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Pembers Ponderings

Post by Terrykc » Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:02 pm

For many years, Alan Pemberton has had a very useful website which brings together lots of information about all the technical aspects of Television - standards, waveforms, etc. - which has proved to be a very useful resource.

Some while ago, the site seemed to have disappeared, although a few isolated fragments popped up on some archive sites.

Yesterday, I was looking for some information that I knew was on Alan's site and, just out of curiosity, went in search of it. To my surprise I found it but - and this is a big but - it may not be around for much longer ...

At the top of the front page - http://www.pembers.freeserve.co.uk/ I found this recently added tale of woe ...

Pembers' Ponderings

by Alan Pemberton, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

Dear Reader,

This web site will no longer be updated. In fact it might have already vanished next time you try to find it.

I started the site in 1997 in order to make use of the 'free' web space offered along with pay-as-you-go dial-in e-mail, Usenet and Internet accounts, firstly with Unet, and then Freeserve, Wanadoo, Orange and finally EE who have now withdrawn dial-in access as from 30 October 2014.

If you have found any of these pages useful, and think you may wish to refer to them again, please feel free to download all or any part of the site for your personal use (the total size is 15MB).

It is not clear whether EE will allow the extant websites to languish following the termination of dial-in access (at least for the six months stipulated in the original Freeserve terms and conditions), or whether they will delete them immediately. They were quick enough to switch off my T-mobile PAYG phone when they took over the contract.

Kind regards,

Alan

(and Pembers the Frog)


This is a resource too good to lose. After a quick search I downloaded HTTrack Website Copier, a useful free program from http://www.httrack.com

It is simple, straightforward and it works! I now have Pembers Ponderings resident on my hard drive, available instantly any time I want it! Incidentally, the program reported that five 404 errors had been detected during the download but I've investigated the pages indicated and can find nothing wrong! It would be interesting to see if anybody else experiences the same (non) problem ...

If you are not already familiar with Alan's site, I would suggest that you look through it while you still can. Thanks to Alan for making the source data freely available - he could just have left it to vanish into cyberspace without trace, as so many sites seem to have done in the past.

I wonder if Chris would consider hosting a mirror on the main site? It would certainly be in the VRAT tradition to do so and, by making it freely available, could attract new member to the site - after all, the information contained can surely now all be considered vintage!

 
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Re: Pembers Ponderings

Post by CTV » Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:05 pm

Done.

An archive is hosted on my server, the link is available from the main website right-hand nav bar.

 
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Re: Pembers Ponderings

Post by Terrykc » Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:11 pm

Excellent, Chris!

As a matter of interest, did you get any error messages when you did the download?

These are the entries in my error log:

Information, Warnings and Errors reported for this mirror:

Error: "Not Found" (404) at link http://www.pembers.freeserve.co.uk/Test ... -technical (from http://www.pembers.freeserve.co.uk/Test ... on-UK.html)

Error: "Not Found" (404) at link http://www.pembers.freeserve.co.uk/Test-Cards/TCD-TCE (from http://www.pembers.freeserve.co.uk/Test ... nical.html)

Error: "Not Found" (404) at link http://www.pembers.freeserve.co.uk/Worl ... dards.html (from http://www.pembers.freeserve.co.uk/Test ... nical.html)

Error: "Not Found" (404) at link http://www.pembers.freeserve.co.uk/Worl ... dards/NTSC (from http://www.pembers.freeserve.co.uk/Worl ... dards.html)

Error: "Not Found" (404) at link http://www.pembers.freeserve.co.uk/Misc ... erings.css (from http://www.pembers.freeserve.co.uk/Misc ... e-Ack.html)

 
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Re: Pembers Ponderings

Post by CTV » Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:12 pm

yes

 
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Re: Pembers Ponderings

Post by Terrykc » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:49 pm

CrustyTV wrote:Done.

An archive is hosted on my server, the link is available from the main website right-hand nav bar.

Am I being thick, Chris, or has this vanished?

I can't find any trace of it anywhere!

 
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Re: Pembers Ponderings

Post by CTV » Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:50 pm

No Terry you are not thick as you well know :qq1

As the original site was still available, I saw no reason to have a duplicate so decided to make the archive at my site invisible until it was needed.

I've just checked the original site, it now looks like it has finally started to go as warned by the original owner.

Therefore the archive I took will now be made available.

Chris

 
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Re: Pembers Ponderings

Post by Terrykc » Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:42 pm

CrustyTV wrote:... I've just checked the original site, it now looks like it has finally started to go as warned by the original owner ...

I have my own copy of the archive, as you well know, but looked at the original after a link was posted over at uk.tech.broadcast.

As far as I can see, the original is still intact except for the index page and so, apart from anybody who already knows the link to any individual page, access is effectively blocked!


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