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Eight Years; Overdue Goodbye

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Hi all.


I was a child when I created Faio. It began as a fun little project to offer something I was looking for myself: a way to listen to Adventures in Odyssey online without needing to navigate sketchy websites. The goal was to aggregate episodes and foster a fan community alongside it. Faio was a project for me during a very important time of my life. Adventures in Odyssey and Faio by extension were both there as I grew from child to adult. I have learned many things about running a website, communicating with people on the internet, and working on a passion project all thanks to Faio. I have even made a couple friends here which I still communicate with occasionally to this day.


Faio was created eight years ago today. A lot has changed since then, and I suppose the elephant in the room is the status of this website. I'll address the obvious: Faio hasn't been updated in years. There was a time when I'd spend hours every day updating the site; hosting giveaways, posting in this blog, and many other activities. Unfortunately that's not the case now. Everyone grows up eventually and as sad as it is to admit; I have long since grown out of Faio and Adventures in Odyssey.


I apologize for abandoning Faio. It was simply too difficult for me to face the facts and devise a graceful way to put Faio to rest. I thought about a total site revamp, but that's not likely to work out for a number of reasons. I suppose this blog post will stand as a statement of Faio's current status and hopefully a testament of what it once was. What started off as a childish fansite imitating legitimacy actually grew into a service that got enough attention to stand on it's own and become a passionate community. Words can't describe how important that is to me, and if you were a part of the Faio community at any time I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.


To any newcomers: Faio might not be exactly what you're looking for. The episode list is no longer updated and has many dead-end links, but you're free to browse for the odd link here or there which still functions.

If you're a fan of AIO and want to listen online: there is an official service were you can do so called the AIO Club.

If you want to listen to AIO but aren't dedicated enough to pay for a monthly membership: the AIO Wiki has a list of some free episodes you can download.


I don't know how many people will even read this blog post, or if any regular visitors are still around at all. Even so, I want to thank you for everything and apologize for this long overdue statement. I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.


Goodbye.

Faio turns SIX!

Posted on November 14, 2015 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (9)

Well...that's a thing which happened. Even after six years Faio is still alive and kicking*. Thank you everyone for your support over the years, and here's to many more!

*Okay maybe not kicking considering this blog is updated once a year but Faio is still very much alive!

Faio is FIVE years old!

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (10)


Happy 5th Birthday to Faio!
November 14th, 2009


Another year has gone by! Where does the time go?

Another "I'm not dead" post

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (2)

   Hello everyone! As you may have guessed by the title, I'm dropping by the blog to let you guys know that everything is going well and that I'm still very much maintaining Faio, even if it's not quite as often as I used to. When I started Faio, I was just a kid looking for a way to reach people and offer a useful service. While that is still very much the intention, it's fun to look back and see how much Faio has changed and grown just as I have.


   I want to thank everyone that has been sending broken episode reports. Some newer users of Faio don't realize it, but since I'm the only one running Faio there is no way I could possibly be on top of every single link to make sure they're all working at all times. Without users like you taking the time to report specific broken or missing links, Faio would be a whole lot more cluttered and difficult to navigate. Although I'm not able to make changes to Faio on a daily basis as I once was, I still make it a priority to update Faio whenever I can.


   Some of you asked about when to expect future giveaways and contests. Unfortunately the answer is that there aren't any planned at this time. Some may remember the “cleaning house giveaway;” the point of which was to give out all the prizes I had on-hand in order to go on indefinite prize hiatus. HOWEVER, although it's very unlikely for physical prizes to be shipped out, there's always a possibility of a Christian Book Gift Certificate giveaway, so keep an eye on this blog for random and spontaneous giveaways of that sort!


   As for Faio's episode count, many long-time users are accustomed to fluctuation. Episodes often go missing, and new ones are eventually added. Sometimes Faio has only a few episodes, other times we have quite the archive to boast about. [Remember back when Faio had every single episode available for streaming? Those were the days...]


   I'd like to use this opportunity to remind newer users that Faio's goal has always been to provide all legal streaming episodes whether there are a handful available or whether there are hundreds, NOT to promise every episode in existence. The reason I point this out is because I still receive a lot of complaints from highly entitled individuals that think I'm somehow in the wrong for not having their favorite episode, when in fact I have nothing to do with the episodes you see on the list. Every episode is hosted on another site [usually Whit's End] and I have no control over them. As many of you know, this is due to copyright reasons.


   In other news, brand new episodes of Odyssey are coming! Head on over to page 6 of the episode list and keep an eye on album 58. You just might be able to listen to a new episode before it even airs!


   Faio is rapidly closing in on it's fifth birthday, and boy has it been an amazing ride. We've had ups and downs, but together we have remained a dedicated community standing up for internet freedom and supporting an organization that is doing good around the world. Over the years and thanks to Faio's increase in use, I have been able to donate thousands of dollars to Focus, give out hundreds of dollars worth of prizes to users, and share the good news of the Bible through the joy which is Adventures in Odyssey. I would like to remind everyone to keep up the great work by continuing to report found/missing episodes and by donating directly to Focus on the Family in order to show your support for the show. Thank you everyone, and here's to many more years of Free Adventures In Odyssey! 8)

-Faio Admin

Status Update

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (5)

   The past couple of days have been somewhat of a rocky road for Faio.


   As many of you probably noticed, Faio was taken offline and set to "frozen" mode with no reason given. This was the work of the website host responding to a report of some sort of spam operation being run here. I was away camping at the time, but I was able to access the internet via my phone after a mile-long hike to the top of a mountain; the only place that had good reception. My first reaction was to disable all member and social related features with the hope that spam can't occur if the spambots can't log in. I did this, and spent the rest of the camping trip worrying about the situation. For all I knew spambots had taken over and the site service would be terminated due to my not being able to moderate the site.


   After getting home and being able to read the website host's message and check in on Faio itself, I became even more confused and worried. Not only was the host's response extremely vague, but I couldn't find anything out of the ordinary here on Faio.


   As it stands, I'm waiting for another response from the host but as far as I can tell this appears to have been a simple mistake. Faio is currently operating normally.


   Of course, if you've noticed any unusual spam activity that I somehow missed, please let me know.


As always, thanks for your support and patience. Happy listening!

-Faio Admin :)


Major Faio Change

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (25)

Update: April fools!


Hello everyone, Admin here. Well, with the start of a new month brings the start of some major change. This has been sitting on the back-burner for some time, but I think it's finally time I made an announcement to bring you all up to speed.


For more than 4 years, Faio has been a fansite promoting community and free streamable Adventures in Odyssey episodes. Today I would like to announce a radical but positive change.

That's right, instead of providing Adventures in Odyssey episodes, we're going to transition to an internet trend that's far more popular: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.


This transition won't happen for a few more days, so stay tuned for further updates. If you still want to listen to Adventures in Odyssey, you're welcome to subscribe to the new Adventure Club website which provides every single AIO episode for the low cost of $15 a month.


I hope you'll all bear with me during this big change and I hope to hear opinions and feedback in the comments below.


Odyssey Adventure Club Review

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (16)

   As you may have heard by now, Adventures in Odyssey has rolled out a new subscription-based website. In some regards, this website is similar to Faio in the sense that you can stream episodes online, except for the fact that this is an official website with tons more to offer than a simple fansite.


   If you haven't signed up already, you're probably wondering what this new service has to offer, and whether or not it's worth $15 a month. Let's take a look at it together.

[Note: this review was made Janurary 23rd, 2014. The website is subject to change without updates being made to this post.]


   Above you can see the home page. Right off the bat we see that it's a simple, clean, and professional design. We've got some recently heard episodes, this month's exclusive “adventure” episode, and if you were to scroll down you'd see today's daily devotion. At the top we have some simple navigation links.


   Let's start with the feature on everyone's mind, the Odyssey Library.


   The Odyssey Library is something that every Odyssey fan wants: a giant collection of unlimited streaming episodes. The Library appears to include every episode you can imagine including some special collections, such as Passages, The Truth Chronicles, and even The Lost Episodes.


   This is probably the biggest incentive to subscribe to the Adventure Club. At the moment, the search function seems a little bit buggy in some browsers, and it takes a little while for search results to appear, but once you have an episode picked it plays quickly and doesn't appear to lag. I'm sure they'll have the little kinks worked out in no time.

I merely typed in "Search for Whit" and this backend syntax was presented. Only happened in Firefox; not in Chrome.



   One interesting feature that caught my eye was the resume episode link on the home page, although when I tried it the episode simply played from the beginning rather than where I left off. Probably just a temporary bug, although the idea of resuming an episode is yet another feature that makes this service so enticing for fans.



   Moving on, the episode player itself.



   The episode player itself is very straightforward, as you can see in the image above. It appears as though once you click play, a temporary .ogg file is created on the server for you to stream which is later deleted, although all of this happens in the background so the user interface remains smooth and simple. It's ironic that the same type of file streaming that some individuals complain about being too easy to illegally download from on Faio is also present on the Club's website.


 

   As mentioned above, the buffering was quick and snappy, at least on my 30mbps connection.



   Speaking of episodes, the Adventure Club also provides an exclusive monthly episode.


   The monthly exclusive, called an “Adventure,” is not only a brand new monthly episode just for subscribers, but it also includes bonus activities and content. This content appears to be missionary and charity related information pertaining to the episode, and even includes things such as a short documentary looking at some real-life issues. It also includes a special comment section dedicated to the discussion of the monthly episode.


   Speaking of comments, let's take a look at the Club's social and profile features.

Is it just a coincidence that all these people are using Eugene for an avatar? It's a conspiracy I tell you!


   The comments appear to only be under the monthly Adventure episode, at least as far as I can tell. It's similar to the comments on Whit's End in the sense that they are singular and not discussion-based, and they're also manually reviewed to filter out spam and inappropriate content. This comment review process can take up to a couple days, according the website's FAQs. The social side of things is probably the one place that this website severely falls short, however, it's completely understandable due to the strict laws governing childrens' privacy and other safety concerns.


   In short, the Adventure Club probably is not the best place to socialize with other AIO fans. [Leave that to the fansites.] In the same vein of comments are profiles and accounts themselves; let's take a look at that now.



   Okay, I use the word “profile” very loosely. It doesn't actually appear as though any users have a public profile for others to view, which is kind of odd considering the type of information the Club asks for. What else does my gender and middle name matter unless others could view my profile...unless of course my information is used for marketing and other corporate businessy type things.


   Ironically enough, every field in the image above appears to be required to sign up, yet I somehow got through without entering my name; despite the error message displayed upon submitting. Also, now that you know my birthday, I expect presents from all of you next month. [Just kidding.]


   Okay, so we've taken a quick look at the website, but what else does a subscription have to offer? How about an unlimited mobile streaming app?




   Yes, that's right! You can now stream unlimited Odyssey episodes right to your phone or mobile device! ...or at least, you will be able to. As of this writing, the iOS app isn't quite released yet and there's no word on an Android version as far as I can tell. Either way, Odyssey fans owning Apple devices, rejoice! If you need me I'll be on my Android tablet viewing websites with Flash and doing other things those fancy Apple phones can't do. Like fall from a height of 5 inches.


   Jokes aside, I think I just about covered all of the significant features of the Odyssey Adventure Club. There are a couple things I didn't go into too much detail on, such as the daily devotionals and the included subscription to Clubhouse magazine, but these things are pretty self-explanatory. Plus, I've got to give you guys some room to explore the Club on your own, don't I?


   In conclusion, the Odyssey Adventure Club will set you back $15 a month, but I think the cost is worth it for any significant fan of Odyssey, especially for a family of fans. Not only do you get unlimited streaming of 725+ episodes, but you're also supporting a great Christian ministry in addition to a bunch of other perks. I only paid for one month's worth for the sake of this review, but I'm strongly considering convincing my family to subscribe.



   Okay, so there's a bit of an elephant in the room. Faio's primary feature has been the archiving of streamable Odyssey episodes, and now Odyssey offers a service that provides all the episodes for a monthly fee. Will this cause some sort of problem for this fansite? Not at all! Faio will continue doing what it's been doing for the past 4+ years, even if many of you do take advantage of this club membership rather than come here. [Which I strongly encourage any AIO fan to do so!]


   Thanks for reading everyone, and happy listening! 8)

https://www.oaclub.org

Rhema CatchUp in Trouble

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (20)

Hey guys, long time no see. [Happy new year!]


   It looks like a major source of Adventures in Odyssey episodes, as well as a lot of other Christian programming, is having some trouble remaining online due to lack of funds.


   This update is not only to warn you of the possibility of all Rhema CatchUp links suddenly disappearing, but also to let you know that if they receive enough donations, there's a chance to turn things around!


   Click here to read more.

Faio turns 4!

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (16)

Happy 4th Birthday to Faio!
November 14th, 2009


Wow, has it really been that long? It's hard to imagine that it was more than 4 years ago that the first page listing Adventures in Odyssey episodes would soon become what Faio is today.


Thank you to everyone, whether you're new to Faio or you've been here from the start. And as always, happy listening!

Giveaway Results!

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (13)

Hello everyone! 45 of you entered the Cleaning House Giveaway a couple weeks ago, and I'm sure you're very eager to hear the results!

Highlight below to see them!


The Encore Collection + Odyssey tumbler
Winner:  > Ciara <


The Novacom Saga + Odyssey tumbler
Winner:  > Micah <


The Truth Chronicles + Odyssey tumbler
Winner:  > CD333 <


Odyssey tumblers
Winners:  > OttaSeeFan < & > Joshua Vallieres <


Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winners! Stay tuned for possibly more giveaways, and as always, happy listening! 8)


-Faio Admin


P.S. If you're one of the winners listed above, and you haven't received an E-mail yet, contact me at this address: FaioAdmin at Faio.org.


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