Thursday, October 27, 2005

Crushed Bug

Yesterday I talked (using messenger, obviously) with one of the CDizz beta testers who had a problem after uninstalling and re-installing CDizz.
He got an error message when he tried to connect.
I seemed that there was a bug in the new server (due to moving to a new SQL system) that prevented new users from being recognized properly by the server, which gave them limited functionality.

This was going on for several days now, which was rather upsetting to me. Especially since it took me less than 5 minutes to fix it.
But it's a good thing we have such great users, so THANKS OOGGI.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Moving to a new web server

Since we expect some growth, I though this might be the best time to upgrade our server.

I started to shop around for a dedicated server. There are almost too many options out there, and new terms to learn. It took me almost two days to focus on the server host to go with, and it was godaddy.

I have some domain names of my own for several years now, and I moved between registrars, and currently most domain names are registered via godaddy, so I was a bit reluctant to have my hosting there as well (I believe in getting different services from different sources). But their price was OK, and they seem stable enough, so they were a strong candidate.

I called their customer support / sales phone number. It's always a good idea to do that before you buy a product. I asked some questions which were answered in a reasonable way (Not too technical), and I also got an additional discount since on the price that was listed in the site, so that was a good thing to have as well.

Tomorrow the new server will be ready, and I'll start transferring the files and check that all the scripts work properly.

Installation day, I call it.


When we released our software, we looked for an external site that will list and (hopefully) host our distribution file.

We checked several options (, etc.) and finally decided on which were very fast in reviewing and publishing the software.

We also had a nice surprise when the decided to name CDizz "Featured Download" in the Audio/Video section (It's currently still there).

I think it's good and promising feedback.

What is CDizz?

Sometimes it can be hard to explain exactly what your software really does. Every time we try, we tend to focus on different issues. Here is the current description of CDizz, in a form of questions and answers:

What is CDizz?

CDizz is based on the idea that audio CDs should bring more to the music experience. The CDizz Player adds dynamic content to Audio-CD titles. CDizz can turn ANY CD into a multimedia experience.

The CDizz Player uses legal, purchased CDs as a key to download CD specific content: Images, Lyrics, Karaoke, Slideshows, Coupons, News, Guitar Chords, Animations, Pops and much more.

CDizz is FREEWARE, and is totally safe to install or remove.

Original Content Sharing

CDizz users can upload new content and rate content to enrich everyone’s experience:
  • Review a CD
  • Tell a story about a song
  • Upload a photo that reminds you a song
  • Draw and share inspired art
  • Write alternative lyrics to songs
  • Learn how to play a guitar by entering chords. Watch the fingering while the song is being played.
  • Create Animation clips related to a song, or just enjoy a flash game.
  • Trivia information popping in little pops windows.
  • Get Artist news and info
With CDizz, music enthusiasts have a new way to communicate.
CDizz includes timing tools for Karaoke, Chords, Pops, Slideshow and SmartIntro.

Other Services

Your CD collection has something new in it, and if you’d like, you can setup a page that lists the CDs in your CD collection.
You can grade any CD, Track or content. Each user has a rank, so heavy users and authors’ votes count for more.

Can CDizz fight piracy?

We believe that the focus in fighting piracy should not focus on threatening music customers, but rather making the legal music product better by giving more to loyal customers.

If illegal files offer the same quality as legal audio, there is no positive incentive for people to do the right thing.

CDizz gives something extra to people who went and bought music CDs.

It also offers artists and labels a unique way to communicate with their customers by providing official content and news, so everybody wins.

We are very concerned about copyright issues. All submissions are reviewed before they are published, and there is a reporting tool if something slipped through.

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