blogger mark said...

Wait, I said .wma. I think it does .wav too.

November 29, 2006 10:49 AM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Ok, tried that - it saved it as an AAC file?

November 29, 2006 11:36 AM  
Blogger mark said...

If you go into the properties you can change conversion from Apple's ACC format to MP3. Again, I'm at work, so I don't have itunes in front of me. Sorry.

November 29, 2006 12:40 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Wow. Somehow I managed to turn it into an .MP3 (but don't ask how, cause I think it was luck). Okay, now how do I link it. Can it be embedded? Jeesh, this is like "let's teach grandma how to use the internet " - I feel like a dodo bird. Thanks for helping me out, M.

November 29, 2006 5:21 PM  
Blogger mark said...

You need to get gtalk for times like this! :p

There are several ways you can embed it, but I like using a flash player. There are several out there, but I've been using a version of Odeo's player, which I think looks okay. I can't find html for the version I'm using, but I'll email you the code. Just replace the location of your mp3 with mine.

November 29, 2006 10:35 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Thanks, got it :) Gtalk, eh? I don't ever really even use my AIM or Yahoo msngrs, so I fear it would just be added to the same heap :P Well, as it turns out, I had server side issues with these files, but I got it to work with the ol' Quicktime basic embed. Not on that file, but a Donne Audio. I'll go and do that soon as I can... right now the whole file disappeared, so I may have a wormy worm on my server.... EEEK!

November 30, 2006 5:32 AM  
Blogger mark said...

The good thing about Gtalk is that it's embedded it Gmails web-based email client. If you don't want to download the chat client, which is way smaller and less intrusive than Aim of Yahoo, you can just go to you email page and use it there. It's kinda neat.

The only thing I don't like about the QT embed is that you can't force it to stop loading up the sound file every time the page loads up. You can keep it from autoplaying, but the tag to stop autoloading never works. It doesn't really matter if you file is only a few K, but if it's several megs then it slows down how fast the page loads.

November 30, 2006 12:52 PM  
Blogger mark said...

I just noticed all the spelling and grammatical errors in my last comment. Please remember that I am a professional writing instructor, so I've been trained to write with such abandon. Don't attempt to recreate such chaos on your own.

November 30, 2006 1:32 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Hahahah :)

Yeah, this is so true about the whole loading - it must be killing the folks on dialup (still some 12% of the visitors, from US but mostly abroad). See, that's why I liked the whole real player aspect. What's your gripe about Real Player? I'm just asking, cause I'm thinking a) the files are smaller and b) seems like the best option for me atm.

November 30, 2006 11:34 PM  
Blogger mark said...

I hate realplayer because it sneakily eats up system resources (which I understand is stupid with 2 gig RAM). It leaves pieces of itself resident in memory without your permission, so that you have to edit the registry to get it out. It's like that damn qttask.exe program with Quicktime. I like to have control over every program that loads up on startup, and I refuse to install programs that are so intrusive.

I just like using the flash player and the mp3's because I know they'll work on every system (well, that's got flash enabled in the browser) and they are very small.

But don't let me be the stopping point. I'm catty with computer stuff. It if doesn't give me a lot of options I won't have it.

I'm like that with cooking stuff, too.

I'm pretty catty.

November 30, 2006 11:53 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Well, only problem is I don't have the serverside stuff to get the mp3s to work. And as I said, some 12% of Luminarium's visitors are on dial-up, but worse than that, on ancient computers and even more antiquated browsers. I'd hate to be crashing 10% of my visitors with flash, ya know. Bugger. I hate to have this problem. Anyways, you're entitled to be catty - one of the things I like about you so much, is that you say what you think, the world be damned; that takes moxie :) I hate programs that run without my permission on startup as well. I'm always in taskmanager closing everything and its cousin, who didn't ask for permission.

December 01, 2006 3:31 AM  
Blogger mark said...

I'd be glad to let you use some of my server-space. I'm not using it all.

December 01, 2006 8:44 AM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Thanks, that's a really nice offer. Lemme think about what I wanna do - 'cause even just that GP audio is 2MB... and it might get a few hundred downloads a day -> mongo moolah, and neither of us would be comfo with that :)

December 02, 2006 4:56 AM  

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