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The Commodore Products Source List has a new home
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RJLong
2019-05-01 17:17:42 UTC
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Earlier this year, I moved the Commodore Products Source List over to a
wiki located at cbm-products.fandom.com. The old website may or may not
stay online, but it's not going to be updated any more. Google already
picked up the new address, but not Bing.

By moving to a wiki, it solves a bottleneck that's existed for a very long
time. Entries can now be updated by anyone, not just me. It's not required
to have an account, but without one, your IP address will be recorded in
the editing logs, if you're concerned about having that publicly-viewable.

If you're new to editing on a wiki, use the search line at the top of any
page to search for "Help:Manual of style" or just click on Edit to see how
a page is laid out. Any mistakes are easily fixable, so don't worry about
them.

At present, the bulk of the information still focuses on Commodore 64/128
products but I've set it up to allow for expansion into Amiga products.
Newsletters from the clubs I was involved in are not yet online. I can
easily scan in the paper copies, but for the issues I was the editor on,
I'd like to try re-printing them directly into PDF files. Newsletters from
other clubs should be added in the future once I dig those back up.


If you need to contact me, the best way is to do it through the wiki. I'm
RJ Long there. But if you insist on contacting me through email, don't take
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Computer Nerd Kev
2019-05-05 00:46:42 UTC
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Post by RJLong
Earlier this year, I moved the Commodore Products Source List over to a
wiki located at cbm-products.fandom.com. The old website may or may not
stay online, but it's not going to be updated any more. Google already
picked up the new address, but not Bing.
By moving to a wiki, it solves a bottleneck that's existed for a very long
time. Entries can now be updated by anyone, not just me.
Interesting, I've found some new (old) sites there already. By only
indexing websites by their names in the hardware and software
categories, it does make it tricky to find anything specific though.
Post by RJLong
At present, the bulk of the information still focuses on Commodore 64/128
products but I've set it up to allow for expansion into Amiga products.
Newsletters from the clubs I was involved in are not yet online. I can
easily scan in the paper copies, but for the issues I was the editor on,
I'd like to try re-printing them directly into PDF files. Newsletters from
other clubs should be added in the future once I dig those back up.
Perhaps you could upload them at www.archive.org, then provide links
to there on your Wiki. They automatically do OCR on documents to turn
them into PDFs which can be searched within. You might have to upload
them in just the right way for that to work though.
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RJLong
2019-05-05 03:53:18 UTC
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Post by RJLong
Earlier this year, I moved the Commodore Products Source List over to a
wiki located at cbm-products.fandom.com. The old website may or may not
stay online, but it's not going to be updated any more. Google already
picked up the new address, but not Bing.
By moving to a wiki, it solves a bottleneck that's existed for a very long
time. Entries can now be updated by anyone, not just me.
Interesting, I've found some new (old) sites there already. By only
indexing websites by their names in the hardware and software
categories, it does make it tricky to find anything specific though.
Post by RJLong
At present, the bulk of the information still focuses on Commodore 64/128
products but I've set it up to allow for expansion into Amiga products.
Newsletters from the clubs I was involved in are not yet online. I can
easily scan in the paper copies, but for the issues I was the editor on,
I'd like to try re-printing them directly into PDF files. Newsletters from
other clubs should be added in the future once I dig those back up.
Perhaps you could upload them at www.archive.org, then provide links
to there on your Wiki. They automatically do OCR on documents to turn
them into PDFs which can be searched within. You might have to upload
them in just the right way for that to work though.
That's a good idea for the newsletters. Occasionally I have access to that
same kind of process where I work, but not on a regular basis, though.

The List used to be mailed out as a paper copy so it wasn't possible to
include everything. It was just me doing the research, so I didn't have the
money or resources to pick up where Tenex's "Everything Book" left off. Now
with the wiki, we can put in as much as we want.

I've already got links to a few items like the SuperCPU ready for people to
add info. The template that sets the type of product can be updated for
more choices, or we can manually add the categories we need at the bottom
of the page. So for the page on the SuperCPU, the Infobox could keep the
"Hardware" product type and auto-include a Hardware category, but we could
add [[Category:Accelerators]] at the bottom. Or we make new Infoboxes that
fit each type of product.

It's a work in progress and we can refine and expand it as we go.

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