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The Boring Beige Box podcast went 404

Postby djukon » 2017-9-28 @ 21:19

Greetings,

Just to let everyone know that the Boring Beige Box's libsyn account must have expired and the episodes are no longer available for download. Luckily I was catching up recently and was still able to preserve episodes 15 to 22.

Does anyone else have the other episodes so we can preserve it for posterity's sake? And BTW, where should they get stored? Just in case, I'm currently backing up the episodes I have to online storage.

Thank you.
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Re: The Boring Beige Box podcast went 404

Postby djukon » 2017-9-28 @ 21:35

djukon wrote:Luckily I was catching up recently and was still able to preserve episodes 15 to 22.

More luckily, I was able to recover episodes 7 through 10 as well, with no overwritten clusters. There are other partial recovered files: 5, 6 and 11 through 14.

Unfortunately, all the files are iTunes versions of the originals, which means they contain file name corrections and episode 10 even contains incorrect information in the tag (possibly due to an iTunes bug). I'll now try to recover additional files from the iPod, if luck continues on my side.
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Re: The Boring Beige Box podcast went 404

Postby djukon » 2017-9-28 @ 22:04

djukon wrote:
djukon wrote:I'll now try to recover additional files from the iPod, if luck continues on my side.

Indeed there were more files on the iPod. Episodes 6 through 14 were totally recovered. Episodes 1 through 5 were partially recovered. iTunes fortunately has the metadata stored even for listened to files, so for episodes 1 through 5, at least the metadata is recoverable (by copy-paste).

So the main question now left is, who stored episodes 1 through 5?

(edit) If you need to run a file recovery pass on your storage media, here are some clues for episodes 1 through 5, in case some file metadata is missing. They are all 64 kbps 24 kHz MP3 files.
001: Intro to Boring Beige Box; 21 minutes; 9.2 MB
002: Online Services of the Early 1990s; 44 minutes; 20.1 MB
003: IBM PS/1; 25 minutes; 11.5 MB
004: Modems; 26 minutes; 11.7 MB
005: LucasArts; 38 minutes; 17.4 MB
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Re: The Boring Beige Box podcast went 404

Postby djukon » 2017-10-19 @ 11:04

On this shared folder, you can find audio files for episodes 6 through 22, meta data for episodes 1 through 5, as well as the website's podcast list from Google's cache.

For some odd reason, Episode 22 seems to be missing the last one to two minutes. iTunes didn't download the file correctly the first time round, so my backups are based off this cut off file. I corrected some inconsistencies in the files' metadata (especially episodes 21 and 22) and added the show's small artwork/icon/logo to each audio file. Though I didn't re-listen to the episodes from start to finish, I did jump around the files and played the intro and outro to be sure the files are the right episodes and are without large missing parts/errors.

I'm still uploading the files as I post this, they should all be up in a few minutes. If anyone finds the missing episodes, or some error I didn't detect in the shared files, please let me know. Thanks.
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Re: The Boring Beige Box podcast went 404

Postby Mr_ppp » 2017-10-19 @ 12:57

Is this any use? I'm at work so can't check the files, 1-5 at the bottom

Looked again and saw you can't directly download them - tried to capture them but limited at work

https://www.mixcloud.com/boringbeigebox/


This page might have the actual files - its blocked when clicking the files because of work filter tho

https://archive.li/J0Nud

Edit: NOPE - tried it on a different connection and just redirects to the original page :(
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Re: The Boring Beige Box podcast went 404

Postby djukon » 2017-10-19 @ 13:21

Thanks for the feedback, Mr_ppp, unfortunately it is a no-go.

Mr_ppp wrote:https://www.mixcloud.com/boringbeigebox/

Mixcloud (at least for this content) seems to be a frontend for playback, piggybacking on the files (previously) available elsewhere. In this case, they were on libsyn.

Mr_ppp wrote:This page might have the actual files [...] https://archive.li/J0Nud

The audio files weren't archived here.
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Re: The Boring Beige Box podcast went 404

Postby Mr_ppp » 2017-10-19 @ 13:46

Doh!
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Re: The Boring Beige Box podcast went 404

Postby Mr_ppp » 2017-10-19 @ 13:49

Mr_ppp wrote:Doh!


This looks more hopeful!!!

I played a few seconds succesfully but can't listen for long to verify as at work

http://audio.textfiles.com/shows/bbb/
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Re: The Boring Beige Box podcast went 404

Postby djukon » 2017-10-19 @ 16:52

Mr_ppp wrote:This looks more hopeful!!!

I played a few seconds succesfully but can't listen for long to verify as at work

http://audio.textfiles.com/shows/bbb/

Great find! The first five episodes are there, complete, as well as some live episodes, which I hadn't heard nor stored. Only missing now are the last two minutes of episode 22, since the textfiles backup missed the last two episodes (nothing after 2008).

I'll update my shared folder with the new files in the next few days.

EDIT: I couldn't find the Talk Shoe page for the live podcast. It might have more recordings after 2008.
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Re: The Boring Beige Box podcast went 404

Postby fsmith2003 » 2017-11-16 @ 01:39

Whatever happened to this guy anyways?
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