Monday, December 12, 2005

When the semester ends...

If you installed Variations2 at home but are not taking a music class next semester that requires Variations2 use, in January you'll find you no longer can access the music in Variations2. You may be interested to know you can still use Variations2 to create timelines for music you have on your hard drive. Other than that, there's not much you can do with it. Maybe someday we'll have a collection of recorded music in the public domain that everyone can listen to for free. Someday.

Mark Notess

Can Variations2 handle exam cram?

This fall was the first regular semester Variations2 was in full production use. Today, at the beginning of exam week, we're starting to see high usage. One measure of usage is how many people are streaming audio at the same time. The chart shows the number of simultaneous audio streams since midnight last night. We're nearly at 60 now—the horizontal lines in the above chart are at 0, 20, 40, 60, etc. 61 is our high point for the semester so far. I'd thought exam week would be higher, so we'll see.

How many simultaneous audio streams can we handle? We did some testing earlier in the year and found 400 was about our limit. So we should be in good shape!

Incidentally, we had 1104 downloads of Variations2 from IUWare Online this semester by unique login names (218 for Macs, 924 for PCs).

Mark Notess