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Hit eXplosion 2010 – Volume 1

It’s back. With smashing new covers that are suitable for work! ūüôā¬†Hit eXplosion delivers all hits of Januari 2010 in a single package. Download sites are hard to find (can’t host it myself due to its not my work, sorry) but can still pick it up from usenet. And even our usenet search engine has changed.

Previous releases can be found somewhere on this site…

Contents

Disc 1

  1. Timbaland (feat. Justin Timberlake) – Carry Out
  2. Ryan Shaw – It Gets Better
  3. Craig David – One More Lie
  4. Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Rock
  5. Ray & Anita – In Da Name Of Love
  6. Chris Brown – Crawl
  7. Sade – Soldier Of Love
  8. Black Eyed Peas – Rock That Body
  9. Ti√ęsto (feat. Nelly Furtado) – Who Wants To Be Alone
  10. Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
  11. Rammstein – Ich Tu Dir Weh
  12. Guus Meeuwis – Laat Mij In Die Waan
  13. Jay-Z (feat. Mr. Hudson) – Forever Young
  14. Diggy Dex – Vandaag
  15. Bon Jovi – Superman Tonight
  16. Rihanna – Hard
  17. Wesley Klein – You Raise Me Up(Winnaar Popstars 2010)
  18. James Morrison – Get To You
  19. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
  20. New Kids – Groeten Uit Brabant! Kut!

Disc 2

  1. Lasgo – Over You
  2. Cascada – Dangerous
  3. Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey
  4. Dio (feat. Reverse & Jayh) – Cool
  5. The Ian Carey Project – Get Shakey
  6. Alexandra Burke (feat. Flo Rida) – Bad Boys
  7. David Guetta (feat. Kid Cudi) – Memories
  8. Honorebel (feat. Pitbull) – Now You See It
  9. Jurk! – Zou Zo Graag
  10. Red Impulse – Ti Sento
  11. Jamie Cullum – Don’t Stop The Music
  12. Tim Christensen – Superior
  13. Keri Hilson (feat. Akon) – Change Me
  14. Leona Lewis – I Got You
  15. Acda en De Munnik – Eva
  16. Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love
  17. Iyaz – Replay
  18. Paramore – Brick By Boring Brick
  19. Kelly Clarkson – Don’t Let Me Stop You
  20. Carolina Liar – I’m Not Over
  21. Go Back To The Zoo – Electric
  22. Destine – Spiders

Artwork

Artwork in the original download is of better quality. These images where reduced in size and quality to save space.

Total Playing Time…: 158:55 / Total Size………..: 378 MB

© 2010 Eazy Productions BV

Stitch Liveshow – Episode 6 – Dubstep

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Deep insane BASS and a great technical set; loud woofing¬†speakers make both the ceiling and floor shake. No complaints from the neighbors, not loud enough…

We start off with some melodic dubstep, building towards low, deep and dark. At the end the power steps back in with ripping tunes. After brutal insanity some violent songs about guns and killing finish it off.

Dubstep is amazing. Don’t play this over any crappy stereo; blast this trough the largest set of speakers you’ve got lying around on maximum volume. When in doubt; also hook up your subwoofer from any surroundset in your neighborhood.

Fucking hell, this is the shit! My personal favorite is L-Wiz with Girl from Codeine City; the saxophone works magical. Next week something completely different, and hopefully as good as this.¬†I’m gone… gotta snatch a trolley lol ūüėÄ

Total playing time: 1:32:42

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Tracklist

  1. Caper feat. Sweetie Irie –¬†Nocturnal
  2. Bar 9 – So Good
  3. Eryka Badu & Ziggy Marley – i luv u (Dubstep Mix)
  4. Chase, Status –¬†Eastern Jam – Original Mix
  5. L-Wiz – Girl From Codeine City
  6. 16 Bit –¬†In The Death Car (Vocal Mix)
  7. Kromestar –¬†Jumpin
  8. Bar 9 – Midnight
  9. Excision & DatsiK –¬†A Millie (Remix)
  10. Nero – This Way
  11. Bassline vs Kavs Rave – Lucky Charms
  12. Crissy Criss & Youngman –¬†Kick Snare
  13. Trolley Snatcha –¬†The Future (Original Mix)
  14. Bar 9 – Music Makers (Bar 9 Remix)
  15. Sick Cycle –¬†Tweak Frenzy
  16. High Rankin – New Messiah
  17. JFB – Resident Evil
  18. Reso –¬†Holograms
  19. DJ Dore, CONstruct –¬†Blood and Fire
  20. D1 –¬†Dubstep Warz
  21. Afterdark – Raw
  22. Innerlign – Fierce Darts
  23. L-OW –¬†Lost Valley
  24. Stenchman –¬†What The Future Holds
  25. Stenchman –¬†I Make
  26. Zardonic –¬†Ashtray (Original Mix)
  27. Roommate & SPL –¬†Foundation
  28. Kyza – Go (Bar 9 Remix)
  29. Reso –¬†Smash Yer Face In
  30. Borgore –¬†Borgore Ina Trouble
  31. Borgore –¬†Sunday Morning
  32. Scarecrow –¬†Moonlight
  33. Reso –¬†Beasts In The Basement
  34. Bar 9 –¬†The Gun Slinger
  35. Atreus –¬†Born to Kill
  36. High Rankin –¬†No Money For Guns

Stitch Liveshow – Episode 4 – 2009 Dance Top 30

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Finding good tracks from the Dutch Dance Top 30 was a difficult; from the bucket of 700 tracks I found about 150 worthwhile… my personal selection goes towards 40, but there are some masterpieces which aren’t my style. Other than that, it’s the first time i’ve heard any dance from 2009 and it took a while getting used to. After the mix I still found some other good tracks, of which “Call Me Al – Dj Rebel’s Radio Mix” is a nice one.

Again I produced this¬†live mix¬†without knowing any song. Instead of the usual 20:00 it was recorded at 15:00, had to create some high-tech VHS with a few friends. While driving to the friend to create the VHS, we reviewed this mix. We came up with a new term: “Girl-To-Old-Man-Mix”. You’ll find out what that means when Deadmau5 is crossfaded to Gregor Salto. Also experienced just after minimal songs climax, its the same old man. Thanks for reading this ūüôā

Top trends from 2009: white noise, more minimal with bleeps, long tracknames. Album art this time is the “iTunes Auto-Database-Update Tool (TM), Updates the iTunes database while you do something relevant.”

Total playing time: 1:25:12

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Filesize: 195.1 MB, 320 kbit.

Tracklist

  1. Fatboy Slim – Right Here Right Now (Mixing Marc Remix)
  2. Michiel Cleis – La Mezcla (Luciano Remix)
  3. Rio – After the Love (Balearic Flava Remix)
  4. Ian Carey Project – Get Shaky (Stonebridge Mix)
  5. Kurd Maverick and Rudee – Ring Ring Ring (Extended Mix)
  6. Laidback Luke and Gregor Salto ft Mavis Acquah – Step By Step (Abel Ramos From Haarlem With Love Mix)
  7. Annagrace – Love Keebs Calling (Basto Impression)
  8. Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone (Radio Edit) ((eeq melody clashing here))
  9. Deadmou5 and Kaskade – I Remember (Instrumental Mix) ((old man mixing here))
  10. Gregor Salto and Kaoma – Lambada 3000 (Olav Basoski Mix)
  11. Twin Pack – Muchos Maracas (Original Mix)
  12. Laidback Luke and Gregor Salto ft Mavis Ackuah – Shine Your Light (Per Qx Remix)
  13. Marco V – Simulated 2010 (Original Mix)
  14. Afrojack – Polkadots (Original Mix)
  15. Laurent Wolf – Walk The Line (Remix)(Club Version)
  16. Nils van Zandt vs Sergio Silvano ft Chaquilo MC – The Beat Don’t Stop (Mark Laurenz Freak Mix)
  17. Bob Sinclair ft Sugarhill Gang – Lala Song (Donovan Dominator Remix)
  18. Bob Sinclair ft Sugarhill Gang РLala Song (Guy  Schreinder Remix)
  19. Dance 2 Trance – Power Of American Natives (Jam El Mar 2009 Mix)
  20. D Block and S Te Fan – The Nature Of Our Mind (Qlimax Anthem 2009)
  21. Headhunterz – Scrap Attack (Defqon.1 2009 Anthem) (Original Mix)
  22. Reunited – Sun Is Shining (Out Of Sight Remix)

My life

My life is all I have

My rhymes, my pen, my pad

And I done made it through the struggle, don’t judge me

What you say now, won’t budge me

Cuz where I come from, so often

People you grew up with, layin in a coffin

But I done made it through the pain and strife

It’s my time now, my world, my life

My life

– Pharoahe Monch, taken from Styles P ft Pharoahe Monch – My Life.

Stitch Liveshow – Episode 2

Image Copyright Disney, the disney-dj stitch is no more, so i took some liberty here...I just finished mixing together a fine selection of Happy Hardcore tunes. Happy Hardcore from around 1996, in the Netherlands, so not UK Happy Hardcore. Preventing myself from playing track you might not know, I selected a lot of popular ones; which makes mixing difficult since most of them are 3-minute radio edits. But I made it trough perfectly, given some clashing melodies minor glitches. The mixing is better than the previous set; tighter and, in the end, even with some minor scratching and fiddling. Follow the stitch liveshows on twitter: http://twitter.com/stitchliveshow

What will the track selection for next week hold?

Total playing time: 1.12.44

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Tracklist

  1. Dune – Hardcore Vibes (South Bound Mix)
  2. Tokyo Ghetto Pussy – I Kiss Your Lips (Club Mix)
  3. DJ Paul Elstak – Luv u More (Extended)
  4. DJ Paul Elstak – Rainbow in the sky (K&A’s Extended Mix)
  5. Nakatomi – Free
  6. 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor – Mirror of Love
  7. DJ Weirdo & DJ Sim – Pump That Stupid Bass (Happy Rave Mix)
  8. Back 2 Bass – I Wanna Be WIth You
  9. Pulp Shock – Far Away
  10. Critical Mass – Believe In The Future (Extended Version)
  11. T.O.T.T. – Get Up (Airplay Edit)
  12. Human Resource – Dominator ’96
  13. Music Instructor – Hymn (Go Down Mix) (Extended)
  14. Dune – Million Miles From Home (Video Mix)
  15. Rave Religion – C’Mon And Touch Me
  16. Lipstick – I’m a Raver
  17. Nakatomi – Children Of the Night
  18. Party Animals – Have You Ever Been Mellow
  19. Party Animals – Aquarius
  20. Too Fast For Mellow – Get My Love
  21. Wonderland – Be On A Star (Radio Mix) {death-star for you and me?}
  22. Scooter – Friends
  23. Lovechild – All Out of Love
  24. Technohead – I Wanna Be a Hippy (Flamman & Abraxas Radio Mix)
  25. Rob Gee – Xtc, You Got What I Need
  26. Technohead – I Wanna Be A Hippy (Dano No Sweat Mix)

RTL7: Cheap criticism towards ProRail

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Ow wow, there is some snow in the Netherlands! Whoohoo! Snow! The thing we missed in its current glorious proportions. Unfortunately, snow brings also some inconveniences; plans get ruined since roads are danger zones and rail fails.

National news channels are first-posting each other with the increasing amount of broken trains and tracks. They build a scenery of an entire country disappointed and angry at the train service. RTL 7 says “Criticism towards prorail increases”.¬†Then you see people complaining, such as a guy from traveler organization Rover; “It’s very bad, the first day is okey, but this is unacceptable“; or something along those lines.

Critique?

Now RTL 7 is the one claiming the critique is rising; but shows no evidence. We hear an opinion of a guy with big words and see some disappointed travelers; thats all. This is called “Complaining“; especially the content of Rover.

Critique has some foundation and can be used to build on.¬†An example of constructive criticism: “The elevators on the station are broken; they should be fixed. In the meantime we should just try to help each other out. Maybe the NS should help out with extra personnel aside from the ones that provide information and security.

RTL 7 is also complaining about the lack of traveling information and the fogginess of this information. My visit to the station today was the most clarifying one yet. Here is why: 1: NS attendants walk around to answer the same questions over and over again.¬†2: Intercoms continuously tell what trains leave at what tracks. 3: Travelers also get information of why their train doesn’t leave; and what is broken. And there is abundant information on the Internet; 4: The NS website informs about the trains that don’t leave. 5: The site advices to not travel by train.¬†Missing out all these sources is incredibly hard, but possible. In this case: put some effort in it and look for it!

My experience

My personal experience of traveling by train saturday, today and yesterday is positive. The service level at stations is good; travelers even get free coffee and tea (and cappuccino!). Last night I couldn’t return home; a malfunctioning track blocked all traffic between Arnhem and Zutphen. This has been fixed last night. Think about this; people getting up in the middle of the night, in freezing cold, to fix a railroad track! Especially for me! That’s just awesome!

The atmosphere on the stations was very friendly. People are unionized, bonding, and possibly yesterday night has been the start of a few new relationships. There was no air of complaint or something like that, but there was some slight confusion about the train schedule; nothing worth mentioning on a national newscast.

Conclusion

There is something positive about this “critique”! If the common consensus tells prorail should better their service, they would likely get the means to do so! In this sense bad coverage is good for politics! So, please complain more! Maybe this could even expand our export of railway systems abroad!

All in all: RTL 7’s news item about the trains in this snowy weather is sensational, flat and cheap. The only value was in the comment of the prorail speaker. “We could choose to cancel all trains, or have a light service; we chose the latter“.

Enjoy your trip, and look outside: SNOW!

Lottery tickets

Time to buy some lottery tickets. But which one to buy? In case you’re wondering, I bought all of them. Thats right: I bought from each lottery exactly one ticket. This resulted in small stack of paper, promising a chance of beautiful (and not so beautiful prizes). What does a lottery ticket mean? How big are the chances of winning? And what tickets should you buy? Here is your chance to find out.

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Looks

The value of a lottery ticket is reflected in the design and paper-size. More expensive tickets use more paper and look prettier. In this case the most appealing one is the Half-a-million ticket. This one uses holographic reflecting diamonds; giving the paper the feel of being something more valuable then just paper. Other appealing tickets are 40×1.000.000 but most noticeably the December calendar; which is in the style of an advent calendar. The gallery below are the actual tickets I bought in November.

Jackpots

Suppose I’m a lucky man… The chance of that happening isn’t one to speak of, but my greed and imagination does wish to think it happens. In case all tickets are winning ones, the sum of money would be 1.927.000 euros from Krasloten and 27.5 million from Staatsloterij.

Name Brand Cost Max prize Net/Gross Chance to Win
Klavertje 4 Krasloten 1 25.000 Net 20.48%
7 Klapper Krasloten 1.50 50.000 Net 21.97%
E20 Cash Krasloten 2 2.000 Net 20.64%
Flappen Krassen Krasloten 2 50.000 Net 22.83%
Mega Cash Krasloten 5 100.000 Net 25.20%
100 BMW Krasloten 5 100.000 Net 25.01%
December Kalender Krasloten 5 100.000 Net 50.20%
Half Miljoen Netto Krasloten 10 500.000 Net 29.35%
40 x 1.000.000 Krasloten 10 1.000.000 Gross 25.68%
Staatslot State lottery 15 27.5 million Net ?????

But okey, let’s be realistic. Winning is nice, but that doesn’t make it profitable; is there any chance of gaining some profit?

Calculations

Dutch lottery companies are required to publish the prize-schemes and all associated data to the public. So, what is the chance of winning something that is of higher value than the ticket itself? I call this the “Chance of Profit”. Another valuable number is the “Change of Jackpot”; this is the percentage of winning the jackpot. Since the odds are so small, the more commercial value “Tickets per Jackpot” is added. The state lottery is very obscure about its numbers unfortunately; it does however publish its balance sheet.

Name Tickets Produced Chance of Profit Change of Jackpot Tickets per Jackpot
Klavertje 4 9.840.000 7.98% 0.0000508% 1.968.000
7 Klapper 8.400.000 6.55% 0.000059524% 1.680.000
E20 Cash 5.000.000 8.16% 0.0002% 500.000
Flappen Krassen 3.058.800 11.63% 0.000065851% 1.529.400
Mega Cash 2.000.000 13.60% 0.00015% 666.666
100 BMW 5.000.000 4.01% 0.00004% 2.500.000
December Kalender 2.000.000 12.40% 0.0001% 1.000.000
Half Miljoen Netto 1.576.000 11.75% 0.0001269% 788.000
40 x 1.000.000 15.000.000 5.68% 0.0002667% 357.000
Staatslot* est 3.420.000 8.97% 0.00002924% 3.420.000

* Total number of tickets for the new-years lottery is 34.2 * 100.000. Other complexities such as 1/5th tickets might or might not be part of that number. The chance to win depends on sales. This article uses a sales percentage of 100%.

So, with this knowledge in the back of my head, it’s time to start scratching. Scratch scratch…

Scratchy

Before my thumbs started to bleed I found a guilder (dutch coin) for scratching. In total I won ‚ā¨10 on the half-a-million and a free ticket on a 7-klapper.

Conclusion

A few years ago i dreamt that when I had a lottery, I would massively increase the chance of winning a substantial amount of money. This day has happened with the introduction of the 40 x 1.000.000! This one has the highest chance of passing the magical boundary of becoming a ‘millionaire’. Even though the actual prize is 710.000, it’s still the best chance to win a substantial amount of money.

The most exciting lot to open was the Mega Cash; it has the most numbers to look for and a lot of rows that could contain your winning number. Scratching them open without revealing the prize also increases the tension. For the amount of play value, this is the best one. This one also has the highest percentage of profit.

While the chance to win a lot of money on the 40 x 1.000.000 is high, its also a very dull ticket. There is only one area to scratch open; this reveals a code. Checking this code requires a wait, a recent newspaper or an internet connection. Inside the document with the winning numbers is a short list with just 10 numbers; its easy. The ticket also provides an extra game, which is a cheap knockoff in comparison to winning a million. Given that this is the highest chance to win such an amount its still fair.

The smaller tickets, as the BMW ticket, disappointed. The smaller ones do provide a quick fix, but don’t deliver the tension/price ratio Mega Cash does. The BMW ticket is something you buy if you need a BMW (a 33.325 value); it has limited numbers (half of mega cash) and an extra game. The BMW ticket has the poorest profit chance, and I just don’t like the car.

Disclaimer

Warning: The numbers in this article have been manually taken from the original documents and may contain errors. For any factual numbering, review the krasloten/state lottery website. The state lottery has been contacted about the amount of prizes in their November 2009 lottery, if this mail gets response i’ll change this article accordingly.¬†Dayzers and lotto have been omitted in this test; this only focusses on instant lottery and state lottery.

Sources

Hit eXplosion 2009 – Volume 13

This years Hit eXplosion is complete with the release of volume twelve. As a bonus, Eazy also released volume thirteen! So that’s four cd’s this time. See also the other post for download of the other CD. I See volume thirteen as an extension of volume 12. The CD’s used to be pressed every month, but this time we get one extra for free ūüôā

I guess this finishes the series of Hit eXplosions made by Eazy. Thanks and take care!

Getting this months supply of hits can be done through:

Previous releases can be found here.

Here is the reduced size/quality artwork, the original artwork can be found in the download:

Hit-eXplosion-2009---Volume-13-(front)

Disc 1

  1. Kane – No Surrender
  2. Within Temptation (feat. Chris Jones) – Utopia
  3. Beyonce – Control
  4. Milow – One Of It
  5. Robbie Williams – You Know Me
  6. Coldplay – Strawberry Swing
  7. Jamie Cullum – I’m All Over It
  8. Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream
  9. Tokio Hotel – Automatic
  10. Lisa Lois – No Good For Me
  11. Kesha – Tik Tok
  12. Norah Jones – Chasing Pirates
  13. Lady GaGa – Bad Romance
  14. Pet Shop Boys – Beautiful People
  15. Mika – Good Gone Girl
  16. Leona Lewis – Happy
  17. Waylon – Hey
  18. Spandau Ballet – Once More
  19. Nick & Simon – Het Masker
  20. Snow Patrol – Just Say Yes
  21. Anouk – Woman
  22. Mayer Hawthorne – Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out

Disc 2

  1. Future Presidents – The World Keeps Changing
  2. Whitney Houston – I Didn’t Know My Own Strength
  3. Di-Rect – Times Are Changing
  4. Mariah Carey – I Want To Know What Love Is
  5. Jason Mraz – Butterfly
  6. K3 – MaMaS√ą!
  7. Taio Cruz – Break Your Heart
  8. Antony and The Johnsons – Crazy In Love
  9. La Roux – I’m Not Your Toy
  10. Eros Ramazzotti – Controvento
  11. Cobra Starship (feat. Leighton Meester) – Good Girls Go Bad
  12. Dizzie Rascal – Holiday
  13. Editors – Papillon (Ti√ęsto Remix)
  14. Armin van Buuren (feat. VanVelzen) – Broken Tonight
  15. Paloma Faith – Stone Cold Sober
  16. The Black Eyed Peas – Meet Me Halfway
  17. Miss Montreal – Addicted To Crying
  18. Joss Stone – Free Me
  19. Kim-Lian & Linda Bengtzing – Not That Kinda Girl
  20. Abby – Boys (Remix) – Exclusive 4 this compilation
  21. Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina – Stereo Love
  22. Right Said Fred – Sexy Bum
  23. Hilaty Duff – Any Other Day

Total Playing Time…: 159:27 / Total Size………..: 377 MB

© 2009 Eazy Productions BV

Hit eXplosion 2009 – Volume 12

This years Hit eXplosion is complete with the release of volume twelve. As a bonus, Eazy also released volume thirteen! So that’s four cd’s this time. See also the other post for download of the other CD.

Getting this months supply of hits can be done through:

Previous releases can be found here.

Here is the reduced size/quality artwork, the original artwork can be found in the download:

Hit-eXplosion-2009---Volume-12-(front)

Disc 1

  1. Natalie Imbruglia – Twenty
  2. Jenny Lane – Say Say Say
  3. Jay-Z (feat. Alicia Keys) – Empire State Of Mind
  4. Madonna (feat. Lil Wayne) – Revolver
  5. Beyonce – Radio
  6. Michael Buble – Haven’t Met You Yet
  7. Britney Spears – 3
  8. Colby O’Donis (feat. Paul Wall) – She Wanna Go
  9. Michael Jackson – This Is It
  10. Mika – Rain
  11. Guus Meeuwis – Ik Ook Van Jou
  12. Stereo – Still Here
  13. Eva Simmons – Silly Boy
  14. Rammstein – Pussy
  15. Willie Nelson and Rob Thomas – Maria (Shut Up And Kiss Me)
  16. Esmee Denters – Admit It
  17. Janet Jackson – Make Me
  18. Valerius – Whenever
  19. Acda en De Munnik – Ik Blijf Jouw Leven Lang Bij Mij
  20. Bon Jovi – We Weren’t Born To Follow
  21. Bl√łf – De Storm (Geef Niet Op)

Disc 2

  1. 4 Strings – Take Me Away (Remix) – Exclusive 4 this compilation
  2. The Veronicas – 4ever
  3. John Fogerty – I Don’t Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)
  4. MSTRKRFT (feat. John Legend) – Heartbreaker
  5. Ashley Tisdale Р Masquerade
  6. Jeroen van der Boom – Dat Weet Je
  7. Monroe – The Real Thing
  8. Banarama – Love Comes
  9. September – Because I Love You
  10. Daniel Merriweather – Impossible
  11. Calvin Harris – Get Ready For The Weekend
  12. Gordon – Niemand Lacht Zoals Jij
  13. Gerard Joling – Engel Van Mijn Hart
  14. Ti√ęsto (feat. C.C. Sheffield) – Escape Me
  15. Frans Bauer – Geen Woorden
  16. Nickelback – Never Gonna Be Alone
  17. Laura Jansen – Single Girls
  18. Foo Fighters – Wheels
  19. Whitney Houston – I Look To You
  20. Pixie Lott – Boys And Girls
  21. Alicia Keys – Doesn’t Mean Anything
  22. Prince – Dance 4 Me (Icon Remix) – Exclusive 4 this compilation

Total Playing Time…: 159:27 / Total Size………..: 377 MB

© 2009 Eazy Productions BV

Server maintenance… [update]

This site has just been moved from an unreliable hosting party to a reliable one. In the process the server software changed from Slackware 12.1/Apache to Debian/Lighttpd. The transition was not easy, as there are some quirks that have to be overcome. If you are also moving to Lighty from Apache, here are some very useful instructions and URL’s to help you out.

Note: since i’m a total linux noob i cannot help you with specific issues. Also: these commands might not be optimal if you want a secure server.

Installing lighttpd with WP-Supercache and a working upgrading system

  1. Install lighttpd with lua:
    1. apt-get install lighttpd-mod-magnet
    2. lighty-enable-mod magnet
    3. URL: http://www.howtoforge.com/installing-drupal-6.4-on-a-lighttpd-webserver-debian-etch
  2. Now get WP-Supercache and WordPress redirects working:
    1. You need to create and edit a .lua file
    2. Details: http://tempe.st/2008/04/lighttpd-and-wp-supercache-now-you-can/
  3. To get the WP-Update system working (you need an ftp server thingy):
    1. Create an RSA Key / Certificate thing
    2. Follow: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=707161
    3. or follow: http://www.akadia.com/services/ssh_test_certificate.html
    4. Place the keys in the right directory (with “mv” source target)
    5. Then do this: http://praveen.kumar.in/2009/05/31/setting-up-ftps-using-vsftpd-for-wordpress-plugins-auto-upgrade/
  4. Add a user to the system for FTP usage
    1. Only needed when you have no suitable user yet (e.g: only work with root)
    2. adduser <your username here>
    3. answer the questions
  5. To let the FTP user change your site:
    1. chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/mysite/html
    2. URL: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/266008

Server specific things

Some server related steps also resulted in some issues. In this specific situation the following happened:

  • MySQL needs to be fed a copy of the existing database. This might result in some character-encoding errors and the widgets bar on the side being empty.
  • Lighttpd is very clean and easy about creating vhosts. The vhost for this site is created by simply creating two folders.
  • DNS settings had to be changed to point to the new URL; altering a CNAME record is enough
  • The server needed some tweaks to not crash on excessive memory usage by PHP-CGI processes (a common problem)
    • i don’t know how these are fixed.

Conclusion

With the above 5 steps from above, i got most of wordpress running again. The server side on this story was either straightforward or performed by my provider; nothing to report on that.

In the end: Migrating sites just is not easy. Every time you think it is, your’e proven wrong in the most obscure blocking annoyances or just by trivialities you can’t fix easily because you’re not system administrator/frequent linux user.

Migrating sites just aint easy, but i’ve done it!¬†With the help of my hoster and some friends (THANKS!)