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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, minikillers is next on the list. Already written, just has to be converted into pages and illustrated.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Minikillers pages are live on my site now!
I haven't merged in all the information collated by Denis yet but I'll do it when I can.

https://www.dissolute.com.au/the-avengers-tv-series/film/
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just moved to a new hosting company, saving myself $64 a year. (My old one did the trick of taking over my previous host, then doubling fees two years running so $39 became $87 then that became $114, all while service got worse and server downtime increased).

Let me know if you notice anything that's gone awry in the move. It seems quicker to me.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
I've just moved to a new hosting company, saving myself $64 a year. (My old one did the trick of taking over my previous host, then doubling fees two years running so $39 became $87 then that became $114, all while service got worse and server downtime increased).

Let me know if you notice anything that's gone awry in the move. It seems quicker to me.


Tricky former hosting from which the quality of excellent site of Piers suffered. Now it works great for me not at all like before in recent years. Razz

1. Page and its content loading time increased noticeably. For example, when before I used to go into the actors search section and select the 30-300 pictures on one page, I had to wait for them to load. Often all pictures did not load (even if you select a significantly smaller number) and I had to reload the page. Nightmare!
Now, the pages loads instantly. Nice, especially when I selected 300 images with actors on one page and all images instantly loaded. Great!

2. No ads (if I enabled the plugin "anti-ad" in my browser, the site worked even worse for me).

3. No glitches. Sometimes the site did not open at all - a page was loading (blank screen and nothing).

4. Knowing these aforementioned problems, in recent years I have visited Piers' website only when necessary. Now I’m ready to visit Piers' website regularly like many years before when there were no these problems. Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm running a series of Sixtieth Anniversary updates for my website, revising each episode of series 1 on the day it was originally broadcast.
I've covered the first three episodes already, as you might have noticed from the "Hot Snow" thread.
Next up is "Nightmare", which is a tricky one as there's pretty much no original material left to base a revision upon!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
I'm running a series of Sixtieth Anniversary updates for my website, revising each episode of series 1 on the day it was originally broadcast.
I've covered the first three episodes already, as you might have noticed from the "Hot Snow" thread.
Next up is "Nightmare", which is a tricky one as there's pretty much no original material left to base a revision upon!
Wonderful! I started at Christmas with the Tunnel of Fear DVD as a present to myself and then reading the books about series 1. The more obscure episodes are fascinating. Tunnel of Fear was one without scripts, and it's amazing how incorrect they got the synopses. The cast lists even insist actors were replaced who weren't (Morris Perry, who is present and correct and very very good).
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

denis rigg wrote:
dissolute wrote:
I've just moved to a new hosting company, saving myself $64 a year. (My old one did the trick of taking over my previous host, then doubling fees two years running so $39 became $87 then that became $114, all while service got worse and server downtime increased).

Let me know if you notice anything that's gone awry in the move. It seems quicker to me.


Tricky former hosting from which the quality of excellent site of Piers suffered. Now it works great for me not at all like before in recent years. Razz

1. Page and its content loading time increased noticeably. For example, when before I used to go into the actors search section and select the 30-300 pictures on one page, I had to wait for them to load. Often all pictures did not load (even if you select a significantly smaller number) and I had to reload the page. Nightmare!
Now, the pages loads instantly. Nice, especially when I selected 300 images with actors on one page and all images instantly loaded. Great!

2. No ads (if I enabled the plugin "anti-ad" in my browser, the site worked even worse for me).

3. No glitches. Sometimes the site did not open at all - a page was loading (blank screen and nothing).

4. Knowing these aforementioned problems, in recent years I have visited Piers' website only when necessary. Now I’m ready to visit Piers' website regularly like many years before when there were no these problems. Razz




that's one of the problems with having a web site...customer support with certain servers, or providers, can be spotty, often maddening, and of course, as the service goes down, the fees goes up...resulting in an catch -22 scenario...sorta like a dog chasing it's tail....but going to a site, with zero glitches, and a reasonable amount of pop up ads, is a real joy...
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Piers' website continues to work great and I am following the latest updates. Very good research. Curiously, scripts of first episodes went into encounters for the shadow boss - for some reason I thought about Fantômas - maybe Piers will reveal other early episodes with hints of an invisible enemy. This is an interesting topic.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The shadowy boss figure doesn't seem to appear after Square Root Of Evil although it's possible that the completely lost episode Nightmare might have referenced such a character.

Of course, it was meant to be a different unknown boss in Square Root Of Evil as it seems that Nick Mason was the "Big Man" mentioned in Hot Snow.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is perhaps why I thought about Fantômas, because although it seems that we know who was the shadowy boss in the first two episodes, unexpectedly there is a continuation of the line of an invisible enemy as if it was the same type. Possibly there was the style of the invisible enemy in the early Avengers scripts. Alas, it is not known. This would be funny for me if there was a Fantômas variety.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avengers knock-off Adam Adamant Lives! has "The Face" as his recurrent nemesis...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2022 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I am starting to look at standardising all the series on my website to be the same and I'm facing a dilemma - should I make them all like series one, where it's an all-in-one page with four sections, one displayed at a time, or should I convert series one to be in four pages for each episode, like the others?

The layout changes for the rest of the updates don't affect this but I would be interested in which approach people prefer. (And yes, I know the experience is pretty much the same with either approach).
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2022 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't see any difference between Series 1 and the others on my PC! Both seem to work well.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2022 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Franky. I thought that I could not understand something correctly into Russian from the last message from Piers in this thread, and I decided to wait for the necessary comment, since on my PC I can't see any difference between Series 1 and the others as for structure too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2022 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I can't see any difference between Series 1 and the others on my PC! Both seem to work well.



ditto...same here on my mac book pro.....works well...thank you
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2022 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone, I should have been clearer. I did deliberately code my site to make it look like section loading when swapping between pages of an episode.

The only real difference is the urls for the subsections, and a slightly different page changing animation - for instance:

https://www.dissolute.com.au/the-avengers-tv-series/series-2/201-mr-teddy-bear.html
https://www.dissolute.com.au/the-avengers-tv-series/series-2/201-mr-teddy-bear-cast.html
https://www.dissolute.com.au/the-avengers-tv-series/series-2/201-mr-teddy-bear-crew.html
https://www.dissolute.com.au/the-avengers-tv-series/series-2/201-mr-teddy-bear-other.html

Compared to the series 1 format, which uses anchors, as you can see in my Mr Teddy Bear test page [script and TV Times listing still broken at this point]:

https://www.dissolute.com.au/the-avengers-tv-series/series-2/201-mr-teddy-bear-new.html
https://www.dissolute.com.au/the-avengers-tv-series/series-2/201-mr-teddy-bear-new.html#cast
https://www.dissolute.com.au/the-avengers-tv-series/series-2/201-mr-teddy-bear-new.html#crew
https://www.dissolute.com.au/the-avengers-tv-series/series-2/201-mr-teddy-bear-new.html#other

<ul><li>The only benefit of the old way is dedicated URLs for the cast, crew & detail pages, and a smaller initial download for mobile devices.</li>
<li>The benefit of the new way is only one page per episode, and less storage used on the server.</li>
</ul>
That's why I'm in a dilemma about it; I did series 1 in the folding manner because they were small enough to do so at the time, but they're much larger now - generally 35 to 45kb (plus images) while Double Danger is over 70kb.

Maybe I should just convert series 1, but I confess I like the idea of a single page.
I have 876 pages on my site and converting all the series would reduce that to 393. However, all those pages are indexed by Google, Bing, etc. - and shared widely on fora, so maybe I should leave things alone and redo series 1 ( and end up with 954 pages) - or just leave everything as it is!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2022 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will probably only be you that notices it, but taking up more space on the server might feel like a waste (will it cost more to host?)...

I can see the dilemma, I hate it when links on other sites/fora etc break. And I do like consistency in things I produce but then I'm rather obsessive-compulsive. And in my work I usually have to leave things as they are because of deadlines, which is incredibly frustrating.

If I had the luxury of time and didn't have to worry about hosting impact on the environment etc I'd probably make series 1 match the others, and preserve the links to the majority. But I like the efficiency of fewer pages, though it sounds like lots of work.

Not very helpful, I know. After a week of work decisions, I think my brain is broken. Glad it's not my decisions Very Happy

Now, tea or coffee.... decisions, decisions...
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Frankymole wrote:
It will probably only be you that notices it, but taking up more space on the server might feel like a waste (will it cost more to host?)...

I can see the dilemma, I hate it when links on other sites/fora etc break. And I do like consistency in things I produce but then I'm rather obsessive-compulsive. And in my work I usually have to leave things as they are because of deadlines, which is incredibly frustrating.

If I had the luxury of time and didn't have to worry about hosting impact on the environment etc I'd probably make series 1 match the others, and preserve the links to the majority. But I like the efficiency of fewer pages, though it sounds like lots of work.

Not very helpful, I know. After a week of work decisions, I think my brain is broken. Glad it's not my decisions Very Happy


yup, been there...and done that.....on a design/editing schedule.....overall, I'm retired..so it's like being on one giant holiday, of sorts...still, old habits are slow to disappear

Now, tea or coffee.... decisions, decisions...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2022 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the idea of a single page is really great, although it might make sense to think more about how long it will take to process for some content of website and whether in the end it will bring you really the desired results. That is, for example, excess of such work can take extra time and energy than you plan and this can affect your enthusiasm and other plans for the worse. And it is not known how long it will take to reanimate your enthusiasm. Confused
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