If you like dance music, nightclubbing or anything related to: House, Trance, IDM, Breaks, Hard House, Techno, Drum & Bass, Hip-Hop, Big Beat, Trip-Hop, Turntablism or whatever spastic genre name is flavour of the month and haven't already signed up then what are you waiting for?
Posted: Sep 18, 2005 11:26:32 PM
I was addicted to Suprnova grabbing loads of applications and music. The music constantly had a .nfo for http://coptang.f2s.com/ [themixingbowl]
I was in heaven, as many of you are when you first discovered the site.
This was a site specialising in BBC Radio One shows , BTTB and Nova Radio
Bookmarked - I was the 200 and something member of the site. I registered sometime around August 2004... I swiftly looked for the site owner to basically congratulate his philosophy especially the Breezeblock and Essential Mix category. coptang's join date was April 2004 so I knew this puppy was new.
I started upping torrents left, right and centre and TMB was attracting a stable amount of users per week, around 20 to 30. Suprnova was getting too big and millions of hits were the key to TMB's success.
coptang, glint, DaezD and Baldfresh (R.I.P) were running the show. Baldfresh had the best avatar I had ever seen, some scary monster face with red eyes coming out of a black background!
Each night at 12:10 midnight, us Admins and SysOp would put all torrents uploaded that day onto Suprnova, basically personally grabbing all torrents throughout the day! Upping them at that time meant they would go on the main page and would stay there for a matter of two days, the ultimate advertising as all torrents on Suprnova directed you to TMB! By October 2004 TMB was getting a shed load of new members directed by hitting torrents on Suprnova, sometimes 100 new members a day. The load was becoming too much on coptang's free web space on his ISP! Something needed to be done, so we asked for donations and got stable hosting (so we thought) and moved from http://coptang.f2s.com/ to http://www.themixingbowl.org. The dot org was the choice of the admin - sounds important.
Anywooooo coptang then spent fooking hours-days-weeks-months sorting out the beta version of the new site with great input from glint, baldfresh and DaezD. We started at the very tail end of December 2004 and opened our doors to a select few original members a couple of weeks after that to check for errors and then to the masses around February 2005.
We have had one fuck up since the site was originally formed as http://coptang.f2s.com/ by a host admin error [cnuts]... but that's it - but that was very fucking annoying!
TMB is beautiful, and we owe a lot of gratitude to coptang.
- glint for a lot of effort behing the scenes with .php and general site maintenance
- tz for a lot of code <--- shit loads of code (I love the ban and warning feature!)
- DaezD for his comedy - I miss him - where the fuck are you dude?
- mbw23 for never being here [admin since new site was opened]
- gforce for being a complete dude - one of the original "old man" tags
- Baldfresh was amazing - I miss his IRC chats and always amazingly helpful on OiNK and Indietorrents
- Me - well I'm too bored at work all day! Internet access is great!
- nicktids - amazingly helpful with Azureus queries and very good with helping ppl in torrent support
2004 screenshot of Mr coptang's Mixing Bowl
On Saturday 15th November 2008 at approximately 8pm London, UK time, TMBv2 was launched.
TMBv2 - Background and What's New
In May 07 we set out to build our idea of the perfect BitTorrent-based community website. Using the years of experience gained from running TMB we have come to an understanding as to what the most important functions of a BT site are. It was our goal to create a site which encompassed all the great features of TMBv1 and also offered us the flexibility to add new features. Our heavily customised TBDev code has served us well but to achieve the goals for the new site we had to abandon it and start afresh. We put to work the latest standards in web development and set about coding v2. 50,000 lines of code and 18 months later we have created a Bit Torrent codebase like no other. There are items on our wish-list for v2 that have had to be left out for the launch - perfection isn't easy to achieve but we believe that we are 99% there.
A full list of credits can be found here however we would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to all that have helped us with testing and debugging up to now. This includes the small group of testers who have been with us since the very beginning and all Residents who have participated in testing the Beta. All the time you have contributed to poking and prodding the site during its various stages of development is greatly appreciated.
TMBv2 is highly modular by design which allows us to bolt on new pages and features quickly and easily. In the weeks following the launch our development team will be ironing out bugs which surface when 30K users are let loose on it. As soon as possible we will be looking for your suggestions and input on new features you would like to see.
The behind-the-scenes changes are innumerable and only comprehensible by the truly l33t. However, there has been a large number of changes to the user interface and how users interact with the site.