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
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Usenet and Internet accounts, firstly with Unet, and then Freeserve, Wanadoo, Orange and finally EE who have now withdrawn dial-in access as from 30 October 2014.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.
(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!