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Busy Day Yesterday

Building on the previous day's success we added the download controller contribution which makes that more secure and usable for all concerned - thanks to the contributors to the osCommerce community for that. And we added password security to the store admin suite for our own and our customers' protection.

Then the slog of loading up the products has begun - this is a rather tedious task there is some potential automation available but I feel that each product deserves the individual care and attention that the manual approach affords - it's just such a lot of fiddly detail. Still a few cosmetics to work on but the store is looking pretty good now.

Today's short HiFi streaming sample is the last as the next two are whole pieces - it is our arrangement on steel drums and Mega Moog synthesizer of Johann Sebastian Bach's famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor - crank up the volume and enjoy!

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Chopin - Dances with drums and harps

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