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Further update on my posts of 17 October and 2 November.
Click on the RECENT NEWS>Are you being continually logged out? link which is on the right-hand side of all my pages.
Update on my post of 17 October 2019
My web hosts and I have been carrying out various processes to put a stop to the periods of downtime caused by malicious bruteforce attacks on this site.
You may have noticed the pesky reCaptcha system, asking you to click in the box to prove you are not a robot. I have given it a fair trial, and it definitely did the job, but in my opinion it proved too intrusive; it got in the way of what is supposed be an enjoyable experience of learning your parts.
So I have shown it the door. Instead we have installed something which is invisible to the human eye, but not to those mischievous robots who, once they have seen it, are unceremoniously dismissed before they get the chance to do harm.
The slight downside, which we are working on, is that, together with the other security measures we have put in place, there is an increased chance that you get logged out much more often than you should. We are working on a solution, but I hope that you will be patient with us, and agree that the downside of having to login slightly more often is preferable to having the site down for 2-3 hours per day.
There was a major upgrade to the Group Accounts system a couple of days ago, and little gremlin has crept in. I am awaiting instructions from my developers, but I have adjusted something in your group account, such that I hope that it works now.
Please let me know if it doesn’t
This is a public forum, so I won’t get into discussions about your registration here. Also, I cannot positively identify you from your name alone.
But I suspect your email provider is being extra vigilant and keeping the emails from my website in your account on their website. They will have decided, because you may not have received emails from my site before, that I am a vicious spammer whose emails don’t deserve to be delivered to you.
I kind member researched this and has put together some instructions on his choir’s website to ensure that your email provider will pass on your emails: click on the “NON-RECEIPT OF EMAILS” link which you will see on the right-hand side of all my pages. These instructions refer to BT addresses, but apply equally to many other email providers.
I suspect you will find your verification email in your spam/junk mailbox in your account there.
If this isn’t the case, email me directly to my mac address: john_fletcher(at)mac(dot)com – replacing (at) with the @ character, and (dot) with the full-stop (period).
It is still worth adding my two addresses to the Safe Addresses list in your account on your email provider’s website, for if you ever need to do a password reset, you would want to receive the response in you own Inbox on your computer
Good news to report:
My web hosts have (hopefully) discovered the cause of this. It appears my site has been suffering what is called a bruteforce attack, executed by malicious-minded people whose purpose is to slow sites down. They do this by creating a program which targets login pages, and bombards that page with false logins. I have some security software which helps prevent this, as long it’s coming from the same computer, but these people have devised a way to make it look as though the computer is changing every minute or so.
So I have been advised to put something called reCaptcha on the login page, where it requires you to tick a box to say that you are not a robot. A small price to pay, but my site is working super fast this afternoon. You shouldn’t need to restrict yourself to mornings… unless these people work out how to click a box…
I can’t see/hear anything wrong with the Dvorak. It plays fine here. Mind you, it’s now after 7pm in the evening…
My site has been a little sluggish these last few afternoons, and it looks as though your registration was interrupted before it could be completed. I’ve now completed it, so try it now – hopefully it should be OK.
[I’m not good at remembering names and the faces that go with them, so my apologies; the name does ring a quiet bell somewhere…]
The web hosts have been investigating this and have suggested various options, most of which are way above my head, but I cope:
1. increase PHP memory and upload limit settings. They have done this.
2. Regular optimization of databases (I do this anyway)
3. Adding gzip compression code the .htaccess file. I did this, but it didn’t seem to work. They did it and it still didn’t work. But now, finally, it’s done.
4. They have now discovered there were quite a lot of PHP processes running, which they killed off, and all is again back up to speed.
When I asked how to manage these processes, they just said it was outside their remit and need to be checked by a website developer who knows about coding….
So if you know anyone who doesn’t charge too much, I have a list of 27 processes, all starting between 1300 and 1400 today. They are all the same Command type: root/usr/bin/php-cgi/.
Does any of this mean anything to you? It’s all way above my head. No matter if it doesn’t.
Thanks for interest – I’ll get there in the end.
I wasn’t aware of this kind of additional data being held in MP3 files. I am no technical wizard, just a jobbing singer who is self-taught as far as the workings of a computer is concerned.
The computers, and the few MP3 players that I have had experience of, don’t have this problem. No-one else has mentioned this to me in the 15 or more years that I have been providing rehearsal files.
And I don’t always number the files, often going for just the title. I then put the movements in the right order on the page. Presumable your system ignores this and puts them in the alphabetical order.
I will have a word with my technical guy, but at the moment I won’t be changing my naming protocol.
It is definitely an F sharp. I expect what is obscuring the sound is that there are 4 other voices (S1, S2, A1, and A2) singing an F natural at the same time – a “false relation” as it were.
I did have this listed on the How to play the files page, but a number of people reported issues with it crashing their computers, so I felt I couldn’t include it in my suggestions any longer.
I have now added slower versions of the three quick movements.
There is no option to change speed/pitch directly on the site. When I judge that a piece requires it, I do take the edge off the speed. The only problem with that is that, as the performance approaches, the slower speed is then too slow (I have had negative comments about that as well as for too fast).
I occasionally add a slower version to the files when the speed is ridiculously fast, but am still open to the “too slow” comments. I can’t please everyone all the time.
So this is why I give suggestions for slowing down/raising/lowering pitch of files to suit your own situation: choose HELP>HOW TO PLAY THE FILES and scroll down a bit. There is a section there with suggestions, both for desktop/laptop situations, and for mobile devices.
You didn’t mention which of the 5 madrigals – I seem to remember some are slow. I am happy to work on this, but I am away from home for 8-10 days, so I wouldn’t be able to get looking at this until Sunday/Monday 2/3 June. Let me know which movements in particular you are concerned with.
Please get in touch via the HELP>CONTACT ME form so that we can discuss this further.
I have answered by email, as you also contacted me that way.
To everyone else:
Speeds are so subjective.
I always check other recordings, as well as the composers markings, before deciding on a speed. Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s is just a fraction slower than mine.
The point to note is that this movement is usually sung by soloists.
If a piece is particularly fast, I will invariably provide a slower version, but even that has its pitfalls as I was berated once by a person claiming it was too slow. That is why I provide a list of apps that are available that gives all control over to the user, note just speed but pitch can be altered: choose HELP>HOW TO PLAY THE FILES.
Anyway, I have just uploaded a slower version. I hope that suits better.