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April 2002

MMPC Website v4.0
Site news, posted by Dr. Cossack on 24 April 2002 at 23:35 [Link]

Welcome everyone to the NEW Mega Man PC Website: Dr. Cossack's lab! I am pleased to show you the latest version of the site. While each of the previous versions still retained a large part of the original coding, v4.0 was almost created from scratch. The extended use of CSS and PHP will allow me to customize the layout much faster from now on, and I made everything more compliant to the W3.org standards.

Compatibility
The new layout has been tested with several web browsers, on two different computers with different resolutions. The site is better viewed with:

  • Internet Explorer 5.5 or 6, or Nescape 6
  • Resolution of 800x600 or 1024x768
  • JavaScript enabled

Some pages are looking horrible when viewed through Netscape Communicator 4.7. That's because N4.7 has a very poor CSS support, and I don't recommend it to surf here. The design might have a few changes here and there, but consider it mostly complete. Note that there might be deadlinks on the site. Please do not e-mail me about them, they'll all be fixed eventually. On a side note, the animated mets in the menu will return when most sections will be back online.

Return of sections
Now that I have made this major step, I can begin working on bringing the material back online. I've been working on the Music Archive and the MMBN Info sections, and they should be back online this weekend (yeah, the weekend again...).

Oekaki Board
You can read the full details about that one on the temporary Oekaki page. Basically, it will stay down until I'm done creating the new board, which won't happen before the middle of May AT LEAST.

Affiliates
While I didn't really checked the latest affiliation requests I got yet, I've updated the list with the addition of Brave Robot, a site replacing the new defunct Arctic Freeze. (Happy yet, Fencer? ;-) )

I also added on the right column a new sub-section: Support Mega Man. Several fans want to help the Mega Man comminity, but they don't really know what to do. This section will be used to provide links to sites where people can make an effort to promote / support the Blue Bomber. The Mega Man Manga Petition that has been running for a while is still there, with a new link to the Mega Manifesto. This petition, created by Reeve, is a call to all major gaming sites / reviewers to consider the Mega Man games fairly, without always complaining about "it's the same old thing".

I'll try to catch up with e-mails this weekend. I hope that you are pleased with this now :-)

- Dr. Cossack

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Latest news
Site news, posted by Dr. Cossack on 14 April 2002 at 23:44 [Link]

Ok, so I did not put the new layout back online in the last two weekends... Unfortunately, my semester at school is ending in a bit over a month, so the teachers keep throwing big assignments at me. While I'm still working on the site between two schoolworks, it isn't easy. Here's some more detailled info of the return of several sections:

  • New layout: Still not ready, but I did a lot of work on it this weekend. I'll try to complete it for next weekend, but again, you never know. It's getting closer, though.
  • MP3 Archive: This one appears to be more popular than I first thought... Yes, I still have all files on my computer, so you don't need to send me any of them (thanks anyway ;-) ). I've uploaded about 80% of the archive so far, and it will be one of the first sections to come back online.
  • Message Board: I'm waiting for the next version of the software before doing more work on it. It's supposed to be out very soon.
  • Oekaki Board: ... I'm still not sure about that one.
  • Fan Art: It will take some time, because I want to rework the section, and possibly make it database-driven for easier updating. Don't expect it to be back online before the end of my school semester (at the end of May)
  • E-mails: Allow me some time to answer please... My timeframe is limited.

Other sections will come back online as soon as I can. The above info might change depending of my crazy school schedule. *goes to sleep*

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Still going on
Site news, posted by Dr. Cossack on 3 April 2002 at 12:48 [Link]

I'm still putting things back together... Since what I like to call The Great Crash, I've lost track of many things that I was planning to update, and I have a lot of schoolwork, so expect delays everywhere.

CURRENT STATUS:

  • New layout: I'm still working on it. Hopefully, it should be up this weekend, along with the return of some sections, but I can't guarantee that.
  • FanArt: I'll try to understand the mess which is the status of this half-completed update and complete it.
  • Affiliation: They will be returning as soon as I complete the new layout. I was submitted a few affiliation requests in the past weeks that I never got to answer. Can you people please drop me a line if you are still interested? (Please, NO site that just started like a month ago). I've decided to be more strict about affiliates, so please think twice before sending a request.
  • E-mails: I'm finally starting to answer them today.

UPDATE: For the time being, I'll not report Mega Man news unless a major announcment is made (a new game announced, for example), as I want put my time on the website reconstruction. Thank you for your understanding.

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Random news
Site news, posted by Dr. Cossack on 1 April 2002 at 3:42 [Link]

First of all: this is April Fools Day. I REPEAT!! This is April Fools Day. On this day, you know to check your backs for anything suspicious. I also ask you to double-check your news. Most of the news put on this day are completely WRONG. No, Capcom will NOT announce Mega Man 9, 10, 11 and 12 at the same time. Sonic and Tails are NOT hidden in SSBM. Got it? Just be SURE to know about your sources. Oh, and check http://www.gamefaqs.com for a good laugh. (NOTE: they are making a JOKE too)

About the reconstruction process, I've been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work to rebuild the site. I'm currently creating a new layout, different from the old one. As soon as I'm satisfied with it, I'll begin converting all old pages one by one. It's just a matter of time, really.

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