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Acorn Electron World Updating Very Soon...

Post by Dave_E » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:16 pm

About a year ago, I wrote some scripts to generate html websites for any machine in full from the Everygamegoing archives. I created the following site using them:

http://www.zxspectrumworld.co.uk/

You can see it's the Acorn Electron World template but it's the equivalent of World Of Spectrum pushed into this different format. (Sadly I had nothing but negative feedback about the site from the Spectrum community so I haven't updated it since.)

You may have noticed that Acorn Electron World itself has not been updated for a few years and really what has been stopping me from doing it is that Everygamegoing has taken up all of my free time and there were lots of differences between how articles and reviews were stored in the existing (legacy and currently existing) version of the site. So I basically kept putting off creating a 'new' version of Acorn Electron World until I would be able to do it properly.

I have now done it properly and the new site is *almost* ready to go live. It will be a mammoth upgrade which will significantly improve the look and feel of what's there already. Of course it will be content that's already hosted on Everygamegoing but Acorn Electron World does get a fair bit of traffic even though it's got much less functionality.

There will also be a new product - the Acorn Electron World USB - which will be the DVD x 10 (roughly) and will include all user guides, high res inlay scans, media scans, box art, etc, etc for everything I've collected, which is almost the entire collection of Elk stuff. I'm not sure how much this will cost yet but USB sticks are dropping in price all the time so hopefully a "tempting" price...

I'll post more on this thread as I finalise the build. Hoping it'll all be ready at some point tomorrow.
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Post by Dave_E » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:20 pm

The Micro User Reviews
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Post by Dave_E » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:24 pm

It's 36 Gbs of Acorn Electron goodies in total... so far.
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Post by Dave_E » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:26 pm

The media scans appear for each item in-line, so you can see how the cassette looked, as well as the cover art.
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Post by Dave_E » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:27 pm

The info pages are revamped so that screenshots appear in pop-ups and can be scrolled through.
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Post by Dave_E » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:30 pm

One of the Triple R educational titles that I finally picked up recently.

Long-time EUG readers may remember the Proaction The Farce article from EUG #48... this was one of the titles David Bradforth was selling 20 years ago. Never seen it for sale until a few months ago!
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Post by 0xC0DE » Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:53 pm

What a great job, looking forward to the updated site! =D>
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Post by dixiestoat » Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:12 pm

Oooo.... Can't wait for the USB stick.... =D> =D>
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Post by davidb » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:27 pm

Looking forward to seeing the new site up and running.

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Post by AndyF » Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:46 pm

Great news and I concur looking forward to the update too. Likely interested in the USB as well too, I did purchase the DVD from the site itself last year (or the year before, I forget which) to hopefully help "support" it in a small way, figured I'd rather give it to the site than a random Ebayer who has just copied it on and on etc.
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Post by daveejhitchins » Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:22 pm

davidb wrote:
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Looking forward to seeing the new site up and running.
Same for me . . .

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Post by rmbrowngr » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:38 am

Looking forward to it. :D
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Post by Dave_E » Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:11 am

It's a *biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig* update so it's taking some time to upload. However, most of the site is there and by 12:00pm today it should all be there.

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Post by Dave_E » Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:47 pm

It's live! Hope you all like it.

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Post by 0xC0DE » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:24 pm

Looking good so far. Going to get a better look at it in the weekend. I'm particularly interested in the usb stick.
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Post by CMcDougall » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:26 pm

me likey, my light is on!!! =D> =D> =D>
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Post by tautology » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:55 pm

Any chance of a version with a toggle/cookie setting for the colours to be inverted so that those who have bad astigmatism can actually read the site without blurring or after images?

(White text on a black background is quite unreadable on modern monitors for a lot of people.)

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Post by Dave_E » Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:27 am

I'm not planning such a feature BUT as all is connected to a single css file, it would be relatively easy to adjust the colours.

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Post by 0xC0DE » Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:18 pm

I bought the USB (and some DVDs in the past) just to support your great work! =D>
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Post by Dave_E » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:04 am

The first batch of USBs were posted on Saturday. So if you have any feedback on them please post it here and I'll read it.

I will be able to create a BBC Micro USB at some point too.

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Post by dixiestoat » Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:30 pm

Well received my USB today..
Oh my word... what an awesome piece of work... =D> =D>
Pretty much anything you can imagine relating to the Electron is on here ! Software, books, magazine scans... superb.. \:D/
Congratulations Dave on a wonderful effort , and thankyou, I love it.. :D
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Post by billcarr2005 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:01 am

Just ordered the USB now. Echoing what 0xC0DE has said, there's an awful lot of work involved, which deserves supporting! =D>

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Post by Dave_E » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:46 pm

Thanks for all the kind words. It's impossible to count all the years of my life I've poured into the USB (and prior to that the DVD) but I'm still going strong...!

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