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#1 2018-12-31 18:25:35

iMic
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Software Update & Website Outage (January 1st, 2019)

Happy New Year!

Around 3 AM Australian Central Standard Time (GMT +9:30), ThinkClassic was momentarily taken offline to complete a forum software update to FluxBB 1.5.11.

While the website was offline, we performed some preventative maintenance. This included deleting and reinstalling the forum software, rebuilding caches and resetting permissions on critical directories. Several customisations specific to our website, written in 2015, were inspected, revised and updated as necessary to ensure compatibility with the forum software.

The "Add Image to Post" link, found below all post and reply fields, has also been fixed. The service continues to be provided by PostImage and now uses the newest version of their script.


Anyone experiencing any issues with the website following this update can report the issue in the Reporting Site Issues thread, and I'll aim to look into it as soon as possible.



New Discussion Areas

Additionally, ThinkClassic is performing a trial rollout of several new discussion areas covering various other makes and models of classic computer, starting with Atari, Commodore, IBM and Sinclair, while the Other forum continues to cover everything else. Trial versions of these specialised areas are open for new discussions starting today.

A revision of the Apple and Macintosh discussion areas is currently in the planning stage. The current draft reallocates discussions into five specialist areas, with the possibility of adding an additional area for general discussions that span the entire family (such as for software, or peripherals like the Floppy Emu that work across many generations).

  • Apple I, II & III

  • 68k Macintosh & PowerBook

  • PPC Macintosh & PowerBook

  • Later PowerPC

  • Early Intel

Some improvements to the Technical Forums are also being proposed, expanding them into more general interest areas like Electronics, Programming, Restoration, Networking and the Internet.


Of course these areas remain subject to change. At this time, this remains a feasibility study to determine the best course of moving ThinkClassic forward, and whether it can serve a segment that is different from the other established retro-computing communities. As such, any changes already made to the forum are non-destructive and can be reverted if needed.

Feedback is absolutely welcome, and comments, concerns and suggestions regarding these changes should be posted in the Proposed Forum Restructuring thread.


~ iMic.


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#2 2019-01-01 08:37:20

mcdermd
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Re: Software Update & Website Outage (January 1st, 2019)

Thank you, iMic and Happy New Year!


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#3 2019-01-02 04:36:42

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Re: Software Update & Website Outage (January 1st, 2019)

Very good work!

I would like to make one minor suggestion, if I may: in this list:

  • Apple I, II & III

  • 68k Macintosh & PowerBook

  • PPC Macintosh & PowerBook

  • Later PowerPC

  • Early Intel

You should change "Later PowerPC" to something like, "G3, G4, and G5 Macintosh & PowerBook", to be a bit more inline with the prior two categories.

It would read as follows:

  • Apple I, II & III

  • 68k Macintosh & PowerBook

  • PPC Macintosh & PowerBook

  • G3, G4 and G5 Macintosh & PowerBook

  • Early Intel

Or maybe do something like this, and make "Early Intel" into "Early Intel Macintosh, MacBook & MacBook Pro:

  • Apple I, II & III

  • 68k Macintosh & PowerBook

  • Early PPC Macintosh & PowerBook

  • Late PPC Macintosh & PowerBook

  • Early Intel Macintosh, MacBook & MacBook Pro

Let me know what you think?

c

Last edited by cc333 (2019-01-02 04:40:07)


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Secondary Macs: Early '08 Mac Pro, Mid '12 MacBook Pro 15"
Playthings: Mac SE/30, 3.0 GHz Mavericks-based HackServe, Many others....
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#4 2019-01-02 10:17:49

iMic
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Re: Software Update & Website Outage (January 1st, 2019)

Both look good to me. I'm leaning toward your first suggestion, simply because defining the "G-Series" machines by name is clear and easy to follow.

We should be aware that the discussion forum index is possibly about to get a lot busier:

## Community

(Community discussions related to the website, its members, interaction and general chit-chat.)

- Community News & Discussion
- Front Bar
- Members' Machines
- Buy, Sell & Trade

## Special Interests [Draft Spec.]

(Specialised discussions for vintage computers, sharing advice and finding interesting uses for them.)

- Electronics
- Fabrication & Restoration
- Software & Programming
- Networking & Internet
- Gaming
- Arts & Content Production


## Apple

(Discussions relating to Apple computers and peripherals.)

- Apple I, II & III
- 68k Macintosh & PowerBook
- PPC Macintosh & PowerBook
- G3, G4 and G5 Macintosh & PowerBook
- Early Intel

## Atari

(Discussions relating to Atari computers and peripherals.)

- Atari 400, 800 & 1200
- Atari ST & Falcon

## Commodore

(Discussions relating to Commodore computers and peripherals.)

- Commodore PET & VIC-20
- Commodore 64 & 128
- Commodore Amiga

## IBM

(Discussions relating to IBM computers and peripherals.)

- PC AT, XT, PS/2 and Compatibles [Working Title.]
- PC 386, 486, Pentium and Compatibles [Working Title.]

## Sinclair

(Discussions relating to Sinclair computers and peripherals.)

- Sinclair [Working Title.]

## Other

(Discussions relating to Other computers and peripherals.)

- Other [Working Title.]

How overcomplicated is that? But we'll continue to work on it and refine it. (There are also still no areas for "Apple General", "Commodore General" and so forth for brand specific but not model specific discussions. The question is whether they're needed, given the expanded scope of the other forums.)

There is one possible solution to this clutter problem. FluxBB development has thankfully continued, and version 1.6 is now on the horizon. This release removes some outdated and deprecated code, improves performance on newer versions of PHP and improves security.

It also introduces a more mobile-friendly responsive design. As our custom stylesheets will need to be rewritten around this new responsive template, ThinkClassic will require a fresh coat of paint, and it's possible the appearance and layout of the forum index could be sharped up significantly in the process.

Of course it all requires a lot of work, but hopefully we can find some time to sit down and bring it all together.


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#5 2019-01-08 18:52:23

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Re: Software Update & Website Outage (January 1st, 2019)

- Restoration, Fabrication & Reproduction

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#6 2019-01-08 23:26:31

iMic
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Re: Software Update & Website Outage (January 1st, 2019)

Making reproduction parts generally falls within Fabrication, and advertising and selling reproduction parts would probably be better suited elsewhere, split between the trading forums and the specialist vendor forums. (So reproduction parts for a Commodore 64 are posted within the Commodore forums, and so on.)


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