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Media Temple Amazon S3 Backup for DV (this works on other Linux servers too)
Author Jay Rogers avatar
Jay Rogers April 5th, 2014

Update: 7-29-2014
For your convenience and to make it easier for you to follow along, I made an E-Book that is free for you to download to your favorite e-reading device.

Download this article in EPUB, MOBI, PDF, and/or WEB formats.

I’ve been using Media Temple for hosting and overall it has been a very pleasant experience. There are some things that are a little inconvenient, especially things like no native support for a Media Temple Amazon S3 backup. You can’t blame Media Temple for that though… it’s mainly a Plesk thing. Fortunately enough, Plesk stays enough out of your way where you can set this up on your own. We can utilize free tools from Amazon to automate backups from MediaTemple DV 4.5 servers.

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AmplitudeJS for Live Stream HTML5 Audio
Author Dan Pastori avatar
Dan Pastori April 5th, 2014

Update 5-25-2017
We’ve made it even easier for you to style HTML5 audio elements. Amplitude 3 is now available! Download it on GitHub. Check out the Amplitude site for latest documentation and a to see the latest features:


A unique issue presented itself while reviewing some of the comments in the article: http://serversideup.net/style-the-html-5-audio-element/. One of the questions was how to use the audio tag for live streams? The issue wasn’t necessarily playing the music, but getting the music to stop downloading when the user had the music paused (to save bandwidth) and to play from where the current point of the stream was at rather than starting from where the user paused the stream. With the latest release of AmplitudeJS, you can now manage live stream HTML5 audio sources and give you full control of the UI elements of the audio player.

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Tutorial: How To Style the HTML 5 Audio Player
Author Dan Pastori avatar
Dan Pastori October 21st, 2012

With the introduction of HTML 5, the audio tag provides a simple way to play audio files without the use of Adobe Flash. However, with the generic controls attribute, all audio tags look the same, but without any controls defined, the audio tag is invisible. In this tutorial I provide examples and a simple library on interacting with the audio element through Javascript and CSS. This provides the developer the ability to stylize all of the buttons and make a custom UI for the Audio element.

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