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 New wider Vintage Radio site
 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 22:41 on 24 August 2014.
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Please read my comments in Post #7 for information on today's changes.

The work outlined below will now continue on Sunday, 7th September. The ability to post comments to the forums on the 7th will be limited though the forums will be operational by 18:00hrs on the night of the 7th.

Work outlined below has begun however more time will be needed to complete it. This will likely take place on one day next week. For now, the forums are once again opened for business.

The planned and much anticipated wider Vintage Radio website is now scheduled to go live at approximately 16:00hrs, NSW time on Friday, 29th August.

On this day there will be a long period where members will not be able to write to the forums. This is to protect the database from version errors, where posts are added and subsequently lost when the database is over-written.

During this time some much needed maintenance will be performed on the database. One of the tasks is to correct the postcounts for more than 1600 members, as the bug that has affected postcounts is now finally resolved. On the night of the 29th, you will see your accurate postcount for the first time. Another task is to change the way the site logs times and dates. The new format (which is already partly rolled out) makes it easier to display the time and date in my preferred way. This will, at some stage in the future, also lead to a new feature where members can set the forums to their local timezone instead of being stuck with the default of GMT+10 hours.

I apologise in advance for the loss of the ability to post comments on Friday but the work that makes this necessary will lead to a better site for us all to use in the long run. On the Friday afternoon, if you are able to post comments you can assume the work outlined above has been completed and I will post a message here to that effect at the appropriate time.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 00:21 on 25 August 2014.
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makes it easier to display the time and date in my preferred way

I think the way time and date is displayed now is fine. I trust you're not going to change that? This is an internal change, right?


 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 08:04 on 25 August 2014.
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That's pretty much how it is. Dates are currently generated with a script of about 40 lines of code and this will be reduced to about six or seven lines.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 00:44 on 26 August 2014.
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I should also note (and I didn't consider this at the time I pondered on the time and date issue) that one of the many things I need to allow for is how to get the site to handle the daylight savings issue.

My personal view is that I wish everywhere in the world that has it would get shot of it because it'd make life much easier for web developers and my body clock doesn't handle it well either. However it is with us and we have to deal with it. Currently it is fully automated here because the site grabs the time and date information from the operating system's registry. So if I change the timezone in Windows the site will update that information straight away and display it when someone visits. Because daylight savings time is so hit and miss (even here in Australia four states and one territory have it and two states and one territory don't) it will become a pain in the Khyber pass to allow for. The change in the way I store time and date information in the database will make it somewhat easier when the time comes to complete that job though.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 01:12 on 7 September 2014.
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Grammar alert:

"There's 15329 comments made in 2314 threads ..." should read "There are 15329 comments ..." (plural subject thus plural verb)

/alert


 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 12:25 on 7 September 2014.
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Good find. I am usually fussy about this sort of thing, not sure why I missed it.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 12:58 on 7 September 2014.
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Okay, today marks the start of a new era here on Vintage Radio and Television

As is announced elsewhere, a new forum has been launched this week which will cover the subject of vintage amateur radio. This forum is open for business.

The bigger news is that the wide version of the site is now live. This brings some obvious benefits which lead to the request for this in the first place but there are a few other minor changes and updates which were dealt with when I had the site in a million pieces through the last few weeks.

1. Your postcount should now work! This has been a long time coming and the bug causing everyone to get a grossly inflated postcount amounted to a well-hidden spelling error in the code. I am hoping this is now sorted but I will keep an eye on it to make sure. I've written a couple of scripts to correctly reset all postcounts to their correct numbers should there still be any glitches.

2. The front page forums now match the design of the main forum system. In addition, I have touched up the look and feel to sharpen things up a bit. Member avatars now have a classy-looking border with round corners.

3. Avatars on the forum list page now load much faster and the design of this page has been changed a little to reduce "clutter" in the column of links to threads.

4. Images posted to the forums can now be a maximum of 800 pixels wide. If you are posting images from external image hosting services please ensure that the settings for these images are set to display them at a maximum of 800 pixels wide - I reserve the right to make suitable alterations should this not occur. Image length is not subject to limitations however please keep this within a reasonable limitation. Typically, any image posted should not have an aspect ratio greater than 2:1. Also remember that the larger an image is, the longer it will take to load. Some members here are still using 56k or 256k connections through no fault of their own - some food for thought. With regard to image hosting, I am about to begin work on a member photo album system that will allow members to store images on this site and link to them in their posts. It will eventually replace the current system which has been turned off for many years because it wasn't very good. In the mean time I am still happy to upload images on members' behalf.

5. Some members have asked for e-mail subscription to be introduced. This will be a tricky thing to add - anything involving the e-mail system usually is. This is on the to-do list.

6. For members who still have older monitors, you may find the new site does not fit horizontally. There is a link to the older narrow site in the sidebar just below the time and date. I will support this narrow site until Christmas time and it is likely it will be phased out as keeping it will be akin to managing two separate sites.

If there are any glitches with the new site, please e-mail me rather than posting errors on the forums, just in case there is a security issue related to the glitch.

I still have one or two planned activities to deal with today and this may involve brief interruptions to site access. I'll make sure I keep these interruptions as short as possible.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 18:13 on 7 September 2014.
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Good work!

Please read my comments in Post #7

Suggest implementation of explicit numbering of posts in this section, too.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 18:47 on 7 September 2014.
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Doneskies. Approve


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 09:22 on 9 September 2014.
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I see one of those icon things in the Firefox tab, a circle with "VR" inside it. A SWAG is that this is for "Vintage Radio" Smile


 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 11:35 on 9 September 2014.
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Yep, it sure is. It's a favourites icon and should show in all browsers.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


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