WXPN RADIO
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WXPN RADIO

Updated Mar 24, 2006 by Po' Smedley


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PoSmedley
Comment #1 Thursday, March 23, 2006 1:32 PM
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Jeff T
Comment #2 Friday, March 24, 2006 7:16 PM
seldomseen
Comment #3 Friday, March 24, 2006 7:50 PM
Rockin'! D/Led and ran like a fine watch. Maybe it'll keep me from jonesing for Live365 and their 'bikerbarradio.com'. Now THAT would be nice! Thanks, Po' [edit: the first thing I heard when I fired it up was a request for 'Public Radio support...lol' ]
PoSmedley
Comment #4 Friday, March 24, 2006 8:54 PM
request for 'Public Radio support

I should have noted that. It will run everytime you connect. It's just a pre-amble that's about 10 seconds long before the broadcast kicks in. I actually used to be a member. You got free CD's and live versions of stuff that the artists did at The World Cafe that you can't get or hear anywhere else.

About 2 or three times a year they do a fund drive as well. But this is hands down the best station I personally have ever listened to.
karl55
Comment #5 Friday, March 24, 2006 9:28 PM
cool~~
PoSmedley
Comment #6 Saturday, March 25, 2006 12:17 AM
Thanks karl55.

I'd love to know what you all think of the built in slideshow?
seldomseen
Comment #7 Saturday, March 25, 2006 6:17 AM
Slideshow's great. Works fine. But I run it minimized to tray as it doesn't really relate to the desktop as I work. I like the option to click on the website as I can see what the station is and what it's doing.Perhaps if I lived in Philadelphia I'd leave the graphics up, but the footprint's a tad large. For me, that is... . I like the volume slider and the way it opens each time to a lower setting so as not to be startling when first run. The eclectic programming is good...listenable...somewhat like NPR and MPR,longtime favorites.I can adjust the transparency in 'Options' to where it 'ghosts out' and can run it there if I want. Overall, a five out of five from me, Po', thanks much. Thanks, also, for the updates on your WB screenshots, with the great color scheme, rounded corners, etc.
PoSmedley
Comment #8 Saturday, March 25, 2006 3:01 PM
Thank you , seldomseen. I'm glad you like it. I realize the Philly scenery won't be to everybody's liking. It was more of a personal touch. I'm trying desperately to find a script that will allow the user to toggle to the BG of their choice.

My WB got put on the back burner when I realized I had to upgrade my video card. But I hope to be back on it soon.
ZubaZ
Comment #9 Saturday, March 25, 2006 3:26 PM
Thanks for the props Po' Martin did all the work though.
It was fun helping you, I built three other radios while do it and each one was a little tifferent and I learned a lot. I wish I had any kind of graphical skills to release any of them. {I like the volume slider button glow . . . looks great!}

I have to say it is a rather large footprint. I'd like to see it roll up to just the volume slider. Somithing like the Silica calendar . . . the volumes slider with WXPN in the background.

Your use of transparencies is great, very smooth.

The sytray icon is hard to distinguish . . . might rethink that.
PoSmedley
Comment #10 Saturday, March 25, 2006 4:29 PM
Okay, what does 'footprint' mean? (I thought I could fake my way through this, dammit. lol) And what are you all referring to when you say 'footprint'?

I didn't really consider the tray icon, and I will rethink that.
ZubaZ
Comment #11 Saturday, March 25, 2006 4:57 PM
Footprint is the amount of space it uses.

This radio (that only plays one station takes up a LOT of space on the desktop with very little functionality. The picture/bacground is nice . . . but it'd be nice to roll it up so it took up only the amount of space it required.

You could make the same funcionality in a widget like this: |+WXPN -------O------ >
The plus (+) would expand the radio to show the background, the call letters could launch the site, and the arrow would play/Stop

I would dig that even more.

I like the widget but I hid it via F10 right away becaus it didn't match my desktop.
ZubaZ
Comment #12 Saturday, March 25, 2006 5:13 PM
I was thinking about function vs art and that can be very different based on whether you are the artist or the user.

It's a great widget as it stands . . . if I don't like it, I can roll my own, right?
PoSmedley
Comment #13 Saturday, March 25, 2006 6:01 PM
Okay. Gotcha.
I was just glad to make one that worked. lol.
I see what you mean, though. My problem is the scripting for all this,as you well know. I need to find a good resource/tutorial on the scripting for this. Something for 'Dummies' to start. I learned html script on my own and a very little java, but this I just can't seem to get a handle on.

I do want to update it with ...roll up ...toggle background...and a smaller 'footprint.
ZubaZ
Comment #14 Saturday, March 25, 2006 8:16 PM
I was just glad to make one that worked


Don't get me wrong . . it's a great widget.

but this I just can't seem to get a handle on

I do want to update it with ...roll up ...toggle background...and a smaller 'footprint.

If I can help, I will. Ask a question.
seldomseen
Comment #15 Sunday, March 26, 2006 1:30 PM
** My current feed > http://www.kcrw.org/asx/ ** Good idea for smaller size, "Radio Wave", at> http://www.dmense.com/ ** Martin's Digital Clock v1.0, has cool 'inset' look ** ... Don't know if these would help, or even be appropriate to post,or what...just some bits and pieces I've found lately. You're light-years ahead of me as far as creative abilities/experience, I just D/L 'em, and pick 'em apart to see if I can figure out what makes 'em tick; monkey work, but I'm learning a bit at a time
PoSmedley
Comment #16 Sunday, March 26, 2006 1:40 PM
See, I get other people like Zubaz to pick 'em apart for me. I want to upgrade it, but I want to figure this scripting out for myself if I can. I feel like I'm cheating when I tweak someone elses script.
seldomseen
Comment #17 Sunday, March 26, 2006 3:11 PM
True. I stand corrected. Thanks for the protocol *bump* .
PoSmedley
Comment #18 Sunday, March 26, 2006 8:37 PM
Thanks for the protocol


I was never trying to correct you. It seems a few people borrow and tweak scripts, and that's fine. I just hate not being able to figure it out for myself. It's a personal and sinfully prideful thing, I know. I just hate not being as up on things as everyone else. Especially a certain Troll.
ZubaZ
Comment #19 Sunday, March 26, 2006 9:06 PM
For the record, I would never use (tweak) code without understanding it. That way lies looking stupid if asked questions.

But anyone posting a widget or object (or skin) had to know that it can easily be reversed engineered and will be for private or public use.

And let's face it . . . few of us here are coders by education. God bless those that are, I've learned a ton. [Props to Cerberos!] The fact is that I can NOW understand much of the magic behind the scenes.

And Po, I'll never give you the answers . . . you'll have to work for it.
And someday I may have some brilliant functionality and need an artists' help. You are at the top of my list.
terigw
Comment #20 Friday, April 28, 2006 7:24 AM
This is great can you make one for Yahoo Launchcast?

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