Internet Applications and Development


The Lazy River Road
In service since 1991. It was first started as a (don't have to call the hotline; remember what the hotline was like in `91) disseminating service, but soon grew into a communication tool for Grateful Dead Tour Information. From 91 -`94 these ends were met by newsletters and old MA Bell, and a bulletin board at the local head shop.


The Newsletters became a success. There was a need to streamline the way the info was getting out. Remember this is before the Internet push, in fact the Web was just being invented in 1994. Yes there was life before the World Wide Web. Not very graphical and DOS based. If you had a modem and a computer you could dial in and get the latest. With this new medium it was easier to present more than just Grateful Dead stuff. So with the advent of the first online version of The Lazy River Road with the LRR BBS, came the expansion into covering other bands. Funny note: The lowest baud allowed on LRR BBS was 300 with an average baud of 600, today's standard is 3,400,000.

LRR BBS Officially went online February 9th, 1994.

LRR BBS had a very strong emphasis on communication between people through local Message Boards and international News Groups, such as Rime and Fido Net Newsgroups via a front door connection, as well as carrying many of the Internet's Usenet Newgroups. Since this was a BBS, most user's dialed in directly, and eventually could telnet in from the Internet. While before the WWW, this form of internet communication was in the forefront, today it is an archaic form of communication. The updated www version of a bbs is what your in right now at Shakedown Street, and they are now called Forums, not BBS's. Unfortunately they are specialized now as the big guys like usenet and AP have gone the rss feed route. BBS's or Forums will never regain the position they enjoyed before the World Wide Web came along due to this specialized orientation. They however can still be useful, and that is why we have decided to offer this type of thing again in 2006, in a much different form than the original.

Hello World Wide Web

On March 25th,1995 the LRR came to the Internet.
In June of 1997 The Lazy River Road got a major face lift. In fact the music links page is the only original file left. It's main structure went to frames. It was transformed into a general information site with a reference and a sports section, while still holding on to the intial cause with a beefed up Music site and other features for your everyday hippy.

1997 - September, Final Music enhanced
1997 - November, Political Corner Added (replaced in 2001 w/ virtual library US Government)
1998 - February, Java enhancements are added to pages
1998 - February, Yearly Sports Base, Sports page enhanced (abandoned in 2001)
1998 - April, Environment Section Added
1998 - September, New Times Added
1999 - February, LRR BBS updated
1999 - March-April, Maintenance Revision
1999 - April, Newsletter Added
1999 - September, Taper's Pit Added
2001 - March, Virtual Library established.
2001 - April, Maintenance Revision (possible last)
2002 – January, The Lazy River Road is Archived and bare boned, no longer maintained.

The Lazy River Road CD rom

In January 2002 the decision was made to longer maintain The Lazy River Road. However the Music Section still made a great archive source, especially with the setlist depository. So it was decided to archive the site to a CD Rom which could be distributed. It’s main function today is to serve as a digital version of Deadbase, ABBase, Pharmers Almanac, and Everyday Companion. Along with that many of the links have not expired, so it can still serve as a web gateway to some degree.

What’s left online of The Lazy River Road is bare boned, sorta like a ghost town. I want to thank everyone that made Lazy back in it’s heyday the place to be. The discussion boards on LRRBBS were full and kept me overwhelmed much of the time (over 1300 users at one time). Then with the Web page needing to be updated on a daily basis, sometimes a few times a day, it all got to be too much for me to keep up with, especially post-Dead.

Shakedown Street
Shakedown Street took over in the 21st Century. With the advent of various devices being web, bluetooth, and internet capable, there was a need to offer different services. Shakedown takes a sub-domain approach to the different devices. For instance for PDA users there's pda.shakedown, while for cell phones the site is at wap.shakedown, this allows for the proper interface with the end users hardware. With devices like telephones, gps devices, and even your home refrigerator becoming bluetooth enabled, look for new sub domains to be popping up. Below is a history of the public sites available at Shakedown Street. Shakedown has also taken a good deal of the business side burden off of the OnTheBus Netwerk, however for security reasons these items are not documented.

2003 - February 11th, FTP WheelToTheStorm transfers it's first show.
2003 - March, Wheel To The Storm gets a new facelift and overhaul with it's own server.
2003 – August, Shakedown Street gets a major overhaul, basically reinvented.
2003 - August, WAP site created.
2003 - August, PDA site created “The Virtual Library”.
2005 - February 13th, First show download served by -WheelDB- replaced by WheeldB in 2017
2006 - May 22nd, First stream by Radio Shakedown with 15.4 gigs (5 days,3 hrs,20 mins) 1,269 files.
2006 - July, The revival of a BBS style site with Shakedown Street Forums.
2012 - October, Maintainence Revision and addition of a Tablet site. discontinued in 2016
2012 - October 26, Cloud services at begin to take over Shakedown duties.
2016 - December, Shakedown Street is discontinued, archived and no longer maintained.

The New Speedway
By 2015 everyone was web savy. The services that Shakedown and OnTheBus were offering, were a dime a dozen now, and many, if not most, were doing it better. While the extra revenue generated was nice, this too was beginning to ween. I just no longer had the time to keep up with new innovations. So it was decided that there would be a year scale down of users services, so not to be so abrupt, and to let people find other options.

The decision to close down Shakedown was two fold. First, I no longer wanted to spend the time it took to maintain, give good quality service, and mostly to keep up with technology. It takes an inordinate amount of time learning new tricks in order to offer the latest technology, and I am no longer willing to spend the time on this. Second reason was by 2015 mobile was taking over, and a new infrastructure was needed to move forward. Desktops were becoming a thing of the past, and almost everyone preferred their smartphone over their laptop. Shakedown was structured to be mobile, but with the closing of the public services by the end of 2016, this gave me the ability to upgrade the infrastructure for future capabilities that Shakedown just would not afford.

Next up, the New Speedway. No longer a service provider, the bandwidth, as well as the storage on the servers greatly increased. Speedway was designed to optimize the speed at which media, ie. audio/video files would stream over the internet. While it had a few back-end duties for WheelToTheStorm, this was not a hosting platform. Unlike previous incarnations, The New Speedway is 100% cloud based, mostly concentrating on applet design and integrations with the Internet of Things. Personal web pages are no longer located on any servers. They have all gone to third parties.

2017 - July WheeldB goes online.
2018 - January SpeedwaygO established
2018 - February SpeedwayoN created.

So Many Roads
With the transformation from Shakedown Street to The New Speedway, web page rendering is no longer part of the infrastructure. Speedway uses apps and built in routines, to control the content and devices. More an Internet of Things platform, capable of 5G technology, rather than the World Wide Web. All www content is now delivered by third parties. Below are some personal sites, so I don't completely disappear from the public world wide web.

2017 - July, Robb's Personal Web Page
2017 - August, WheelmA, Nugs
2018 - April, WheelbL
2018 - May, WheelaV

OnTheBus was established in order to coordinate various sites and servers to share and exchange information more easily. The initial sites were “The Lazy River Road”, “Wheel To The Storm”, and a few personal homepages. While being on different servers they shared a common hub. As the membership grew, the need to transfer files, instead of sharing files, between members grew. The best method for doing this is using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP). FTP is actually older than the WWW . The first ftp server that was a member of “On The Bus” was dedicated to transferring end of day sales, inventory, and op reports for a Head Shop in Pittsburgh back in 1995. No public access was allowed. Most of the ftp servers at the beginning were not public access servers, but performed a specific function for a member site. With the advent of CDR’s came the digital trader and the need to transfer shows via the Internet. This was first done with MP3 compression. This however was a lossy form and there were no sites dedicated to MP3 in the “OnTheBus” framework. Then in comes shn and flac compression. This is a lossless form. This breakthrough, along with DSL/Cable modems and speeds, made trading shows viable via the internet. OnTheBus soon established a public site that transferred it’s first show on February 11th, 2003. Today the sites that are served by “On The Bus” include web sites, mail servers, news servers, ftp servers, and sql servers. Below is a list of improvements or additions to the main public site of “On The Bus”. Many of the member sites are not mentioned, as it would be impossible to keep updated.

1994 - January, private commercial ftp service established with Head Shop in Pittsburgh. (Daily Reports)

1994 - 2002 - Behind the scenes type stuff, as well as hosting some personal and business web sites.

2003 - March, OnTheBus Public server established.

2003 - April, FTP Server established.

2004 - March, OnTheBus mailing list established.

2006 -  June thru September, all sites are updated to conform to cmf standards, most being totally redesigned.

2006 - August, OnTheBus Forums established.

2006 - September 15,  OnTheBus Content Management Framework goes online.

2011 - May 05, Cloud capabilities established with

2011 - May 19, The Matrix went online and served it's first file, an audio flac file of "How Sweet It Is" by the Jerry Garcia Band. (audio, movies, tv videos, electronics, lights, shades, climate control, and a small list of appliances are controlled and available to most device platforms. ie: iPad as a home automation super remote.

2012 - October, Maintainence Revision. Public services discontinued.

2020 - April, Maintainence Revision and re-archived to cloud.