Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Leonardtown Website Has New Blog

The official Leonardtown site has a new blog section. We've also made some minor tweaks to the site overall to improve appearance and content.

Friday, April 10, 2009

So. Md. Food Bank Has a New Blog

We just set up a new blog for the So. Md. Food Bank at blog.smfb.somd.com. This will enable Brenda DiCarlo, manager of the Hughesville-based operation, to post news, events, and the latest pleas for help. For more info about the Food Bank, including locations of pantries and kitchens, and info on how to make a donation, please visit our main website at smfb.somd.com.

As Brenda always says, "Together We CAN Make A Difference!"

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Updated Public Safety Radio Scanner Features

Last week we gave the Southern Maryland Public Safety Radio Scanners page a facelift and added some new features.

First, we added a built-in player for each channel. If you are using a Mozilla-based browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE) -- such as Firefox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari -- you may have to install the Windows Media Plug-in in order to use the on-page players. If it is not already installed on your PC, you will be prompted to perform the install. You do not need to use the on-page players. You can still click on one of the small icons to launch an external media player.

We also dropped the PAXRVR NAS feed and changed Scanner FOUR to be a feed for St. Mary's County using Windows Media Server technology instead of the MP3 stream used for the other three channels. This allows us to stream using lower bandwidth (11Kbps vs 24Kbps) and reduce the time lag between what you hear and real world broadcasts. Using the new feed we have noted lags of 15 seconds compared to 90 seconds or more using the MP3 stream. Channel THREE is still supporting the MP3 stream for St. Mary's County. We plan to drop one of the two channels in the future depending upon which one proves more successful with users.