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Damon greases the cogs of Southern's label machinery and keeps an eye on digital media, production, and anything related to IT. He's a former academic and strongly advocates the use of Free and Open Source Software. He thinks there is a lot in common with DIY music and Open Source development. He's also a photographer and an amateur filmmaker.

New blog design

Some of you might have noticed that we’ve got a new design for our blog. We hope you find it not only aesthetically pleasing, but also easier to read and to navigate. The design is the work of Andy at Nonimage, using a fully fluid layout that should look best at screen widths above 1000 pixels, and look nice and be completely readable at just about any (reasonable) size.

We’re still adding bits and pieces, so watch this space!

In other news, we have made it possible to post comments (moderated ones) without registering on our blog.

For those of you who like your/a picture to appear next to your posts, you can sign up with Gravatar for free. You can configure multiple avatars that “follow… you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog.”

Tech help wanted

Some of you, probably all of you, may have noticed that we’ve had a couple of hiccups lately. The big firewall router hardware failure wasn’t really my fault, unless you’re a real stickler and say I should have had two backup devices for it, not just the one we installed after racing over to Telehouse, just to find that it too had crapped out during my drive back to Southern Studios. I could have avoided the downtime today if I had only had the time to test all of the devices in the new configuration, but I didn’t, and I don’t.

We need some help here, from geeky people who doesn’t shy away from technologies like pf and CARP, traffic shaping, Bind and RIP. We can’t pay much, but we’re flexible and the work is interesting. We also have lots of records here, which we might be able to sell to the right person at an interesting discount. I’ll even give you a tour of the studio and our computer museum (otherwise known as our data centre), which is very, very geeky.

The first order of business is a new OpenBSD server I’d like to take to Telehouse to increase our DNS redundancy. The DNS downtime really hurts us the most because it even makes this blog inaccessible, despite it being hosted outside of our network.

I have a number of odd jobs that could be completed over several weekends. You could telecommute for the most part, I think. We’re also happy to have people come in and have some space for you to work, amongst the piles of vintage hardware.

I’d really like to work with people who are fans of Southern and our partner labels, hence this post in our label blog.

If you think you might be able to help, give me a call on 020 8888 8949 from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. I would really like to have someone ready to start by the end of next week.

New Web Shop RSS feed with latest releases

RSS feed iconI’ve finished writing a new RSS feed for our web shop, which is now featured on the front page of the Southern Records site. You can use it to stay up-to-date on the latest releases in our web shop using Firefox, Google Reader, or whatever RSS reader you prefer.

I’ve used the feed to update the Southern Records homepage with the latest releases from the shop.

Here’s a link to the feed: