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    Updates to The Classic Speaker Pages in 2018?

    Excellent questions... but I don't have definitive answers for any of them. So much time has passed since I last worked on the website's structure that I don't know how much time and effort will be required to simply get it into a modern website development tool. That would be the first goal. The second would be an inventory of all the hardcopy and electronic classic speaker documents that I have, in order to add new items to the website and replace lower quality documents with higher quality versions. The third goal would be reassessing navigation and non-discussion forum functionality then making improvements to it. I'll look into what a paid intern might cost and see how far auctioning off an AR-1W might get us. Mark
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    Updates to The Classic Speaker Pages in 2018?

    It has been over 10 years since I've updated this website, particularly the Library, in any significant way. My role here has largely been keeping the lights on (basically, paying hosting and software bills every month) and patching the forum software... particularly when genek and Carl (rest in peace) have nudged me. Speaking of genek, he recently got me thinking about if, when, and how we could begin making updates to the Library again. One of my dreams back in the day (before running a company, and before having kids) was setting up a bit of a museum in my basement with an AR-1W as the centerpiece. The stars are not going to be aligning for me on that one, so I'm considering auctioning my AR-1W off... to raise funds which will pay an intern to update the Library. It will be a lot of work, and fairly technical, so I think a paid internship will be the only practical solution. Any thoughts on this madness? Mark
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    Carl Richard (Carlspeak) RIP 11-11-2017

    Thanks for the heads-up Pete... very sad news. If it wasn't for Carl's help moderating and nudging me to fix things, The Classic Speaker Pages may have not have made it this far. Mark
  4. Hello All, I am upgrading the forum software from IP.Board to IPS Community Suite as soon as possible. I am sure it will take some time for everyone to adjust to the new system, but there will be many improvements and all the existing content should be preserved. I will also resolve the new account activation issue before going back into absentee landlord status. Thanks, Mark
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    Server Migration

    The Classic Speaker Pages migrated to a new server yesterday. It's possible that a handful of posts from yesterday may have been lost during the migration. If anyone recognizes other issues, please respond to this thread.
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    New User Registrations Disabled

    Hello all, Just a quick note to let you know that I have disabled new user registrations. We continue to get hit harder by spammers and I don't have the time to deal with them... it's also not fair for me to keep asking Gene to spend his time babysitting spammers. I have begun reaching out to see how I can transition administration of both these forums and the Library to someone with more time. I have finally accepted that in the foreseeable future I will not be able to give the time to The Classic Speaker Pages that it deserves. I will not be re-enabling new user registrations until some kind of transition occurs, so please do not email or private message me about this. Mark
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    Major TCSP upgrade underway

    New users can now register themselves, no input from Gene required. If the spammers start hitting us again, I'll make up a set of registration questions related to classic speakers and see if that will finally stop them. I also doubled the total attachment size limit, I can't imagine anyone will run into that. If you do, send me an email and I'll deal with it on an individual basis. Mark
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    Major TCSP upgrade underway

    All set, let me know if it doesn't work. Mark
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    Major TCSP upgrade underway

    Now that we're running the latest version of the forum software I expect to run into bugs... and spend time customizing things. I should have time this weekend to begin addressing bugs and customization. Email me at webmaster@classicspeakerpages.net, especially if you have bug reports. Mark
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    Major TCSP upgrade underway

    Anyone seeing an improvement in responsiveness? Hopefully no decrease... Mark
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    Major TCSP upgrade underway

    I'm sure it's something that I can configure... the flexibility of the software is somewhat daunting. I'll look into it once everything is up and running. Mark
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    Major TCSP upgrade underway

    I have begun moving TCSP to a new server. The new server provides a huge upgrade in terms of hardware performance and reliability. We will also be running a more modern server operating system which will allow an upgrade to the latest version of IP.Board. I hope to have all the work done by the end of this weekend. Once we're running the latest IP.Board I'll institute some new anti-spam measures so registering for the forums is much easier on new users and on Gene. I think we need to revisit the issue of "Librarians" in some of the forums as well to clean things up - moving threads, adding tags, etc. Mark
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    Moving The Classic Speaker Pages

    The Classic Speaker Pages web server is being moved about 10 miles today and new DNS information will need to be pushed out... it's kind of like updating a phone book that your web browsers need to reference to find this website. Pushing out DNS information takes time, so expect downtime, hopefully not to exceed 12-24 hours. The next major interruption after today should involve significant upgrades of this server and forum software. Mark
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    The Kitchen is closed!

    Guys: Trying to keep these forums (well, largely this forum) from blowing up seems to have become a full-time job for Gene, when all I was hoping for originally was that he would help me keep spammers out. You all only see part of what he deals with... if you took into account private messages and emails, I think most people would have given up already. Here's a look at some of what he's dealing with now: 1.) Griping about the fact that we agreed to remove posts 2.) Griping because we aren't banning people 3.) Griping that there's too much moderation 4.) Griping that there's not enough I'm shutting this forum down. If people can't keep things civil in the rest of the forums here, I'll use the ban functionality liberally. Please step back and think about what's going on here... this website is maintained to help people repair their classic New England speakers, not to entertain - there are plenty of other forums for that, and on some insulting each other is fair game too. Not here. Mark
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    Attitudes and approaches

    First, we all owe Gene a big thanks for helping to keep the forums from blowing up. In addition to his work trying to end personal attacks (particularly in this forum), he's spent a lot of time manually validating new members to keep spammers away. It's been years since I was able to spend much time on this website (other than technical issues) and I'm here even less since last June now that I'm running my first business. So straight from the horse's mouth... I never intended to make The Classic Speaker Pages entertaining. It was (and hopefully still is) an oasis of technical information and support regarding classic speakers (and electronics to some extent) from New England area audio companies. I wanted to give back to the community after I repaired my first pair of ARs in college with my Dad, when very little technical information was available on the web and most of our help came in the way of phone calls and emails with vendors. I created The Kitchen as a pressure valve of sorts, so we could keep the other forums both technical and civil but give some of our members latitude in terms of the philosophical stuff. This is getting too long-winded for me... ultimately, I'm sure everyone here is better off with Gene as a moderator, so please cut him some slack. I would delete and ban wildly if I was still in that seat! Mark
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