The Non-Eternal Question, Part 2

Some time ago I asked you which file-sharing service you preferred on this blog. I use two: DivShare and Box. The general consensus was that it didn’t matter much either way. (As a young Mr. Lennon once sang: “It doesn’t matter much to me.”)


It’s come to my attention – mainly because I noticed it – that whenever I have a look at my blog (to see how things are looking) I sometimes have to wait a long, long time for a song to start playing after I pressed “play”. It depends on the post as to how quickly a track loads, but in the case of this Musical coincidence involving a shedload of songs, if I tried to play any one of them I’d be waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting… waiting for it to load.

It appears that Box pre-loads every MP3 in a post, and that can be a little unhelpful if you’re viewing a post that has more than one or two tracks in it. It can be even more unhelpful if you’re looking at the entire blog (not just a single post), with all the songs in all the visible posts all pre-loading.

On the other hand*, DivShare only loads a track when it’s activated (by a very kind person pressing “play”), so theoretically that would be quicker than Box trying to load everything all at once. But DivShare occasionally goes offline and becomes unavailable (it comes back again, though), which prompted me to go with Box.

Are you having any of the troubles I might be imagining?

I think I’m going to have to go back to DivShare.

(*It just occurred to me that the phrase “on the other hand” may be insensitive to people who have only one hand.)

8 Responses to The Non-Eternal Question, Part 2

  1. Alex says:

    Ah… that explains why it can sometimes take forever for the songs to load. (I thought it was a Firefox problem, since I've been having a ton of Firefox problems lately.)

    On the other hand, I've got two hands so I guess I shouldn't complain…

  2. Peter says:

    Thanks, Alex. I do believe I'll be returning to full DivShareness.

  3. Jon says:

    Yes, I had a very long wait the other day loading up your Split Enz category (I was hoping to find “Shark Attack.”) (In the meantime could I request “Shark Attack”?) Thanks!

  4. Peter says:

    Yowser, Jon: I'll update my Split Enz posts.

    I'm extremely glad you've requested “Shark Attack”. It'll appear on the blog sometime soon.

  5. Peter says:

    Update: It'll appear on the blog very soon.

  6. Peter says:

    Hey, Jon: The Split Enz posts have been updated.

    (Note to self: Put “Shark Attack” on the blog before you forget.)

  7. Peter says:

    Attention, Mr. Jon:

    A new Split Enz post for you (and anyone else who's interested).

  8. Peter says:

    Hey, Jon: “Shark Attack” is now on the blog. Enjoy!

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