Spoiler alert: The day was a great success. It was getting there which was no fun.
In order to play TV station my studio has to make some unusual requests of the Internet. This includes opening ports and exposing some of my equipment directly to the outside world.
You’ve heard of a firewall? These are purposely punched holes in that wall!
One hole was needed in order to see the feed being sent from Connecticut. It worked perfectly, but I thought it would work better on another computer.
That’s when all my specially routed ports failed. I fixed it until it stopped working. I’ve committed this sin before.
The file server which sits under my studio desk started rejecting everything sent its way. No maps.
The feed from Connecticut vanished. Not good.
It took hours to get it fixed and I seriously can’t tell you how! I did everything right no less than a dozen times to no avail.
Really. I have no idea.
What was good about the day? Larry Fitzgerald came by. First, he helped set up the lights. We used little lasers pointing toward the ceiling to make sure they’re aimed correctly.
Then he consoled me as we worked our way across India on our way through AT&T tech support hell.
Larry was happy sitting and watching as Sam Kantrow and I (mostly Sam) converted Channel 8’s maps to my special requirements. Most of the night we were on Skype and Team Viewer simultaneously, often sharing three screens at once. We could see cause and effect instantly though separated by 2,493 miles.
Sam was super helpful as he drove WTNH’s Weather MAX. Each map consists of multiple layers of artwork, animation, navigated borders and weather data. We were assembling frameworks which would later be robotically populated and pushed to me.
One-by-one they zipped to my server. Even for the biggest files Connecticut’s just a few seconds away.
Tomorrow I’ll put together some dummy lineups and run through some shows. That means macro writing. Lots to do.