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 on: November 05, 2017, 07:03:16 AM 
Started by meppi64 - Last post by meppi64
A bit more bad news I'm afraid.
I just found out that I will need to throw out a whole bunch of scans that I did over the past 4-6 weeks.
Seems like I've worn out another scanner. So that would be number 4 now.
How I work is that I tend to scan a bunch of magazines in the evening while I watch some tv or Youtube specials (mostly retrospectives and retro gaming anthologies and such).
And when I got a bunch of those, I rejoin the pages later on as I scan each page twice, once from the left and once from the right to avoid spine blur and  such.

Well, as I was working on putting together several magazines I noticed a certain problem cropping up over and over again.
4/5th down the page most of the time, either left or right, there will be a sort of distortion strip, mostly 5mm tall. Sometimes this went by unnoticed, but at other times it ran through text which either squashed it, stretched it out in length or just distorted it.
I thought it might be due to putting to much pressure on the lid while pressing down the spines on the scan plate, but I've been trying everything I could to remedy this and nothing works.

So I've ordered scanner number 5, which should arrive tomorrow.
Since they don't make the exact same model of scanner that I've been using over the past 8+ years now (went through 3 of those), I had to pick the one that followed it up.
Hopefully it'll do everything the old one did in the same fashion, otherwise it will be a pretty huge undertaking to get all the colour gradients back to the specific levels where they should be. :-/
We'll find out tomorrow...

So, another setback. But hey, that's bound to happen when you scan thousands upon thousands of pages.

After spending an afternoon going though my drives, it seems like it's a bit worse than I imagined...
Looks like everything I've scanned from August on needs to be trashed. There are way too many pages that seem to be affected to try and salvage the ones that don't. I started doing this, but it would take even more time to do it instead of just rescanning them with the new scanner. Which already takes over 4 hours per 100 page magazine.

I even came across scans from May that seem to be affected. Looks like certain days were much worse when others were perfect, so the scanner must have started having trouble earlier this year and degraded from there.
I do think that those earlier issues will be salvageable. I'll go through every page meticulously and rescan the ones that need it.

But so far I have 40 folders encompassing 140GB of data that's worthless now. Including all the Nintendo Official Magazine issues that I've scanned since receiving the huge donation. Sad
Looks like I have my work cut out for me. Damn

edit 2:

Well it gets even worse.
So far I've been able to find pages that have these issues all the way back to December of 2016... sigh...
This doesn't include released magazines though, so those should all be safe.
It's only my backup work which I had started joining and editing but none of these were released so far.
Gonna have to see just how bad it is and if it's worth to go through all those pages and rescan the ones that need it, or if it will be better to bin them all and do a full rescan of these issues.
What a mess.

 on: October 21, 2017, 03:29:13 AM 
Started by meppi64 - Last post by meppi64
Just wanted to let you know that it might take a bit more time to get newer updates out.
While I'm continuing to work on unreleased magazines I've run into a bit of trouble when it comes to my health again.
Not quite sure how serious it is as I haven't been to the doctor yet, but I've not been well for the past 2 weeks or so now.

My best guess at this point is over exhaustion since I worked 3 times as hard during my "vacations" this past summer than I normally do at work. So I haven't had any real downtime for over 6 months now.
I'm just hoping I'm not heading towards another burnout where I spend 16 hours a day sleeping because that wasn't much fun a couple of years back. :-/

It's not that I have burned myself out on magazines, far from it in fact. I haven't been as excited to work on new ones for years now.
It's just that I'm not feeling well at all.
That's actually quite an understatement as my body is telling to to lie down all the time. Wink

So I'll keep working on magazines as much as I can, but I think I'll need some time to recuperate which will most likely equal a lot of downtime for me personally.
So don't panic, releases are still coming. Just at a slower pace.

 on: October 06, 2017, 09:39:01 AM 
Started by meppi64 - Last post by meppi64

Today we are extremely proud to be to be able to present a very rare issue from 1989.
I'm talking about none other than the very first issue of Club Nintendo Magazine from the UK.
It's taken me nearly a decade of searching on and off to get my hands on this very magazine.
So be sure to grab it because you might have to wait
till the next blue moon for a physical copy in excellent condition. Wink
From the way the magazine is put together, you can clearly see that they were still
figuring things out a bit. The first preview article is an introduction to the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Next up we have a review for the infamous Top Gun by Konami. Then we look at
two all-time classics for the NES: The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros.

Club Nintendo Volume 1 Issue 1 - 1989 (UK)

Introducing the Nintendo Entertainment System
Top Gun
The Legend of Zelda
Super Mario Bros.

The Maximum Resolution version (2560px) can be downloaded here.
The Tablet version (1600px) can be downloaded here.
The iPod/iPhone version (1136px) can be downloaded here.

 on: October 04, 2017, 02:46:40 PM 
Started by meppi64 - Last post by meppi64
Mean Machines 5 and 9 phone versions are broken.

Thanks for letting me know!

I've just repacked and re-uped the files.
Here are the links:


 on: October 04, 2017, 01:24:05 PM 
Started by meppi64 - Last post by retroking1981
Mean Machines 5 and 9 phone versions are broken.

 on: October 04, 2017, 05:22:20 AM 
Started by meppi64 - Last post by meppi64
Already started scanning the first issue of the official Nintendo Magazine by EMAP (issue 54 as it continued on from Nintendo Magazine System) and came across this guy!

That sure brought back the memories! Cheesy

I wonder what it would take to convince Sakurai to put him into the next Smash Bros. Wink

 on: October 03, 2017, 03:08:42 AM 
Started by meppi64 - Last post by meppi64
Besides the local post office now probably thinking I'm an international drug cartel, the day started of rather brilliant. Tongue

All of these magazines were donated by John, a very generous person from the UK.
Nearly 200 Nintendo magazines. Most of which are Official Nintendo magazines from the UK that I didn't have in my possession. Only a duplicate here and there, maybe 5 or so in total.

So it looks like I'm just about set for life when it comes to scanning and restoring classic magazines. Wink
That's quite the workload to pile on top of everything else, but it's also a great motivational force to keep me pushing forward.

 on: September 30, 2017, 04:39:01 AM 
Started by meppi64 - Last post by meppi64

Originally released here at the start of 2015, issue 10 of Sega Pro
just received the remaster treatment and thus, has never looked better.
This issue dates back to the summer of 1992 and therefor
has quite a bit of Game Gear content to keep you busy during that long vacation.
We found a lot of great stuff so it was hard to pick only four preview articles,
so we ended up with eight instead. We have an abundance of Game Gear content up as a preview for this issue,
so lets jump right in and take a look at the reviews for Prince of Persia, Klax, Popils
and last but not least Marble Madness, all of which are for the Sega Game Gear.
Then we have a look at Batman for the Mega Drive, followed by
 the Friday the 13th inspired game Splatterhouse II, also for the Sega Mega Drive.

Sega Pro 10 - august 1992 (UK) (REMASTERED)

Prince of Persia (Game Gear)
Klax (Game Gear)
Popils (Game Gear)
Marble Madness (Game Gear)
Splatterhouse II (Mega Drive)
Batman (Mega Drive)

The Maximum Resolution version (2560px) can be downloaded here.
The Tablet version (1600px) can be downloaded here.
The iPod/iPhone version (1136px) can be downloaded here.

 on: September 25, 2017, 04:46:33 PM 
Started by meppi64 - Last post by meppi64
Nice to see you here! Smiley

As you see, I should be able to resurrect issue 2 albeit with a lot more hours to put into it.
I came across some really tough parts in this page, but in the end it all worked out.

Issue one is a much easier magazine to work one. As you know very well, it's basically in mint condition. Wink
I only have 3 pages left on that one before I can wrap it up, but got sidetracked on page 19 of issue 2 as my mind kept wondering if I would be able to even do it. So I had to step aside and give it a shot first.
During the week I basically have no time to work on magazines so my weekends and vacations are the days that I need to concentrate on for getting as much work into them as possible.
I think this week I'll be able to release a Sega Pro remastered issue that I have finished a while back and after that should be issue 1 of Club Nintendo.

With a bit of luck, as well as another generous donation, I should have close to 200 Nintendo magazines to work on, many still brand new and unopened from the looks of it.
So I certainly have my work cut out for me for the next decennia. Wink

 on: September 25, 2017, 01:56:59 PM 
Started by meppi64 - Last post by retroking1981
Top work mate, looking forward to the uploads  Smiley

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