Welcome to Pete White's 'World Famous' ImAFish - based from Shrewsbury, UK - covering technology, photography, money making and life - on-line since 2001!

General stuff and audiogalaxy

I havn't updated my column in a few weeks now so i thought a update would be welcome. :) Alots been happening in the last few weeks with exams and site stuff. We now have a auction section on the site for selling and buying items online, and the site awards came to there end - thanks to everyone who helped organise that and took part in it. Well done to all the winners your certificates are on there way!! In other news ImAFish Big Brother is getting off to a rather slow start which is a bit of a shame, expect the pace to pick up a bit in the next few days ( i hope).

Those of you who use the service Audiogalaxy (available from audiogalaxy.com) will have had a shock trying to download music over the last few days as allmost all tracks have been blocked. This is because of a court ruleing meaning that all tracks have to be blocked on the service unless unblocked by audiogalaxy, by the record companies or authors permission. It looks like audiogalaxys service is going the way of napster as not being able to download top tracks will put a lot of users off. This leaves basically 2 main music download services left, sharman networks (kazaa) and the gnutella network (limewire, gnucleus, bearshare, morpheus etc). In my own view i would have to say that i think that kazaa will be the next to go, they are allready in a large courtcase with the record industries. The future for download programs is defintly uncertain.

While we're talking about music, i thought i would mention internet radio. For those of you who dont know about internet radio its basically the same as normal radio apart from you listen to it online through winamp or what ever other program u use for listening to music, the general idea is that if you have a better connection you can listen to better quality streams. As i only have a 56k modem i have to go for the worse quality streams, however it is still perfectly listenable. Anyway the reason i bring this up in my column is that later today (being june 20th) a law will be passed as to wether the radio stations should have to pay for each listeners, this would be devastating if so as many people listen to internet radio stations as it is free with no adverts. Many smaller stations would be put out of business and would have to stop broadcasting. For more information visit Digitiallyimported.com

Anyway until next time - Pete

Todays site updates

I have been hard at work on the site today and there have been many small updates and some larger updates. The main has been in this columns section which for anyone interested has a simple sql database backbone for each columner. The contents of each column is then displayed on each page.
The other big update today has been on the front page (index2.php) the categories section has been added on the left hand side to fill a bit of space and to help ease navigation on the site. Also the page stats bit has been added to show how many hits the page has had and who is online at that current time.

I have fixed the recent forum topics section which hasn't been updated since we started using phpBB2, this now only displays the most recent 15 topics instead of all topics posted within the last 24 hours. That was ok when the forum was inactive but with sometimes over 50 topics being posted on every day the front page could get very large and slow to load.
Another update has been on the history page (located here) which seems to have been neglected since december. Anyway its upto date now with all the latest site information. Anyway until next time - pwhite

First Column!

Those of you who were around in imafish 1 and some of imafish 2 will remember a feature we had called the columns, this was very simply where you could have your own column post your own content and others will read it. The idea at the time was great but because of different issues we had problems maintaining them so we scrapped the idea. Until this morning that is. The system is now a lot more secure and uses the database as the backbone and various php scripts to post and display the data. (if anyone wants the source then email me)

Anyway as you all know imafish is getting more and more popular and i can report that we are getting around 700 hits per week - this is increasing slowly each week i'm pleased to say. I would also like to point out some of the great features we have coming up on the site in the next few weeks. In the half term I hope to rewrite some of the news posters and the admin section making the site look even better and function quicker and better. We also have the ImAFish awards going on at the momment and hope to start ImAFish Big Brother soon.
I will post lots more soon on me column and hope to see a lot more columners in the future.

Pwhite

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