Vintage Radio and Television News
Password retrieval service
There are two technical faults with the password retrieval service and many thanks go to the two members who brought these to my attention tonight.
We're stuck on you!
It had to happen eventually. At about 17:36 yesterday all the servers I operate were powered off though I didn't discover this until informed by someone trying to access the chat server on Induced IRC.
Notice of changes to AUP
There have been a number of alterations and additions to the Acceptable Use Policy. I would encourage all members to read this document as soon as possible as it governs everyone's continued use of this website. Nothing in the Acceptable Use Policy applies retrospectively however it does apply from this date forward. For example, if your username does not meet the requirements of Section 2 (Becoming a member), Clause 6 it does not need to be changed. New members would be bound by this however. The new AUP comes into effect as of midnight (00:00:00) on Monday, 14th January, 2013.
Database preparations for the new website
Over the last couple of months I have been working to get the next version of this website set up so that it can start taking information from the database that feeds the current site.
Upgrades to Vintage Radio and Television
Over the next few weeks there will be a few changes and improvements to this website. The following small list is a guide as to what will happen.
Some members have stated that they would prefer to add images to their posts without having to wait for this to be done for them. This website does have an ASP Upload function which allows this to happen though I am not satisfied that the security of this is tight enough.
When images are uploaded to websites a number of factors have to be taken into consideration and all of these play a critical role in how a website operates. Things like the size of the image (in pixels), the weight of the image (in bytes), the format of the image (.jpg, .gif, etc), whether the file being uploaded is a genuine image or a malicious script file disguised as an image, the content of the image (is it G-rated?) are some of the things a site administrator has to consider carefully.
Only some of these issues can be verified by the technology used to power this website with the others requiring third-party applications that cost money. For this reason I am not yet prepared to turn on the current version of ASP Upload. For the time being I am still happy to receive your photos via e-mail which I will resize and upload when time allows (usually within a day) or alternatively there is the option of using an image hosting service and simply linking to photos in your posts. The first option is definitely the easiest.
As a guide, photos should be high-resolution, taken in a well lit area with the camera set to automatic unless you know your camera well. If your shots are blurry you should take them again, considering the above advice. If you have a steady hand but have trouble with sharpness it is better to move the camera further back from the subject and zoom the lens in a little to capture the required portion of the subject. The clearer and sharper your photos are the better they will support your questions or articles. You do not need a high-end camera to get good results and I usually touch up minor imperfections before posting photos anyway.
When the new and revised site functions are finished I plan on rolling them out all in one hit, so expect some big changes in a couple of weeks, along with an explanation of what is what and what is where, etc.
Time and Date
Official time: 12:06 (GMT + 10)
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