Rhubarb Radio to return?

Rhubarb Radio studio in Custard Factory, Birmingham
Rhubarb Radio studio in Custard Factory, Birmingham by gavinwray

When I was getting all nostalgic about Rhubarb Radio recently, I had a look on the old domain name. It looks as though someone registered the domain name when it expired in October and set up a holding page.

Welcome to what will be the new home of “Rhubarb Radio”, (www.rhubarbradio.com).

Based in Birmingham England, Rhubarb radio was a pioneer in community radio, it used to operate out of the old Custard factory media site up until November 2011. It produced a great Birmingham & West Midlands quality output of Local & International Music, community news and topics on Birmingham life and our proud history of Brum.

However, sometime around 3rd or 4th November 2011 someone broke into or somehow entered the Rhubarb Radio Studio and removed a large amount of essential equipment.  In short, the station was unable to broadcast at all. Due to different financial reasons the original owners were unable to save the station, the interim owners were not aware that there were historic problems and the presenters and support staff rallied round to try and save what they could but with all the equipment gone it was  an impossible task. So the Rhubarb radio station went off air. Shortly after the station domain name  lapsed.

But by a quirk of fate some new entrepreneurial owners who really believed in what Rhubarb Radio stood for and what it meant to the Brum Music scene, managed to acquire it to ensure that it may have a fighting chance to re-launch if the right team could be re-assembled in the future.

So as a first step here we are, over the  coming weeks/months we intend to provide as many links as possible to the original  presenters and their work, plus keep you up to date on what is happening next.

Thank you for stopping by.

I’ve since been in contact with the new owner of the domain to ascertain how far along their plans are, but haven’t received anything back just yet. It’ll be interesting to see how it all turns out, and perhaps more interestingly, I’m listed as one of the presenters on their links page 😉

The First Month of Windows 8

When I was a lad, I wasn’t really aware of Apple. I’d seen a few Macs in the shops, but was always skeptical, mainly because until Windows XP, I’d never had a problem with using it. My first machine had Windows 3.1 on it. You couldn’t do much, play a few games, paint some “masterpieces” and send a fax, if you wanted to. The world was a much simpler place pre-Internet, the 10 o’clock news was the only way I’d find out about what was going on in the world. I didn’t really listen to music, apart from when Dad let me play around with his record player and I was only ever allowed to watch what my Parents wanted to on the TV. Although I was 8 at the time.

I’ve always been a user of Windows, despite all the times I’ve declared to myself that I’ve had enough, I’ve never been able to permanently switch to Linux. The latest versions are beautiful and let you do most things that you can do on a Windows system, but it just doesn’t feel quite right at times. When Windows 8 was released last week, I decided to, belatedly check out the consumer preview. At first I was skeptical, but having used Windows Phone 7 for a few weeks on my Lumia, I decided to take the plunge and plonk £25 on the upgrade.

I’m now just over a month in to using Windows 8 and have to say that I’m definitely in love again. Although it’s definitely built for touch devices, it doesn’t take long to work out that if you use your mouse (or trackpad) wheel you can easily scroll horizontally throughout the full screen apps. If you have two screens connected to your machine, the experience is seamless. I use one screen for full screen apps and then have the “traditional” desktop on the second, larger screen. Of course you can switch between the two simply by dragging the app on to the screen you want to use it on.

The only disappointment so far is with Skype. It looks like it’s been rushed, with lots of the features that are standard on the desktop app not available or not quite working. The automatic integration with Windows Live and Facebook is also a bit annoying when you can get those from the Messaging app. It’s definitely an improvement on Windows 7, but unless you’re in to consuming a lot of your media on your PC, you may not benefit fully from the rather cool new features.